Sunday, 30 June 2013

Amsterdam bicycles 3: front light

in an attempt to differentiate their bicycles from all the others some cyclists decorate their bikes...

Friday, 28 June 2013

Amsterdam bicycles 1: rear mudguard

i  recently spent a few days in Amsterdam and the city must be the most bicycle friendly in the world, in fact statistics produced by the city estimate that the 780,000 people who live in Amsterdam own an estimated 881,000 bicycles – there are so many that I’m sure that some people must just forget where they parked their bicycle and they are left to slowly rust away...

it is a city built for pedestrians – sporting such car-unfriendly features as narrow streets and canals, far too few parking spots (at premium fees), and single-lane one-way only traffic mazes so a bicycle is the most logical form of transportation

they are everywhere

Saturday, 22 June 2013

sculpture: 'reflection' by Antony Gormley, 350 Euston road, London, England

these two figures face each other through a sheet of plate glass, one inside the building, one outside - it is the rusty one that is inside


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

death announcements board, fondamente nuove, Venice, Italy

the fondamente nuove is the point where boats leave the northern waterfront and head out for San Michele – the cemetery island, it is midway between there and the hospital – an ideal place to have death announcements!

Monday, 10 June 2013

something to do with boats, smeaton's pier, St Ives, Cornwall, Enland

does anyone know the correct name for these things? i was going to call it a 'capstan' but i don't think that's correct

Thursday, 6 June 2013

balustrade and window, norwood grove mansion, south London, England

norwood grove was originally part of the great Streatham common, which was recorded in the Doomsday Book as Lime Common, in 1635 part of the common was enclosed by the Duke of Portland to form an estate around the shooting box which was presented to him by King Charles II
 Roques Map of 1746 indicates that there was a house on the site of the grove called "copgate" gibson's hill and in 1800 the driveway past the house was important as the only road across the common
the mansion or "white house" as it is locally known is early 19th century and by the end of the century was considerably larger than now with the west wing and its identical bow front extending almost to the stable buildings, there was another wing running off this at an angle, during the war one wing of the house was bombed and part of the garden also suffered damage
the ownership of the mansion was passed to Croydon council and since then the state of the building has seriously declined and now risks becoming unsafe and unusable as the council cannot fund essential repairs
the council claims they don't have the funds to repair the building and so they do nothing whilst the place falls apart - are they hoping it will fall down so that they will no longer have any responsibility other than to clear the rubble?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013