?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Sauntering Vaguely Downward [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Serious Business | Flickr
Bounty Information | Wanted Dead or Alive: Mad Scientess Nanila
Deeds of Derring-Do | Full of Wild Inaccuracies and Exaggerations

Farewell [20051114|12:39]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
[Tags|, ]

ripperlyn goes to the other side of the Atlantic tomorrow, so I feel the need to remind her of one of the reasons she should stick to her plan to return next year.


Welcome to Charing Cross


No matter what you might think, London adheres to all the little courtesies. Notice how it's impossible to see this sign from a train that's actually on the tracks. You can see it from the neighboring foot bridges. If you stand on tiptoe and happen to be looking away from the classic views of the Thames.

Hungerford Footbridge, NE


Wikipedia says:
The footbridge gained a reputation for being narrow, dilapidated and dangerous at night. In the mid-1990s a decision was made to replace the footbridge with new structures on either side of the existing railway bridge, and a competition was held in 1996 for a new design. It was won by architects Lifschutz Davidson and engineers WSP Group, and the two new 4-metre wide footbridges were completed in 2002. They were named the Golden Jubilee Bridges, in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, although in practice they are still referred to as the "Hungerford Footbridges".


Hungerford Footbridge detail, SW


I took this while standing directly under one of the supports.

Classic view of the Thames


As I was saying.

Pavement art


Five weeks of work, according to the sign.

The Royal Opera Arcade


The ROA runs between Pall Mall and Charles II Street. It's London's oldest shopping arcade and still features the nineteenth century storefronts. The prices aren't nineteenth century, but that's pretty appropriate as well.

Lord Nelson


Look at him, looming over London on top of his giant phallus. This was taken a couple of hours before the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Construction


If you look around, you can always find a bit of London stripped and showing her strata. (Slut.)

Royal Art Academy


There's very little that's as amusing as watching a bunch of white-haired ladies peering intently at and discussing in hushed churchy tones a nude self-portrait by a depressed Norwegian done in lurid, vomitous blues and greens.

Sunset


It's even lovely at 3:30 PM.

So what do you think? Is it a convincing case? Eh?
linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2005-11-14 13:43 (UTC)
There's very little that's as amusing as watching a bunch of white-haired ladies peering intently at and discussing in hushed churchy tones a nude self-portrait by a depressed Norwegian done in lurid, vomitous, blues and greens.

The look on the faces of corporate bigwigs and corporate wives when Salman Rushdie is escorted through the exhibit with his gang of minders in the middle of their corporate black tie jolly is quite amusing too.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-14 15:50 (UTC)
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. Where was the exhibit when you witnessed this fine moment?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2005-11-14 16:12 (UTC)
The Royal Academy. It was a private showing of the Summer Exhibition for AT Kearney and guests. Around 1991 I guess as I was working on a project in England at the time and so got an invite.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: kreie
2005-11-14 15:09 (UTC)
If she doesn't come back, I will. Except I've never been to London. So I couldn't come back, just show up for the first time. But yeah!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-14 17:00 (UTC)
You should visit anyway. We can have tea and biscuits. Later, there will be alcohol, followed by 3 AM wandering around Chinatown looking for a restaurant.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: kreie
2005-11-14 18:10 (UTC)
I like your itinerary. Just my style.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2005-11-14 18:29 (UTC)
Meh. I want to go back to London...
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-15 10:44 (UTC)
Plane tickets are cheap in low season, and you have a place to stay. Really, you don't want to come to London and stay in a hotel. Even the expensive ones are not very nice.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2005-11-15 17:46 (UTC)
The person I would be going with needs to get a passport. :)

I'm swimming in debt, but possibly in the spring. If the air ticket prices stay low, that is.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-11-14 21:13 (UTC)

Convincing but...

Today was too cold. I'm from the Caribbean and I know nothing of the cold. True, I did come here in February, but it was the knowledge that it would soon be warm that kept me going. *brrrrr*
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-15 10:46 (UTC)
Too true. I keep forgetting that I don't have a Giant Head O'Locks any more and need to wear hats to keep warm, too. I know scarves are in at the moment, but my question is, in weather like this, why on earth do they ever go out of fashion?!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: ripperlyn
2005-11-16 16:21 (UTC)
I WANT TO BE ON A PLANE RIGHT NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-17 10:06 (UTC)
I'm glad I convinced you. You'll be back soon. Yay!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: ripperlyn
2005-11-17 12:46 (UTC)
Very!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)