Tuesday 01 January 2013, London
Posting will be really sporadic for a while, I will only post when I have taken some photos or done anything that is even remotely interesting.
I guess the rolling over of another year, especially the successful rolling over of another year when the world was supposed to end, is worth recording.
New years eve was not exactly riveting, not that the last few have been either! I had been pondering walking down to one of the bridges over the Thames to watch the fireworks, but lost interest as it got closer to midnight and the thought of a forty five minute walk there and back in the cold just was not tempting enough. So I spent the night in as usual, though I did make it to midnight and watched the spectacular ten minute fireworks display on TV.
So, it is another new year, what does it hold for me ? at this stage who knows !
The first day of 2013 was by English winter standards, lovely, clear skies and not too cold – to start with anyway. I decided I had to go out and do something so caught the tube up to central London to watch the London New Year parade. I managed to get an OK spot, though the guy next to me kept up a non-stop inane monologue to his family that finally drove me to leave – and I had headphones on, he was loud too ! As it turned out virtually all my photos were crap, I was shooting at far too low a speed to get anything good and I deleted most of them as soon as I got home. A beginners mistake and I should have known better.
I loved this wee steam truck.
On my way out of the parades route and away from the supposed 500,000 people who came to see it, I came across this marching band getting ready to merge in, they played a more funky style of music to the traditional English style and were quite good.
I had decided to walk home via Portobello Rd.
I had visited there on a rainy Boxing Day to try and find the Rough Trade record store that is a feature in a book I bought myself with some money from my mum (thanks mum 🙂 ), however it had moved. So I did the smart thing and looked up the address this time and found it easily. Unfortunately it was closed !
The second reason I visited the area was to try and find some street art, as the west of London is slowly being gentrified the street art is slowly disappearing and is quite rare. I knew there were a couple of pieces around so was keen to find them, and I found more than I expected, including this lovely wall at Notting Hill, I do not know who the artist is but I loved it.
Up Portobello Rd I found
A Banksy, yay 🙂
A CODE FC
An Alec Monopoly
A couple of Paul Don Smiths
This one commemorating the slaying of two police women last year.
And some others.
I enjoyed the hunt, and seeing some of these pieces as I am sure they will not be there for long !