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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:47 PM
ok introducing my hometown -7.6 million city proper, 18 million CSA.

London has been multicultural for centuries -the medieval city was 1/3 foreign born, by the 1500s it had a population of 20,000 Africans, and already 3000 Indians living in the city when the first Englishman set foot in India.

Today it speaks 350 languages through 80 major ethnic communities, over 1/3 are foreign born (expected to rise to 50-60 percent in the next decade- which it already is in the centre), another 1/3 non-white (already 1/2 in the centre). The biggest issues at the moment are rocketting costs of living leading to an ever widening disparity between the rich and the poor, crime (5x recorded crime of NYC - London has far lower murders but more violent crimes), and ageing transport infrastructure, and its frequent breakdowns (which hopefully the Olympics will put right - or not).

Also the city is growing once more, after decades of suburbanisation to satellite cities (a city proper peak of 9 million just before the war had fallen to 6.3 million by the 1980s) - Since 2002 over a million foreign born have joined the city's already multicultural ranks. The govt is currently hoping 130,000 new homes and 240,000 jobs in the East will help the housing shortage for the influx of newcomers, and to curb the exodus of the lower middle classes who cannot afford the exorbitant costs. Many planners say this plan is bound to fail.


http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/4702/londonunitedkingdomsx4.jpg


The city has 120 theatres, 1600 theatre groups, 600 dance troupes, 600 cinema screens, 300 art galleries, 300 museums, 320 markets, 350 mosques, 4000 churches, 10,000 pubs n bars, 15,000 restaurants, 500,000 - 1 million clubbers any given night, 5 cathedrals, 5 international airports, 7 rail termini, 87 sq. miles of parkland, 47.8 million tourists, 130 million air passengers. London is a global hub for the arts, transportation and financial trades. It's biggest industries are finance, tourism and retail.

Despite the reputation the city gets less rainfall than Paris, NYC or Rome ( I cold go on, Beirut, Tel Aviv).

ok, this be Londoo , sit back, relax n njoi the tour. The pix were taken over a couple of days in summer n winter.

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:49 PM
Summer n winter
1.
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2.Soho cafe, watching people watching people
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3.Faster than you think
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4.Oxford Street mess
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5.Lovin it
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6.Piccadilly Circus and the Eros statue, once Londons favourite meeting place until it was taken over as a pick up point for rentboys in the 80s, and successively, tourists in the 90s.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810137.jpg


7. Didnt notice them till after...
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8.All Souls
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9.
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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:50 PM
11.Berwick Street, home to London's vinyl stores...
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810077.jpg


12....and street market
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13.
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14.Centre point demarcating the tacky end of Oxford St (spot the chavs)
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15.Soho 19th century grime
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16.
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17.
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18.the famous Black Street Records
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19.Londoner's new favourite meeting point, on the corner from Eros
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810122.jpg


20. ...and the hidden statues above the fountain
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810114.jpg

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:51 PM
21.
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22.
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23.Crowds everywhere, gets exhausting
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24.Gay district Soho
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810224lightened-1.jpg


25.Spot the pimp
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26.
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27.Over 500 (registered) rickshaws ply the sex n entertainment district, when not taking a breather
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28.
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29.
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30.Chinatown dragon dancers
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture343.jpg

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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31.Bar Italia, Jimmy's, Nino's Salon, Caffe Nero
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32.
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33.
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34. Change of scenery, the banks of the Thames

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35.
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Symmetry
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36.
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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:53 PM
40. Tate Modern
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41.
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42. Light installation, this gives you snow blindness in different shades of colour
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43.
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44. caught look
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810005.jpg


45. The 3 streets of the West End Chinatown, the closest London gets to a small ghetto,
and focus for 180,000 Chinese who live spread out across the capital, along with everyone else
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0905_184252.jpg


46.
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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:54 PM
50.
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51.
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52.
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53. The inner city, the leafy Kurdish high street
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54.
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56.
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57. The Barbican Centre, a complete Sixties timewarp complete with highrise concrete and rubber piping suppliers in all their glory, I kid ye not: luxury brutalism at $2million a pop
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58.
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59.
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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:54 PM
60.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0915_144846.jpg



61. Hampstead-on-the-Hill, one of Londons urban villages
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0905_180722.jpg



