Canalway Cavalcade 2

On bank holiday weekend, boaters congregated at Little Venice on the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal for the Inland Waterways Association Canalway Cavalcade. An English village fete for boat dwellers of sorts, with agricultural show-style demonstrations of boating skills and equipment. And bunting. So much bunting.


Bicycle in the snow - photocatalyst

Lambeth Cemetery

Confusingly located beside the River Wandle on Blackshaw Road in Tooting on the far edge of the London Borough of Wandsworth, Lambeth Cemetery is closer to Merton than to Lambeth. But established by Lambeth following the Metropolitan Burial Act of 1852, pushing burial grounds to the then periphery of the […]


Pylons marching

People say they’re ugly. And want them put underground. But I think it’s a bit more complicated than that.


Rouge on a corpse: Salford Chapel Street

Three years ago I was passing through Manchester on the way from Edinburgh to Snowdonia. Took an evening stroll down Salford’s Chapel Street: the main A6 road from Salford Central to the rest of the borough. They had just completed a Kensington High Street-style “shared space makeover”, with expensive shiny […]


BT Tower sunset silhouette - photocatalyst

BT Tower

I wrote a little while ago about taking the same shot, of the same subject or view, again and again, in all lights and conditions, in Lots Road Power Station. Another one of those subjects, from a previous commute to an earlier office for another job, was the BT Tower […]


Storr Lochs: the hidden funicular on the Isle of Skye

Where’s the working railway on the Isle of Skye? The railway doesn’t go to the Isle of Skye, right? It ends at the pier at Kyle of Lochalsh, or else at the harbour at Mallaig, where boats take you over the sea to Skye. But there is a railway on […]


Eclipse over Edinburgh

On Friday 20 March at exactly 8:30am, the moon began to get itself in the way a bit… …of the view of the sun from Edinburgh. Some people sat on Arthur’s Seat and watched it. Using cameras and solar eclipse glasses and boxes with holes cut in them and kitchen […]


Lines in the landscape: West of England Main Line

The West of England Main Line was the Southern Railway’s “Holiday Line”: the main route from London Waterloo to the West Country: to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. It was also the route from London back to the childhood home, and over the years I managed to collect a […]


“Die In” 1

Yesterday I reacquainted myself with just what an awful place Regents Street on London’s West End is. Made my way down the obstacle course that is the overcrowded footway to check on the protest making its way up from the other end of the street. It almost didn’t make it: […]


Flypast

At 12:20pm two Chinooks, two Apache helicopters, one Sea King MK4, a C-130-J Hercules and two GR4 Tornados came up over South London and flew low over St Paul’s Cathedral and past the skyline of the City of London. The conditions weren’t spectacular. Looking south over Clerkenwell from the roof […]