Wednesday, 18 April 2018

From Kings Cross to Camden Town: 10 Nov 2016

Photos from a November 2016 stroll along the Regents Canal in central London from Kings Cross to Camden Town. It was quite a fruitful walk in terms of the photos I got, visiting two locations that I had often visited before but taking a new route along the canal towpath.

Photos from my new London albums: Camden and Kings Cross

Gasholder No. 8, Gasholder Park, Kings Cross

Gasholder No. 8, Gasholder Park, Kings Cross

Visitors at Camden Lock Market, now given over to specialty street food stalls

Hot dogs, crispy squid - street food stalls at Camden Lock Market

An urban nature reserve, a wild green space near the centre of London on the Regents Canal between Camden Town and Kings Cross

On the Regents Canal towpath passing the Gasholder Park development
Gasholder Park

A narrowboat carrying cargo manoeuvring through Camden Town at Camden Lock on the Regents Canal

The Regents Canal under Chalk Farm Road bridge, Camden Town

Futuristic homes on the Regents Canal at the rear of Sainsburys, Camden Town, London designed by architects Nicholas Grimshaw

Canalside architecture off the towpath of the Regents Canal around the Camden Road Bridge at Camden Town, London

Canalside architecture off the towpath of the Regents Canal around the Camden Road Bridge at Camden Town, London

Blue traditional terraced cottages amidst grey on Regents Canal

Graffiti on the Regents Canal towpath at Elm Village, London

St Pancras Hospital water tower, Granary Street, London

The restaurant narrowboat Fair Lady moored at Camden Lock on the Regents Canal beneath a 'Welcome to Camden' mural

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Photos of a winter walk from Old Sarum, Salisbury

The iron age hill fort of Old Sarum is situated on the outskirts of the town of Salisbury, Wiltshire above the campsite where we chose to spend the new year's eve of  2016 heading into 2017. Temperatures were not going to head below zero and the weather was going to be dry (if dull) so we decided to do something a little different for the new year so that it was not an option to watch Jules Holland yet again on TV.

I've set up a new gallery of photos from Wiltshire, currently only featuring photos from the outskirts of Salisbury that we encountered on our New Years Eve walk.

Shirley in unfamiliar situation on a rugby pitch adjacent the iron age hill fort of Old Sarum
Iron age earthworks surrounding the fort of Old Sarum, Salisbury
She looked back, at the right moment?
A fallen tree trunk in red leaves
The ruins of the old cathedral within the grounds of Old Sarum, Salisbury stand in winter amidst red fallen leaves
The western entrance to the hill fort at Old Sarum,
Shirley at Old Sarum, Salisbury
Old Sarum hill fort silhouette
A flock of sheep grazing in a field under the earth mounds of Old Sarum, Salisbury
A track through agricultural landscape in Wiltshire in front of the iron age hill fort of Old Sarum
Landscape near Little Durnford Hill, near Salisbury
The Keepers Cottage at Little Durnford, near Salisbury
The Avenue at Little Durnford
Little Durnford Manor, near Salisbury
A wooden barn at Little Durnford Farm raised on the same mushroom shaped stones that line the drive
Flock of sheep in the landscape of the Wiltshire countryside
The manor house at Stratford Bridge just outside Salisbury
Signpost to Stonehenge besides the River Avon at Stratford Bridge
View across the fields just below the Old Sarum hill fort outside Salisbury where the "Parliament Tree" once stood, the location where just a handful of electors would elect two MPs in one of England's most notorious 'rotten boroughs'.
Back to base. Our VW T25 Westfalia campervan just below the Old Sarum hill fort.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Burning the Clocks - Brighton 2016

On the evening of the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice, 21 December - the streets of the centre of Brighton fill with spectators watching a stunning procession of some 2000 lanterns made and carried by the participants in the annual Burning the Clocks. The final destination of the procession is the beach at Madeira Drive for a fiery finale - this year however, not being prepared for the rain which hit the latter stages,  I only grabbed some photos on the streets of the city centre - added to my gallery of images from Burning the Clocks - Brighton.

On a more sombre note, this was two nights after the tragedy in Berlin when a bus was driven into a Christmas Market in Berlin. In the subsequent 48 hours there has been many a clamour for all Christmas Markets to be protected. Such a response is short sighted for it assumes that the terrorist is a copy cat. History tells us that they attack where least expected. With thousands crammed onto the streets of Brighton I think the messages of Love and Peace would have to be relied on for protection because the plastic security barrier is not going to stop a juggernaut or hijacked bus.

In the crowd, a hat remembering Berlin...

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Julia Holter live at Concorde 2 Brighton

Last night I went to my first live music in Brighton for a while. The tickets were bought for me by my wife who knew I followed Julia Holter - indeed I have her latest vinyl album, Have You In My Wilderness.

If you don't know Julia Holter then this review of  her Bristol concert gives you a feel for what the gig would have been like rather better than I ever could. There's an excellent summary of her music in that review "like a lo-fi, left-field version of Kate Bush, with a bit of Bjork and Joanna Newsom"and "her songs tend not to follow the traditional pop convention in that they are rarely in 4/4 time and songs can be discordant and chaotic with the sort of odd time signatures and broken beats found in free-form jazz".

The jazz reference really came through live whereas it does not necessarily do that for me in listening at home, and its far more to do with the drumming than the saxophone. Live, the layers of the music really open up, and Julia Holter has a lot of layers.

Anyway this is a photo blog, not a music review. I took the combination of my cheapest Fujifilm body (the X-M1) and a vintage 85mm F2 Pentax lens and, being excused a couple of times from our comfortable perch towards the back, I was able to get these images without having to push myself all the way to the front.

 Julia Holter live on stage at Concorde 2 Brighton

Julia Holter live in Brighton

Julia Holter live in Brighton

Julia Holter live in Brighton

Images are now added to my Brighton live music gallery.