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Saturday, 11 August 2012
Godstone sand


From the same place that they took the sand for London 2012 beach volleyball (which has been taking place at the Horseguards Parade).

Posted by bigblue on 11/08/2012 at 03:13 PM
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Sunday, 05 August 2012
The North Downs


I’m having a stunning afternoon cycling - this photograph was taken near Limpsfield, in the direction of Tatsfield. The Tatsfield church spire is visible in the distance.

Posted by bigblue on 05/08/2012 at 02:55 PM
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Twickenham Stadium


As seen from the air.

Twickenham ... is a stadium located in Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is the largest stadium in the world devoted solely to the sport of Rugby, it is the second largest stadium in the UK after Wembley Stadium and the fifth largest stadium in Europe. The stadium is the home of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and as such primarily a venue for rugby union and hosts England’s home test matches, as well as the Middlesex Sevens, the Aviva Premiership final, the LV Cup and Heineken Cup matches. The stadium is considered an icon of English rugby and the 2009/2010 season saw Twickenham celebrate its centenary.

- according to Wikipedia.

The “tea-lighter” structures in the foreground are part of the Mogden Sewerage Treatment Works. The Hounslow Council website (previous link) charmingly advises that

The smell produced by Mogden sewage treatment works is something that has affected many local residents over the years; sometimes so badly that windows have to remain closed and summer BBQs abandoned.

The site also provides details of how residents can submit complaints.

Posted by bigblue on 05/08/2012 at 09:07 AM
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Saturday, 04 August 2012
St Margarets, London


As seen from the air. Wikipedia describes St Margarets as:

a suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, about 9 miles (14 km) west-southwest of Central London. It is bounded by the River Thames to the east and the River Crane to the west and north; the northern limit, less well defined, has changed with local government boundary changes. St Margarets does not pass any further south than Richmond Road, Twickenham.

The fields on the right of this photograph, which is taken facing South, are the St Margaret Allotments and by my reckoning are just West of the River Crane.

Posted by bigblue on 04/08/2012 at 09:44 AM
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Friday, 03 August 2012
Richmond Bridge


This is the oldest surviving bridge in greater London (over the Thames), Richmond Bridge, as seen from the air. Wikipedia informs us that:

Richmond Bridge is an 18th-century stone arch bridge in south west London, England, which was designed by James Paine and Kenton Couse, and which crosses the River Thames at Richmond, connecting the two halves of the present-day London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The bridge, which is a Grade I listed building, was built between 1774 and 1777, as a replacement for a ferry crossing which connected Richmond town centre on the east bank with its neighbouring district of East Twickenham (St. Margarets) to the west. Its construction was privately funded by a tontine scheme, for which tolls were charged until 1859. Because the river meanders from its general west to east direction, flowing from southeast to northwest in this part of London, what would otherwise be known as the north and south banks are often referred to as the “Middlesex” (Twickenham) and “Surrey” (Richmond) banks respectively, named after the historic counties to which each side once belonged.

The island in the foreground is Corporation Island, which is unpopulated and wooded. There are a series of parks in the background of the photograph (on both banks, downstream of the bridge) including Terrace Gardens, Petersham Meadows, Meadowbank, Marble Hill Park and Ham House Gardens.

Posted by bigblue on 03/08/2012 at 05:27 PM
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Wednesday, 01 August 2012
Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common


As seen from the air last Friday. These parks are known collectively as Wimbledon and Putney Commons and (Wikipedia informs us) are the home of The Wombles.

He does not know Wimbledon Common who is not familiar with its labyrinths of leafy glades, its tangled thickets of wild red rose, bramble, and honeysuckle; who has not often traversed its turfy plateau and had the perfumes of odoriferous herbs borne in upon his senses; who has not pondered over its rusty pebble, and wondered whence they came; tried to acquaint himself with what may be gleaned of local history; First of all, to the Conservators of the Common, to whom we really owe very much, one may appeal for the preservation of the heath in its wild state… one prays earnestly that the Common be not vulgarised… by making this lovely spot ordinary - a kind of level, well-ordered suburban park, for this windswept Common is not ordinary; it stands alone, and is therefore priceless.

-  Walter Johnson: Wimbledon Common; its Geology, Antiquities and Natural History, 1912, quoted by Wimbledon and Putney Commons website.

Posted by bigblue on 01/08/2012 at 07:45 AM
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