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London, England 2000

Blue Plaques, Tate Modern, Southwark walk beside the Thames and Robbie Scott's - 1st July

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London 2000: [From NHM down Kensington High Street - 19th June] | [Down Kensington High Street to the NHM- 20th June] | [Some Pseudo Random sites around London - 22nd June] | [Severe Brain Slapping that is to experience the Millenium Dome - 23rd June] | [A minor tour around the Natural History Museum - 26th June] | [Walk around Kensington Park/Hyde Park - 26th June] | [Evening Wander around Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street - 26th June] | [Cromwell Road and handling the Malaise of Life - 27th June] | [Homage to the Blue Plaque at Benny Hill's old house - 27th June] | [Misc things and the miracle Coffee Machine of Birkbeck Crystallography Department - 29th June] | [Live from the Imperial College Student Union Bar - The Schofield Nightmare - Holland loses to Italy - 29th June] [Blue Plaques, Tate Modern, Southwark walk beside the Thames and Robbie Scott's - 1st July] | [French Embassy Complex of Shame (FECOS) page - July 2nd 2000] | [The Ethnically Cleansed Blue Plaque of Shame - 2nd to 4th of June] | [Royal Instution, Mayfair and surrounds - 6th July 2000] | [Ian Harrowfield visits the Natural History Museum - 7th July 2000] | [Boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich and back to Parliament - 8th July 2000]

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T. S. Eliot Blue Plaque T. S. Eliot Blue Plaque

T. S. Eliot Blue Plaque The group get ready to journey via the Tube to the Tate Modern

  • T. S. Eliot Blue Plaque
  • The group get ready to journey via the Tube to the Tate Modern

Philosophy is discussed in the Tube Philosophy is discussed in the Tube

  • Philosophy is discussed in the Tube
  • Philosophy is discussed in the Tube

At the Tate Modern with the Thames and St Pauls Cathedral in the background At the Tate Modern with the Thames and St Pauls Cathedral in the background

  • At the Tate Modern with the Thames and St Pauls Cathedral in the background
  • At the Tate Modern with the Thames and St Pauls Cathedral in the background

Decor inside the Tate Modern - a converted power station Decor inside the Tate Modern - a converted power station

  • Decor inside the Tate Modern - a converted power station
  • Decor inside the Tate Modern - a converted power station

Decor inside the Tate Modern - a converted power station  Canel

  • Decor inside the Tate Modern - a converted power station
  • The Thames, Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral

The Thames, Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral Outside the Tate Modern

  • The Thames, Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral
  • Outside the Tate Modern

Outside the Tate Modern Outside of Tate Modern

  • Outside the Tate Modern
  • Outside the Tate Modern

Thames, Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral Reconstructed Globe Theatre

  • Thames, Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral
  • Reconstructed Globe Theatre

Southwark walk Ruined Cathedral

  • Southwark walk
  • Ruined Cathedral

Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde

  • Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde
  • Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde

Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde Flowers in Southwark Cathedral

  • Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde
  • Flowers in Southwark Cathedral

Flowers in Southwark Cathedral Southwark Cathedral

  • Flowers in Southwark Cathedral
  • Southwark Cathedral

At London Bridge At London Bridge

  • At London Bridge
  • At London Bridge

Tower Bridge viewed from London Bridge Small Tall ship on the Thames

  • Tower Bridge viewed from London Bridge
  • Small Tall ship on the Thames

HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge in the Distance Hay's Galleria

  • HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge in the Distance
  • Hay's Galleria

Sculpture within Hay's Galleria HMS Belfast

  • Sculpture within Hay's Galleria - with functioning ores
  • HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge Tower of London

  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London

Tower Bridge being raised to let a boat through Possibly the top of the Imperial War Museum

  • Tower Bridge being raised to let a boat through
  • Possibly the top of the Imperial War Museum

Cloudscape and HMS Belfast Small Tall ship approaching the raised Tower Bridge

  • Cloudscape and HMS Belfast
  • Small Tall ship approaching the raised Tower Bridge

Small Tall ship going under the Tower Bridge Small Tall ship going under the Tower Bridge

  • Small Tall ship going under the Tower Bridge
  • Small Tall ship going under the Tower Bridge

Close up of the Hay's Galleria Sculpture London Bridge and St Paul's Cathredral

  • Close up of the Hay's Galleria Sculpture
  • London Bridge and St Paul's Cathredral

City Scape on the other side of the Thames The Barrowboy and Banker

  • City Scape on the other side of the Thames
  • The Barrowboy and Banker

Written in stone Written in stone

  • Written in stone: "Behond the Liquid Thames now frozen ore. Their lately Ships of mighty Burthen Bore."

    From Fletch:
    Subject: Re: the origin of "Behold the Liquid Thames"???
    Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 12:38:12 +0100

    can't be sure, but it seems this may have been on a handbill, actually printed on the ice on the River Thames when it froze over in 1739/40.

