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Thursday August 04 2016

That day out that Darren and I had at the Oval a week ago now, was not quite as supremely great as the earlier day out we had at the Oval, last year, but by any other standard it was a great day out.  Besides which, setting aside the boring matter of which day out was merely better, the differences between these two days out were, to me anyway, very interesting.

Just as happened on September 7th 2015, Darren began by taking us up to the top of the Surrey Pavilion.  I love this building, which was (I just learned) completed in 1898:

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That is a picture I took of this Pavilion, later in the day, when (again just as last time) we descended from on high to view the second half of the game from another level and another angle.  In the foreground we see the Surrey team, who have just come out to field, and the Gloucester openers, who are beginning Gloucester’s reply to Surrey’s 323-8.

But my concern in this posting is not the cricket, very diverting though that was.  What I want to focus in on is the exact spots we were sitting in during the Surrey innings, and the contrasts in what I was able to see and to photo from those two spots.

Let me draw the attention of honourable readers to the seating up there:

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On September 7th 2015, Darren and I were seated pretty close to the front, at the top there, about two rows back, if the picture in this posting is anything to go by.  And from that spot, last September, I also took this photo, off to my right and your left, of the Big Things of London:

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When we got up there last Wednesday just before play was due to start, Darren said: Where d’you want to sit?  And without thinking very much about it, I said: up here.  By which I meant several rows up and back from where we had been earlier.

And from that spot, I took this photo, off to my right and your left, of … well, this:

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I have denied myself any face-saving rotation there, in order to include the tiny bit of nearby building that we see, top right.  That marks the edge of what I could see of central London.  And I couldn’t see nearly so much, Big-Thing-wise, as I had last September, because I was sitting further in.  No Strata (the one with three holes at the top). No Shard.  No Walkie-Talkie.  No Cheesegrater.  And because I couldn’t see all these Big Things, I stopped thinking about what I wasn’t seeing, insofar as I gave it much thought in the first place, and instead photoed other things.  Like the cricket.

And like lots of other architectural stuff that I could still see just as well as last time.  But, I’ll end this posting with a view of some architecture that was rather nearer.  Since I have been discussing stands, here is the new and rather dramatic stand at the Oval, the “OCS” Stand:

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This being the dramatic stand that has made the Oval playing area dramatically smaller.