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Around Portsmouth Harbour and Southsea seafront…

Figurehead and the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Harbour

Figurehead and the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Harbour

Figurehead, close-up...

Figurehead, close-up…

A British MMK1 Magnetic Moored Mine, Portsmouth Harbour

A British MMK1 Magnetic Moored Mine, Portsmouth Harbour

A torpedo (of the type that sank the Belgrano), with the Spinnaker Tower beyond...

A torpedo (of the type that sank the Belgrano), with the Spinnaker Tower beyond…

More about the torpedo...

More about the torpedo…

Sky above Spice Island, Portsmouth Harbour

Sky above Spice Island, Portsmouth Harbour

Similar in sepia...

Similar in sepia…

Naval Memorial on Southsea seafront

Naval Memorial on Southsea seafront

Poppies on the Naval Memorial

Poppies on the Naval Memorial

Memorial window, looking towards Portsmouth Harbour

Memorial window, looking towards Portsmouth Harbour

Southsea seafront from the Naval Memorial

Southsea seafront from the Naval Memorial

Streetlamp on Southsea seafront

Streetlamp on Southsea seafront

Aboukir Memorial, Southsea seafront

Aboukir Memorial, Southsea seafront

Inscription on the Aboukir Memorial...

Inscription on the Aboukir Memorial…

Ferry approaching Portsmouth from Ryde on the Isle of Wight

Ferry approaching Portsmouth from Ryde on the Isle of Wight

WightLink ferry heading towards Portsmouth Harbour

WightLink ferry heading towards Portsmouth Harbour

The same, in colour...

The same, in colour…

The 69 Wine Bar & Bistro (with live music today), in Palmerston Road, Southsea

The 69 Wine Bar & Bistro (with live music today), in Palmerston Road, Southsea

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The week so far…

'Ai'...the Chinese character for 'love'...

‘Ai’…the Chinese character for ‘love’…

Lovelock on Hungerford Bridge, over the River Thames in central London, dated 29/11/2013

Lovelock on Hungerford Bridge, over the River Thames in central London, dated 29/11/2013

Joanne Panayi's sculpture 'Premier' in Castle Arts, New Row, London WC2...yours for £375

Joanne Panayi’s sculpture ‘Premier’ in Castle Arts, New Row, London WC2…yours for £375

Moon and clouds above Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, around 7.20 this morning

Moon and clouds above Goldsmith Avenue,
Fratton, around 7.20 this morning

Moon in rigging of HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Hard, this morning...

Moon in rigging of HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Hard, this morning…

West Street, Fareham, around 9.15 this morning...

West Street, Fareham, around 9.15 this morning…

Erhu busking, HMS Warrior, the London Jazz Festival, and Albert Road, Southsea

Gerrard Street is the main street in London’s Chinatown, bustling with tourists and visitors most weekends of the year, so this solitary erhu player, photographed on Sunday afternoon of last week in Gerrard Street, is somewhat untypical, but here he is anyway, one of the very few erhu buskers on the streets of London…

Busking with an erhu, in Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London...

Busking with an erhu, in Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London…

On Tuesday afternoon, I was down at Portsmouth Hard, supping a pint in The Lady Hamilton pub (where incidentally, I chanced upon Adam Ant in the bar around three years ago; he was staying in bed and breakfast there at the time) as I awaited a coach to London’s Victoria Coach station at half-four. Following is a photo of HMS Warrior I took that afternoon; it’s a ship that I never tire of looking at…

HMS Warrior, the world's first ironclad warship, 1860, at Portsmouth Hard

HMS Warrior, the world’s first ironclad warship, 1860, at Portsmouth Hard

The trip to London was to take me to a gig in the Purcell Room on South Bank, part of the London Jazz Festival this year, and specifically to a concert by Christine Tobin, singing The Songs of Leonard Cohen. I very rarely buy jazz records, but I’ve seen a lot of live jazz in London over the years, including a few years ago, gigs by both Christine Tobin and Huw Warren, who accompanied her on accordion (and piano) on Tuesday evening.

