April 2006

a day out with daddy

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kezia and i had an impromtu day out in london yesterday.
we started off at little venice (now a very short walk from Paddington station) where there was a canalway calavcade (it’s on until 1st may, so you should pop along if you live near/in london). more info here.
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we then tracked down the canal boat stop and got a canal to Camden (more info here). the canal trip was very nice and stops by London Zoo which might be a neat way or reaching it from paddington.
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we then wandered round camden looking at people’s hairstyles and enjoying the various smells and sounds, before dropping down the Northern Line to Bank where we got on a DLR driver-less train. unfortunately the one we were on broke down so it was driven a little of the way, but it was still good fun to sit at the front and pretend to be the drivers before it broke down !
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then we had a wander round Canary Wharf and West India Quay before heading back on the Jubbly Line.
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despite all the loveliness of the canal and the crazyness of Camden, Kezia loved the Docklands and the dark tunnel on the DLR (as it leaves Bank) best

directions

it’s appropriate the angel is in the sky. (these signs have sticky outy writting and the black edges are shadows from a rare appearance by the sun)
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painted railings

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they are trying different sorts of paint out in this graveyard to work out what sort of coloured fences work best. this sign explains it all
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i know what you are thinking. what colour is invisible green ? well, it’s bronze of course
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jacob and esther

here are jacob and esther walking down a sandy beach (great photo by andy !)
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how the queen avoids the hose pipe ban

i’m not sure how many visitors will be aware, but in southern england we’ve already got a hose pipe ban as we’ve had two very dry winters (apparently). that and the victorian pipes carrying our water supply around are all leaky and no one can find any victorians to get a refund.
anyway … here’s the queen blatantly flouting the rules, or is she …
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well, it seems she might not be as there was this funny bubbly thing in St James’ Park (and the hose pipe in the background). so i think she was just draining her lake instead. hopefully no pelicans will have been sucked up
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top trumps

after the other top trumps cards, i saw this one which when i flipped it over was of grampa’ simpson
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british gentlemen

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you used to get people dressed like this all over the place in london. i’m going back a bit obviously. england was/is a funny old place.

you miserable thief

i love this sign. it says “why don’t you leave our plants alone, you miserable thief”.
there’s a good use of capital letters (even i agree with their use in this case). And the sentiment is tremendous.
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we can only hope the thief reads this little label which was tied to the neck of a large pot plant. they don’t call those bits of a plant necks do they ? trunk i meant. sorry.

buses

these buses were all lines up in covent garden and there were various press photographers waiting for something to happen. i didn’t wait though as i had real life to get on with. sorry about.
i’ve no idea why they were there. perhaps they were lost.
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463

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the wrong clothes

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luckily her fear of horses didn’t apply to bicycles
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