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Category archive: London

Tuesday April 30 2019

In that chat that me and Patrick had yesterday, about Christianity and its influence, I mentioned, for some reason, how part of the reason the Shard is shaped like the Shard is that it is also shaped like the steeple of a typical sort of London church.

The church in these photos, that I photoed the same day I photoed these photos of the Optic Cloak, is Christ Church Isle of Dogs:


The little game I played there with the two spires, as I walked back towards the middle of London from the Greenwich Peninsula, is exactly the sort of thing Renzo Piano had in mind when he designed his spire.

This is not the first time I’ve played now you see it now you don’t with a church and the Shard, aligned.

The trick is for the church to be very near, compared to the Shard.

Saturday April 27 2019

Yes, I like to photo signposts.  You know where you are, with signposts.  Because they pretty much tell you where you are.

Here’s a signpost photo I photoed in March 2012:


But there’s more to it than just having a note of where I was, useful though that is.  There’s something about actually seeing those particular names of particular places which makes the fact that this is where I really am – and then later: was - come particularly alive.

As you can tell from the previous paragraph, I don’t really know how to explain this fascination of mine.  And just now, I am too knackered, having spent the day recovering from a Last Friday of the Month meeting that happened last night.  Dominique Lazanski: very good.  My front room: very full.  Aftermath: lots of crap to tidy up.

Yesterday was a day when I had to be very energetic and alive, to get ready for that meeting.  So, I was.  (Hence those four blog postings yesterday.) Today, I could be knackered.  So, I was.

Friday April 26 2019

In March 2005 there was scaffolding at the Albert Memorial, and I photoed it, along with several of its subsidiary sculptures, sculptures of which I am very fond:


There is an elephant there, centre stage, which is why this has to go up here on a Friday.  Also, note the lady with with her (right) boob job.  I’ve always liked that.

Here is Albert himself, same day, same time:


My camera then was this one.

There will come a time, not so far in the future now, when the only photos of my own that I blog about will be photos I photoed earlier, often, as in this case, a lot earlier.

Wednesday April 24 2019

Fifteen years ago today, on April 24th 2004, at the Parliament end of Westminster Bridge, I took a clutch of photos of a guy who was photoing the London Eye from that spot:


So far so ordinary.  Not so ordinary, however, is that he was using a mobile phone.  This is one of the earliest sightings I have found in the archives of mobile phone photoing, a trend only resisted now by freaks like me who care lots about photoing, but almost nothing about instantly communicating, of photos or of anything much else.

My camera was a Canon A70.

Thursday April 18 2019

More sport.  This time in the form of a striking (literally) little passage from the preface of a book by Richard Tomlinson about the famed Victorian era cricketer W.G. Grace:

By the time he was twenty-seven, Grace had scored fifty first-class centuries.  He performed this feat at a time when pitches were so poor, and cricket gear so flimsy, that batsmen risked their lives whenever they took guard.  In one match at Lord’s – a ground where he would pick stones out of the rutted pitch – W.G. scored a hundred and then saw another batsman killed by a ball that smashed his head.

Despite the gear having got a lot less flimsy, cricket deaths, even now, occasionally happen.

Wednesday April 17 2019

Last night, United crushed in the Champions League by Barca, in Barca.  And tonight – glory be – City knocked out by Spurs in a mad scramble of a game in Manchester.  So, Spurs win without Kane.  They’ve been doing a lot of that lately.

Did you see that result coming?  I didn’t, and especially not after City scored after about one minute.  And then, after about three more minutes it was 2-2.  Bonkers.

Are there any Mancunians who support both United and City against all comers?  The way I support all the London teams?  If so, such persons had a bad two nights.

Meanwhile, what’s happening at the top of the Premier League means that I am having to set aside my London-wide support for the duration.  Man City or Liverpool are going to win it.  But Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea are now competing for two Champions League spots next season.  So, when Liverpool recently played Chelsea, I found myself, albeit with a heavy heart, supporting Liverpool.  Chelsea lost, which meant Spurs stayed ahead of them.  Hoo.  Ray.

THE FOLLOWING EVENING: Well, I’m back to supporting Chelsea and Arsenal, against Slavia Prague and Napoli respectively, in the Europa League.  Both are strolling it.  Go, London!  Asks the BBC footy feed:

Are we heading for an all-English Champions League final AND an all-English Europa League final?

Despite Brexit.  It would be a lovely thing to see, but there’s a bit to do for that to happen.  Like Spurs and Liverpool beating Ajax and Barca.

Monday April 15 2019

An airplane approaches London City Airport.  There are cranes, leaning away from each other, ...


... which was all I thought I was photoing.  Until I looked at it at home on a much bigger thing; and saw a Much Bigger Thing:


Yes, the Big Olympic Thing.

Another photo of somewhere, turned into somewhere by the same Big Thing.