First up on Tuesday night in the Purcell Room though, as support act, was the Georgia Mancio Trio, who performed half a-dozen songs, including a version of David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’, sung with a Brazilian Portuguese lyric…and there was also a song by Simon and Garfunkel ;)…

Georgia Mancio Trio, with Gareth Lockrane on flute, and Geoff Gascoyne on bass

Georgia Mancio Trio, with Gareth Lockrane on flute, and Geoff Gascoyne on bass

Christine Tobin’s set consisted almost entirely of covers of Leonard Cohen’s songs, material for an album she’s releasing next spring called ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’. (The only exception to Cohen songs on Tuesday was a John Martyn song from the 1970s, ‘Go Down Easy’ which she did as an encore). It was interesting though to hear Leonard Cohen’s songs interpreted in a jazz context, and the highlight of the evening for me was her take on ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’ from Cohen’s 1967 album ‘The Songs of Leonard Cohen’.

Christine Tobin, in monochrome

Christine Tobin, in monochrome

Christine Tobin, in glorious redheaded colour

Christine Tobin, in glorious redheaded colour

I got back to Portsmouth around midnight that evening (having endured the dubious pleasure of some inebriated teens or twenty-somethings, misbehaving on the homebound train, but mercifully they got out at Woking) and I took the following day off, to accompany my partner to couple of meetings she had in Portsmouth and Southsea that day. All the following photos were taken in Albert Road, Southsea on that Wednesday…

Indepedent Republic of Albert Road (Southsea)

Indepedent Republic of Albert Road (Southsea)

'Bored of Southsea' is a shop on the other side of the street....

‘Bored of Southsea’ is a shop on the other side of the street….

A row of shops on the south side of Albert Road

A row of shops on the south side of Albert Road

Above 'The Vaults' pub, on the north side of Albert Road

Above ‘The Vaults’ pub, on the north side of Albert Road

SoundZ record shop, on the south side of the street

SoundZ record shop, on the south side of the street

One of several different Albert Road banners in the street...

One of several different Albert Road banners in the street…

The western end of Albert Road...

The western end of Albert Road…

Portsmouth Hard, and Fareham Shopping Centre

Not my usual journey into work, but the bus I normally catch didn’t turn up this morning, so I thought I’d take a more romantic journey to my workplace, via Portsmouth Harbour, the Gosport Ferry, and Fareham. To be sure, it wasn’t as quick a journey as usual, but it was a lot more satisfying one…:)

HMS Warrior, The Hard, Portsmouth, around 8 o'clock this morning..

HMS Warrior, The Hard, Portsmouth, around 8 o’clock this morning..

Aboard the Gosport Ferry, leaving The Hard, Portsmouth...

Aboard the Gosport Ferry, leaving The Hard, Portsmouth…

Heading for Gosport, with the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on the horizon...

Heading for Gosport, with the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on the horizon…

A Gosport Ferry, heading for Portsmouth...

A Gosport Ferry, heading for Portsmouth…

Poppy Appeal Stall, outside Boots, in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Poppy Appeal Stall, outside Boots, in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Snow White figurine, in the Disney Collection, in  H. Samuel, in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Snow White figurine, in the Disney Collection, in H. Samuel, in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Lasered block, on a stall in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Lasered block, on a stall in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Happy Halloween, schoolchildren's display in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Happy Halloween, schoolchildren’s display in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Another stall, in Delme Square, Fareham Shopping Centre...

Another stall, in Delme Square, Fareham Shopping Centre…

First shoes...in Clarks, Fareham Shopping Centre

First shoes…in Clarks, Fareham Shopping Centre

Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square…and around Charing Cross…

A rainy Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Friday afternoon, 11th October

A rainy Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Friday afternoon, 11th October

Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, opposite Portsmouth Guildhall...

Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, opposite Portsmouth Guildhall…

North side, Trafalgar Square, with The National Gallery, St Martin's-in-the-Fields, and the Fourth Plinth...

North side, Trafalgar Square, with The National Gallery, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, and the Fourth Plinth…

'Save Rosia' an environmental Action Group...

‘Save Rosia’ an environmental Action Group…

A juggling uni-cyclist , performing in front of the National Gallery...

A juggling uni-cyclist , performing in front of the National Gallery…

A London City skyline from Hungerford Bridge...

A London City skyline from Hungerford Bridge…

Another view downstream from Hungerford Bridge...

Another view downstream from Hungerford Bridge…

Nelson Mandela statue, outside the Royal Festival Hall, on London's South Bank...