62.Follow the hat
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63.
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66.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0905_161042hampsteadvines.jpg


67.Journeys end
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0905_161326rotated.jpg

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:55 PM
WINTER 2006
1.Chinatown celebrations, the largest outside China (300,000 crowd)
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture380.jpg



1a.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture201.jpg



1b.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture274.jpg



2. Many of the palaces and grand buildings set up ice rinks, this is the vast Natural History Museum
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture011.jpg



3.Xmas lights
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture039.jpg



3b.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture066.jpg


4.Lonesome
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5.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/Picture062.jpg



6.Lonesome II
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/DSC00536rotated.jpg

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:56 PM
7.
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8.http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/DSC00029roatted.jpg


9.Hungover
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10.
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13.
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computerised light installation and dance @Trafalgar Square
14.http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/DSC00427.jpg

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 02:57 PM
15.
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16.
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toilet signs
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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 03:26 PM
Londoners are famously tolerant and unfazed by anything, but infamously value their privacy (what little one has living in any city). Unlike the rest of the country, strike up conversation with a stranger here and they will secretly look on you as crazy. This veneer makes it difficult to make friends and dates, one of Londoners main moans - whereas the rest of the country enjoys up to 20 close personal friends, Londoners average merely 5.

London is also very mixed, there isnt a single ghetto on race nor economy, the rich live cheek by jowl with the poor, an age old trend exacerbated now by rising house prices. Millions strong ethnic communities (including native white English) are also spread evenly throughout the city.
This is a phenomenon that has arisen strangely, if anything, from old racist politics which housed new immigrants in traditional working class communities after the War. They didnt have to swear allegiance to a flag and were given freedom of worship, movement and education, they didnt even have to speak English - all this in a hope these new communities would develop seperately from white natives. Londons first modern race riots occured in the 1950s, but followed a sharp learning curve thereon, from the Notting Hill carnival that was set up the year after the race riots to the landmark ruling in the 1990s that found the police institutionally racist after the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Today this intercommunal race relationship has resulted in some of the highest cases of mixed marriage in the West and allegiance to being British - without diluting their traditional cultures.

To the acclaim of both communities immigrants have managed to buck these divisive multiculturalist trends the govt attempted, yet have held on to their cultural identity that melting pot theories deny.

However things are not all rosy, this isnt to say London has no lingering institutionalised racism. While Black women earn more than White women, Black men earn far lower than their counterparts. Whilst South and East Asians as a whole earn more than Whites, South Asian Muslims form the bottom of the social rung. The recent climate of terrorism and fear has done nothing for race relations in this regard. On a similar issue, women still earn marginally less than men, and in terms of the highest tiers of management, are vastly underrepresented.
The current waves of Eastern European migrants (700,000 Poles alone since 2004) has also led to a gathering distrust despite the boost to the economy. At the turn of the Millennium London had the largest asylum applications and seekers entering in the world, since then conservative policies are slowly changing the city from left to right and curbing the inflow.
The largest migrations were predicted to come from Africa but they were eclipsed by EU nationals exercising their freedom of residence anywhere in the EU. That in turn may be eclipsed by an unprecedented wave from Latin America.
Despite these pressures London is still abnormally mixed residentially, professionally and communally, the majority of Blacks and East Asians marry outside their community, 1/3 of South Asians too. Of the current generation 55 percent is foreign born and 40 percent non white. One primary school alone can count over 300 languages.

zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 03:36 PM
Some pix of the streetscape and architecture in the lowrise areas

Urban cacophany, the retail wonderland or inhuman nightmare depending on your wallet:
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810144.jpg


street 'furniture'- the city still has along way to go in making its many pedestrian zones actually pedestrian friendly
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810147.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q49/zupermaus/2004_0810142.jpg


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zupermaus
May 10th, 2007, 03:37 PM
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macreator
May 10th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Fantastic photos. London is blessed with a fantastic housing stock.

OmegaNYC
May 10th, 2007, 06:21 PM
Nice pictures! I felt as if I was really in London.

wjfox2007
May 11th, 2007, 10:46 AM
Awesome collection of pics... thanks for sharing. The West End is so vibrant.

BadByron
May 12th, 2007, 11:09 AM
Super!

Meerkat
May 24th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Zupermaus - none of these pictures show on this computer, just a small box with a red cross.

zupermaus
May 26th, 2007, 10:24 AM
eek! have you tried refreshing the page?