Saturday April 13 2019

After I photoed those metal men beside the river; outside the old Woolwich Arsenal, I then walked up river towards the Dome, photoing photos like this:


However, just before photoing that photo; I photoed this next photo, of a painter, hard at work:


And here is the photo I photoed of how he was making this scene look:


The painting above had yet to say this, but that is the Tate & Lyle factory just south of London City Airport.

I asked this artist’s permission to photo his painting, which he graciously gave, but I did not ask him who he was.  The polite way of asking that would have been to say: Do you have a website?  But, alas, I forgot to ask this:  So, no link to any website, Apologies to him if he does have a website, and apologies to you.

More art beside the river
Another brief and perfunctory posting
The City Big Thing Cluster looking great in the dark
Staircases and shadows
“This world needs more eyesores, more carbuncles …”
Peter Burke’s Assembly at the Woolwich Arsenal (again)
Spurs favourite Son scores first
Tulip approved
A new (remote) control tower for City Airport
Hairpiece in the road
Me and my camera at the ENO
Wet riser inlet
Recent Big Things looking good
Why England are getting better at football
New London
Fitness vehicle
Red chameleon in Stoke Newington
Street Art sells beer instead of political ruination – pro-political-ruination writer not happy
A photo of somewhere
Spring in the air
X marks the spot in the sky
The Trafalgar Square Mascot Mystery of 2007
Car reflections
The Optic Cloak from closer up
I love London
Driftwood horse in shop window
The new Greenwich Peninsula
More healthcare technology in action
A different way to open a car door
A model of a building that never happened
Pavlova now has her own lights
Man with food
Trees - no leaves - building - blue sky
Talking about Brexit
The Wheel etc.
The Welbeck Street Car Park then and now
The Hyde Park Corner Horse’s Head looking a bit silly
Feed the birds!
The Park Hotel seen from the park
When Elvis met Tommy in Bermondsey
Early views of the Optic Cloak
Two beautiful days
A horse’s head at Hyde Park Corner
Neo Bankside residents lose battle to stop Tate Modern visitors looking into their flats
How could anyone underestimate the resolve of this Spurs side?
Quota sunset from 2015
Now they’re planning a Frank Gehry concert hall in Wimbledon
The Optic Cloak
Three birds and a clock
A nearly invisible new bridge from Battersea to Pimlico
The Michelin Man stained glass window
Smartphone photoers on Westminster Bridge
One Park Drive
Westminster lighting effect
Yet another Big Thing alignment
NFL photoer photos The City Cluster (plus video of a stadium roof opening)
Three photoers
The new London concert hall at the Barbican takes a step forward
Columbia Road cat
Guy’s Hospital with tree
Towers and trees in the Docklands sunshine
Complicated scaffolding effects in the morning sunshine
On Thursday I will go east
Big Ex-Thing
Time to go east again
Some new London horizontality
Hell or Habito
Reflection reflections
Quota Quantum Cloud
Crane - scaffolding - roof clutter
Sunrise on the way to Alicante (etc.)
City views from 2004
The Christmas Day posting
St Paul’s interrupted
From ridiculous to sublime
What a day for the @Parliament official photographer to be in the Commons
But will I be able to keep it up?
On supporting Spurs - but not properly
Taxis with adverts in the dark
Crouching photoer – shadow selfies
The end is nigh
Stow-Away in Lower Marsh
Statue with roof clutter
Why I oppose leaves
Chimney pots and blue sky
Light from behind and light from in front
Regimental Remembrance
A True Gleaming Sincerity from Our Tropical Paradise
My latest advert-taxi photo-target – and my next
The original Sloane
Crazy and massive clothing (and a bright red van)
Lorry on roof
Total Surveillance photos
Albert Memorial photos
Zone 2/3
Debussy and Sibelius at Blackheath Halls
Two views of a crane
Birds on a girder
Peak Remembrance?
The Shard and me photoing the Shard
Horses being useful to humans
The view across The Broadway
Darren gets it
The title of my talk at Christian Michel’s on Jan 6th 2019
Old and cross
Cranes caught in the searchlight
22 dwarfs 42
The light at the end of the Beech Street tunnel
At the Grafton Arms (after recording a talk)
Nine comfy chairs and nine people
Brexit taxis
Centre Point - lit
Homage to Hartley: The V&A under a very blue sky
Bartok and three ladies outside South Kensington tube
Chinese lanterns and a crane
How the London Underground pioneered credit cards
How photo-collating reminded me of some (other) good modified cliché photos
The last really fine day of 2018 (2): Scaffolding wrapped and unwrapped - and the Reichstag wrapped
Photoers from 2013: Varieties of facelessness
One Blackfriars behind 240 Blackfriars
Apartments on a bridge in Stockholm
Confirmation that The Peak is a one-off rather than a two-off
Rolleiflex (and Canon) man
The last really fine day of 2018 (1): Some pleasurable reinforcement
