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The Greenwich Royal Observatory includes Flamsteed House and the Harrison Timekeepers ⇐. In the midst is a small garden with this very impressive Dolphin Sun Dial.
The sun-dial is self-adjusting. As the height of the sun changes with the time of the year, the shadow position changes its height and so indicates a corrected time..
The Greenwich Royal Observatory and Flamsteed House.
Inside the onion dome is the largest refracting telescope in the UK. First used in 1893, it remains one of the largest refracting telescopes ever built. Entry is free except the night sky observation evening. For more and to find out about night sky observation evenings please click here ⇒ .
The Planetarium ⇒for which there is a charge.
The Astronomy Center ⇒ is mostly educational and is free to enter.
Astrolabes and Armillary Spheres were used to predict/exhibit planet and moon positions..
Visitors to the Astronomy Center can touch part of the Gibeon Meteorite ⇒. At 4.5 billion years old it is the oldest thing that a mere earthling might touch.
An early spectroscope. Spectroscopy ⇒.
Outside the Meridian Courtyard ⇐ is a 24 hour electric clock. The use of roman numerals means that it is actually indicates 2 pm.
And, there is a lot more to see and do at Wonderful Greenwich⇐.
Farmopolis ⇒ is an ambitious project very near to the O2 arena on the Greenwich Peninsula. At present only a very small part has been built and is still a work in progress. It consists of a small café/restaurant with some indoor and outdoor seating and surrounded by plants rescued from the Chelsea Flower Show. These plantings should be complete by the end of August 2016.
Like many such venues I found the food and drink rather pricey and pretentious, but there are plenty of places nearby where a picnic can be enjoyed. There are events ⇒ at the site and the flowers are worth seeing.
Below is a view from the United Emirates Cable Car ⇐.
The Fan Museum is at 12 Croom St, Greenwich and, at just £4 entry fee with numerous concessions, is well worth a visit. The museum is thought to be the only museum, dedicated to fans, in the world. There is also a charming Orangery style tea room (you do need to book ahead)
The museum is quite small but has a number of activities and events. You can also create or commission your own designs. For more information please click here and then start with “Practical Information” from the side menu. For more of the many attractions at Greenwich please click here.
It is well worth seeing the finer details, which are little obscured by the folds. To do so, please click on the image for full screen and then again to magnify. To return here use the “back arrow” screen button on your browser.
The Orangery Tea Rooms
You might notice the false shadow that has been painted on to give a 3D effect. You will need to book for tea, so please see the website (the link is at the top).
Characters (18 pics)
I’m a star. – Those on the other end of the lead were watching the river and had no idea what their dog was doing. She was drawing a little crowd of her own. The words “what a character” were often heard. She wins my first prize for “Character of the Festival”.
A close second comes :-
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The Greenwich Tall Ships Festival
14 pics. The Festival brought a group of tall ships up the Thames for the first time in 25 years. They met from all over the world at Falmouth and raced to Greenwich. During the last day parade the wind was not favourable to sail. Hats off to the skippers for making sail for the spectators, even though it meant expending extra fuel to make progress. There were 50+ taking part. Here are a few.
Dar Mlodziezy, which dwarfed all the other vessels, won the first in it’s class (A).
Duet won first in it’s class (B) and first overall. It is a yawl. That is, it has an additional mast/sail aft of it’s rudder. The design was originally created to add extra sail without breaking the design rules for it’s racing class. That, together with a big mainsail and two additional foresail(s) on it’s bowsprit, makes a very powerful rig that takes skill to handle well. The Cirdan Trust ⇒. Pictures under sail (updated) ⇒.
The Stavros S Niarchos won the communications prize for doing the most to aid the race schedule communications.
Tenacious was a mix of able bodied and less able bodied crew. They did well to gain third in their class (A)
The Golden Leeuw won the the Friendship Trophy for having contributed the most towards international friendship and understanding. They were also the most international crew and won the Young Trainee Award.
The youngest Captain (Tom Whiteford)
I couldn’t get the name of this one but it certainly caught everybody’s attention. Most particularly because it had a working cannon which they delighted in using, making everybody jump and producing great clouds of smoke. They even had the cheek to fire it in the vicinity of Woolwich Arsenal. In past days they would have been blown to bits.
The Royal Barge appeared two days earlier and is the one used for the Queens Jubilee. Sixty years in the same job and they didn’t even give her one with an engine. A close look at the those on the oars would indicate that they have probably been quaffing something.
Next, click on – The Festival and it’s characters.
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Books about Town
By popular demand.
The National Literary Trust together with Wild in Art, created the Books About Town project. As result 50 ornate benches were placed around London in early July 2014. Each bench is dedicated to a particular book. The benches will be removed from 15 September 2014 in preparation for auction in October. The auction will raise money for the trust. What a great idea. Just below are a few I managed to photograph in Greenwich and here are all the Books About Town ⇒ and here is More About Greenwich ⇐.
I’m always amazed at the extraordinary detail that can be seen in flora when using more than the human eye. Enjoy 🙂 More of Wonderful Greenwich.
11 pics ~ Upper Greenwich Park is a great place to spend a morning and have a picnic. Then wander on to the observatory and from there down the hill for a range of attractions, mostly free. For more information please click on Visiting Wonderful Greenwich.
Now you see me, now you don’t. (a little slideshow)
I’ll jump. Idiot
There is also a deer enclosure but, on the day, they were hiding. ❗
Your mission, should you wish to accept it, is nuts.
First we catch the nut.
Then we bury the ones that will keep.
Then we have some fun. Shhimple !
This is one’s just hanging.
But, in a different light. Them paparazzi will demonize anybody, disgraceful. 😛
Squirrels can usually be found at the south east corner of upper Greenwich Park.
9 Pics. Admission to The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich is free and non-commercial photography does not require a license. There are many other attractions (mostly free) at Greenwich. Please click here for more and for travel information.
The Top Floor Gallery
The First Floor Mezzanine
The Ground Floor
I do like the little dog. He looks like a fiercely loyal friend, or a headbanger. 😛
The First Floor
There isn’t a lot on the first floor but it does provide an elevated view of ground floor exhibits.
It was him. No, it was him with the sword. How dare you sir. I will draw my sword and cut off your nose.
No, it was me with the smug expression, and I’ve got a scroll. 😛
The Painted Hall
From May 2017 to early Sept 2017 there is an opportunity to climb trestles for a closer look. There is a charge during this time so please see the website ⇒.
A closer look reveals that shadows are painted on, to give a 3D effect.
Here again is a 3D effect.
At the Greenwich Visitors Centre
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The Cutty Sark and the legacy of the great sailing ships
The Cutty Sark is now on show at Greenwich (London,UK). It is the last remaining example of the great Tea Clippers. For more information about the exhibit please click here.
The first of each tea harvest from China to Europe was of great commercial value. These ships were built for that purpose, using a narrow hull and powerful rig. Built for speed rather than large cargo. For more of that history please click here.
The Cutty Sark was recognised as the foremost in its class even though it never quite won the Great Tea Race.
This is another Clipper Ship, Lightning under full sail.
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Ships like these and their crews advanced the knowledge of construction, navigation and seamanship. Altogether making travel by sea a lot safer than it used to be. It was once the most hazardous of all occupations. By contrast, going to sea has now become a pleasure to many.
An important principle still remains for all such potentially hazardous occupations. That is, the development of good habit. Often inconvenient in good weather but a vital life safer when wet, cold, tired, in the dark, confused and disoriented.
Such vessels do not remain in service and their builders and brave crews are no longer with us. But, the advances that they made remain. Those ships and their crews may not still roll, but because of their legacy, they still rock.
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