BenL
May 27th, 2007, 07:08 AM
Nice pictures. Am I right in thinking that picture 5 is a rather upmarket McDonald's?!

Meerkat
May 28th, 2007, 05:36 AM
eek! have you tried refreshing the page?


Yeah, tried that - still no pictures. I'm on the computer at work so maybe thats why. Would you mind if i put some pictures i recently took on here too? I've recently got into photography, though mine are a bit amateur. I spent a few days exploring London last week - its amazing what you can find when you explore.

By the way greenwichse10 - you friend is no longer with us. I think he's suspended or banned - not sure which.

zupermaus
May 31st, 2007, 06:49 PM
yes! yes! yes! more pix the merrier

zupermaus
May 31st, 2007, 06:53 PM
oh and no 5 is a downmarket McDonalds on Oxford Street, the tatty end. The upmarket ones are all lime green and dark wood, swanky 70s lampshades, black chandeliers and big swivel armchairs in orange. Its the true mouth of hell.

Meerkat
June 7th, 2007, 08:13 PM
yes! yes! yes! more pix the merrier

I'll put them on in a couple of weeks - i'll have to upload the pictures on a friends computer as the only internet access i have is at work (i was bollocked the other day for spending too much time on the net by my boss :mad:).
I'll warn you, the pictures aren't very exciting though. Most of them were taken in the city, but i did get some good pictures around the 'Temple' area off Fleet street.

lorcar
June 20th, 2007, 11:03 PM
that London has less rainy days than Rome????
cmon...is that true? i really thought that only Brussels could be worse than London!
Anyhow, terrific pics, thanks a lot.
You really made a good job. London - in a sunny day - is a enjoyable fantastic city. I am european, so it happenend to be there quite often, and everytime had greatest time.
At the same time, as I had already written here some months ago, it is still very far from being comparable to
the MOST beautiful city in the world...:):p:cool:

Being european, just finished my studying, i am forced to think to go back home, and London is a natural choice.
But i would cry sadly if i have to leave NY to move to London.

zupermaus
June 21st, 2007, 07:28 PM
yep London regularly gets less rainfall than Rome, Paris or NYC. Its in the driest part of the country, in a massive chalk valley and the reputation is definitely undeserved. Likewise the famous fogs it gets counts only about 2 days a year. Both reputations arise from the weather from the 1950s when it was alot wetter (blame global warming) and the 'fogs' were actually coal fire smogs that lingered the past 200 years. The worst ones came in 1953 and killed 12,000 in 4 days. Ever since that the Clean Air Act has ensured industry has been moved out of the capital and the home fires been replaced by electricity by 1960.

lorcar
June 23rd, 2007, 03:54 PM
yep London regularly gets less rainfall than Rome, Paris or NYC.

ok, i trust you but i couldn't stop thinking about this statistics.
Maybe it means that rainfall, in terms of mm of water, that is the AMOUNT of water, is less.
But it is the same if we check the number of rainy days? i mean, it could be that Rome or NY have MORE WATER in FEWER DAYS.
But based on my experience there is no other way i can think this statistic to be true, this is the only explanation possible, coherent with the fact that to everybody (sorry for generalizing!!!) seems that NYC and Rome have a much better weather than London.

Would you stay in a city where you have a couple of storms a year, or in a city where you have a constant annoying mild light rain all the year through?
:eek:

ablarc
June 23rd, 2007, 07:10 PM
a city where you have a constant annoying mild light rain all the year through?
The grass likes it.

Meerkat
June 24th, 2007, 06:30 PM
Would you stay in a city where you have a couple of storms a year, or in a city where you have a constant annoying mild light rain all the year through?
:eek:[/quote]

I quite like the rain - it keeps the country nice and green. Anyway, you get used to the rain eventually - just remember to take an umbrella out with you.

Capn_Birdseye
June 25th, 2007, 02:22 PM
Great pics! Well taken.

zupermaus
June 26th, 2007, 03:37 PM
ok, i trust you but i couldn't stop thinking about this statistics.
Maybe it means that rainfall, in terms of mm of water, that is the AMOUNT of water, is less.
But it is the same if we check the number of rainy days? i mean, it could be that Rome or NY have MORE WATER in FEWER DAYS.
But based on my experience there is no other way i can think this statistic to be true, this is the only explanation possible, coherent with the fact that to everybody (sorry for generalizing!!!) seems that NYC and Rome have a much better weather than London.