How the Shard was looking nine years ago
Photoing The Wheel from Tottenham Court Road
Views from the John Lewis roof garden
Roof clutter viewed through an RCM window
150 great things about the Underground: Number 122
What electrified track looks like when they really turn up the electricity
TIL about TIL
67 & 541 - 477/8d & 134/9
Another leaning crane
Art and information
The Great Pagoda of Kew Gardens – and its dragons
Pavlova in front of “Portland House”
A lorry brings reinforcements
Another go at Bartok – and two competitions
A noisy anteater
Street lamp in front of crane
The man from Glint
Imperfectly hidden scaffolding
Battersea rollerblader
This actually did get my attention
A concrete pump?
A Brunel bridge seat and the Brunel museum
Photoing architectural change
Hurrah for the inflated plastic dragons of Kew Gardens
Lady photoers holding other cameras beside the ones they’re using
More Surrey cricket photos
The Blackfriars ghost columns make themselves useful
Pimlico roof clutter
A view from the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens
A 32 point catch and the sudden disappearance of eight Surrey players
The Boomerang still being constructed
Photoers ten years ago today
A new Big Thing alignment as seen from the Oval
A view from the Shard
Kensington Gore
Helping hands
Photoer shadows
Interesting headgear
Heatwave jacket derangement syndrome
That Bartok statue again
Battersea Power Station – 2005 – 2012 – 2016 - 2017
Waterloo sunrise
Orange umbrellas in Lower Marsh
The City Big Things looking like a model
Uncluttered French train roofs
Photoer with street map
The Trump blimp
Quota cloud
Big Thing Alignment with an appropriate slogan in the foreground
Confessions of a preemptive pessimist
RAF 100 flypast
Helipad next to a railway station
Cranes – scaffolding – colours
Busy (and hot) few days
Elephants in Sloane Square
Thumb out of glove
Quota sunset with quota crane
Heads at the bottom of the Cheesegrater
One Kemble Street and the ME Hotel Radio Bar photoed from the Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Gurrelieder at the Royal Festival Hall
Scalpel – close up – not finished
The bride wore red
The Peak and its window cleaning crane
A Euston pub fire from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
Cromwell with a plain background
Creature contrast in the City
Battersea Power Station plus train window reflections
GD2 graduates
Ruthless boohoo man
Quota sunset
How London and its many creatures are evolving and should evolve some more
Royal Albert and his Hall
Covered scaffolding in sunshine
The notes for my talk
Selfie with hats
More photoers
Wardour Street dragon
Lohengrin at the ROH
Trust them – they’re architects
The selfie hair pat
Conjecture and refutation
The new Spurs stadium is nearly ready (and the views will be great)
Hammersmith - cranes - sunset
The new Tottenham Court Road tube exit – with cranes
Light on dark
So …
Heroes with photoers
River walk
The Guy’s Hospital Tower in 2000
Here are some I took earlier
Back in England
Nova behind Pavlova
Uninterrupted France blogging feels wrong so here are some football results
A missed opportunity
In Mile End Road
When rain looks like snow
Possible blogging interruptions
Sign with socks
Talking with - and without - a microphone
Two adverts for the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts
Photoer photos from five years ago
The centre of London from Alexandra Palace ten years ago
Trafalgar Square lions
The Castalian String Quartet at the Wigmore Hall last night
Fox in SW1
Heron out west
Green Union Jack
In Tottenham Court Road
On April 7th 2008 …
Haircut selfies
Show and tell
Hippo with lid
An encouraging picture for Spurs
No daisy eating
The perfect time to enjoy a bit of pollarding
Weird Queen Elizabeth IIs and weird Sherlock Holmeses
Faces on a Monument
Weird Piccadilly photos today
The biggest exercise in keeping up appearances that I have so far heard about
Goodnight and see you tomorrow
A wedding photo session in March 2008
The Great Big City Thing – new Big City Things – a not so big City Thing
Quota taxi covered in quota red flamingos
ENO Traviata dress rehearsal
The Devil’s Dice in Piccadilly
A temporary RCM corridor – the inside and the outside
Another crowd scene
South Kensington roof clutter
Crowd and crowd shadows
Creature photos
My new FZ150
Worse than bad form
Small Lego buildings and small 3D printed buildings
Piano being played at Tottenham Court Road tube station
What kind of car is this?  Answer: A Charger and a Bee
Penis park
A selfie in the Warwick Way gymnasium front window
Up on the roof
Another London logo (and a selfie)
Elina Cerla
War and peace
Yet more photoers
Quota urinal
Pavlova dances on a sign and next to a clock
A face and some windows
My original version compared to 6k’s version
The light and the lights on Blackfriars Bridge
The light and the lights of Victoria Station
The delivery scooter – first improvised now designed
