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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
London from the North Downs

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Also from Sunday afternoon, a view looking towards London from the North Downs. Because of the haze, not much is visible until I “zoomed” in to about 105mm on the camera lens:

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Now you can see the Crystal Palace transmitting station (resembling the “Eiffel Tower”) and to the right of it you can see The London Shard.  As per normal, click on the photo for a larger version.

Posted by bigblue on 11/09/2012 at 08:39 AM
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Monday, 10 September 2012
Oxted yesterday afternoon

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From the familiar vantage point of the Woldingham Viewpoint on the North Down I took this yesterday during the clear afternoon. Visible in the photo are the Oxted gas holder, the circus tent on Master Park, and the South Downs in the distance. Click on the photograph for a bigger version.

Posted by bigblue on 10/09/2012 at 08:34 AM
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Wednesday, 05 September 2012
Sunset from the Woldingham viewpoint

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A familiar view of Oxted, taken a few minutes ago.

Posted by bigblue on 05/09/2012 at 07:04 PM
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Godstone from the North Downs Way

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As seen by me a few minutes ago.

Posted by bigblue on 05/09/2012 at 06:39 PM
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Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Waterloo

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This is Waterloo Railway Station from the air.

A station on this site first came into being in 1848. The present buildings were inaugurated in 1922. Part of the station is a Grade II listed heritage building.

With over 91 million passenger entries and exits between April 2010 and March 2011, Waterloo is easily Britain’s busiest railway station in terms of passenger throughput. The Waterloo complex is one of the busiest passenger terminals in Europe. It has more platforms and a greater floor area than any other station in the UK (but Clapham Junction, just under four miles (6 km) down the line, has the largest number of trains). It is the terminus of a network of railway lines from Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, South West England, and the south-western suburbs of London.

The nearest section (with blue walls and which looks like a long tube) is the former international terminus of Eurostar that has relocated to Kings Cross St Pancras. There are plans to refurbish these platforms and use them for domestic services from 2014.

A bridge built here over the Thames in 1817 took its name from the Battle of Waterloo. (The current Waterloo Bridge however dates from 1945). The area in which the station was built was marshland in the ancient parish of Lambeth, known as Lambeth Marshe. When built, the station was named Waterloo after the bridge, and then the area in which the station is located also started to be known as Waterloo. In the 1990s, after Waterloo station was chosen as the British terminus for the Eurostar train service, Florent Longuepée, a municipal councillor in Paris, was reported to have written to the British Prime Minister requesting that the station be renamed because he said it was upsetting for the French to be reminded of Napoleon’s defeat when they arrived in London by Eurostar.

The circular building in the traffic circle in the foreground is The IMAX Cinema, which contains Britain’s largest cinema screen.

Posted by bigblue on 04/09/2012 at 08:05 AM
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Monday, 03 September 2012
Balance

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Someone balanced this stone on the bank of the Esk River, at Samye Ling Buddhist monastery in Scotland.

Posted by bigblue on 03/09/2012 at 08:45 AM
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Sunday, 02 September 2012
Beam me up!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen humorous* toilet wall graffiti. The jokers might be sharing their wise cracks on the internet these days and neglecting traditional media, like this toilet cubicle in the North West of England.

(* Of course, the definition “humorous” in this case could be debatable).

Posted by bigblue on 02/09/2012 at 08:44 AM
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Saturday, 01 September 2012
Regrets

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Should I regret having a “man’s skin”? It looks like I can’t take advantage of the amazing properties of this bottled water…

Posted by bigblue on 01/09/2012 at 08:46 AM
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