January 10th, 2017

Seen on London’s Southbank, a pair of tourists consult their iPad for ideas on where to go next. As much as I love my iPhone I find the larger screen of an iPad makes it easier to read maps and pick up ideas when I’m touring a city.

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January 8th, 2017

Seen on London’s Southbank. This lady was collared by an overseas camera crew who started asking her opinion on something or other. She appeared happy to give it.

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January 2nd, 2017

This American tourist was keen to get her photo taken with one of the many bulls that appear outside restaurants in Kobe. Another feature of these restaurants is Spiderman is sometimes seen in close proximity, though why I’ve never got to the bottom of.

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December 31st, 2016

Invariably some bright spark will decide to reboot the Star Wars franchise and we’ll have a new version of “A New Hope” in the cinemas. If they were going to do it now this is who I reckon would make a great cast…

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December 29th, 2016

Seen in Bath, Somerset. This chap was hunting through the bins behind shops and restaurants.

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December 24th, 2016

Two people in silhouette.

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December 19th, 2016

Forgot about this chap. He was cheerfully standing around getting his photo taken during Pride in London in 2016. Kind of sums up the atmosphere really, everyone having a lot of fun in their own special way.

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December 17th, 2016

I found myself down by The Thames in London this week. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the light was perfect. The sun sweeps round closer to the horizon, which gives it a warmer light, even if the air temperature is much lower.

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December 16th, 2016
December 15th, 2016

If you get a chance to visit the Roman Baths in, um, Bath, then do so. It’s a fascinating exploration of more than just how Romans used to socialise. There are also insights into how Rome co-opted previous cultures and customs and called them their own, and how this continued through to the modern era as the Baths were adapted and “customised” by subsequent generations to meet their own needs and expectations.

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December 10th, 2016

I love the Japanese Kai Car concept. They’re an excellent example of how placing environmental and urban constraints on design can still give engineers and designers plenty of scope to come up with practical and fun designs.

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December 9th, 2016

This gentleman appeared to be offering some assistance to the drummers in Trafalgar Square providing encouragement to cyclists at an event in London. Quite how he got there or what anyone was going to do was unsure, but he seemed to be enjoying himself.

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December 6th, 2016

A statue listens quietly to a conversation between tourists at Bath’s Roman Spa.

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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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