Another January 5th photo – trees and cranes and 240 Blackfriars
Photoer in silhouette
Winter sunlight and new buildings beyond Lower Marsh
Piccadilly in the wet
A Mickey Mouse posting
A pub which shows the Six Nations
The London skyline ten years ago
A brightly lit building in front of a dark sky
Photoing the man playing a flaming tuba
Michael Fabiano does a Master Class at the Royal College
Primrose Hill photoers
Primrose Hill crowd
Pimlico in Kensington
My camera is not turning photos yellow – it’s Windows Photo Viewer that is turning photos yellow
Getting old – BBC Music – Lego Tower Bridge – etc.
Merry Christmas - Happy New Year - 50 percent off
Belated Christmas greetings
Pigs don’t pig out
The City of London Cluster in 2026 (and now) - plus some family history
The sky pool is coming
I like Prince Albert’s backing
Something elsewhere
Southwark Cathedral from the train
Another quote and two more photos
Photoers on Primrose Hill and how my camera turns everything yellow
Merry Christmas … and …?
The Gayer-Anderson Cat
Photoing versus communicating
The great Classical CD Holocaust of December 2017: The struggle continues
Ashes lost – CDs soaked - cranes in the sunset
Camera not conked out – I just pressed the wrong knob by mistake
Two phone photos
Queen and Bean
Antique Austins near the Regency Cafe
Quota plants
A big panda (with stars in its eyes) at Victoria Station
Adriana Lukas tells Libertarian Home about the experience of communism
Two more leaning tower cranes
Monument dwarfed by Walkie-Talkie
Naughty old adverts in The Star
The RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra at the Barbican
Christmas is coming
Leadenhall Market
Cranes and horses
Ashes to virtual Ashes
Fewer Big Things then
A different sort of Remembrance photo
The face of a seagull
The title and the blurb for a talk I’m doing in January
A Nelson photo of mine finds a new home
An imperfect posting (with a photo)
Two shiny windows
Nova diagonals revealed
A better photo of One Kemble Street
The Waterloo crane cluster
Rodelinda at the ENO tomorrow evening
Photoers last Sunday
The leaning tower cranes of London
Pavlova is back
A good day
Bounty Bars for Alfie Saggs
Self storage is a strange expression
Photos from friends
Nobody owns the paintings in the Leake Street Tunnel
The Boomerang nearly finished
Funny words – baffling words
Frollicking outside the Abbey (a decade ago)
Another reinforced concrete fighting to the death photo
Quota Roller
Quota dragon
More light on water
A busy day that never happened
Photo by me of seventeen London bridges
Horse spotted in Putney this afternoon
New River bank
Chelsea crowds at Fulham Broadway
Watching the Surrey v Yorkshire feed
Pede Lorean
Taxi with tree
Dramatic sky over Brixton
Video cameras from yesteryear
Photoer photos at the top of the Walkie Talkie
Bromley-by-Bow tube to the Twelvetrees Crescent bridge
Arrow stops play – yet another Surrey draw – test cricket laughs in the face of danger
The Ghostbustours bus – old Routemasters – Boris buses – improved Boris buses
New London Bridge station roofs – and photos of them from the top of the Shard
Dissing the Walkie Talkie
Two Union Jacks
The yellow tubes are temporary, right?
War Memorial outside Westminster Abbey
Kobelco excavator
The Wheel reflections and The Wheel juxtapositions (and a The Wheel postcard)
Maia Bouchier plays in the boys team
Aug ‘17 OSB9: Brutalism in London
Surrey Docks Farm
DLR Big Thing sunset
Aug ‘17 OSB6: Camden Highline
August 2017 Old School Blogging (2): Very thin but still posh new London house
Rugby v Marlborough at Lord’s today
Dr Salter’s imaginary cat statue
Multiple reflections of the Shard
Bad journey - good party
Tom Burroughes
A quota photo of the Shard with foliage and two ridiculous problems solved
Tattooed photoer
Photoers at the top of the Shard
Cathedral dwarfed by modernity
Two Seifert roof clutter clusters
On my need to photo dullness
The Store Street model of London is biased against south London
I don’t know whether it’s the weather or my camera
A new Clapham Junction Big Thing alignment
Nice events – shame about the weather
Transparent cube containing three spirit levels that goes where a flash would normally go
Another Wonder Woman
Me elsewhere
Quota cranes
A classic car and a modern classic car in Lower Marsh
Bright light on crane tower
Sculpture with greenery
Wimbledon screen captures
A selfie - and a building in it that I recognised
David Bowie dead – 2005 Ashes winners alive
Quota photo on account of the heat
One Kemble Street and its roof clutter as seen from the ROH floating bar
How Michael Tanner both misunderstands and understands Turandot
Dots and photoers at the top of the Tate Extension
Two selfies
My next five last-Friday-of-the-month speakers (and another one)
Beau Brummell and three smartphoners
X lights the spot
Quota photo of GD2’s Dad photoing The Laughing Halibut
Accidental movie
Dogs in boots
A photo-session in Tate Modern
Food photoing
