A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

Archive for the month “June, 2013”

I am breathing…in the Cherry and Walnut Room, 60 Cannon Street, London

Neil, Louise and Oscar...

Neil, Louise and Oscar…

When I was a teenager, many moons ago, one of my Dad’s elder sisters was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, so I was always going to make the effort to watch this film.

http://www.iambreathingfilm.com/film

It’s not a film that’s on General Release, but there was a showing of it at the MWB Business Exchange in Cannon Street, London on Friday evening, 28 June 2013, and I was there, along with sixty or so other souls, to watch it…so adding the above link to this post is the very least I can do to increase awareness of this particularly cruel and devastating illness :(…

The Royal Exchange, Cornhill, City of London

The Royal Exchange, Cornhill, City of London

Cannon Street Station, City of London

Cannon Street Station, City of London

Piles of Evening Standard newspapers outside Cannon Street station, awaiting collection by homebound commuters...

Piles of Evening Standard newspapers outside Cannon Street station, awaiting collection by homebound commuters…

St Paul's Cathedral, from St Paul's Churchyard

St Paul’s Cathedral, from St Paul’s Churchyard

The Young Lovers, by Georg Erlich (1897-1966) in St. Paul's Churchyard

The Young Lovers, by Georg Erlich (1897-1966) in St. Paul’s Churchyard

Sculpture, and London buses, St Paul's Churchyard

Sculpture, and London buses, St Paul’s Churchyard

St. Paul's Cathedral, from the top of Ludgate Hill

St. Paul’s Cathedral, from the top of Ludgate Hill

Crossing Southwark Bridge...

Crossing Southwark Bridge…

An alternative view of the London Olympics, in Park Street, Southwark ;)...

An alternative view of the London Olympics, in Park Street, Southwark ;)…

Fund raising for the Globe Theatre...

Fund raising for the Globe Theatre…

Shakespeare's Globe, New Globe Walk, Southwark

Shakespeare’s Globe, New Globe Walk, Southwark

The Globe Theatre, South Bank

The Globe Theatre, South Bank

Young jazz musicians, in the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, about 9.15 pm on Friday

Young jazz musicians, in the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, about 9.15 pm on Friday

View upstream from Hungerford Bridge, around half-nine, Friday, 28th June 2013

View upstream from Hungerford Bridge, around half-nine, Friday, 28th June 2013

A sunny Sunday in Southsea…and in Portsmouth Dockyard

Pink Rose, Festing Road

Pink Rose, Festing Road


Canoe Lake, Southsea

Canoe Lake, Southsea


Angel statue, Canoe Lake

Angel statue, Canoe Lake


War memorial, near Canoe Lake

War memorial, near Canoe Lake


Relaxing on Southsea beach, and with Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the distant shoreline

Relaxing on Southsea beach, and with Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the distant shoreline


South Parade Pier, Southsea

South Parade Pier, Southsea


Sea watching, Southsea seafront

Sea watching, Southsea seafront


Seafront near Southsea Castle

Seafront near Southsea Castle


Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII

Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII


Southsea Castle and the Lighthouse

Southsea Castle and the Lighthouse


The Lighthouse and an Isle of Wight ferry

The Lighthouse and an Isle of Wight ferry


Portsmouth Garden of Hope message

Portsmouth Garden of Hope message


The Bandstand on Southsea Common

The Bandstand on Southsea Common


The Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common, with the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth Harbour in the distance

The Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common, with the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth Harbour in the distance


Among the names on the Naval Memorial is that of my maternal grandfather, who died aboard HMS Lawford on the 8th June, 1944

Among the names on the Naval Memorial is that of my maternal grandfather, who died aboard HMS Lawford on the 8th June, 1944


Further along Southsea seafront

Further along Southsea seafront


Clarence Pier funfair...

Clarence Pier funfair…


Swing Tower at the funfair

Swing Tower at the funfair


Swing Tower (detail)...

Swing Tower (detail)…


More funfair amusements...

More funfair amusements…


Donuts and 99s...

