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January 28th 2011

Fiat 500 Sculpture
Fiat 500 Sculpture
Fiat 500 Sculpture
 
Fiat 500 Sculpture
Spotted this funky sculpture on Park Lane, outside the Dorchester hotel. Don't know what it's in aid of but it's pretty good!


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January 22nd 2011

Bentley Continental
 
Bentley Continental
1954 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback. Coachwork by H.J.Mulliner.

Here's a very beautiful car, currently up for grabs for 550,000 at Jack Barclay Bentley dealer, Berkeley Square, Mayfair.

I wonder if they would give you two for a million?!

Update 28/01/11. They've got a different one in the window now, 275,000. Don't know what the difference is to make it half the price of the other one.


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January 22nd 2011

Blair at Chilcot Inquiry
Blair at Chilcot Inquiry
Blair at Chilcot Inquiry
Police photographer
Blair at Chilcot Inquiry
 
Blair at Chilcot Inquiry
Friday 21/01/11. Tony Blair was appearing before the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq, again today. Went along to join the demonstration against him.

Wasn't many people there, most had turned up for him arriving about 8am, I was there from about 1pm. As this was just a re-visit to clarify some evidence he gave earlier, it wasn't seen as such a big occasion as when he first appeared. Mind you, there was a much bigger police presence than last time, I suspect due to the recent violence at the student protests in London.

A HUGE waste of public money. When I was there, there was only about fifty demonstrators there but we were completely outnumbered by police of all sorts. There was scores of riot vans parked nearby. There was a helicopter hovering overhead when Blair left the building (a good clue actually that he was about to come out).

What on earth was the cost of all this???? To protect a muppet (being polite) against a small group of peaceful protesters? Unreal. Total and complete joke.

I did get to see Blair and shout at him which was the point of going, so really pleased about that, after standing for hours freezing this time last year when he first appeared at the inquiry.

Mind you, it was bloody freezing today and I was there for a couple of hours. Why do they always have these things when it's bloody freezing?!

Unlike the last time, Blair entered and left by the main door. This gave me my chance to spot him and let him know what I thought of him. Pretty good...been wanting to do that for a very long time...good to get it off my chest.


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December 18th 2010

Snow in London Town
Onslow Gardens - South Kensington
 
Snow in London Town
Finally got some snow in London! A good bit too. Only snowed (properly) for an hour but it was big soft fluffy flakes and is a few inches in places.

Main roads are quite safe now, but slushy, side roads still have hard-packed snow on them.


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December 13th 2010

Save The Planet Vandals
Vandalised Car
 
Save The Planet Vandals
A number of cars in South Kensington have been vandalised by people who believe that such vandalism will save the planet.

Someone has put stickers over the registration plates of 4X4s to show a dummy registration "CO2 KILL5".

The organisation responsible for the vandalism has their web address on the bottom of the stickers. I am not going to mention them here because I will not give them free publicity plus I have forgotten their name!

Utter bastards. Nothing better to do with their time, presumably.


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December 3rd 2010

Icy Hyde Park
Hyde Park Enchanted Winter Palace. Actually it's the Lido. I wonder how you say "It's bloody freezing!" in Bird?
Icy Hyde Park
Donald
Icy Hyde Park
Pretty Car
 
Icy Hyde Park
Took another trip to Hyde Park. I was going to park-up there and walk along to the Winter Wonderland and take some more pictures for this blog, as the last time I went the batteries pooped on my camera.

Normally I walk to Hyde Park, it's not very far but due to the weather and the fact I was "on a mission" I decided to take the car. That said, I don't need an excuse to use the Range Rover in the snow...that's what I bought it for (skiing in Scotland and France)!

Hadn't parked there before so wasn't quite sure about the parking meter. I never use meters, I either walk or park the car in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea where I have a residents' parking permit. So I made a bit of an arse of it and only got a ticket for 25 minutes!

Then I wasn't sure what to do. Should I get another ticket? That would mean two tickets running concurrently for 25 minutes. Bit daft. Or do I let the first ticket lapse then get another? Doing that I would be 25 minutes away, or to put it another way, I could go 12.5 minutes away, allowing 12.5 minutes to get back for a second ticket.

Problems, problems. In the end up, I decided to take it as it came. I walked the short way to the water (the Serpentine). It was bloody freezing so that decided it. I would just take some pictures and get back in the car! (As I type, some prick is blasting his horn outside...THE single most annoying thing about London Town!)

Took some pics as you can see. Another excuse to post a picture of my very pretty car.


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December 2nd 2010

Snow in London Town!
Snow in London Town!
Snow in London Town!
Snow in London Town!
 
Snow in London Town!
So the snow has finally hit London Town!! Yippee! How festive!! (He said as a skier!)

A lot of the country had been getting quite heavy snow, particularly in the East and particularly in Scotland (great for the ski resorts!) but London Town was escaping it, until today. There was about an inch or two in places, even cover.

Took these pics at Hyde Park in the Triangle car park off West Carriage Drive. Partly an excuse to post pictures of my very pretty car!


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November 28th 2010

Mirror Art in Kensington Gardens
Mirror Art in Kensington Gardens
Mirror art, rear view.
 
Mirror Art in Kensington Gardens
They've got some mirror art installations in Kensington Gardens. Saw this one for the first time today. Pretty stunning. It's basically a ruddy great big mirror! It's reflective on both sides. It's overlooking the Long Water. Looks like the Moon has fallen to Earth!

Was a very cold day, must have been about freezing. Part of the water is frozen, you can see the birds standing on it. There was also some frost on the ground. No snow though, although other parts of the country did have some and a place in Wales got -17 degrees the night before!


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November 26th 2010

Winter Wonderland 2010!
Winter Wonderland 2010!
 
Winter Wonderland 2010!
Once again in Hyde Park they are hosting the Winter Wonderland...a bunch of tacky rides with tinsel on them!

That's being unfair, yes there are some tacky rides with the "ride guys" leering at the passing ladies, much to their satisfaction...but there's a lot of nice festive, quality stands there.

You've got fun rides, food stalls, beer stalls, Christmas goods stalls...all good festive stuff. As a chap who used to sell Christmas trees, I love it!

Seems to be much bigger than last year. They've got a big ice rink and two very big "rides"...the type of things that chuck you about...quite impressive. They also have the "Observation Wheel" which looks a lot like the "London Eye".

Took my new camera with me, was walking into town, figured I would go via the Winter Wonderland and get some festive pictures for the blog. Only took two pictures when the piggin' batteries pooped on me!!!

Anyway, it's a hoot. Try and avoid evenings and weekends if you can...it gets VERY busy. Check out the official website below.


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October 9th 2010

Indian Summer!
Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park
 
Indian Summer!
Glorious sunny day today (Friday October 8th), 20 degrees, with 22 degrees forecast for the weekend!

Went into town. Sat on the steps of the Eros statue at Piccadilly Circus and had a smoke, amongst some others doing the same thing. Basking in sunshine watching the people and traffic go by, everyone enjoying the sunshine. It was proper warm too, I was only wearing a thin tee shirt.

Walked through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on my way back to South Kensington. Wonderful atmosphere about the place. Not too busy, about 2 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, mainly tourists about. The guys doing roller-blading in Hyde Park were bare-chested, showing off as usual!


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