Quota wedding bus
Twiddly cameras – 2005-2007
Flypast photo
This story will run and run
Towering inferno
BMdotcom quote of the day (in three dimensional latin)
A recital by GodDaughter 2 at the Royal College of Music
Meanwhile in East London …
Prophetic graffiti?
Photos of Jamie Bartlett speaking to Libertarian Home last night
Crouching photoer at the top of the Tate Modern Extension
Michal Huniewicz drone-photos London Gateway and its cranes
City peddlers etc.
How the West defeats its enemies
Leake Street photoers
Westminster Bridge photoer 2014
Vapour trail shadow
Rubbish posting
On the popularity of high-rise living: People in high-rises like to look at other high-rises
Happiness and other survival techniques
Sanga goes to Lord’s - gets two centuries and an oil painting
London is being Benidormed
New Zealand at the ASI
Victoria chimney cluster
Spurs are in a hurry to get home again
Barcelona Big Things (and Barcelona Big Thing graphics)
Burlington Arcade (with roof clutter)
Urban vision
London statues
Bronze Osbert Sitwell at the Tate
Incorporating the little orange light in the design
Around Tower Bridge – July 2014
Helen Szamuely’s funeral was today
The Walkie Talkie and its window cranes
When what I think it is determines how ugly or beautiful I feel it to be
Big Things with foreground clutter
Battersea Park bird
Colourful clothes in Cordings
2012 and 2016 times 2 – London on the rise
Stripy house can stay stripy
A picture of a book about pictures
To Tottenham (8): Zooming in on some Big Things
Quota bicycles
Another Capital Golf car
Battersea Power Station then and now and soon
Lincoln Paine shifts the emphasis from land to water (with a very big book)
Classic cars in Lower Marsh
Stabat Mater at St Stephen’s Gloucester Road
A selfie being taken a decade ago
Gloucester Road with evening sun
Lea River footbridge
… but there were some cute lighting effects
The Limehouse Cut is boring to walk along …
Fish in Orchard Place
Rose red city
Eastern towers
Window cleaning cranes in Victoria
Views from London Fields
The past and the future
Three Walkie Talkie photos
Friendly cat near Bow Roundabout
An array of yellow emoji key rings
Anti-BREXIT demo signs
Mark Pennington at the ASI
Misty (or polluted) at Canning Town
Slam City Skates in Covent Garden
Looking up in the City
Leake Street photo session
Beltane & Pop van parked on the South Bank yesterday afternoon
New River Walk
Spring in Islington
Today’s plan
Photoing the faces of strangers (or in my case: not)
If Pugs could fly
Chronicle Tower and its roof (and window-cleaning crane)
I’m too knackered to tell you why I like this
Two sunsets and two London towers
Photoing last Friday’s Last Friday meeting
The outdoor map next to the Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge over the River Lea
The Robert Stephenson statue at Euston
Cruelty to a fake animal – kindness to a fake animal
Shopping Trolley Spiral beside the River Lea
An Underground sermon
Battersea from Clapham Junction
Some temporariness being immortalised
Pictures of James Tooley last night
Calatrava coming to London
A sign in a bus and the same sign malfunctioning
Men on Gherkin
London rules the Premier League
To Tottenham (7): Building the new Spurs stadium
Up early – blogging early – elephant sculptures
A vintage photo
To Tottenham (6): The Spurs Shop
A new stadium for Chelsea
You wait for years and then two come along at once
Mosaic diversion
6k has a drone
Quota coloured lights outside the Royal Festival Hall
Quota construction
Up on my roof - at Samizdata and here
Someone else has been tidying up too
An Eiffel Tower at Wembley?
Merry Christmas from the Pilot Store (and from me)
Home alone
Wheel reflections (again)
Me shadowing another photoer
To Tottenham (5): Shadows and reflections in the same place
Tottenham Court Road tube entrance next to Centre Point
Apple juices compared
Fog in Victoria
Man in suit and swimming cap
Fantastic Beasts has an alcove in W.H. Smith all to itself
Freddie’s Flowers white van
To Tottenham (4): Illuminated worker
3D printed jewellery by Lynne Maclachlan
When photoing with mobile phones began (and when I began photoing it)
To Tottenham (3): The Railwa
Arthur Seldon Centenary photos
To Tottenham (2): Seven Sisters?
Early dusk
I am knackered
To Tottenham (1): A fine day (especially for scaffolding)
Quota Citroen DS
Plan as energy
One mobile phone photoer now
Clocking clocks
What indeed?
Views from Waterlow Park
Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the building
Creatures of outer London
London Bridge lit up (in 2006)
A rollerblader in 2006
The underneath of Tower Bridge
Remembering ten years ago
A dogs and cats building
Roof clutter on my roof and from my roof
Lighting up the bridges of London
A photo of nothing
An amateur photo of a pro
The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home light show
Smith versus Marx
The Spraycan bounced off the new US Embassy
Where shall I go tomorrow?
Happy Halloween
The painted word