Donuts and 99s…


Southsea Fudge Factory

Southsea Fudge Factory


Beyond Clarence Pier, from the seafront heading to Portsmouth

Beyond Clarence Pier, from the seafront heading to Portsmouth


A jetty further along the seafront

A jetty further along the seafront


Sunbathers...

Sunbathers…


Portsmouth Cathedral, from Oyster Street

Portsmouth Cathedral, from Oyster Street


The Spinnaker Tower, at Portsmouth Harbour

The Spinnaker Tower, at Portsmouth Harbour


Action Stations, in Portsmouth Dockyard

Action Stations, in Portsmouth Dockyard


HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyard

HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyard


HMS Victory, aft...

HMS Victory, aft…


HMS Victory, fore...

HMS Victory, fore…


The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard

One for my Dad…69 years on…

HMS Diamond (D34) a Type 45 Royal Navy destroyer, making its way out into the Solent from Portsmouth Harbour...

HMS Diamond (D34) a Type 45 Royal Navy destroyer, making its way out into the Solent from Portsmouth Harbour…


On Gosport waterfront...

On Gosport waterfront…


Yes, my Dad was a morse code operator in the RAF's 3207 Servicing Commando Unit...

Yes, my Dad was a morse code operator, in the RAF’s 3207 Servicing Commando Unit…


So, a reflective pint, in the Castle Tavern pub, near Gosport waterfront

So, a reflective pint, in the Castle Tavern pub, near Gosport waterfront


And after D-Day...he went on to serve in south-east Asia, ending up in Singapore...

And after D-Day…he went on to serve in south-east Asia, ending up in Singapore…


The Castle Tavern pub, from the street...

The Castle Tavern pub, from the street…


In gardens by Gosport waterfront...

In gardens by Gosport waterfront…


Clock, girl and Spinnaker Tower...

Clock, girl and Spinnaker Tower…


Man seated on a wall...

Man seated on a wall…


Upcoming trips on the 'Spirit of Portsmouth'...

Upcoming trips on the ‘Spirit of Portsmouth’…


Aboard the 18.00 pm Gosport Ferry, approaching Portsmouth Harbour, looking across to HMS Warrior, a warship built in 1860...

Aboard the 18.00 pm Gosport Ferry, approaching Portsmouth Harbour, looking across to HMS Warrior, a warship built in 1860…


About to disembark at Portsmouth...

About to disembark at Portsmouth…

Mostly Gosport…

I'm not really into cars...but occasionally one catches my eye...like this one in North Finchley High Road last Saturday morning...

I’m not really into cars…but occasionally one catches my eye…like this one in North Finchley High Road last Saturday morning…


A figurine and keying...Southsea yesterday

A figurine and keying…Southsea yesterday


A friendly horse in Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, at lunchtime today...

A friendly horse in Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, at lunchtime today…


Looking towards Gosport High Street, contre-jour, early evening today...

Looking towards Gosport High Street, contre-jour, early evening today…


In a Gosport flowerbed, by the waterfront...

In a Gosport flowerbed, by the waterfront…


Gosport waterfront, with Portsmouth beyond...

Gosport waterfront, with Portsmouth beyond…


Another view, with the Gosport Ferry, 'Queen of Portsmouth' crossing the water...

Another view, with the Gosport Ferry, ‘Queen of Portsmouth’ crossing the water…


By Haslar Marina, Gosport, with a very relaxed fisherman ;)...

By Haslar Marina, Gosport, with a very relaxed fisherman ;)…


HMS Haslar, in Haslar Marina

HMS Haslar, in Haslar Marina


Touching tribute... on a waterfront bench near Haslar Marina

Touching tribute… on a waterfront bench near Haslar Marina


'The Gosport Queen'...after 6.30 pm, only one ferry is used for the crossing to Portsmouth, four trips an hour. During the day, it's two ferries, and eight trips an hour...

‘The Gosport Queen’…after 6.30 pm, only one ferry is used for the crossing to Portsmouth, four trips an hour. During the day, it’s two ferries, and eight trips an hour…


Daedalus...near Gosport waterfront...

Daedalus…near Gosport waterfront…

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