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HMS Ocean on Olympics Duty at Greenwich

On Saturday I took the opportunity to walk along the Thames path down to Greenwich to have a look at the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean who is moored up in the Thames on “Olympics” duty. I started my walk at Canada Water, before heading down to Surrey Water and joining the Thames path. I then took the opportunity to explore Greenland Dock before continuing East until I reached Greenwich where I had a good look at HMS Ocean. From Greenwich I took the passenger tunnel under the Thames over to Poplar, Blackwell and District Rowing Club from where I watched the start of the annual Thames barge driving race. I continued along the opposite Thames path before reaching the Canary Wharf area from where I took the tube back to London Bridge.

Flooding and Landslips in West Dorset

After a week of wonderful weather in Turkey, I headed down to West Dorset to some of the worst rain in living memory. The road down to Fishpond Bottom was blocked completely by a land slip next to the old quarry. Train services between Exeter St Davids and Sailsbury were unable to run due to a landslip near Honiton (and South West Trains were apparently unable to organise a road replacement service) which meant that I had to get a lift up to Bristol on the Sunday and return to London on the Great Western line.

Landslip on the road down to Fishpond Bottom

A Week in Turkey

I’m just back from a week of relaxation in the resort town of Alanya in Turkey. The week was spent eating, drinking, sunbathing and swimming in the sea – a beautiful break from the hustle and bustle of London (as well as the UK weather).

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

I spent most of Sunday down by the Thames watching the spectacular Diamond Jubilee Pageant. After heading down to London Bridge six hours before the flotilla was due to arrive all of the publicly accessible vantage points had been taken. The stewards were less than helpful giving conflicting advice, or no advice at all. From London Bridge we took the tube up to Sloane Square from where we walked to Chelsea Bridge and along the embankment where we found a suitable spot directly opposite the Peace Pagoda in Battersea park. Three hours later the flotilla began to arrive. By this time the crowds along the bank were around ten people deep. The procession started with a number of floating floating belfry’s, followed by the main flotilla which was led by the rowing barge Gloriana. It took about 45 minutes for all of the 1000 boats of varying ages, shapes and sizes to pass. The main royal party were on board the royal barge “Spirit of Chartwell”. Once the flotilla had passed, the rain began to really threaten so it was time to head back across London to watch the remainder of the events on Television. An amazing once-in-a-lifetime event.

Incognito at the Islington Assembly Hall

On Thursday night I went to see Incognito play at the Islington Assembly Hall. As expected, the performance was awesome; it’s great to be able to see a large experienced band play in this age of short-lived manufactured acts. They played a number of songs off their new album “Surreal”, together with a selection of thier classics and a cover or two. Definitely recommended.

A Visit to the Cutty Sark at Greenwich

I have a bit of an obsession with historic boats so had eagerly awaited the completion of the reopening of the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. The iconic ship had been badly damaged by fire in 2007 and a whopping £46 million has been spent on her restoration.  From the a distance the ship once again looked proud and magnificent and I was eager to get on board to have a look around. Once on board I was extremely disappointed to see that the inside had been turned into what I could only describe as a tacky tourist attraction. Touchscreen computers and projectors were accompanied by twenty-first century stairwells and other out of place fixtures and fittings. Unlike our other famous historic ships such as Warrior, Victory or SS Great Britain I certainly wouldn’t go back on board. Instead I’ll sit outside a nearby pub and admire the Cutty Sark from where she still looks magnificent.

West Dorset Bluebells are on their way

Well I am back in West Dorset for the Easter break and have been roaming around the local woodlands in search of the bluebells which is a far cry from life in central London! I can report that the bluebells are certainly on their way but not yet in their full glory. I would expect the real spectacle to peak in around two or three weeks time (dependent on the weather). As usual, Champernhayes Forest looks like it will offer the finest spectacle. For more information please visit the Walks in West Dorset section of my website.

March 2012 Photographs

A few photographs from the month of March 2012.

Phonetic Alphabet Quiz

Use the following quiz to test your knowledge of the Nato phonetic alphabet. You have only two minutes to complete the 26 questions which are randomly ordered. Click here to download a copy of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet (PDF)

Phonetic Alphabet Quiz

Use this quiz to teach yourself the Nato phonetic alphabet.
Congratulations - you have completed the Phonetic Alphabet Quiz. You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%. Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%% You had %%TIME_ALLOWED%% seconds to complete the quiz. You took %%TIME_USED%% seconds to complete the quiz.  

Quiz Results

  • The name of the quiz
  • The number of correct answers. This has the same value as the %%SCORE%% Variable on the Final Screen.
  • The total number of questions. This has the same value as the %%TOTAL%% Variable on the Final Screen.
  • Correct answer percentage. This has the same value as the %%PERCENTAGE%% Variable on the Final Screen.
  • Number of wrong answers. This has the same value as the %%WRONG_ANSWERS%% Variable on the Final Screen.
  • Time allowed (Requires timer add on). This has the same value as the %%TIME_ALLOWED%% Variable on the Final Screen.
  • Time used (Requires timer add on). This has the same value as the %%TIME_USED%% Variable on the Final Screen.
Your answers are highlighted below.
Shaded items are complete.

A visit to Greenwich

A few photographs from a beautiful and lazy Saturday afternoon in Greenwich park. The weekend temperature was a welcome improvement from the sub zero temperatures of recent weeks. I suppose the photographs prove that you can take the boy out of the country side, but you can’t take the countryside out of the boy!

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Jonathan Tolhurst

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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