Monday, 26 October 2009

Summer factory

The summer factory, sucking in the last of the daylight and closing its doors for business.
Hello darkness my old friend. It’s time to talk to you again.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Whipps Cross Lido

There used to be a Lido swimming pool at the back of the Hollow ponds, Leytonstone.
According to a small bit of internet research that I did. The Lido started out in life as bathing pool. Then was converted into an outdoor swimming pool in the mid 1930s. It was closed in 1982 and then was used for general land fill by the local coucnil. Good old Maggie Thatcher played a part in its demise, no doubt.
I went there a couple of times as a child. I pretty much remember it being massive. It had its own diving section, fountains and everything. 300ft x 130ft to be exact. You wouldn’t want to swim a length underwater in that thing.

I thought I would check out its remains. I was hoping that I might stumble across some old ruins, similar to Athens maybe? What I did find was a flat clearing from the trees were something colossal may have once stood. There were quite few pathways cutting through bramble bushes over what must have been the Lido. However, there did seem to be a few odd looking men walking around and on closer inspection, lots of tissues and wet wipes scattered around. This started to feel a bit grotty, followed by mild panic and I wasn’t quite sure how to get back out. Remember, this pool used to be 300 x 130ft. Eventually, I find a clearing back to safety and that’s including without having stood in any wet wipes too.

I did find some reference to the Lido (pictured) amongst the bushes, but not really the overgrown with ivy diving board tower that I was hoping for.
Oh well, you live and learn.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Gothenburg, Sweden

Made a pleasant trip to Gothenburg and Varberg, over the weekend. Gothenburg, were holding their culture day. This involved lots of artists putting on exhibitions, opening their workshops to the public and so forth.
Having recently seen the Swedish film, Let The Right One In. I decided to keep a watchful eye out for vampires...

Varberg vampire hunt pics to follow, later in the week.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Waterloo sunset

Crossing the Millennium bridge is part of my daily commute. You have to remind yourself not to take it for granted. When it’s windy and pissing with rain, you will get soaked. However, catch the sunset at the right time and it’s pretty impressive. Oh and it doesn’t cost anything either.

Monday, 5 October 2009

A staggerd do.

James’s Stag Do
A bunch of us headed off to Ascot for the day. Followed by a few beers at the Hole in the Wall pub, Waterloo.
It was good to see some old faces, some of them I probably haven’t seen for a good 10 years. I picked out a couple of winners on the day too. One was a fluke; it was called Joshua Tree, being a GP fan I thought it was worth a punt. Ace of Jase, The Gilez, Wheely D and Brian Headed back to mine for a few a we night cap, after the pub. Needless to say, the next day was a bit of a wipe out.