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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Going back to 2011…

Unlike with yizhivika.com last year, when the day of the posting was restricted to photographs taken on the said day, this photo-blog has no such immutable constraints, so I’ve decided to revive some happy memories from 2011, and the following half-a-dozen photographs were all taken between June and November that year.

The first of them was taken on a lovely June day when I took my partner’s sister and brother-in-law on a guided tour of the Isle of Wight, taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde, and then travelling down to Shanklin (among other places) where this picture was taken. I hasten to add that my Mandarin is somewhat limited, and my guests’ English was virtually non-existent, but never mind, we had a good time, and the day added to my already fond memories of the Isle of Wight…

Shanklin, 9th June, 2011

Shanklin, 9th June, 2011

The next three pictures were all taken in the following month on my maiden visit to North Yorkshire, at the invitation of a long-time friend who relocated to Richmond from his erstwhile home in Finsbury Park, north London, to look after his elderly mum. And what a revelation North Yorkshire was to me; we were blessed with fine weather for the four days I was there, and it was a beautiful place to be that July…

Passing through the village of Hawes, in North Yorkshire...

Passing through the village of Hawes, in North Yorkshire…

Sheep at Ribblehead Viaduct...

Sheep at Ribblehead Viaduct…

Tan Hill Inn, the highest inn in Britain, at 1732 feet above sea level...

Tan Hill Inn, the highest inn in Britain, at 1732 feet above sea level…

In the autumn of 2011, I made two visits to the Union Chapel, in Islington in north London, to see gigs by a couple of favourite women artists: the first, in October, featuring Tanita Tikaram (whose album ‘The Sweet Keeper’ is very dear to me) and the other, in November, featuring The Webb Sisters, a pair of fellow-Kentish lasses, who toured as backing singers for Leonard Cohen a year or two previously, and who do a divine version of Leonard’s song ‘If it be your will’…so here they are, on two autumn nights at that lovely venue…:).

Tanita Tikaram, and dig those red shoes...;)

Tanita Tikaram, and dig those red shoes…;)

Hattie and Charlie Webb at the Union Chapel, November 2011

Hattie and Charlie Webb at the Union Chapel, November 2011

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Some Woodside Park reds…

Woodside Park Road/Woodside Avenue

Woodside Park Road/Woodside Avenue


Woodside Park Road

Woodside Park Road


Car park, off Woodside Park Road

Car park, off Woodside Park Road


Woodside Avenue

Woodside Avenue


Woodside Avenue

Woodside Avenue


Woodside Avenue

Woodside Avenue

London Marathon 2013

I’ve chosen the first photo below for a couple of reasons; firstly because it’s a good representation of the number of London Marathon runners who were wearing black ribbons in remembrance of those who suffered in Boston, and secondly, because at the extreme right of the photo, is a runner representing the Mornington Chasers Running Club, from Camden Town in north London, which was the running club I belonged to when I ran my own Marathon, around Loch Rannoch in Scotland, on the 21 June 1992. For me, running one Marathon was enough (in a time of 3 hours 56 minutes and 26 seconds!), but it’s a memory I’ll always cherish :).

Around the 25 mile mark...

Around the 25 mile mark…

On the Embankment, nearing the end of the race...

On the Embankment, nearing the end of the race…

Runner number 252...

Runner number 252…

Alvin..in support of the Rainforests...

Alvin..in support of the Rainforests…

Another charity that garners a lot of support on London Marathon day...

Another charity that garners a lot of support on London Marathon day…

All the way from Gotham City... ;)

All the way from Gotham City… 😉

Plenty of water stations on the way round the course...

Plenty of water stations on the way round the course…

And finally, congratulations to everyone who completed the race...:)

And finally, congratulations to everyone who completed the race…:)

Around and about…Hampshire, London and Kent…

A derelict red telephone box, Titchfield, Hampshire...

A derelict red telephone box, Titchfield, Hampshire…

Graffiti, Portsmouth City Centre...

Graffiti, Portsmouth City Centre…

A midweek early evening ramble around Swanmore, Hampshire…

A Swanmore cottage...

A Swanmore cottage…

Some friendly Swanmore sheep...

Some friendly Swanmore sheep…

Some fellow ramblers...

