Saturday, April 30, 2011
The festivities began early yesterday with a 6 AM wake-up call and 8 AM mimosas. These rather appropriate balloons were for sale at an "Official Merchandise" stall in St. James's Park. The gold-crested gates lead towards Buckingham Palace and the Mall.
I particularly liked the police all dressed up in their Sunday best, white gloves and all.
Friday, April 29, 2011
It's finally D-Day. Wills and Kate are gettin' hitched today! I hope they have these "Let Them Eat Cake" cupcakes at their reception. Wish me luck as I brave the throngs for a glimpse of something--anything!--this afternoon.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My countrymen over at NBC are taking over Trafalgar Square for their Royal Wedding coverage. I'm inclined to check it out for a glimpse of Brian Williams -- way more exciting than Wills and Kate.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
So, there's no getting away from it now. The Royal Wedding is on Friday and all of central London is decked out for the occasion. This is Regent Street, looking very patriotic. The next few shots will document what's going on in the city until the Great Day is upon us.
Sorry for those who are already sick of weddingspeak. I can't help it, especially since my visiting friend is taking me to all the tourist hot spots again, so these are the only photos I've been taking. Bear with me. It'll all be over soon.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
It's St. George's Day, celebrating the patron saint of England who slayed the dragon.
My personal hero, Mr. Ricky Gervais, had some interesting things to say on his blog about "that magical time of year when uptight liberals are afraid to celebrate for fear of seeming racist, and racists get angry because St George's Day isn't racist enough." It must be complicated being English. Not too easy being American, either, I guess.
The above photo was taken in Cambridge during the World Cup in 2006. England made it to the quarterfinals and the entire nation exploded in St. George Crosses...until the inevitable defeat.
Friday, April 22, 2011
So, pretty much I'm obsessed with the Shard. I just see it everywhere these days and am consumed by its progress. But it occurred to me a few days ago that I don't actually know how much it has progressed since I first noticed it. I see it almost everyday and so the change has been gradual.
Snapped the top photo a few days ago and now I can compare it to the one below which I took in December.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A bit of shameless plugging today.
Over at the Geffrye Museum, UCL Master's students are developing an exhibition and accompanying resources for the Stories of the World Cultural Olympiad. A blog is also part of this project and my colleagues are in the midst of soliciting photographs of tea mugs for the exhibition's flickr page. Since I'm sure many of my faithful (?) followers are tea drinkers as well as photography enthusiasts, why not submit a picture of your favourite mug?
You can find the original call for photographs at this blog entry.
And if you happen to be based in London, do come down to the Geffrye to see the fruits of our labours when the exhibition opens in mid-May.
Oh, and the photograph is of an art deco tea set in the Geffrye's collections.
Shameless plug: done.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Non-food items at Borough Market.
I'm writing a essay for one of my courses about Borough Market, so have been spending a lot of time there lately. I promise the Borough Market pictures will ease up as soon as I turn in my essay...
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Obviously, the Olympics are coming to London next summer and St. Pancras International Station recently unveiled these Olympic rings welcoming visitors to the city. I like this shot from the back so the gaudy colors aren't as visible and you can see the approaching trains.
The entire station is in the midst of refurbishment (also in anticipation of 2012), so it's looking particularly shiny and beautiful these days.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Arrived at Borough Market early enough on Saturday to see this impressive creation at the Flour Power City Bakery stall. They'd sold enough brownies by noon that it was unrecognizable.
But you can tell what it is, right? It's the Shard (that omnipresent, all-seeing eye as fellow blogger raskolniikov rightly described it)! You really can't escape it.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
This month's Theme Day on City Daily Photo is "Edges." This photo clearly shows how the HMS Belfast has been painted to melt into its surroundings -- it's hard to tell where the ship ends and the city begins. In other words, their edges blend together. Ta da!
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