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BBC: New Routemaster maker announced

Posted by HelenEdith on December 26, 2009

The design from Aston Martin-Foster

A number of new Routemaster designs have been put forward

A company has been chosen to build the new Routemaster bus for London.

Northern Ireland-based vehicle-making company Wrightbus is Transport for London’s (TfL) preferred manufacturer

TfL said the first of the “greener” and more accessible, hop-on hop-off, double-deckers could be in service by 2011.

Read the rest of the original BBC article here.

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The City and Waverley

Posted by HelenEdith on October 20, 2009

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

On the evening when I took my camera up to town to take a look at Waverley, I took some wider shots which showed The City skyline. It was the first time I have looked at the City skyline in the dark since the Willis Building was finished, and I notice that it has a vertical light going up one side of its tower.

Waverley is tied up at Tower Pier down in the river part of the shot.

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

City skyline with Waverley at Tower Pier

I zoomed in closer, excluding the Swiss Re “Gherkin” building from my second shot. I liked the composition a bit better.

Waverley at Tower Pier

Waverley at Tower Pier

Then I went in closer again. Plantation Place is at the top of the skyline of this picture.

I think that I did better about four years ago with my Pentax *ist DS than I did with the Pentax K10D and these pictures, but I wouldn’t blame the camera. I’m out of photographic practice; and I was about a half hour too late for the best light.

Maybe I’ll do better next year… 🙂

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Website Update: Secret London Walk Pictures, Tuesday 7th April 2009

Posted by HelenEdith on April 12, 2009

Last Tuesday evening, I went on a “Secret London” walk arranged by the Sports and Social Club at work.

We did a loop past the Lloyd’s Building, through the Leadenhall Market, crossed Eastcheap, where we looked at camels and a pig’s head on the buildings there, and then we went down to Lower Thames Street, taking in the garden in the ruins of St Dunstan in the East on our way. Then we turned to the west and looked at the recently refurbished Monument – Sir Christopher Wren’s memorial to the Great Fire of London. From there, we went behind Gracechurch Street. We crossed Lombard Street and admired the hanging signs, and then looked at the rear of the old Barclays headquarters on the corner of Lombard Street and Gracechurch Street. After that, we looked at the exterior of St Stephen Walbrook, viewed One Poultry and the nearby Temple of Mithras, and headed north to view the exterior of the building where Benjamin Disraeli served as an articled clerk, before arriving at the end of our walk at The Guildhall.

The pictures I took during the walk are now up on my website here: “Secret London” Walk Pictures, 7th April 2009

Here are a few of the pictures you can find on the page linked above:

SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5674_ed_cr_1x2 This is Bulls Head Passage on the periphery of Leadenhall Market. The blue doorway was painted black and used in some of the Harry Potter films as the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5675_ed Camel Caravan relief by William Theed II above the entrance to Peek House.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5694_ed The garden entwined with the ruins of St Dunstan in the East. This is the picture most people like best from my evening’s photography.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5705_ed The Monument.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5729_ed The old Barclays headquarters. This is my own favourite picture from the evening.

You’ll have to visit the link provided if you want to see the rest of my pictures!

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Website Update: Snow Pictures, February 2009

Posted by HelenEdith on March 2, 2009

We had a significant snowfall in London at the beginning of February.

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally edited the pictures I took over the course of the first three days of snow disruption, and they are on my website here: Snow, February 2009

Here are a few of the pictures you can find on the page linked above:

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This is one of my signature night shots, and was taken with the aid of a tripod, as it was an exposure which ran into seconds. I had to clean up the colour balance in the raw file because the sodium street lighting rendered everything a rather uninteresting orange.

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Here’s the same house the next morning by daylight.

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By the time this picture was taken, it was the next day, the sun was out, and one of the cars had been dug out.

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There were many snowmen. I even saw one on the roof of a bus shelter! I don’t know how it got up there: maybe there was enough snow up there to build it in-situ. This one was on the footpath of a village street.

You’ll have to visit the link provided if you want to see the rest of my pictures!

