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The National Gallery – London – UK

The Horses of Achilles in the style of Anthony van Dyke

The Horses of Achilles in the style of Anthony van Dyke

The National Gallery (London UK) is adjacent to Trafalgar Square ⇐, St Martin in the Field ⇐ and the National Portrait Gallery ⇐.  Entrance is free and you may photograph (no flash or tripod).  You can also download images but with very limited use.  The website is here ⇒.

Paintings like these provide an insight into past life, attitudes, stories and legends.  Many show the enormous skill of the artists.  All have been brightened a little to compensate for the low lighting and fading/darkening of paint.  You might also like a selection of digitally enhanced versions that try to show their original vibrancy here ⇐.

The National Gallery Entrance (London)

The National Gallery Entrance (London)

 

The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner

 

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri

 

Saints Christina and Ottilia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saints Christina and Ottilia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

 

Saints Genevieve and Appollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saints Genevieve and Appollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

 

Adriana van Heusden and her Daughter at the New Fish Market in Amsterdam by Emanuel de Witte

Adriana van Heusden and her Daughter at the New Fish Market in Amsterdam by Emanuel de Witte

 

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude

 

Dutch Vessels Close Inshore at Low Tide and Men Bathing by Wilem van de Velde

Dutch Vessels Close Inshore at Low Tide and Men Bathing by Wilem van de Velde

 

Infant St John with the Lamb by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

Infant St John with the Lamb by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

 

London Interior of the Rotunda at Raneleigh by Canaletto

London Interior of the Rotunda at Raneleigh by Canaletto

 

Phillip th IV Hunting Wild Boar by Diego Valazquez

Phillip th IV Hunting Wild Boar by Diego Valazquez

 

Eaton College

Eaton College

 

National Gallery Portico - London

National Gallery Portico – London


Canada Memorial

The Canada Memorial (London) was opened in 1994 and is dedicated to the Canadians who served in the two world wars.   It can found at the bottom of Green Park very near to Buckingham Palace.

When I visited it was a very hot day in July and children were very happily using it as a water slide.  Despite the “keep off” sign, nobody wanted to stop them and everybody was having a great day in the sunshine.

This little pigeon decided to join in and enjoy cool feet.  A lot of wild life around London seem to have become so accustomed to a human presence that they can allow themselves to indulge in curiosity and even participation.  The squirrels of St James Park being a great example.  Here is one cool pigeon.

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Canada Monument and Pigeon

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Canada Monument - Closeup

The colours of the opening picture are so intriguing that I couldn’t help tweaking it a bit.

Canada Monument and Pigeon - Enhanced


The Temple Church

Temple Church 116 pics – The Temple Church dates from 1185 and can be found amidst the Temple Court.  More pictures of the Temple Court and how to find it here⇐.

Flowers of the Temple Court here⇐,

Admission to the Temple Church here⇒ (do check for admission dates/times) and its History here.    It has some of the most intricate stained glass that I have ever seen and there are pictures further down.

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Temple Church Interior 4

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 9

 

These are four separate windows.

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 6

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 7

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 5

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 8

 

Temple Church Interior 1

 

Temple Church Effigy 1

 

Temple Church Interior 3

 

Temple Church Interior 5


Kew Gardens Views

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are extensive  enough to spend an entire day there.  Admission to Kew Gardens includes the TemperatHouses,e Houses, Hot  Treetop Walkway and Kew Palace.   And here there are Flowers at Kew and Orchids at Kew

The Pagoda requires a further charge, paid at the main gate.  When I was there it was £4.  I told them that £4 was not enough they’d have to pay me at least 50 quid to go up that.

The  nearest rail station, to the main gates,  is Kew Bridge (South West Trains).  Then turn right out of the station then left over the bridge and first right to the main gates.

