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Friday afternoon in Fareham…and Saturday evening in London…

Worked a ten-hour day on Thursday, so treated myself to a half day on Friday…and spent a couple of hours in Fareham town centre…

A pint of Carling, at Table 63, in The Vanguard Pub, in Fareham West Street...

A pint of Carling, at Table 63, in The Vanguard Pub, in Fareham West Street…

The sculpture at the right is called 'Still Moves' and carries the inscription 'Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed’...which I'd have to meditate on for a very long time before it made any sense ;)...

The sculpture at the right is called ‘Still Moves’ and carries the inscription ‘Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed’…which I’d have to meditate on for a very long time before it made any sense ;)…

A bit further along the pedestrianised part of West Street, in the direction of the railway station...

A bit further along the pedestrianised part of West Street, in the direction of the railway station…

Had my barnet cut, by long-time barber Giovanni at Baker Street on Saturday afternoon, then headed down to the West End by way of King’s Cross…

The wonderful interior of King's Cross station, rendered in mono...

The wonderful interior of King’s Cross station, rendered in mono…

I’ve posted a couple of other photos of Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross on this blog, but never before have I caught a Harry Potter fan so…err…mid-air 🙂

An enthusiastic Harry Potter fan :)...

An enthusiastic Harry Potter fan :)…

That wonderful interior in colour...

That wonderful interior in colour…

The Victorian frontage of King's Cross, in the Euston Road...

The Victorian frontage of King’s Cross, in the Euston Road…

Black cabs, outside St Pancras International...

Black cabs, outside St Pancras International…

The Hippodrome, on the corner of Cranbourn Street and the Charing Cross Road

The Hippodrome, on the corner of Cranbourn Street and the Charing Cross Road

Cranbourn Street, leading to the north side of Leicester Square...

Cranbourn Street, leading to the north side of Leicester Square…

A festive Leicester Square, viewed from its south-western corner...

A festive Leicester Square, viewed from its south-western corner…

And a bit further north in Chinatown, a TCM/Massage clinic in Newport Court, off the Charing Cross Road

And a bit further north in Chinatown, a TCM/Massage clinic in Newport Court, off the Charing Cross Road

A temporary 'Gift Factory' outside the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, with the London Eye visible in the distance...

A temporary ‘Gift Factory’ outside the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank, with the London Eye visible in the distance…

Travelling down the escalator to the Northen Line platform at Waterloo Tube station...

Travelling down the escalator to the Northern Line platform at Waterloo Tube station…

Awaiting a High Barnet train home....and I'm wondering who composed the poem, presumably not Boris ;)...

Awaiting a High Barnet train home….and I’m wondering who composed the poem…presumably not Boris ;)…

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Late August meanderings…

Unlike last year’s photoblog, where daily uploads were obligatory, this year’s treads an altogether less disciplined path, so here are a few images captured from the last few days’ wanderings in Hampshire and London…

The first two were taken in Fareham in Hampshire, where I sometimes stop off for a cup of tea before continuing on into work…

Looking eastwards, outside the Shopping Centre, in West Street, Fareham

Looking eastwards, outside the Shopping Centre, in West Street, Fareham

When I indulge in this morning cuppa, it’s invariably at B & Bs in Fareham Shopping Centre, and this photo is in recognition of Emily’s charity walk along the Great Wall of China, a year or whenever ago. She told me she walked about a hundred miles, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, so well done to Emily, who sometimes serves me with my cup of tea here in Fareham ;)…

Emily with her sum raised charity cheque outside Great Ormond Street Hospital...

Emily with her sum raised charity cheque outside Great Ormond Street Hospital…

Not sure precisely where I took this photo, but it was doubtless in Hampshire in the past few days…

Probably taken in Titchfield...

Probably taken in Titchfield…

I do know where this picture was taken, and it was in Titchfield. The image actually has an allegorical meaning to me, but I’ve no intention of explaining it here ;)…

Walking back to work after a lunchtime pint at The Holiday Inn...

Walking back to work after a lunchtime pint at The Holiday Inn…

Okay, so back to London, and all too often this summer, the Northern Line has been closed at weekends due to Engineering Work, and I’ve been catching buses a lot as a consequence. So it was again yesterday, when I caught an 82 bus from the Tally Ho in North Finchley to Baker Street. The following were taken during a ramble through Marylebone, to Regent Street and beyond, and onto the South Bank…

En route, nearing Oxford Circus, I passed this little gathering outside the Langham Hotel, and I was curious and bemused at first, but didn’t linger long, and settled for a few pictures, one of which was this….

