A Weekend Diary

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

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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…

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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

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…

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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…

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