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A Weekend in London

This weekend I headed down to London on the train. Arriving into London Paddington on Saturday morning, I spent a the day wandering around the bustling shopping streets, taking in Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Camden. In the evening I headed across to Seven Sisters where I met up with my friend James. Seven sisters is certainly an interesting place, especially so on the evening of the North London Derby: riot vans and screaming sirens were everywhere. We spent the evening chilling and catching up on the last tow years. On Sunday I headed back in to the city for another wander before meeting up with another friend and heading for the National History Museum to look around the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition. I returned to Swindon on Sunday evening after a busy weekend in the big smoke.

Meeting Joe Dryburgh in London

Joe DryburghThis Saturday I headed down to London to meet up with my old friend Joe Dryburgh from Australia. I first met Joe when I first stayed in Sarina Beach. Arriving into Paddington I took the tube across to Trafalgar Square where I took some photographs before heading down Whitehall to Westminster Palace. The peace protesters were still camped out on the lawn in front of the palace – it is just a shame that the new government has just as little sense as the last when it comes to its warmongering. Continuing onwards I crossed over the river and walked along Southbank where I got some lovely pictures. I re-crossed the river on the Millennium Bridge before heading across to St Paul’s and then back along the embankment to Charing Cross where I met Joe at the station. We headed down to a pub to catch up over a few pints and talk about the good old days in Sarina Beach. Joe was off to Havana the next morning so we called it a day and headed out of London.

London Photographs

Photographs from my lieu day trip down to London where I headed to Greenwich.

A Trip to Greenwich and Docklands

Canary WharfOn Thursday I had a lieu day to use up so headed down to London for the day. I had been reading about Captain Cook’s journal on my new Kindle e-book so first stop was the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to check out one of the original journals. I had hoped to get some photographs around the old naval college but unfortunately that wasn’t possible as they were using the place to film the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. It was very interesting to look around the set anyway. Next I headed up the hill to the royal observatory and the Meridian line. I had forgotten what a spectacular view you get of the city from this point! After some lunch I headed down to Docklands where I had a bit of a wander before stopping at a bar and doing some people watching. I wasn’t completely convinced that the people in suits who were drinking in there at half past two on a Thursday afternoon are the people who I’d trust with our nations economy but anyway, I enjoyed my drink and moved on. Next stop was Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street before I headed back to Paddington and back up to Swindon on what is apparently the most expensive rail journey per mile in Europe.

A WEEKEND IN LONDON

On Friday I took the train down to London to visit my friends who live in Bermondsey in London. We stayed up all night on Friday night drinking and catching up on the past few years. Saturday moring arrived so we visited the soon-to-be-demolished shopping centre at Elephant and Castle where we ate at a Colombian Restaraunt. On Saturday evening we headed for the West end where we started the night at Bar Social (which certainly brought back a few memories), and after copious amounts of beer, rum and Tequila ended up in a Spanish bar. I headed back to Swindon on Sunday evening after an excellent weekend.

A VISIT TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE

Royal Society of MedicineToday I took a business trip to London to attend a meeting regarding ARIA at the Royal Society of Medicine. I was shocked to find that the Swindon-London (150Km Return) train ticket cost as much as a Mackay-to-Sydney (3000Km+ Return) Air Fare – the price of trains in this country is outrageous and doesn’t exactly encourage people to give up their cars. After the meeting I took a stroll down Oxford street which was a packed as ever.

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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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