Nice one, strangely enough I did the same thing last year. :)
It's a weird area, isn't it. I mean, there are a lot of places in London where abject poverty is smashed right up next to opulence, but that's a particularly striking example, probably because of the sheer size and decrepit condition of those council estates.
Well spotted. I love the commentary too, and the way the arrow on the Wooden Spoon House sign appears to be poitning to an archer's slit. Yikes.
Aww, my neck of the woods! Did you go to Bonnington Square gardens?
No, I didn't, because it isn't emphasized on my map - it's right by Vauxhall Station, I think? Now that I know it's there, I'll definitely make it part of the next expedition. I've been planning out my routes ahead of time for the project I'm doing and I don't deviate much because of the area I have to cover. But if there's anything in Fulham that you think I ought to visit (particularly south of Elephant & Castle and east of the Imperial War Museum) please do tell!
That was just... beautiful.
i'm glad i'm not the only one who bothers to explore around where they live to see what it's really like. i try to do similar with places i visit as well; people who think they've seen a town or city when they've not ventured out of the centre annoy me.
having a fairly similar walk
yesterday made me want to take a leaf out of your book and starting taking photos of places. i started with a couple of views from my windows yesterday afternoon.
I have to admit, it took me a while to get comfortable enough to do this. In fact, even though I have an Oyster card and am familiar with the Underground and a lot of the bus routes, I still have to muster up courage to go out and walk bits of London that I don't know intimately. I feel I'm just starting to understand how huge this city really is.
personally, i'd feel hesitant to walk around London simply because of how little of it i could cover on foot compared with how much i could see by bus in the same time span. different when you live there, i suppose. i doubt i'd walk around Nottingham much if i didn't live here.
i hope you continue to enjoy getting to know dear old London. i think part of the reason it isn't to my taste is how different it is from 'normal' towns and cities. are you planning to explore any such 'ordinary' places?
It's true that you can cover more by bus but that doesn't give you the chance to crouch down on the pavement when you spy interesting things and snap photos. Or talk to the locals, which is also fun sometimes.
I'd like to explore more of England, sure. Marco and I have taken a few day trips here and there (Dover, Warwick) and visited Shropshire and the Cotswolds (courtesy of imyril
) but I'd like to spend some time in a few other places. The visit to Shropshire, in particular, demonstrated clearly that London Is Not England.
mm. a good point. i may have an excuse for my lack of interaction along the lines of not wishing to interfere with what i observe, but i'm unsure of how true that is really. probably more to do with my being a bus enthusiast...
i'm glad you have managed some further exploration. you've done better with that than a lot of the natives, so. i think most of the people who moan about Nottingham in the letters pages of the Evening Post
have never been anywhere else. there are still fair chunks of the UK i've not been to; in particular, there are many major towns and cities i've not yet explored [e.g., Bristol, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Hull, Glasgow]. i haven't even been to Southwell Minster yet, and i can get there by bus for nothing.
Interesting contrast, very different sense of community. Hmm. Gotta respect someone who dares to stand out, including yourself.
Exactly. Cooking and laundry smells, music and conversation wafted all around the first neighborhood. Total silence reined in the second.
Also, that was a sneaky compliment. ;-) We should talk soon about Ireland, now that I seem to be coming out the other side of this latest depressive funk.
Most surely. Send me a line when you have an idea of free dates.
I hope the oblivious, eccentric owner lives to be a hundred and sixty.
And has oblivious, eccentric heirs who share his or her longevity.
Amen. I'll drink to that.
'What are you doing here? You belong in the West End. Go away.'
Oh, I hate that feeling. I hate that feeling with such a horrible passion.
Yeah. There really isn't much you can do about it, because it's an appearance-based assumption. Unless you were to actually get to have a lengthy and meaningful conversation with the people doing the assuming, you don't have a hope of breaking it down.
And lets be honest, that kind of environment isn't condusive to that kinnd of conversation. :(
miss kitten...I must get that song... haven't heard it in ages.
Ding! You are correct. Well, it's Golden Boy featuring Miss Kittin. I'll YouSendIt tomorrow if you like.
that would be great!!
Hope I can get you back sometime.
And if I go to london in July we must meet...It's completely a pipe dream at the moment but I'll let you know if it happens.