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Entry for December 05, 2008 – Red Routemaster

Posted by HelenEdith on December 5, 2008

My picture of a brown and silver Routemaster, which I thought was unusual, and therefore worth remarking upon generated a request for a picture of a Routemaster in its traditional red livery.

So here it is. As far as I know, I had shake reduction on my cameraphone turned on, but this isn’t the best picture I’ve ever taken. However, it’s the better of the two I took this morning.

[You need to view this blog entry at Yahoo to see the picture.]

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Entry for April 06, 2008 – Snow in London

Posted by HelenEdith on April 6, 2008

We had snow in London today! That’s the first snow I’ve seen all winter – and it’s supposed to be spring now, anyway. (Stephen saw some one morning a couple of weeks ago, but it had all melted before I got up.)

A jay was visiting our garden today and taking advantage of the food that Stephen puts out for the wild birds. Both the grain on the ground and the peanuts in the feeder came in for attention. When the jay used the peanut feeder, it then took the peanut up into the pear tree to eat it.

I think that the picture encapsulates today quite well: pear blossom covered in snow, and with a jay sitting on the branch of the tree.

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Website update: Monument pictures

Posted by HelenEdith on September 9, 2007

I’ve been on a hunting and gathering expedition around my hard drive and I’ve brought together a number of pictures I have taken of The Monument over the past couple of years.

This structure commemorates the Great Fire of London. It\’s open to the public (although not right now, as it’s under refurbishment and closed until December 2008 for that reason) and my daytime pictures show people standing on the observation platform near the top.

Click here to view the pictures.

I’ve been on a hunting and gathering expedition around my hard drive and I’ve brought together a number of pictures I have taken of The Monument over the past couple of years.

This structure commemorates the Great Fire of London. It’s open to the public (although not right now, as it’s under refurbishment and closed until December 2008 for that reason) and my daytime pictures show people standing on the observation platform near the top.

Click here to view the pictures.

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Website update: Swiss Re (Gherkin) window cleaning

Posted by HelenEdith on August 25, 2007

I’ve moved another album out of Yahoo! Photos.

This one contains some pictures of the Swiss Re Building (a.k.a. “The Gherkin”) in The City of London, photographed on a day when the window cleaners were working on the building.

Click here to view the pictures.

The picture above shows the arm used for cleaning the domed top of the building.

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Website update: Woolwich Ferry Annual River Trip 2006

Posted by HelenEdith on August 18, 2007

I\’ve moved a few more pictures from Yahoo! Photos to my own website. (They\’re bigger on my own site, too.)

These ones were taken last year when the Woolwich Ferry made its annual charity river trip to the Upper Pool with its car deck full of people enjoying the ride up the river and their own special lift of Tower Bridge.

Click here to view them.

The picture I\’ve included above shows John Burns (one of three boats which form the Woolwich Ferry service) passing in front of City Hall on the way upriver.

I’ve moved a few more pictures from Yahoo! Photos to my own website. (They’re bigger on my own site, too.)

These ones were taken last year when the Woolwich Ferry made its annual charity river trip to the Upper Pool with its car deck full of people enjoying the ride up the river and their own special lift of Tower Bridge.

Click here to view them.

The picture I’ve included above shows John Burns (one of three boats which form the Woolwich Ferry service) passing in front of City Hall on the way upriver.

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Entry for July 12, 2007 – Tower Bridge Lift for “Balmoral”

Posted by HelenEdith on July 12, 2007

I don’t think that it’s possible to ever see Tower Bridge lifted too many times. Although I’ve lived in London for a long time and have seen that bridge lifted to allow passage for vessels ranging from small sailing yachts and Thames barges all the way up to cruise ships, if I’ve got a moment and the Bridge is going up, I’ll stop to watch.

Here is a picture that I took last night as Balmoral was approaching the Bridge to exit from the Upper Pool. I had to wait three quarters of an hour for this picture, as Balmoral didn’t adhere to her published schedule!

My memory card got cluttered up with quite a few other shots of Tower Bridge while I was waiting. 🙂

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