Would you stay in a city where you have a couple of storms a year, or in a city where you have a constant annoying mild light rain all the year through?
:eek:

yep less rainfall means less mm per year. - But that doesnt mean London is all light drizzle most of the year, in this part of the country it either pours or is nothing, with 4 seasons in one day not uncommon. The 'mild light rain all year through' is a reputation for the north of the country, not the SE. -Though having said that this month its been raining solid and flooding all over the place :(

zupermaus
July 2nd, 2007, 06:03 AM
just got some stats, London gets an average 23 inches a year (behind Paris 24, Rome 31, Barcelona 26, NYC 41, Melbourne 26, HK 41, Tel Aviv 23, Beirut 35 etc). If it was further south it would be considered semi-arid. As its chalk beneath, every summer the grass dies across the city and turns brown, in winter its muddy and water logged when it rains.

MidtownGuy
July 2nd, 2007, 10:46 AM
So we've all been mistaken, London is a sunny place with more blue skies
than Rome or New York?

ablarc
July 2nd, 2007, 06:48 PM
^ No, it's just non-stop light drizzle.

One summer I worked in London. I've never known cold like August in London.

zupermaus
July 4th, 2007, 10:36 PM
oi! Ive tried to be honest, warts n all, about London, good and bad, but one story that isnt a fair portrayal is the sodden weather. Like I said before its not nonstop drizzle, it sure aint sunny all the time, but it is DRY hence the reputation that it RAINS all the time being innacurate. If you want to question the 23 inches annual rainfall take it up with the British meteorological office and their instruments of devilous magick.

On that note a normal summer would be in the 70s fahrenheit from May onward peaking in the 90s for a few days in July (this equates to 130f on the Tube which far exceeds the EU regulations on animal transportation, let alone 3 million people underground). In 2003 the temperatures hit mid 90s -100 for a few weeks and about 500 poor buggers died, conditions below ground were horrific. The transport bosses maintain the system is too outdated and tunnels too small to fit air conditioners on top the trains, which is utter bollox.

-Anyways saying that its been the wettest June in 300 years and the worst summer in living memory. I kid ye not yesterday it feckin snowed in South London. Im still wearing a coat dammit. This time last year it was 30c and I was on a beach in Brick Lane, now I spend my time hugging a damp coffee and sniffing for 7 hrs.

Meerkat
July 21st, 2007, 06:22 PM
I actually like the rain. After being in a climate where the average daily temperature was 35 and humid i'll never complain about the weather here again.
I thought they were in the process of fitting the tube trains with air conditioning now Zupermaus? I may be wrong of course, but i'm sure i read about it in the Evening Standard. By the way, the 500 deaths you refer to were as a result of respiratory conditions exacerbated by the hot weather in 2003, not as a result of tube travel.

zupermaus
July 27th, 2007, 03:10 PM
oh yep I didnt mean they died on the tube, but in that heatwave overall. About 3000 died in UK on the whole, 3000 in Spain, 14,000 in France and 20,000 in Italy. Its one of the most under reported disasters of modern times.

The last 3 months have been officially the wettest on record I heard yesterday, since 1680 or thereabouts. Yesterday I was at a theme park and it rained nonstop from 9am when we got there right through till 4pm, and cold enough to see your breath. I also witnessed the heaviest downpour in my life while driving home, with visibility on the motorway about 10 feet, adversely with glorious sun too.

Meerkat
July 27th, 2007, 04:56 PM
^
yes i saw that while i was at work.
By the way, i'll be posting my pictures of London on here shortly. Yours are pretty good - especially Compton street (i know it well), but couldn't you have picked a better looking policeman to photograph?

zupermaus
July 27th, 2007, 05:35 PM
ah he was standing next to this big Black sexcop in leather, just out of shot, but I didnt like the chaps .

Meerkat
July 29th, 2007, 08:44 AM
As promised some pictures i took recently.
The first is city hall and tower bridge, 2+ 3 are the tower of London and the city behind, 4 is the roman temple of Mithras, 5 is Temple bar, 6 is st.Pauls, 7 a churchyard somewhere which i've forgotten, 8+9 are the old roman walls, and 10 are some interesting plaques near another church, which i cant rember (my memory.....)

