Jon Crispin's Notebook

An Interesting Day or Two

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Yesterday I took the train from Stratford upon Avon to Marylebone London.  It was raining.

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I made it with plenty of time to spare to make the 5.30 kickoff for the Fulham v Derby County match (ended in a 1-1 draw, but still fun).

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After the match I walked back to my hotel past my favorite row of houses.  Most of them have these amazing stained glass doors.  Mind blowingly beautiful.

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This morning I had a bit of a plan that started in Bishop’s Park.

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I wanted to walk past the Cottage again.  Last night, I entered the ground through door 36.  Quite narrow.

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I really like these graphic tiles set into the pavements along the Thames Walk.  Especially the smell lines coming out of the poo.

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Next stop was The Dove in Hammersmith for a pint of ESB.  Nice

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I started inside in the tiny bar and then moved to the deck out back.

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Just before I got to my ultimate destination (next photo), I got a text from Cris at home telling me to call immediately.  This is why; a giant fookin’ tree had fallen on my Element, and had knocked over my Vespa.  I think the Element might just be toast, but the Vespa could be ok.  Kind of put a damper on things.

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Many years ago John Wilson surprised me at the end of a very long walk along the Thames with this view.

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Here is a closer look at the Naked Ladies of Twickenham.

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And another.

I made it back to the Dove for more beer and a Sunday roast.  Tomorrow I have some meetings with folks interested in the suitcase project.  V exciting.

Spring in Bishop’s Park London

Posted in Cities, Flowers, Nature, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 17/03/2012

Peter and I are off to the Cottage for the match between Fulham and Swansea.  He’ll be talking to supporters about his project and we’ll see the game.  We will walk through Bishop’s park again to get to the ground.  It is a bit rainy this morning and not quite as nice as on Thursday when I took this shot.  Spring has come a bit early here this year and the trees are really coming out.  Can anyone tell me to what tree these buds belong?

Bishop’s Park Gents

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 16/03/2012

Only some of you might be interested in this, but I have always enjoyed older public restrooms, especially here in Britain.  This is the gents in the middle of Bishop’s Park.  Beautiful tile, the urinals are all porcelain, no graffiti and clean.  I am always a bit nervous about taking pictures in public facilities, but fortunately no one walked in on me.  It would be a bit difficult to explain what I was doing.

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