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chaswatson @ 2017-04-04 13:28:11
chaswatson pictureBritish Airways i360
Turn on "3D" in Google Maps for the best view!
chaswatson @ 2017-02-14 09:00:42
chaswatson pictureThe Castle
The pub sign has been changed as can be seen in the latest Streetview imagery.
chaswatson @ 2017-01-07 01:11:44
chaswatson pictureTemperate House at Kew Gardens
The Temperate House is currently (January 2017) undergoing renovation that will continue into 2018.
chaswatson @ 2016-05-27 08:09:53
chaswatson pictureNoel Gallagher's House
Does he live at No 15 or No 16? It is not clear from the thumbnail but there are two attached houses. No 15 is the one at the corner and No 16 is the one to the south west. It is possible that he owns them both!
chaswatson @ 2016-04-28 03:22:16
chaswatson pictureDublin Castle, Record Tower
The south east Record Tower, with 4.6 metre thick walls, is the last intact medieval tower, not only of Dublin Castle but also in Dublin itself. It functioned as a high security prison and held native Irish hostages, such as Red Hugh O'Donnell who escaped in 1592, and priests in Tudor times.
chaswatson @ 2016-04-20 07:16:22
chaswatson pictureLeinster House
Leinster House is the seat of the Irish Parliament. It was built as Kildare House between 1745 and 1747 to designs by Richard Cassels. The building was bought by the Irish Government in 1925. It is now the seat of both houses of the Irish Parliament – the Dail and the Senate.
chaswatson @ 2016-03-04 05:44:45
chaswatson pictureCanary Wharf Crossrail station by Foster + Partners
This is known as Crossrail Plaza. The station is underground.
chaswatson @ 2016-01-29 08:28:17
chaswatson pictureCleopatra's Needle
On the north west bank of the River Thames is an Egyptian obelisk known as "Cleopatra's Needle". The obelisk, which is covered with hieroglyphs, was made in 1460BC and arrived in London in 1878.

The obelisk has nothing to do with Cleopatra and was carved for Pharoah Thotmes III. The Cleopatra connection came from the name of the vessel/barge used to transport the obelisk. The journey from Egypt to the UK was not without incident with six crew on the "Olga"...
chaswatson @ 2015-12-31 02:37:06
chaswatson pictureNational Maritime Museum
The building shown in the thumbnail is the Queen's House. The main NMM building is to the south west.
chaswatson @ 2015-12-30 07:17:02
chaswatson picture"HA-HA ROAD"
I have uploaded a photo of the 'Ha-Ha' in Ha-Ha Road and added a link to the Wikipedia definition of a 'Ha-Ha'.
chaswatson @ 2015-10-27 10:19:39
chaswatson pictureThe Lightship 'LV 95'
Having noticed that there are two lightships in London I decided to investigate to see which one was which. The one in the Royal Victoria Dock is definitely "LV 93" and this one is definitely "LV 95". I have uploaded photos that clearly show the number "95" on the rear of the deck house. It has also had a new paint job.
chaswatson @ 2015-09-25 11:41:57
chaswatson picture"Traffic Light Tree", by Pierre Vivant
The 'traffic light tree' is no longer at this location. It has been moved to the east to the roundabout at the eastern entrance to Billingsgate market.
chaswatson @ 2015-09-25 11:39:36
chaswatson pictureSS Robin - Oldest complete steam coaster
SS Robin is now located in the Royal Victoria Dock opposite the ExCel Exhibition Centre. The ship is also on a pontoon/barge so is no longer afloat.
chaswatson @ 2015-09-25 06:16:34
chaswatson pictureThe Lightship 'LV 95'
The ship, "LV 93", has moved from this location, which is tidal, to the Royal Victoria Dock which is locked.
chaswatson @ 2015-09-21 07:53:39
chaswatson pictureQueen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
This statue is of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother who lived from 1900 - 2002. I have some photos that I will upload.
chaswatson @ 2015-04-09 10:31:16
chaswatson pictureJohn Snow Pump
Thanks for the heads-up on this book.
chaswatson @ 2015-04-07 12:05:36
chaswatson pictureGypsy Moth IV
Sadly, Gypsey Moth IV left Greenwich in 2004 after being sold for £1. She was restored to seagoing condition and did another trip around the globe in 2005.
chaswatson @ 2015-04-05 12:53:45
chaswatson pictureCharing Cross Station
Embankment station is the London Underground station that serves Charing Cross mainline station. Embankment station is just to the north of the rail bridge next to the (erm) embankment of the River Thames.
chaswatson @ 2015-03-10 07:32:00
chaswatson pictureSunborn Yacht Hotel
This "yacht hotel" left several years ago and is now, I think, in Gibraltar. A new "yacht hotel" arrived last year (2014) and is moored further to the west. The area where the old hotel used to be has been developed and is now a part of Excel.
chaswatson @ 2015-03-04 08:55:46
chaswatson pictureRAF Hendon Royal Air Force Museum
The aircraft shown are a Hawker Hurricane Mk II and a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX - both are fibreglass replicas.