Meerkat
July 29th, 2007, 08:51 AM
Most of the pictures won't upload for some reason, so only a handfull of the ones i've taken are here,
picture 1 is of some seagulls on the banks of the Thames, 2 - 7 are when i recently flew into Heathrow (not in order), 8 - 9 are from the top of the Hilton (i went for a friends birthday), the last is somewhere near Lincolns inn.

Meerkat
July 29th, 2007, 09:11 AM
Well thats all i can upload. The dimensions of the rest are over 800x800, and i havent got a clue how to adjust - any suggestions? I'm really annoyed as i was quite proud of the pictures i took - recently photography has become a bit of a hobby for me. The first i've uploaded twice by mistake, the second is of the tower of London and the third is of Canary Wharf from Greenwich.

zupermaus
July 29th, 2007, 01:30 PM
thanx Meerkat, I love that Victorian wall devoted to those who died to save others, notably Alice Ayles, (check it out on the film 'Closer'),

and 'Elizabeth Boxall, aged 17 of Bethnall Green who died of Injuries received in Trying to Save a Child from a Runaway Horse June 20 1888':

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4547&d=1185712986

and the skyline shots / aerials show well the density and the medieval streetplan imposed on the modern city, i love the pix.

btw Itd be great to see them full scale,

upload them on the photo site and click the scripting for 'direct link'. Then type in: insert-script-here to get them as proper pictures as opposed to thumbnails.

Meerkat
July 30th, 2007, 08:24 AM
^
So you can't blow the pictures up any larger? So that means i'll have to repost them all again.....
I love flying into London, i usually take pictures coming into land - takes my mind off flying, which i hate.
Anyway, i've worked out how to resize on my computer, so i'll post some more pictures soon.

Meerkat
August 7th, 2007, 09:35 AM
Here are some more pictures i took on Sunday - it was such a beautiful day i couldn't resist going for a walk and taking photos.
I walked along the south bank from Charing Cross station to the Millenium bridge and then through the city to Liverpool street station.
I added the lamp post on the south bank as i liked the fish curled around its base - something i've never noticed before when i was in that area.
I've noticed though that none of them have come out a clearly as they have on my computer at home - i adjusted their size so that i could post them here and now they look bleurred.

zupermaus
August 7th, 2007, 10:17 PM
lovely jubbly, dig the one of St Pauls with the Millennium Bridge.

Try www.imageshack.us (http://www.imageshack.us) for larger images.
After uploading images, highlight the script in 'direct link' and add:
before
and after the script.

Capn_Birdseye
August 8th, 2007, 12:02 PM
Great pics Meerkat, how about one of me on my boat?

Meerkat
August 13th, 2007, 07:01 PM
Great pics Meerkat, how about one of me on my boat?

OK here you are cap'n


http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/graphics/pugwash.jpghttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42021000/jpg/_42021788_captain_203jpg.jpg

And here you are with some fish fingers!

zupermaus
August 31st, 2007, 05:01 PM
saw him in a club in Brighton once with some blonde chavettes on his lap - and in uniform. Now who the **** turns up at a club in their tv-advert attire and gets in, then chats up the birds with it???
It'll be Rod n Emu next, if it werent for Rods unfortunate accident involving a tv aerial and alot of gravity -still blessem emu don't have to have a hand shoved up his arse all day...

Meerkat
September 8th, 2007, 11:51 AM
^
Emu was on TV the other day, swearing (with a gruff London accent) and smoking a cigarette - honest. Can't remember the name of the show, but it was on Channel 4. Very funny though.

zupermaus
September 9th, 2007, 10:13 AM
I suppose thats what emus like when he's not being fisted. His real name's Colin, not many people know that.

http://www.graystudios.co.uk/files/rod1.jpg

Gawd bless em!

Meerkat
September 16th, 2007, 10:22 AM
^
And now he's making a comeback in shape of Rod Hulls son Toby. Not quite as aggressive this time round though (so the newspaper says).

zupermaus
October 1st, 2007, 05:42 AM
i think Toby's got a smaller hand.

zupermaus
December 15th, 2007, 09:54 AM
things that go BUMP in the night

Meerkat
December 17th, 2007, 04:32 PM
^
:confused: