Archive for the News 2012 Category

A visit to York

On Monday we headed North for a few days in the beautiful historic city of York. After arriving on a over loaded train (due to several cancellations) the next few days were spent visiting some of the historic sites and doing a little bit of shopping.

We also made the most of my tastecard, eating out at the following restaurants:

  • Jorvik Spice
  • Cafe Rouge (on Petergate)
  • The Piano Restaurant @ The Churchill Hotel
  • Gourmet Burger Bar

I would definitely recommend a visit to Jorvik Spice and also the Churchill hotel.

Paralympic Games – Wheelchair Basketball

A few photographs from the Paralympic games Wheelchair Basketball which took place at the North Greenwich (O2) Arena. I hadn’t been to a Wheelchair Basketball match before and found it to be a great spectator sport mixing amazing skill with dramatic crashes. The best match was watching Great Britain team beat Turkey 75-70.

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.