    1739/40 Severe weather from 24 December 1739 for 9 weeks and cold weather continued into the Spring. A Frost Fair was held on the frozen Thames from Christmas 1739 till February 17. Souvenirs were printed on printing presses on the ice. Snow fell in London on the night of 16/17 May. It was still cold in July. A hurricane occurred in London on November 1. ("from 'Agricultural Records AD220 - 1968' and other sources")

    Possibly from a poem "The glory of old England".

    White-Hall: printed upon the ice, on the River Thames, February the 18th, 1739-40 NOTE: Purchasers' names: John and Elizabeth Smelt.

    An engraved plate printed and published by R. Walker, London, showing the statue of Queen Anne erected at Blenheim, with the inscription placed on it by Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, dated 1738.

    Below, within an engraved border, is the letterpress imprint and verse with first line as: "Behold the liquid Thames now frozen o]'er.", and above the imprint is space for printing the purchaser's name.

    NOTE: 840.m.27(2*) ESTCT40845 2. White-Hall: printed upon the ice, on the River Thames, February the 4th, 1739-40 1739 ? London] 1 sheet; 1/20. Oxford University Bodleian Library

    A similar thing seems to have happened fifty years later...

    BAILEY, William, printer and music seller, The little a 41, Leadenhall Street c1770-85; The little a, 42 Bishopsgate Street within 1785P-1790U. S. of Thomas B. printer q.v. App. his father 1758, free Sta. Co. 1767 1768-93 14 apps. 5 premiums average 7. Probable printer of the following keepsake:

    The Silver Thames was frozen o'er,
    No diffrence 'twixt the Stream and Shore:
    The like no Man hath seen before,
    Except he liv'd in Days of Yore.

    On the Ice, at the Thames Printing Office, opposite St. Catherine's Stairs in the severe Frost, January, 1789. Printed by Me, William Bailey. Todd; Humphries and Smith.

    The true author of the lines though I cannot discover. Possibly a Grub street hack making a fast quid on the ice? Or someone better?

  • Written in stone: "The Watermen for want of Rowing Boats Make ufe of Booths to get their Pence and Groats."

Reconstruction of the Globe Theatre Outside the Tate Modern

  • Reconstruction of the Globe Theatre
  • Outside the Tate Modern

Outside the Tate Modern Buildings beside the Tate Modern

  • Outside the Tate Modern
  • Buildings beside the Tate Modern

Eating at Thai Restaurant near Hays Galleria and HMS Belfast Halo'd Cloudscape above London

  • Eating at Thai Restaurant near Hays Galleria and HMS Belfast
  • Halo'd Cloudscape above London

Blue Plaque of Mozart near Ronnie Scotts A night at Ronnie Scotts, Soho

  • Blue Plaque of Mozart near Ronnie Scotts
  • A night at Ronnie Scotts, Soho

Piccadilly Circus, Soho Blueish Plaque to John Stuart Mill near South Kensington

  • Piccadilly Circus, Soho
  • Blueish Plaque to John Stuart Mill near South Kensington

Poetry Links and stuff

Upon Westminster Bridge
(Sept. 3, 1802)
(William Wordsworth, 1770-1850)

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear

The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Skips, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beatifully steep
In his first splendour valley, rock or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at this own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

London, MDCCCII
(William Wordsworth, 1770-1850)

O friend! I know not which way I must look
For comfort, being as I am, opprest
to think that now our life is only drest
For show; mean handiwork of craftsman, cook,

Or groom! - We must run glittering like a brook
In the open sunshine, or we are unblest;
The wealthiest man among us is the best:
No grandeur now in Nature or in book

Delights us. Rapine, avarice, expense,
This is idolatry; and these we adore:
Plain living and high thinking are no more:

The homely beauty of the good old cause
Is gone; our peace, our fearful innocence,
And pure religion breathing household laws.

London
(William Blake, 1757-1827)

I wandered through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
A mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:

How the chimney-sweeper's cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot's curse
Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.


London 2000: [From NHM down Kensington High Street - 19th June] | [Down Kensington High Street to the NHM- 20th June] | [Some Pseudo Random sites around London - 22nd June] | [Severe Brain Slapping that is to experience the Millenium Dome - 23rd June] | [A minor tour around the Natural History Museum - 26th June] | [Walk around Kensington Park/Hyde Park - 26th June] | [Evening Wander around Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Oxford Street - 26th June] | [Cromwell Road and handling the Malaise of Life - 27th June] | [Homage to the Blue Plaque at Benny Hill's old house - 27th June] | [Misc things and the miracle Coffee Machine of Birkbeck Crystallography Department - 29th June] | [Live from the Imperial College Student Union Bar - The Schofield Nightmare - Holland loses to Italy - 29th June] [Blue Plaques, Tate Modern, Southwark walk beside the Thames and Robbie Scott's - 1st July] | [French Embassy Complex of Shame (FECOS) page - July 2nd 2000] | [The Ethnically Cleansed Blue Plaque of Shame - 2nd to 4th of June] | [Royal Instution, Mayfair and surrounds - 6th July 2000] | [Ian Harrowfield visits the Natural History Museum - 7th July 2000] | [Boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich and back to Parliament - 8th July 2000]

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