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August 7th 2009

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Running For Tubes
Why do people run for tubes that arrive every minute???


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August 7th 2009

Matt Black Lambo
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640
Matt Black Lambo
 
Matt Black Lambo
Spotted this matt black Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 in Onslow Gardens, South Kensington (virtually next door to me!).

Quite snazzy. Seems to be the fashionable thing to do, the matt black paintwork. Actually, it's more of a satin black, I would say.


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July 31st 2009

US Embassy Demonstration
Mujahedin-e-Khalq Demonstrators
 
US Embassy Demonstration
Saw these people outside the American Embassy at Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. They were demonstrating about the killing of camp residents by Iraqi security forces, in the Ashraf Resident's Camp in Iraq.

The residents of the camp are Iranian exiles, opposed to the regime in Iran and formerly supported by the US.

Apparantly the Iraqis wanted to establish a police station in the area. That must be the way they do things in Bush and Blair's shiny new democratic Iraq...send in the security forces to slaughter the residents.


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July 31st 2009

More Music in Mayfair!
String Quartet - Mayfair
More Music in Mayfair!
String Quartet - Taking a break
 
More Music in Mayfair!
Passed Brown Hart Gardens in Mayfair again today. Popped in to have a look at this week's musical treat (certainly a treat for the eye)! A string quartet was playing, and very good they were too.

It was quite a nice day, sun was shining, some clouds about and a bit breezy, but pretty nice.

According to the website organising this, it is supposed to be an oboe quartet, but I didn't see any oboes!


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http://www.brownhartgardens.co.uk/


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July 31st 2009

One Hyde Park
One Hyde Park
 
One Hyde Park
One Hyde Park is a development of luxury apartments, on Knightsbridge, across from Harvey Nichols. They have been working on it for two years, with a further year of work scheduled.

Took this picture of it today.


Related Links

http://www.onehydepark.com/


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July 25th 2009

Kensington Gardens
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Kensington Gardens
Serpentine Gallery from Pavilion
Kensington Gardens
Royal Parks Shire Horses
 
Kensington Gardens
Lovely sunny day today in London Town. Took a stroll through Kensington Gardens. A wonderful atmosphere about the place. First decent sunshine for a while, without showers. Reasonably busy with people, and fairly quiet and peaceful at the same time.

They have put up a new art structure at the Serpentine Gallery. It is called the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. It's a shiny steel, almost chrome-like roof structure, supported by slender pillars, designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. It is there from July 12th to 18th October 2009. They have a coffee shop there and some seating.

They are also showing a Popeye exhibition: "Jeff Koons Popeye Series", which runs from July 2nd to 13th September 2009, admission free. I don't know, maybe you can get spinach sandwiches in the snazzy new coffee bar?!

Also saw the Royal Parks Shire horses, at the Albert Memorial, doing some PR work!


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http://www.serpentinegallery.org/

The Royal Parks website


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July 23rd 2009

St James's Park
Geese at St James's Park Lake
 
St James's Park
Took a stroll into town today. Nothing much happening blog-news-wise. Had a look at St James's Park (shouldn't that be St James' Park?). At the time it was quite pleasant and sunny, but it had been raining earlier, and there were some pretty heavy showers later.

A few months back, they drained the water from the lake and cleaned it out. They had little bulldozers scooting around, scraping up all the gunge from the bottom. The water is only 2-3 feet deep.

Today it was back to normal, but it was amazing how much weed/algae that had accumulated on the bottom (you can see it in the picture). It was pretty busy with tourists. Still some young ducklings to be seen too.

I noticed from the bridge over the lake, that people had been throwing coins in, even saw some silver ones! I don't know if this has always happened here, or it's just because the water is clean, that you can see them. Could be a lucrative little sideline, popping along to St James's Park at night, with your snorkel and flippers!


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July 17th 2009

New Lake in Hyde Park!
Hyde Park Puddle
 
New Lake in Hyde Park!
After some torrential and thundery downpours last night, it looks like there is a new lake in Hyde Park! This was on Serpentine Road, near Hyde Park Corner.


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July 17th 2009

7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park
7/7 Memorial - Hyde Park
7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park
7/7 Memorial - Inscription
 
7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park
They have recently erected a memorial in Hyde Park in memory of those who were killed in the bombings in London on July 7th 2005. It is on the edge of the park, next to Park Lane, across from the Dorchester Hotel.

I presume there is a pillar for each person that was killed. The pillars are made from concrete (edited July 25th 2009 - According to the Royal Parks website - the pillars are made from stainless steel, but look like concrete) and are inscribed with the location where the person died, as you can see in the picture below.

I wonder if Tony Blair will be showing his face here?


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July 17th 2009

Music in Mayfair!
Wind Quintet - Brown Hart Gardens - Mayfair
 
Music in Mayfair!
Strolling through Mayfair today, as one does, I could hear music playing. It was a wind quintet at Brown Hart Gardens (close to Bond Street tube station on Oxford Street). They are having concerts there, every Friday in the summer. More info below.

According to their website, the musicians are: Flute - Julian Sperry, Oboe - Judy Proctor, Clarinet - Jane Calderbank, Bassoon - Stuart Russell and Horn - Adam Walters.

Adam on the horn, looks quite fetching!


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brownhartgardens.co.uk


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