Kew Gardens Cottage

Kew Gardens Tree Kew Gardens Monkey Puzzle Tree Kew Gardens Bridge

Kew Gardens Pagoda

Kew Gardens Rockery

Kew Gardens Japanese Gardens Waterfall

Kew Gardens Statue of Gardener


Orchids at Kew Gardens

Orchids in the Hot House at Kew Gardens

7 pics.  Hot house is not an overstatement and is also very humid so be prepared to carry clothing.  These are just a sample, there are also many other exotics and cacti.  Also at Kew; Kew Gardens and Kew Palace.

Hey, hey we’re the Monkeys.   It’s worth a click-on for full screen and another click to magnify.  🙂

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Kew Gardens Orchids
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Kew Gardens Orchid 3
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Kew Gardens Orchid 2
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Kew Gardens Orchid 1

There are more orchids here


Inside Hall Place

The interior of Hall Place may see a little empty at first, but it does give the impression of being recently vacated and still vibrant with the presence of it’s previous occupants.  One might imagine the graceful elegance of past days, romance and gentle intrigue.  More about Hall Place, admission and gardens can be found here.

Hall Place

Above is  a view of the hall from the side gallery and below is the musician’s gallery as seen from the floor of the main hall.

.Minstrels Gallery at Hall Place

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Chandelier at Hall Place
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Fire Place at Hall Place
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Ceiling at Hall Place


Flora at Hall Place, Bexley

12 Pics – Hall Place

In the hot house and shop.

Hot House Flowers
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Extraordinary Flower

This one comes in peace, offering tokens of jelly beans.

Happy is the tiger with a badger as guardian angel
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Heart of Orchid

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Snoopy Orchid

Hang on Snoopy, snoopy hang on, de dup de dup, dee do do, de dup .

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Whaaaa, surprise.

In the Garden

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She’d not pulled a double a double rose, a rose but only two, When up came young Tam Lin says “Lady pull no more.”

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Garden Flower
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In the House

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Hall Place Flowers

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Vase of Flowers in the Hall

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Thank you for visiting and there will be more about the house and gardens later.


Characters at the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

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 :-

Please click on an image to expand and view a slideshow:-

The Crews

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 Please click on an image to expand and view slide show:-

And, then click on

The Tall Ships  ►►

And, thank you for your visit.


The Tall Ships at Greenwich

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

Dar Mlodziezy

Dar Mlodziezy, which dwarfed all the other vessels, won the first in it’s class (A).

Duet

Duet

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) ⇒.

Stavros S Niarchos

Stavros S Niarchos

The Stavros S Niarchos won the communications prize for doing the most to aid the race schedule communications.

Tenacious

Tenacious

Tenacious was a mix of able bodied and less able  bodied crew.  They did well to gain third in their class (A)

Gulden Leeuw

Gulden Leeuw

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.

Pelican of London

Pelican of London

The youngest Captain (Tom Whiteford)

J.R. Tolkien

J.R. Tolkien

Loth Lorien

Loth Lorien

Morgenster

Morgenster

Oosterschelde

Oosterschelde

Mercedes

Mercedes

Swan

Swan

Pirate

Pirate

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.

Royal Barge

Royal Barge

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.

And, thank you for visiting.


Climate Change Rally – London 2014

If you would like to learn how we can have more of an effect click here.    (click here for 2015 Rally Information)

For the past 3 decades, it seems to me, that there has been much effort to persuade people that there is no point in trying to make a difference.  It didn’t work.   To those who never give up, add those who are just beginning.  Hope and endeavor just keep on being born.  It is slow but it is relentless.     ~     Latest news – 40,000 attended the London rally.   That’s 4 times the expected number.

Climate Change Rally London 2014

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To download a picture; left click to expand then right-click and choose “Save Image As” from the pop up menu.

Nelson Mandela, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill.  I think they would have approved

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And, It’s a Long Road Out of Eden, but it does have some good guitar on the way.

I have a slight preference for the original Eagles version, but this is the best recording I could find.

More news  from the BBC