St George’s Day at Leadenhall Market

I would like to start this post by saying thank you (as a Welshman) to all my English friends for the kind wishes they’ve given me over the years on Wales’ national day, “St Patrick’s Day”, nuff said… 😉 I jest but I’ve never understood how it has ended up that the national day of …

Some Impressions of the Contax G2

So what is this? I’m providing some impressions of a camera launched in 1996 which ceased production in 2005? Am I mad? Hopefully not! I decided more and more that I liked the film-like quality you get from the Fuji X-trans cameras and from the Leica M9. The thought occurred to me that I ought …

Westminster

Seeing as a fiery ball in the sky had appeared again and I had time to pop out at lunchtime, I headed over to take a look at Westminster Abbey. Before getting there I came across a saxophonist in the subway and then headed over via Parliament Square. The Collegiate Church of St Peter at …

A short walk down the Embankment

Last night I watched a programme about the history of the Thames and its bridges.  One of the topics was the Embankment. The Thames Embankment is a major feat of 19th century civil engineering designed to reclaim marshy land next to the River Thames in central London. There had been a long history of failed …

Bankside Walk

The weather is terrible today. We’ve all been going stir crazy with the never ending rain. I’m not expecting much in the way of the forecast snow tonight… In any event, in the absence of any possibility whatsoever of taking photos, here are some shots from a walk down Bankside after our visit to the …

The view from the top…

Today, I took my family to the Shard, London’s tallest building, to visit the new viewing platform that has opened (called “the view from the Shard”). The Shard is a 95-storey skyscraper in London. Its construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Standing …

Bank

The Bank of England is a really photogenic location. It’s close to my current office but we are moving soon to the other side of Liverpool Street, so I might as well make the most of being close to Bank while I can. It’s a fantastic blend of neo-classical and art deco architecture. It’s well …

Views from the Monument

I don’t know why I don’t walk up the Monument more often. Well, I do know, it’s because it costs £3 a visit, so it would get expensive if I visited regularly. The “Monument”, which is the monument to the Great Fire of London (and is known to Londoners simply as the Monument), is a …

Birthrights Launch (and some thoughts on flash photography)

Birthrights Launch Last night was the official launch of Birthrights, a UK organisation devoted to protecting human rights in childbirth. Birthrights is dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. Birthrights believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, …

Farm in the City

Walking through the City at lunchtime I came across a small exhibition celebrating Britain’s farmers. This was all because the annual Evensong service arranged by the Addington Fund was taking place in St Paul’s that evening. The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry …