Spent last Saturday to visit the RAF Museum in London. The museum is located at the former Hendon Aerodrome - one of the most important pioneering aviation centres in United Kingdom, and it's easily reachable with the Tube (Northern Line - Colindale station). As the number of air planes displayed is quite large, it will take some time to wander trough all the hangars and see all that's featured! Don't miss the Battle of Britain hall with a display of the most important airplanes who took part into the famous duelling above the skies of South England and London.
Thanks to the very pleasant weather in the last week in London and the relatively quiet week-end, I had a chance to pick up my camera and go and take a few shots around. Main focus point was the trip in Hyde Park on Saturday, which is truly one of the best places you can be when the sun is blasting and the temperatures rise above 20 C . Was quite difficult to catch those swift seagulls but I managed to get a couple of good ones! Sunday was even hotter than Saturday, but I decided to leave home my camera to better enjoy the tour. I discovered a nice area near Tower Hill (St Katharine Docks, with boats, yachts and locks to gain access on the Thames) and went for a coffee in The Hay Gallery.
Death in Vegas - Koko - Camden
Placebo - IndigO2
And soon enough the Coldplay gig, can't complain lately!
Mainly known due to the Principality of Sealand "wannabe" micronation, the Maunsell Sea Forts are a relic of the Second World War. I wouldn't mind going there for a photographic trip! But in the meantime check out some of the pictures from flickr:
The forts were build during the last world war and housed anti aircraft guns emplacements which protected London and the surrounding sea lanes for incoming raids. In the '60s they hosted a number of pirate radio stations, and eventually one of them ("HM Fort Roughs" just off the Suffolk coast) was occupied and declared an "indipendent nation" (The Principality of Sealand), which apparently will host an Online Casino pretty soon! Nowadays they are rusty and gloomy abandoned structures in the middle of the sea! Up for a boat trip anyone? You can find more information and pictures by following this link.
A post on the Google LatLong blog bring very good news to all Londoners. In fact, they have deployed today a new feature which integrates TFL's travel alert and disruption feed into the application (either the browser based or the mobile apps), so that it's now possible to find out straight away about any engineering work or travel disruption that is happening on the Transport For London transit lines. So this includes real time disruption information as well as planned outages such as the ones so frequent during the weekend.
This is avery nice addition to the Google Maps feature set, given that the London Olympics Games are starting very soon and I bet a lot of people will find this information quite handy.
Read more on their blog post.
Managed to take a couple of pictures of the Moon and Venus from my area in London. I've used my Tamron 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens and a tripod
I've also taken another one (thumbnail below) which is a bit brighter. There are several objects that can be seen, so the Moon of course, Venus in the top right corner. There is also a moving object which left a trail (a satellite?) plus some greenish blob just on the top left of the moon, not sure what that could be? I've also made a small video.
So as I've moved home recently I have gone back to the good, old tube commuting. It's not as bad as the old house in Fulham, which entailed no less than one bus and two tube lines, but still it's not the same as simply walking five minutes to the office. What are the main differences?
Well the first thing you notice is the shift in the politeness and courtesy levels across the two options.
When you walk to work, you are on the side of the road, and it's all about checking if someone is coming the opposite way: if a bloke comes your way you have to check the space on the walkway between the parked cars and garden walls / fences, and prepare to shift and wait for the other to pass, triggering a profusion of "thank you / cheers" which are to be returned back, preferably while nodding and/or smiling slightly. If then there is a lady, or some elderly person or a kid you need to be even more careful and possibly stop between two cars to let them pass. Most of the times when they notice your courtesy they will speed up their walk to cope with your kindness and ensure that you are not waiting too much to let them pass.
On the tube you still get some degree of politeness but it's more the exception rather than the rule: it's a free-for-all race to gather the few sitting places available. You have to employ all the strategy you are capable of and watch out for the typical signs (often hardly discernible) that someone is about to stand up and get off at the next stop, freeing up a valuable seat that you may exploit util your destination. At the same time you have to watch out the other predators which populate the ecosystem of the carriage, and which are as eager as you on gaining the privilege of a seating place or, if not available, one of the standing corners. You need to act fast and decisively, any hesitation usually costs you the seat or, even worse, losing a good position you conquered with tactical moves across the last two stops and which you eventually gave up, in an attempt to reach that damn seat.
A good thing of the Tube is the time you have to do something that would be quite difficult doing while walking such as, for instance, reading a book. The phone is usually okay on the walkway too, although it may result in bumping over some granny carrying three or four Sainsbury's bags full of produce, causing great discontent and shame upon yourself.
And you? What are your thought about commuting?
A sunset picture just off the South Acton London Overground station. What you see in the distance is the Chiswick Business Park complex, including the construction towers for the last building which is being added to the lot. There is still some snow left from the past few days. Yesterday I managed to have a little walk with my Canon and take a few pics in Kew - Richmond area. I should do it more often ... I missed it! Here you are a few shots I took (the leftmost one was actually taken with my phone)
This year is a particularly freezing one, with temperatures dipping well below under 0C. I have to say that the sight of London under a snow blanket is a particularly fascinating one!
Here is a shoot I took from the office, I'm basically pointing to the central area (you can probably spot the BT tower in the mist, and much closer the Chiswick Park District line Tube Station. If you follow the thumbnail below, you will see approximately the same area in a clear sky day.
Just a bunch of swans which are apparently enjoying the super freezing temperatures of the last few days.
I would have an idea on how to warm them up ... a roast maybe? :P Just joking!