Graffiti cat
Pavlova under wraps
Batman consults his smartphone
The art of taxi advertising
A particularly good panoramic view of central London
Wembley Arch lighting contrast
Van – grey but very interesting
Union Jacks having fun
Another TV aerial
Cruise plays along
An enlarged Dinky Toy in Belgravia
Pigeons on a TV aerial
What does Thames “RIB” Experience mean?
Not a shot tower – no longer a pumping station tower
Waterloo Eurostar revamp begins
Quota thatched roof
The Dome and Tower Bridge aligned
I never thought that we could win
The wonderful things they’re doing with plastics nowadays
The Big Parliament Tower and the Shard as seen from the Westminster Cathedral Tower
240 Blackfriars behind some reinforced concrete that is being demolished
Strand Palace Hotel footbridge
Citroen correction
When the people are the Art
Ghost Bus
Cats don’t smile
Just the top of the BOT … but still instantly recognisable
Six dials at Seven Dials
Miguel aligns his message with his van
Another illustrated van
They’re back!
Photoing Tate Modern from the Oval and the Oval from Tate Modern
Pink van with roller-blading fox
Tate Modern is now fighting with its neighbours about privacy
A direct hit
1666 remembered - with another fire
Eltham horses (and a dog (I think))
Centre Point and surroundings as seen from the top of the Tate Modern Extension
David Hockney comes to Pimlico
Another Big Thing alignment
The Wembley Arch and The Wheel
A very good meeting - and a quota horse with quota cart
Views of Epsom and views from Epsom
A day in BMdotcom heaven (5): My belated photo-tribute to Kumar Sangakkara
Quota Shard with quota cranes
There’s a spiral staircase inside the Testicle
Dernbach decisive again
Windows in bright light
When welfare means lavatories
Another place to photo London’s Big Things from
Another fine day at the Oval (4): Scoreboards old and new
Street dogs
Keeping their distance
Millenium Bridge with boats
Asian wedding photoshoot
More photos from last Friday
Scaffolding - covered up and then brightly lit
Another fine day at the Oval (3): A slightly different seat and a slightly different view
A lurid sunset
Quota Pavlova statue photo
Some more anonymous photographers from May of this year
Another fine day at the Oval (2): Jason Roy – and an extreme contrast
An A380 in Victoria Street
An allotment and two cats
Busy days
Did the ghostly Blackfriars Bridge columns make the new station more buildable?
Another London Big Thing alignment
Shard and Walkie-Talkie from the top of the Cheesegrater
The hottest day of the year (5): Old Citroens in Roupell Street
The draw that turned out not to be
Ghostbusters sculpture advert at Waterloo Station
Spraycan with moon
Gherkin in splendid isolation
Bird – and bird close up
LIFE at the Park Theatre
London looking like Dubai
Photoers photoing the views from the Tate Modern Extension
Nelson statue in Greenwich
Views from the new Tate Modern Extension
A Docklands footbridge about to be put in its place
Temporary Oxford Street
The view from Docklands ten years ago
Comparing London then with London now (and the Oval then with the Oval now)
Photoers and railings
A pig and two dogs
The right moment and the right alignment
UCH footbridge
Are London’s cranes about to depart for a few years?
The new Tate Modern extension from inside Blackfriars Station
Big Things and viewing galleries in the Square Mile
The Union Jack’s near death experience(s?)
Lions - Bears - Blackhawks
An electric car recharging itself in The Cut
WWWhite Van
A good morning
The new US Embassy – from my roof
A decade of unrecognisable photographers
New Thin Things in New York (but not in Lower Manhattan)
55 Broadway
Introducing Mark Littlewood
The City from above
Brexit Kenny photos
Seven London bridges (again)
More South of France bridges
Keeping up appearances at One Palace Street
Bird takes off from a TV aerial
Benevolent Laissez-Faire photos
A souvenir screen capture
White vans are becoming very informative
My latest meeting went fine
Pizza Express bus
The difference between roof clutter and roof clutter
Another photo for the traffic lights countdown set
Centre Point through the new station entrance
My next last Friday meeting: Patrick Crozier on the political consequences of WW1
Keeping up appearances next to Centre Point
A model of London now opening to the public
Looking in at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery in Goswell Road
Van Art
Happy couples
Another walk along the river
My next five last Friday of the month speakers
Some pyjama blogging
Sickness and sunset
Bard and Shard
What sort of duck is this?
Trees pruned into strange sculptures
A rubbish lorry posting
The footbridges of Shad
South Bank views
What I hope will be a better way to post clutches of photos here
South Bank Superheroes
Taking photo-notes and an app for improving photo-notes
The Waterloo Eurostar terminal is being revived
Cause and effect
A crane folds itself up
Pochards and Ibises
Blue van
