Today saw a brand new piece of infrastructure open across London’s sky line: branded Air Line by it’s sponsors, a new cable car from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock.
Archive for June, 2012
Posted by Alan on June 28, 2012
Posted by Alan on June 27, 2012
One more from yesterday – some kind of plane heading away from City Airport.
Posted by Alan on June 26, 2012
Today I had to bring my camera into to work to get some portraits of my colleagues – so I also took in my 1970s 200mm prime to see what else I could grab during my lunch break.
This is probably my favourite, the o2 (“North Greenwich Arena” / Millennium Dome / Tent) up close and spiky.
Posted by Alan on June 22, 2012
A few weeks ago, when my parents came to stay we decided to venture across the river to a museum I had read a little about: The Horniman.
Posted by Alan on June 6, 2012
When I first started cycling, I never expected to be in a position to cycle along a motorway; for obvious reasons it’s illegal! However… this bank holiday Monday I had the fortune to stumble across a cycling event running along the Mancunian Way (A57M or Mancy Way as known locally).
On spotting the cyclists whizzing overhead, I thought I should get a closer look, so proceeded up the slip road just by Upper Brook St. Very quickly I could hear someone yelling behind me. A glance over my shoulder revealed an angry looking G4S security guard running in my direction.
Taking the hint that this wasn’t wise I stopped. Apparently the road was closed to “all vehicles” and my bike counted as a vehicle. I did protest slightly pointing at the other bicycles up on the carriageway but figured it would be easier not to get into an argument with a Scots guard.
Heading back through the old UMIST campus to the London Road junction I found a few more security guards. Local lads, they were much more amenable particularly as I approached them directly to ask what it was all about and “did I need a number” to ride? They were happy enough to let me on saying the last few riders in the race (it was a charity thing organised by The Mirror) had now passed here and I could catch them up!
So off I went, the wrong way down a motorway on my bicycle. Having cycled into Manchester already I didn’t feel the need to go too far – half a mile later I came off again headed on my merry way.
Definitely an enjoyable experience that I would have another go at given the chance, those overpasses have some interesting gradients!