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York Watergate, Victoria Embankment Gardens

Recently I caught the end of a BBC documentary called 'The Bridges that Built London' presented by Dan Cruickshank. Quite simply the documentary reaffirmed my love for London and in particular the rich history that flows through every street, alleyway and building, all leading to Father Thames.
One part that really interested my revolved around the The York Watergate. This watergate, built in 1626, once directly bordered the Thames, but following Joseph Bazalgette's construction of the Victoria Embankment between 1865 and 1870 it became marooned a few hundred metres from the current bank of the Thames.
After learning this, I went looking for the watergate when walking back from a training session in central London. Its historical use is obvious when you see the shell details over the gateway, hinting at a more maritime past.
The watergate is located in what is now Victoria Embankment Gardens. The gardens are open all year round. For more information: http://www.westminster…

Zopa and Social Lending

 In a manner not unlike most former university students, my finances suffer from a number of perennial hangovers. Firstly, there is the student loan that we’ll all be paying of ad infinitum; secondly is the all the money we spent on our student overdrafts and credit cards with their foolishly high limits of the early noughties.
Initially, back in 2007, when aged 23 and quite miserable working my first proper job after university, my finances were a disaster. I was employed in Croydon and commuting from Farnham five days a week as a lecturer. The wages, travel costs and rent just did not add up and I found myself floundering. Luckily for me my bank were able to help, albeit with an interest rate on a loan that reflected my poor credit status, but I was grateful they helped at all.
After my one-year contract in Croydon finished, I moved to my current job in Hammersmith. My finances looked up thanks to much lower transport costs, much better wages and living shared accommodation. This …

The Shard

One of the perks of living in London is there is always plenty to do. After watching a midweek open-air performance of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest near City Hall, I passed by the Shard.
At this time of the night the light had already left the streets, but at the top of the shard, in its nearly complete state, there was still plenty of daylight left to reflect off the steel and glass rising up over the south side of the Thames.
With this particular filter on the Instagram app, there was something reminiscent of the early 1970s colour photographs of the World Trade Center as it was being constructed.

Het Withstraat Dagboek: De Rivier is Bevrozen, maar Onze Harten Zijn Warm

It was always somewhat inevitable that last night’s party would last until the wee small hours. Even though everyone was back in time for curfew, this didn’t bring an end to the festivities. 
It is Sunday 12th February and 59a Witte de Withstraat is alive with the packing of bags, shouting of names and the scurrying of people to and from the breakfast room at Werelds. As ever I am just as bad as the students for leaving packing to the last minute whilst Pia, Julian and Jas stand around looking smug having done the bulk of it last night.
Last night’s partying was mild really and went without any reproach from any of us teachers. The students were sober and where we could keep an eye on them, so it seemed only fair to let them listen to music and talk loudly.
Having been called to a room under the pretence of a student being ill Julian, Pia and I were all also presented with gifts by the students who jumped noisily from cupboards, closets and the like – wine in the case of Julian and m…

Brighton II: A Rusty Winch

After taking some considerable time eating lunch on Jubilee Monday at Terre a Terre, a group of us went for a stroll along the seafront at Brighton. Whilst the girls went into the Brighton Fishing Museum, I went looking for something rusty to photograph.
I found an old winch, presumably once used to pull the fishing boats ashore, sitting on the beach as a testament to Brighton's once busy fishing industry.
Using the Instagram app once more, I selected a filter that darkened the grey clouds in the sky, but kept the real subject of the photo light.
For more information about the Brighton Fishing Museum, visit: http://www.brightonfishingmuseum.org.uk/

Brighton: from Inside Terre à Terre

During the four-day Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a small quartet of us took the train down to Brighton for lunch and some sea air. A friend of a friend, led us to the vegetarian and coeliac-friendly Terre à Terre on East Street in Brighton for lunch.
The weather had spent most of Monday looking decidedly moody, but in the middle of lunch the clouds cleared and sunlight came flooding through the skylight.
The photo was taken using the Instagram app for iPhone. The filtering effect was designed to washout some of the colour and give the cleanliness of the white and blue an effect like a 1970s Swedish design photobook I once flicked through.
Terre à Terre comes with my highest recommendation. For more information: http://www.terreaterre.co.uk/