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The Lord Mayor’s Show 2013

For me, the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London is by far the most watchable of London’s street processions, even when the rain is pouring down, as it was for the outward journey this year…

Awaiting the return procession to the City...

Awaiting the return procession to the City…

The morning had seen a lot of rain...

The morning had seen a lot of rain…

View downstream from the Victoria Embankment

View downstream from the Victoria Embankment

The Victoria Embankment as seen from near Blackfriars Bridge

The Victoria Embankment as seen from near Blackfriars Bridge

The Bathstore, awaiting their return to the City

The Bathstore, awaiting their return to the City

Keystone Cops heading back to the City..

Keystone Cops heading back to the City..

The Bolivia float...

The Bolivia float…

The Thames upstream from near Blackfriars Bridge...

The Thames upstream from near Blackfriars Bridge…

Blackfriars Bridge from north of the river...

Blackfriars Bridge from north of the river…

Propellors

HongKongComics

GiveADogAHome

ScotsRegiment

Frogman

InflatablePig

CoupleOnSofa

HomeOrgUk

BlueBanners

WorldNeedAHug

BlueSky

MauveRobot

BritishArmy

GreenCarriage

MountedLifeGuard

And here she is, the new Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, a lawyer…

NewLordMayor

The Black Friar pub, opposite which I was standing for the last twenty pictures....

The Black Friar pub, opposite which I was standing for the last twenty pictures….

And some photos taken whilst wandering down the Victoria Embankment, on my way to Victoria Station…

RiverSilhouette

HMSPresident

CityBoundary

SBTopiary

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Journeying across the years…

I spent much of today tidying up my flat in north London, giving a literal meaning to ‘The Way is gained by daily loss…’ ;). Whatever, it meant that I wasn’t much inclined to go out picture-taking today, and I decided instead to indulge myself by uploading some of my favourite photos from bygone years. That’s something that would have definitely been verboten with last year’s photoblog, when it was important to me that the images originated from the within the specific day of the 366 that they were assigned to :).

So here are half a dozen photos taken between 1982 and 2006, all but one of them naturally enough taken with 35mm cameras, and probably all taken on colour slide film, which I subsequently converted to digital images via a Nikon Coolscan film scanner.

The first, second and sixth photos below I’ve downloaded from my flickr account, while the other three I simply uploaded from the hard disk of my PC.

The first was taken ‘on a drizzly Wednesday afternoon’ in 1982, and the bloke with the bird on his head was actually feeding the seagulls at the time. Even so, I think I was fortunate with the combination of elements in this particular shot, and I especially like the two gulls sitting on the wall watching, and perhaps doing the bird equivalent of laughing at what they see before them ;). Incidentally, at that time in the early 1980s, I was working in a factory in south-east London, doing two 15 hour shifts at weekends, then having the rest of the week off, which gave me a great opportunity to do a lot of photography in central London, which I often took advantage of :).

Man with a seagull on his head...

Man with a seagull on his head…

As for the next picture, taken on 23rd July, 1984, I like the inherent paradox of militant vegetarians advocating the slaughter of butchers! I’ve been a vegetarian for around three decades now, but I can’t say I’ve ever had murderous thoughts about butchers ;).

Chapel Market, Islington, London

Chapel Market, Islington, London

I was born in the county of Kent and this sunset was taken around West Malling, which is the area in which my Mum still lives…the picture probably dates from the 1980s sometime…

Sunset at Luck's Hill, West Malling, Kent

Sunset at Luck’s Hill, West Malling, Kent

The following photograph dates from the summer solstice of 1992, when I travelled up to Scotland to run my one and only Marathon race, around Loch Rannoch. It took me just under four hours, but I remember it being a lovely June day, and I have fond memories of it all :).

Mount Schiehallion, by Loch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

Mount Schiehallion, by Loch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

Below is what is now known as The London Eye, but when it was opened on the 31st December 1999, it was still called The Millennium Wheel. There must now be billions of photographs of The London Eye, although very few of them will show it looking quite like this ;).

The Millennium Wheel, being raised to the vertical, in the summer of 1999

The Millennium Wheel, being raised to the vertical, in the summer of 1999

Finally, I have spent countless hours on London’s South Bank, and many of them in the Royal Festival Hall, where this photograph was taken on the 9th June, 2007. Xue Fei was playing (exquisitely!) Francisco Tárrega’s ‘Recuerdos de la Alhambra’, which she described that afternoon as her favourite piece of music, and it was just a real privilege to be there to hear her play it :). It was a free concert incidentally, in the Foyer, to celebrate the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall after a two year closure for renovations. This photograph was taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ1 digital compact camera (which, ironically, I found today whilst tidying up the flat, and noticed that I’d last used it in 2009 ;)).

The Chinese classical guitarist Yang Xue Fei...

The Chinese classical guitarist Yang Xue Fei…

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