Awaiting Lady Gaga...

Awaiting Lady Gaga…

Nearby, in Langham Place, is the beautiful All Souls’ Church….

All Souls' Church...

All Souls’ Church…

So on I rambled, through Oxford Circus, down Regent Street, through Chinatown, and over Hungerford Bridge to the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank…

In the Members' Bar of the RFH, there was no no Curious Brew, so I settled for Birra Moretti instead

In the Members’ Bar of the RFH, there was no Curious Brew, so I settled for Birra Moretti instead

View over the RFH Terrace, from the Members' Bar, to the River Thames and Hungerford Bridge beyond...

View over the RFH Terrace, from the Members’ Bar, to the River Thames and Hungerford Bridge beyond…

An alternative way of relaxing, by Lift 3, Green Side...

An alternative way of relaxing, by Lift 3, Green Side…

Some Fareham Art…

In Fareham Shopping Centre, the Fareham Community Art shop, has an ongoing display of amateur artists’ work, and here are two currently on show, by Charles Chance…

Woman with red hair (and its reflection), Acrylic, £80

Woman with red hair (and its reflection), Acrylic, £80

Helen (Unfinished), Not for Sale

Helen (Unfinished), Not for Sale

And now for something completely different: the wonderful Anvil Man, by Stephen Lunn, outside the Shopping Centre in West Street…

'Anvil Man' by Stephen Lunn

‘Anvil Man’ by Stephen Lunn

Two Fareham West Street shops…

Ah, well, credit due for such honesty...;)

Ah, well, credit due for such honesty…;)


Some classy window-dressing in Tiffanys, West Street, Fareham

Some classy window-dressing in Tiffanys, West Street, Fareham

A Wickham ramble…and the Wainwrights on the South Bank…

It was a beautiful evening last Tuesday, and eight of us went a-rambling in and around Wickham Common, north of Fareham in Hampshire…a five mile walk, after which, four of us went for a meal and a drink in ‘The King’s Head’ pub in Wickham…

Some back-lit leaves en route..

Some back-lit leaves en route..

Long evening shadows, and a football match beyond...

Long evening shadows, and a football match beyond…

Rambling into the setting sun...

Rambling into the setting sun…

'The King's Head' pub in Wickham...

‘The King’s Head’ pub in Wickham…

"I’m sitting in the railway station, Got a ticket for my destination…"... at Fareham station around 9.15 pm on Tuesday

“I’m sitting in the railway station, Got a ticket for my destination…”… at Fareham station around 9.15 pm on Tuesday

And segueing from Simon and Garfunkel to Loudon Wainwright III, last night I found myself at a (half-empty!) Royal Festival Hall, being richly entertained by the wonderfully eccentric folk singing of Loudon Wainwright, supported by one of his daughters, Lucy Wainwright Roche (he is also dad to Rufus and Martha Wainwright)…and a memorable evening it was too :)…

The 'support' was Lucy who did half an hour on her own, and later joined her dad for some duetting...

The ‘support’ was Lucy, who did half an hour on her own, and later joined her dad for some duetting…

Loudon and Lucy...

Loudon and Lucy…

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III

Duetting on 'Love Hurts', first covered by the Everly Brothers in 1060, and many times since, notably by Nazareth and Jim Capadi amongst others...

Duetting on ‘Love Hurts’, first covered by the Everly Brothers in 1960, and many times since, notably by Nazareth and Jim Capaldi amongst others…

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

Chinese Dragon

Chinese Dragon...by natural light

Chinese Dragon…by natural light

‘Chinese Dragon’, one of three watercolours done on woven paper, by Barry Haines, displayed in the Fareham Community Art Group Gallery, in Fareham Shopping Centre recently. I bought this for £25, and another entitled ‘Chinese Fisherman’.

Chinese Fisherman, also by natural light, although the yellow/water sky is much less patchy-looking in the original that in it is here...

Chinese Fisherman, also by natural light, although the yellow sky/water is much less patchy-looking in the original that in it is here…

The third in this series, ‘Chinese Bird-flight’, I also bought last week, and by a lovely coincidence, the artist himself was minding the shop/gallery when I paid a visit early on Tuesday afternoon :).

Chinese Bird-flight,, again done on woven paper, although this paper was gold-flecked, as is visible in the image...

Chinese Bird-flight,, again done on woven paper, although this paper was gold-flecked, as is visible in the image…

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