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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Thursday, 29 September 2016

St Paul's reflection.

I didn't notice the reflection of the cross until I downloaded this photo.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Traffic marshals

A new occupation on the streets of London is that of a  traffic marshal. I'd never heard of them until this year and now they seem to be everywhere. There is a tremendous amount of reconstruction going on in London, in particular with the new cross rail going from one side of London to the other. As a consequence pedestrians need to be managed as well as traffic hence the need for these marshals.

















These photos were taken near London Bridge rail station. It is the first time I have seen one of these concertina type barriers being used to close the road to traffic

They work very well as they are quickly manoeuvered into position and the road is only closed  for a minute or so to allow a lorry to reverse out of the construction site.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Selfridge and Shakespeare Act 2

On Oxford Street again this week and couldn't resist having a look at Selfridge's new windows. Entitled Shakespeare Refashioned to mark 400 years since the Bard's death, quotes from different plays provided the inspiration for the designers. All the outfits were specially designed for the window displays and are on sale in the shop.


Anthony and Cleopatra
Hamlet
Anthony and Cleopatra
Hamlet

King Lear

Hamlet
The Tempest

The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
Othello
Macbeth
'Hell is empty and all the devils are here' The Tempest

Taming of the Shrew
King Lear

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Bubble Maker

Who can resist watching the Bubble Maker?










The bubble maker is just made from loops of string.





Sharing with Our World Tuesday

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Reflections at St Katherine's Dock.

 A festive atmosphere at St Katherine's Dock, London last weekend as part of the Thames Festival.

 A steam tug boat



 The Queen's row boat, The Gloriana

    


























Sharing with James at  Weekend reflections

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Roof Garden Restaurant

 This is the roof of John Lewis Department store on Oxford Street. It has become a temporary garden restaurant for Summer. Yesterday I decided to have lunch there before it closes at tbe end of this week. The type of food changed each month as a new pop up retsaurant moved into the garden. This month it was a BBQ menu. I had a beef brisket burger which was very tasty.
 I was all set to indulge in a dessert but being the end of the Summer the wasps were out in force and made eating anything sweet impossible.
An unusual venue for lunch on Oxford Street.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Floating Dreams

Floating Dreams is an art installation on the River Thames in London.




This three storey lantern structure is made up of 500 drawings done by survivors of the Korean War (1950-53). Now in their 80s and 90s they were asked to draw their home towns. 500 images have been brought together and transferred onto pieces of traditional Korean rice paper by the South Korean artist  Ik-Joong Kang, The structure lights up from within at night. It is a symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.





One Dream, many stories:
'When the war broke out I had to flee to the South. My left leg got shot by bullets from an airplane and I had to carry my seven month old daughter on my back for more than four days. But the most painful thing to me is that I cannot go back to my home.' Yeonok Park 95 yrs old, a Floating Dream Participant.