Nelson Mandela statue, outside the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank…

A Brief Gosport Interlude

No respecter of reputations this gull, seated atop the statue of Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport, in Falklands Gardens on Gosport waterfront...

No respecter of reputations this gull, seated atop the statue of Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport, in Falklands Gardens on Gosport waterfront…

Some kind of jackdaw (I think!) on rocks on Gosport waterfront

Some kind of jackdaw (I think!) on rocks on Gosport waterfront

And looking across the water, from Gosport to Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower

And looking across the water, from Gosport to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower

HMS Warrior, and Liverpool Street Station…

I’ve now seen HMS Warrior countless times, and in a variety of climatic conditions, but the beauty of this (restored) iron-clad warship dating from 1860, in Portsmouth Harbour, is always worth another look, so here she is once more ;)…

HMS Warrior, early evening, 15th July, 2013

HMS Warrior, early evening, 15th July, 2013

By way of contrast, here’s something I can’t ever remember seeing before, though I should add that my visits to London’s Liverpool Street Station have been few and far between over the years. I went there this afternoon to collect some tickets for a journey to Norwich next week, and was drawn to this statue on the concourse of the station…

LiverpoolSt

FurDasKind

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

Some Titchfield flora…and a day in the life…

dandelion
FloweringCherry
daisy
BedOfPetals
PinkPetals

All the above were taken in the past week in Titchfield in Hampshire, during lunchtime walks to get some fresh air…whereas all of the following were taken today in Portsmouth/Southsea and London. The first is of Guildhall Square in Portsmouth at midday, with the Guildhall being watched over by Queen Victoria…

Portsmouth Guildhall, looking resplendent in the welcome sunshine...

Portsmouth Guildhall, looking resplendent in the late spring sunshine…

The next is of a book I bought in the Adelphi second-hand bookshop in Albert Road in Southsea early this afternoon. It cost me two pounds fifty, and is a 1938 reprint of a book originally published in 1937. It is the narrative, with paintings and poetry, of a Chinese artist living in London in the 1930s, recording an expedition to the English Lake District, taken in part to escape the London fogs, and also to reconnect with landscapes reminiscent of his home in China…

The Silent Traveller: A Chinese Artist in Lakeland, by Chiang Yee.

The Silent Traveller: A Chinese Artist in Lakeland, by Chiang Yee.

From Albert Road, I wandered down to Canoe Lake on Southsea seafront, aware that a procession of naked cyclists would be making its way from the naturist beach at nearby Eastney, along Southsea seafront and beyond. It was one of a series of World Naked Bike Rides taking place at various venues this summer, and it seemed like an event worth recording for posterity here (That said, I’m being very discreet in tagging these photos, restricting the tags to one only, ‘naturism’ ;)). Anyway, here they are, and if nothing else, it was at least a lovely day for such an event…

So here they come, along the seafront road from Eastney...

So here they come, along the seafront road from Eastney…

Unsurprisingly maybe, there were a minority of women cyclists participating, but there were some brave enough to take part...:)

Unsurprisingly maybe, there were a minority of women cyclists participating, but there were some brave enough to take part…:)

Methinks the character in red here looks distinctly over-dressed ;)...

Methinks the character in red here looks distinctly over-dressed ;)…

At nearby Canoe Lake in Southsea, among the attractions is 'water walking', a bit of a misnomer, but that's what it's called...

At nearby Canoe Lake in Southsea, among the attractions is ‘water walking’, a bit of a misnomer, but that’s what it’s called…

And this is what it means...

And this is what it means…

Further attractions in Southsea this summer...

Further attractions in Southsea this summer…

German fans in Trafalgar Square,  prior to this evening's Champions League Final at Wembley...and a great match it was too :)...

German fans in Trafalgar Square, prior to this evening’s Champions League Final at Wembley…and a great match it was too :)…

A living statue, north of Trafalgar Square...

A living statue, north of Trafalgar Square…

Union Flags in Leicester Square...

Union Flags in Leicester Square…

Finally, close to home, a couple of pictures taken in Whetstone, London N20…

Swan Lane Open Space, early evening...

Swan Lane Open Space, early evening…

And another of Swan Lane Open Space...

And another of Swan Lane Open Space…

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