Designing a building to fit in with The Wires!?
Checked out: The Big Olympic Thing
Regent’s Canal creatures (and a photographer)
Today I am checking out the Big Olympic Thing
Another idea for a collection of photos
Losing the leaves in Victoria Park
Memo to self: photo-destination required for tomorrow
Collecting footbridges
Brexit as a clash of pessimisms
Me and GD2 photoed in a mirror above us
Photo of Mountbatten on Sea Containers House
Recent taxis with adverts photos
Blog often (this time about the sound and the vision of this evening’s Tim Evans talk to LH)
How cranes might not keep falling
Pavlova sunset
Quota snappy snap
Out and about with GD1 (8): Non-human creature vans
Looking across Vincent Square
Big Ben bigger
Small horizontal assemblage of London Big Things
Asking about the Southbank Mosaics Gallery and asking about London’s Big Things
Blue Big Things by Shard Baby
Photoers on Westminster Bridge
Black Cat white van
Legal eagles versus illegal drones?
A rejected Grand Chose that shouldn’t have been
Vans that need to look the part
Quota caption competition
White vans in Kentish Town
A busy day and a collection of Big Things
A still life and a cat cushion in Kentish Town
A Japanese torpedo bomber that could use some zoom
A good time of the year
148 to Burgess Park
A Big Thing and a Much Bigger Thing – on a not-black cab
Quota Pavlova
Walkie Talkie looking not that huge
David Pierce on what it’s like using an electric scooter
Shard behind the Tower of London (reprise)
Big Things on Boris Bikes
Camera malfunction?
Orange coloured London
Zooming in on the workers
A machine for playing in that nobody knows how to design
The Beckton Sewage Works
Blue sky
Wainwright on facadism
Abandoned (one-eyed) reindeer jumper
Street lamp and Strata lined up
Speeded up pedestrians
“We now have the technology …”
Cleaning lorry with blue Union Jack
Wrap artistry
Wicked Campers: Are they now going respectable?
Twelve 2015 photos
Holding the Wheel
Quota sculpture made of plastic milk bottles on the South Bank in 2012
Some reindeer-based Christmas cheer from last year
Out and about with GD1 (7): Instead of using her Real Camera GD1 mostly iPhotoed
Nearly invisible Walkie Talkie
ShiRtstream drycleaners and a party recollection
A really good piece about London and its Big Things by Oliver Wainwright
Stormtrooper phones home?
Two mice and a cat on a Wicked Van
Loading problems
Wheel and shadow (and Wheel reflected)
Syed Kamall MEP wins by playing five and losing five
Anonymous guys taking (and making) pictures in Trafalgar Square
White Vans are looking more and more like websites
On going ahead with a posting anyway even if I don’t have all the photos to hand that I would like
Out and about with GD1 (6): The journey gets properly started
Screens at dusk
The next but one London Big Thing
Cameras seeing red
For CAR’S read CARS
Metros of the world
A rural roof where I did not expect it
Christmas is coming and you’d better watch out
Fantasy Vauxhall Bridge with lots of glass
Coloured lights in bottles outside the RFH
Avian Friday
New chairs
Four towers joined together by two bridges
Quota Bald Blokes and Big Ben
Less heat and more light
Couple photoing their own shadows
What is this iceStone device?
Filling in a Meaningless Triangle near Kensington High Street tube
A Morris Minor advertising a ping pong night club
Going to Kings Cross to see gas holders
The sexiest statue in London?
Rain on netting
Calories defined
Remembering the summer sun
Union Jack mirror in a Tottenham Court Road furniture shop
Very local fog in London
18/07/2007 - 18:01-19:33
The view from my kitchen
Now I know what a Mews is
A new Big Thing for Paddington?
Hire Intelligence White Van
Corbyn – and an advert bus
Taxis with adverts
Man on horseback – and cranes
Richmond boat cat - giant video kitten - East End cat graffiti
Blokes photoing
An underground history lesson
England rugby and London soccer
Glass Build white van
BT Tower with cranes
Shiny little Aston Martin
View of the footbridge - view from the footbridge
Crane on fire
I was photoing white vans in February 2007
Early thoughts on the Rugby World Cup
What’s this?
Dark Satanic Millbank Tower
A day in BMdotcom heaven (4): A tale of two penultimate overs
A day in BMdotcom heaven (3): Adverts
Some quota reflected cranes and a quota white van
A day in BMdotcom heaven (2): Surrey v Notts was played in front of a live studio audience
Rainbow over Millbank
A day in BMdotcom heaven (1): One early picture
Green Park wedding photos
An old American car in Tottenham Court Road
London Biggin Hill “Jet Centre”?
Weird wide angle lens effect
Shiny little car
On clapping in between movements at classical concerts
Brightly lit against a dark background
Big Ben through the legs of Gandhi statue in Parliament Square
A couple of old squares
A big Black Cab advert picture for a Samizdata posting
Designing and building with glass
White van reflexology
Photoing down by the river
iPhone with added fish eye lens