Some fellow ramblers…

A Swanmore sky...

A Swanmore sky…

A couple from London’s South Bank…

London's South Bank...

London’s South Bank…

An evening skyline on the South Bank...

An evening skyline on the South Bank…

And back to Kent today, to visit a sister in Cuxton, then to Gillingham, for an abortive attempt to see the Gills clinch the League Two title…I’d backed them with ten quid at 10-1 at the beginning of the season ;)…

Cuxton railway station, Kent...

Cuxton railway station, Kent…

Exploring Cuxton...

Exploring Cuxton…

Match sold out ...:(...

Match sold out …:(…

So, a retreat to the Southern Belle pub, at the end of Gillingham High Street, and a pint of Stella Artois ;)…

All's well that ends well; Gillingham 2 AFC Wimbledon 2...and Gillingham League Two champions :)...

All’s well that ends well; Gillingham 2 AFC Wimbledon 2…and Gillingham League Two champions :)…

London Bridge No. 1…and an upstream busker ;)…

No. 1 London Bridge, south side...

No. 1 London Bridge, south side…

Sign, north-east side of London Bridge...

Sign, north-east side of London Bridge…

London Bridge as seen from Old Billingsgate Walk, downstream from the bridge...

London Bridge as seen from Old Billingsgate Walk, downstream from the bridge…

On London Bridge, looking south...with The Shard, to the left, dwarfing Southwark Cathedral, to the right...

On London Bridge, looking south…with The Shard, to the left, dwarfing Southwark Cathedral, to the right…

On the north side of London Bridge...

On the north side of London Bridge…

Sign at the base of The Monument...on the north side of London Bridge...

Sign at the base of The Monument…on the north side of London Bridge…

The Monument, from King William Street...

The Monument, from King William Street…

London Bridge viewed from upstream...

London Bridge viewed from upstream…

…and a little further along the Thames, upstream from Blackfriars Bridge…

Flame Proof Moth busker...

Flame Proof Moth busker…

…and in the context of the riverbank…

South side, between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges...

South side, between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges…

A Cuxton carving, some Covent Garden pottery and a Steep monument…

I plan to visit my sister in the Kentish village of Cuxton on Saturday next, and here’s a photograph dating from my last visit to Cuxton, on Boxing Day, 2011, of a carved bench on Bush Hill…

A carved bench, Bush Hill, Cuxton, Kent

A carved bench, Bush Hill, Cuxton, Kent

And on the theme of handicrafts, here’s a stall I came across at Covent Garden Market in central London, in 2007 I believe it was…

A pottery stall, Covent Garden Market...

A pottery stall, Covent Garden Market…

Our after-work rambling group has its first outing this coming Thursday, around Swanmore in Hampshire, so here are a couple of images from a previous outing, in the vicinity of Steep, near Petersfield, also in Hampshire. Steep is associated with the poet Edward Thomas, who died at Arras in the First World War. The two images here are followed by Thomas’s poem ‘Adlestrop’, which happens to be one of my favourites, so here it is…

A misty Steep landscape, early spring 2011

A misty Steep landscape, early spring 2011

Hillside monument to Edward Thomas, at Steep, Hampshire

Hillside monument to Edward Thomas, at Steep, Hampshire

Adlestrop

Yes, I remember Adlestrop —
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop — only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Edward Thomas (1878-1917)

Fareham, Fratton, Waterloo and Whetstone…

A traditional red telephone box in Fareham West Street

A traditional red telephone box in Fareham West Street

In a shop window in West Street, Fareham

In a shop window in West Street, Fareham

An evening sky in Fareham West Street

An evening sky in Fareham West Street

And another...

And another…

In Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, Portsmouth

In Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, Portsmouth

Cuneo statue, on the concourse of Waterloo Station, London

Cuneo statue, on the concourse of Waterloo Station, London

Through a station window at Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, looking north towards High Barnet

Through a station window at Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, looking north towards High Barnet

Young cyclists, Swan Lane Open Space, early evening...

Young cyclists, Swan Lane Open Space, early evening…

Woman walking her dog, Swan Lane Open Space, early evening

Woman walking her dog, Swan Lane Open Space, early evening

Setting sun, amidst trees, London N12

Setting sun, amidst trees, London N12

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