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Sep. 23rd, 2010 | 01:24 pm
location: plaistow, london, uk
music: midwest product - dead cat
posted by: ross in hidden_london

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Hello

Mar. 16th, 2008 | 10:40 pm
posted by: ross in hidden_london

Haven't forgotten this place; simply haven't been out in the right places with my camera for a while.. Soon rectified.
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pupilswiden (well, childhood obesity is a problem these days...)

Nov. 26th, 2007 | 12:21 pm
location: upton park, london
mood: boggled
music: the shamen - transamazonia (deepish rockit express dub mix)
posted by: ross in hidden_london

The above person asked to join the community yesterday evening. In the time between then and this morning, when I checked my mail, they'd deleted their account.

That's a record. Normally I have to actually talk to a person before they run screaming for the hills. :o)

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More Bloody Windmills

Oct. 15th, 2007 | 05:51 pm
location: upton park, london
mood: i need hotdogs, stat.
music: curve - doppleganger
posted by: ross in hidden_london

Y'know, for a modern urban metropolis this city seems to have a LOT of old Windmills remaining in it. But then, London is nothing if not an ancient city that grew organically long before the curse of property developers ever sought to squeeze every square centimetre of land into a boring high monetary-value grid. So it's perhaps not so surprising that apart from the evident tourist legacy of the great and famous buildings, often tied to power and wealth, there is a significant if worn footprint left upon London by the remants of it's working past.

This particular impression has twelve elements. Although only about half are recognisable as windmills, the others being partial remains that have, in some cases, been incorporated into other more recent buildings. Of those that are clearly mills though, one is on meanly and jealously guarded private land where even the view of it is obscured, and only only two or three are actually workable (as opposed to working). Though I'm led to believe that plans are underway to place some of the others in that category in due course. These are two of the recognisable ones.

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Thames Lock

Sep. 16th, 2007 | 04:18 pm
location: Thames Lock, Grand Union Canal, Brentford
posted by: whatisbiscuits in hidden_london

I have a soft spot for canals, so I enjoyed walking in the sunshine along the Grand Union Canal on the way to Syon Butterfly House yesterday. It's a walk away from the busyness and traffic of the outside world.

Was interested in how nature meets industry along the canal - bits of metal in mud, geese swimming inbetween long boats etc. There's always the slight potential for danger too, proved by the lifejackets and warning signs. I can't think of many places here where nature is allowed to be dangerous.

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With Supreme Visions of Lonely Tunes

Sep. 14th, 2007 | 06:13 pm
location: upton park, london
mood: looking forward to wandering the city tomorrow
music: Six O'Clock News, BBC Radio 4
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The Greenway

Sep. 12th, 2007 | 03:36 pm
location: upton park, london
mood: in severe need of chocolate and rioja, neither of which I have...
music: my bloody valentine - we have all the time in the world
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Tiny Reminder

Sep. 3rd, 2007 | 04:00 pm
posted by: ross in hidden_london

Less than two weeks away now is the 2007 OPEN HOUSE LONDON free-entry architecture event. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. If you're unaware of this annual standard and have never taken part before it may be worth having a look at what's available for viewing that weekend.

I hope to be visiting a few places I haven't the past two years. Certain alleged prime premises (Lloyds, London Eye etc etc) have very limited access/book in advance tours and will most likely be oversubscribed already. Such is my experience from past years. However these vast pubic spectacles aren't really what this community was founded for. More in keeping with the aims and ideals - such as they are - of this group, I find that seeking out the more obscure and quite disparate venues gives a deeper resonance. I've visited national monuments, cult headquarters, small specialist museums and people's private houses ("please take off your shoes..") before now. I still haven't decided what to do this year. I find one sees much more if one avoids the places likely to have big queues. And you would be surprised at the places that do.

I think I'll just wing it; that's certainly doable if the tubes aren't up the spout (last year was marred by the clashing of maintenance shutdowns on several major lines including the Circle if I remember. London, sometimes TPTB don't talk to one another...)

Please note: The guidebook (price £4.00 or £3.00 to download) is also available FREE from most libraries in the London Boroughs, though you may have to ask if they have it. It's how I get mine. Makes a nice souvenir after you've marked up all the things in it you want to see and then crossed off the far fewer that you actually manage to... I have a personal bias for visiting places where one has to walk past lots of pubs on the various routes to get there. Can't imagine why..

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Postman's park

Aug. 31st, 2007 | 01:28 am
posted by: darianova in hidden_london

I thought it was a right photo for this community.

It's Postman's park situated in the heart of the City. A peaceful green oasis in the chaos of concrete. I first came across it in the film Closer. And it took me a while to find it in the maze of office buildings. Nobody around seemed to know the address or just anything about it. The park was the idea of the painter George Frederick Watts who disliked the upper classes and wanted to celebrate people who may otherwise have been forgotten. Its name celebrates the postmen who work in the prinicpal London post office and the former sorting office in King Edward Street. A wall in the park has 34 hand-painted tiles paying tribute to everyday people who sacrificed their lives helping others.


Clickable.

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Aspiration

Aug. 29th, 2007 | 07:38 pm
posted by: ross in hidden_london

Do you ever look up? In this city, do you?Collapse )

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