December 3rd, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some high value apartments near Tate Modern suddenly becoming a lot less private. The Tate has built an extension to their Southbank gallery which includes a new viewing platform that looks straight down into these multi-million pound apartments and offers some interesting views of sitting rooms, home offices and a few other things.

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November 26th, 2016

Sometimes positioning is everything.

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November 13th, 2016

A tourist boat heads under the living bridge in Bath, Somerset

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November 10th, 2016

Taken on my DSLR using a long exposure. I put the camera on a post, propped it up with the lens cap, gave it a bit of timer and then let it go. The result is a beautiful example of how Japan’s cities become artworks at night in their use of light.

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November 9th, 2016

27 years ago Germany was divided into the democratic West Germany and the communist East (ironically called the German Democratic Republic). While the west enjoyed the benefits of democracy in the east there was oppression, repression and poverty. Between the two ideologies stood a wall, much of it barbed wire and fences and armed guards, but in Berlin it became something more tangible and symbolic. It became a concrete wall that divided a city into democratic West and communist East.

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November 7th, 2016

A photograph being taken inside Bath Cathedral in Somerset

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November 3rd, 2016

The great thing about the Japanese railway system is it runs on time. If a train says it will leave at 17:16 it will leave at that time and not five minutes before or a few minutes after. This makes planning your life, even if its just a holiday, so much easier.

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November 1st, 2016

One of the problems I have with my MacBook laptop is the damned thing is so distracting. I can be typing away on some amazing blog post, report or short story and for no reason whatsoever I get the urge to flick to Twitter or start mucking about with a photo I want to edit. My writing productivity drops off a cliff as I lose my place and train of thought.

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October 31st, 2016

A pop up cafe on London’s Southbank

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October 29th, 2016

In a tribunal in the heart of London Uber discovered its workforce was rather larger than at the start of the day. A landmark judgment handed down by an Employment Tribunal has determined Uber drivers are not self-employed but rather employees of the ubiquitous virtual taxi company.

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October 25th, 2016

You know what it’s like. You go out and spend millions of pounds to buy a new apartment on fashionable Southbank. It’s the latest in “glass front” design with spectacular views of the river and you can tumble out the front door into the Tate Modern.

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October 25th, 2016

“Writers are a peculiar breed who turn caffeine into books”

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October 23rd, 2016

Walk through Chinatown and you’ll see restaurants, supermarkets and the hustle and bustle of a thriving part of London. Step a street over and you’ll find the darker streets where the endless supplies that keep the facade going are shipped in.

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October 20th, 2016

A couple enjoy a morning blowing bubbles and promenading in traditional Kimono dress.

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October 18th, 2016

Need a delivery? Living in one of the outlying towns of Kobe, Japan? Quick – give 7-Eleven a call and they’ll bring it straight round in a rather funky little EV.

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October 16th, 2016

She works hard to drum up interest in Osaka.

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October 12th, 2016

Wander round Soho, Leicester Square or any part of London where “cafe culture” has taken hold and you’re likely to see this early in the morning. The pavements, largely clear for the morning commuters rushing to work, become filled with tables and chairs. Each and every one has to be put out by someone.

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October 9th, 2016

There are times when one person stands out for no particular reason.

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October 5th, 2016

The UK Government has announced an end to the “Help to buy” scheme that was designed to help people own their first home. That it has come to a stop should be a surprise to no one as when it was set up then Chancellor George Osborne was clear it would end in 2016. Yet still there is an outcry and complaints that yet again young people will not be able to get onto the housing ladder.

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October 2nd, 2016

While one of my daughters and I were in Paris we found ourselves in a long queue. As we stood we watched this guy practicing. He kept going at it for half an hour or more, patiently trying to get his tricks right, repeating each one in turn over and over until he was reasonably confident.

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