Lady rickshaw driver
The light outside the Proud Archivist on the evening of July 22nd
Trois Citroens (et deux chevaux)
Sorry!  No Photo’s!
Fun stuff in Oxford Street
Where punctuation might have helped
Digital photography ballet
Two photographers photoing me
Golden Cheesegrater with cranes
Interesting vehicles
Selfie sticks on sale – and a selfie stick in use
With GD2 in Richmond Park (1): Views of London
Lining things up behind the Royal Festival Hall
A blast from the photographic past
My next camera?
Zorb football
Palestra House – then and now
May 2005 was my first big month for photoing photoers
Out and about with GD1 (5): Stoke Newington’s Amazing Castle
Photographers by the river
Tomorrow I will get out less
London dragon
Sunlight (selectively) on roof clutter
A smartphone wearing sunglasses
Out and about with GD1 (4): On the survival of professional photography
A man taking a Selfie before it was A Thing (and me taking a picture of him)
A rather argumentative van
A new Grand Chose for Paris
The next London Big Thing
Lots of photos of the camera man
The weather is too good
Angela’s Nails
Pancake White Van
Cannon Street Station at the end of the street
Smoke over west London
Moving speaker – unmoving listeners, video holder and books
Pavlova reflected in double glazing
Unusual bench?
More keeping up of appearances
Two strangers photoed by Mick Hartley and shown there (and here) without their permission
The Shard was looking very special today
Windsor Castle from the top of the RAF Memorial
Smart face on smartphone
Heaven aka the Barley Mow
Old London by the Buck Brothers
The selfie stick is a very useful piece of kit
A very distant and yet very good view of the Big Things of London
Church not dwarfed by anything
A posh white van and a not so posh white van
Two Lady covers
Big Thing alignments from the top of Westminster Cathedral
Ruddigore in Blackfriars
The new Wembley Stadium under construction plus a white van
Customer service
Two more Pavlova pictures
Tim Worstall on “reserves”
BMdotcom quotes of the day from Edward Snowden (and a picture of him)
Real Photographer - shame about the adverts
Ballerina and crane
Shard - Guys - Tate Modern - Blackfriars Bridge - photoed during Magic Hour
An interesting front page story
The view from outside Waterloo Station
Goodbye KP?
Strange London buses
How Centre Point is looking just now
First test against NZ – first day
Blue sky
High hair
Hungerford Footbridges photographers
An alien robot playing the cymbals and paps
A photographer and an advert
Tourists and locals in London
Guy’s Hospital tower and Tate Modern tower
What are those things on her hands?
Ancient carved god spied in modern London
A forgotten war
A new not very big Thing in Paris
Why I mostly write about architectural design rather than about interior design
A Shiny Thing and a friend also photoing it - with an iPhone
Along the river towards Battersea
Lovely light
More Big Olympic Thing photos
A Shiny Thing by Frank Stella Hon RA
Another from the archives
Big 4
Another quota sign
Magic clarified
Viewing the clutter at Centre Point
Made-up London detectives in real London places
Fantastic day
London is getting more colourful
CATable at the Building Centre
Photoing the old London model
The receiving station at Swains Lane (and the previous version of it)
BT Tower - trees without leaves - blue windows
Yet more photographers
Big Things in line (with pylon)
Click on the picture to get a different picture
Back to being ill
Wheel behind trees
My favourie partial eclipse photos
More White Vans
Quota scaffolding and quota roof clutter
A weird view of the Wheel - and cats in Tiger
White Vin Van
White Van
BT Tower behind trees
You don’t see this any more
Photoing the photoers on Westminster Bridge
Pavlova with a new building and a passing bus
The ROH bar and its floating-in-the-air drinkers
The view from Suicide Bridge
Big cat advert
Bizarre designer furniture in a Covent Garden window
Marc Morris on medieval evidence (there’s more of it than you might think)
Another from the I Just Like It directory
At the top of the Monument - in 2012 and in 2007
Is 2007 old enough?
Drunkblogging a new London Big Thing
Shadow photography (again)
True hearts and warm hands
Anish Kapoor photoed next to his big shiny balls
Talk went well - two (not really) quota photos
Talk tomorrow – haircut today
Views from Waterloo Bridge
Incidental Last Friday details
Move over CND
Photographers - photographers with hats (one of the hats being rather scary)
“Real Democracy Now” in Parliament Square this afternoon
Big cats jacket
Two pictures of the Shard behind some railings
Smartphones and tablets at the Charlie Hebdo demo
Another place to look out over London from
Sixty Charlie Hebdo demo signs that say something other than “Je Suis Charlie”
Charlie Hebdo demo in Trafalgar Square
A photographer from the I Just Like It directory
Some photographers last November
Christmas Day photos
Shop window
Two geese
I’m an adjective!