Waterloo – Please read on!
Sometimes I upload a photo to express and display my beefs, displeasure or just a surprise.
I am talking about ADULT COLOURING BOOKS. There was an article today in ‘Toronto Star’ celebrating an artist, who published a book of sketches for grown-ups to colour! I think this must be a new low, to sink to a level of 3-4 year old. The kicker is that the sketches are of Toronto Public Libraries, just to expose the paradox. The article praises this new trend of human behavior. Do not ask me why. I think it is moronic. Who started it? Why is it catching on? Why is media promoting it? Am I the only one who thinks, that There Is Something Wrong With It?
Beer was and is an important part of English life. This is clear, when you see this impressive curved Hops Exchange building in Southwark. It is elegant from outside and inside. Designed by R.H. Moore (not Royal Highness) in 1867, it served the brewing industry. It’s glass roof provide natural light on the tiled trading floor. There were also similar grand buildings in London for Coal, Metal and Stock Exchanges, but WWII bombings, fires and ignorance left only the Hops Exchange and Leather Exchange still standing today. Paradoxically the Hops Exchange never really took of and by 1903 major tenant was J. Lyons -a wine company, which moved out in 1972. Today the offices are rented out to various boring businesses such as real estate and recruiting with the exception of Katzenjammers – a German style Bierkeller.
On this plaza in south London the entries to the tube (subway) feature a different tile design in each of the entrances at this busy intersection. The colourful tile work was designed by London College of Communication students in the early 1990’s. Murals by David Bratby covers the inside of the tunnels, below the roundabout ‘Elephant and Castle’.
There was a talk of replacing/ demolishing these tunnels in 2012, but they were still there in 2014.
We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them in the air!
Famous words by Winston Churchill still echo in today’s Europe.
Deptford is ready for the alien invasion. The blockade at port Calle to keep the aliens from the shores of Britain is going reasonable well (I managed somehow to slip through) and now Mayor Boris declared to protect all the roof access by installing wire mesh on all flat roofs in the city. Deptford was one of the first to go with the program and ‘Ben Pimlott building’ is prime example.
Fortunately most of Deptford is still old, no flat roofs, so only few structures had to be retrofitted. This building from 2005 by Alsop Architects contains Visual, digital art studios and something called ‘Centre for Cognition, Culture and Computation’ (CCC&C), which would be of special interest to North African and middle east aliens.
The ‘scribble sculpture’ as it is called was actually part of the building and is constructed from 229 separate pieces of steel bars. William Alsop is a innovative architect and is also responsible for Art College building in Toronto.
An old postcard from the late 1940’s, received from my Deptford friend Joseph, when he just crossed the Channel and rented a small 10’x 10′ dark room in the Inn. He was of course freezing in the so called English summer, but the heating required a Shilling to be put in the slot.
The shower down the corridor was also coin operated, so he would used the bucket in the yard. At least beer was cheap in those good old days. He was working in the ‘Deptford Royal Dockyards’, where majority of Deptford men was slavering. The dockyard (renamed Convoys) closed around 1975 leaving him penniless. He opened a Fish and Chips stand on High Street (using Thames River fish only) a prospered. Most of his customer died slowly from the heavy metal content of the fish, but on the bright site, he always got new customers. As Deptford gentrified, he said the heck with tradition and started a ‘Joshi Sushi’ (using the same source for the fish). He now owns the New Cross Inn and several houses in the neighbourhood. The moral of the story? Fish is good for you! Interestingly, Deptford population steadily declined after 1975….
The Marquis of Granby is traditional Irish pub. It serves Guinness and of course selection of other beers. I just had a peak in after I took the photo. Bit dark, moderately busy, football on screens.
John Manners, Eton educated Marquis of Granby, was an 18th-century army general. His drinking and gambling was well known, so naming a pub after him makes sense and he would be pleased. There was a pub on this spot since 1760, but this building is here from 1868. This intersection is in the heart and historical origin of Deptford. If you do not like this one, do not worry; there is a pub just down the street ‘The Royal Albert’ (1848) or the ‘New Cross Inn’ (1675?). The rumours of DEATH of the English pub have been greatly exaggerated.
I was staying for few days in Deptford, part of London, last May. Mostly taking a bus to get around and it usually took me past this station on Evelyn St. One day, I got out and took some photos, as the bright red door seemed like an invitation to do so.
Architects were Owen Fleming and Charles Canning Winmill, who went on to design several more fire halls. Both were employed by London City Council Fire Department.
Several thousands of people were witness to burning of the symbol of Toronto, the City Hall. This actually happened every day during the PANAM Games as fireworks erupted after the last musical performance of the day.
This photo was captured just after the last salvo and even I have taken about 20 pretty displays, I decided to show this one, as it kind of signifies the end of successful PANAM games.
It ended with a BANG, as ageless Sérgio Mendes on keyboard (born 1941) brought his group of excellent musicians from Brasil to Canada for the last show. (vocalists Gracinha Leporace, Katie Hampton and Ayana Williams)
He received such a welcome, that he decided (only half joking) to take up a residence in our city.
On the Waterfront: Peter, you said “Don’t worry, they would meet”. OK, OK, Sammy, a slight misalignment. I tried to push it, but it will not budge. Do you think people could just jump to cross the gap?
I can only imagine, that’s how the conversation went between Sam Crignano, the project engineer and Peter Clewes, the architect of the ‘Pier 27’ condos. Not sure whose fault it was, but a PR firm they hired to spin this, declared: ‘A breathtaking and unique landmark, architectural masterpiece’ and ignored the problem.
This disconnection is called Skybridge. Who said that bridge must necessarily connect side A with side B?
Anyway, what do I know about bridges, I never build a real one, but seems to me, that Peter Clewes missed the lecture on bridges at the Waterloo University.
btw: A mere 754 ft2 condominum in this building, will set you back $ 660 000.00 (That’s a lot for my bank account even in low Canadian $)
Once, only weed was thriving here…..
These high-rises and the Sky Dome stadium nearby, were not even on the drawing board in the late 70’s, when I spent a summer working for Metro Toronto Water Supply. I used to take a short cut at about in this area, where some of the abandoned railway cars once stood and weed (the regular kind) was growing high. 30 years later, there is nothing left from that time, except the abandoned train cars were restored by the volunteers at railway museum at nearby roundhouse, which was largely converted to furniture store. The water pumping station, where I was working was moved to another location.