Needed to empty my camera out last night. Here’s a randomish sample of recent images.
Occasionally I take the Met Line tube from Wembley Park to Baker Street in the morning. And when I do - I always look out for the slightly different view I get of the Wembley Stadium construction work. If you look closely - you can see some really tall concrete blocks have been erected. It’s hard to figure where they fit in the overall scheme of things - but I am also told that Wembley Stadium will be visible from Central London. I am intrigued.
Wembley Stadium being rebuilt
When I get to Baker Street I change to the Hammersmith & City Line platform and walk all the way to then end of the platform so that I can get onto the front carriage. There is a little whiteboard on the wall at the end of the platform where the station staff can leave messages for train drivers to read when they stop at the platform. There is an Indian-looking member of London Underground staff - he looks roughly in his late-forties/early-fifties who carefully updates the message here on the platform every few hours or so. I have seen him writing many times - he really does take his time - writing each letter ever-so-carefully. The message you see below took him nearly 8 minutes to write. I was there watching him. I am guessing that his English is not very good - because everytime I am down here and I see his message - there are almost always some serious grammatical errors. Can you spot the one below?
Message for train drivers stopping at Baker Street
Yesterday I had to go to a meeting in Central London - a place called John Adam Street near Strand. The building I had the meeting in was very plush! I joined the meeting on the 9th floor of this office building. During a coffee break - I decided to take a picture of the view out of one of the windows. This office must have one the best views in Central London! To the left was a panorama of the City beyond Waterloo Bridge - and to the front was the London Eye. I spent the entire coffee break just staring out the window daydreaming in silence. I shouldn’t have done that - because I then spent the next 2 hours of the meeting desperately wanting to go to the bathroom.
On the bus on the way home at the end of the day I often keep my camera ready and accessible should I feel the need to capture something. It never ceases to amaze me how many cameras there are out there as well. There are five video-surveillance cameras on the bus itself - and there are plenty out there on the street. The whole of Ealing Road and Wembley High Road is covered by dozens of cameras mounted high up on metal poles.
Being watched 24/7
At the corner of Ealing Road and Wembley High Road is a shop that always makes me smile when I see it as the bus drives past. It’s an Indian or Sri-Lankan owned shop that sells cheap-ish clothes and jewellery- and for cash only. But what makes me smile is the name of the shop.