Linc Fete 2015 Photos and Video

Linc fete 2015

Well it looks safe enough. A few youngsters having a quiet dance.

For big pictures, click on Freed From Time.  Last year’s Fete with Michael Jackson performer is here. To download pics: Left click on the image to expand then right click and choose “Save Image As” .

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And, some local performers.
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And, a great smile on great wheels
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But, then there are these rascals.
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And, this rascal.  The youngsters were having a great time pointing and screaming.  I think the screaming part was the most fun.
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Whasat.
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And, Whasat.
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Dance was by Embrace Dance, and they did
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And, even teach had a go.
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He did come down eventually.
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These two were part of the The Invincibles.
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These are all the Invincibles and they were.
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And, a good time was had by all, but I didn’t predict a riot.

 

The Linc Night Festival with a Michael Jackson Act

18 pics.  This was the best fun of all the Linc Festivals.  All the performers did well and the Jive dancers and the Micheal Jackson act played it to the hilt.  Special thanks go to Asim,  Lati and all who worked on it for all the hard work and a great day

The Hat Modeller

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The Mechanical Bull

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The Local Performers

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 Some Jive Bunnies

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Who taught some more.

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Then everybody wanted a go.

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The Michael Jackson Act

Who played it to the hilt.

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Amazing Driftwood Sculptures by Jeffro Uitto

An extraordinary ingenuity. Nine pictures.  Worth seeing them all.

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On the Washington coast there’s a place where nature’s leftovers get a second chance at stardom. The place is Knock on Wood, and Jeffro Uitto is the artist making the magic happen.

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Holland Park and Kyoto Gardens

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28 Pics – Holland park is considered the most interesting park in London with many features and a range of flora and fauna. The north of the park is mostly woodland whilst the south has more formal gardens, an ecology centre, large play area and cafe. There are lawn areas throughout the park to relax on.

Please click on any picture to enlarge.    Getting There      Park Map      History

Holland Park

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A statue of Lord Holland

My Granpa was a Parrot you know.

My Grandpa was a Parrot you know.

Peacocks can just about fly but usually have their wings clipped.  There is another one later

Some of the flora near the southern end,

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This is just south of the Belvedere restaurant, which can be seen in the background.

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Just north of the Belvedere is this water feature within a courtyard.

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.. and in the same courtyard.

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Continuing along the path.

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Whereas, taking the first right after the building there is an arts and craft shop and a little further on the Holland Park Cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating.

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The Dutch Gardens

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These fellows look like hungry chicks.

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Here’s the rest of the family.

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A few steps further north, on the east to west path.

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There is some controversy as to why peacocks have such extravagant plumage.  I discovered what must be the real reason by accident.   Some years ago a few friends and I where enjoying a picnic in one of the royal parks.   Opposite under a tree was a mature peacock quietly enjoying a peaceful afternoon in the shade.   Between us a group ducks and geese began to gather. About thirty of them.

The peacock was not perturbed until the group of wildfowl grew closer to his quiet domain and began to squabble.  Up came the peacock’s plume and he began to shake the quills creating a deafening racket.  With the spread of eyes and a sound like many snakes rattling and hissing it was a stunning apparition.   The ducks and geese thought so too.   They all began running towards us trying to get aloft.  We had to duck down (no pun intended) to avoid getting struck.  It seems they were so scared of the apparition that they were quite oblivious to our presence.

I’m sure that the plumage does have  a mating advantage.  Not because it’s pretty but because scares off predators.

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A little further still.

Kyoto Gardens

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Upon reflection, I’m twice the bird I used to be.

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Kyoto gardens is not quite as big as it may appear but is nevertheless a very pleasant garden of contemplation with some seating at the edges.

A couple more flowers to end.

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Hyacinth and a baby Elephant

Seven Pictures and a Song – It starts out very pink.

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It is a little known fact that baby Elephants roam wild in the East End of London.  Around about midnight, they are often seen planting Hyacinths with their trunks whilst humming a little tune.

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I don’t know why I keep on choosing Beatles songs.  Perhaps it’s because they go well with sunshine, flowers and joyfulness.

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Spring Life

 

Seven pictures and a song. Especially for those who have had a hard winter.   The sky seems a particularly beautiful blue. Perhaps it is because of all the rain or just that we haven’t seen much of it for a while. Either way it is very welcome.

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This is my best side

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I’m composing now. I’m Haydn.

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Here we go again.

Fine Art Photography by Idrus Arsyad

I can’t help but reblog this. Particularly the pictures further down the page. I must admit being very taken by the the ethereal. Enjoy 🙂

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Talented amateur photographer Idrus Arsyadfrom Indonesia, is interested in landscape, nature and wildlife photography. His incredibly saturated and vivid photos give us a glimpse of Indonesian countryside.

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Viareggio, Lucca: le follie ed i segreti del suo mitico Carnevale.The humor and the secrets of his legendary Carnival

I have not had time to post for a while. So I thought I would reblog something worth seeing. Two blogs, both have many fabulous photographs. These are just samples. They remind me of the worth of our planet and the best of our contributions to it. 🙂

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Chi come me, vive in Toscana, non può dire che sia Carnevale senza essere passata dal Corso Mascherato di Viareggiolo specchio d'argento

Lo specchio d’argento

Vanno i morti fra i vivi

hanno lo specchio della verità sull’unica faccia

l’eterna corrente

che muove le crespe del volto in rigidezze d’argento.

Sfinge astratta lamento di Sibille e Profeti.

Alti alberi di lacrime e sentieri incolti

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lo specchio dell’eterna verità sull’unica faccia.

                          perché l’uomo sente il bisogno di mascherarsi?

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                      Nata nel 1873 è la più grande manifestazione folcroristica europea e una delle più importanti al mondo 

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La prima sfilata di carrozze addobbate a festa si svolse nella storica via Regia, nel cuore della città vecchia. Fu la prima edizione del grande spettacolo che oggi è il Carnevale di Viareggio.L’idea di una sfilata per festeggiare il carnevale nacque fra i giovani della Viareggio-bene di allora che frequentavano il caffè del Casinò. Era…

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Rikki Tikki Tavi….

I have not had time to post for a while. So I thought I would reblog something worth seeing. Two blogs, both have many fabulous photographs. These are just samples. They remind me of the worth of our planet and the best of our contributions to it. 🙂

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is alive and well on St Croix!

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And so is his buddy Gus the Gecko!

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St Croix is beautiful on the empty north shore except for the geckos, mongoose, iguanas and crabs. My kinda folks! You remember Rudyard’s Rikki?

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He saved his human family from the evil cobra Nagaina!
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Well Rikki is living under our bungalow, protecting us, and he is cute as a button!
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Beautiful tropical flowers are everywhere!

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The only thing they don’t have here is speedy WiFi, so please excuse me for not being able to follow and comment on your blogs as much as I would like too! DSC01206
Check out my office though, it does have some distinct benefits….
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Cheers to you from swinging St Croix!

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Above it All

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London’s  Shard of Glass, the only building above the fog,  with a little salt saturation to taste.  It’s bit dull around here in winter, so I will have to be a bit inventive.  I apologies in advance for all the suffering that will cause. 🙂

Greenwich and the History of Navigation

 

Visiting Greenwich makes a great day out. It includes the Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum, the Queens House, Royal Observatory, Exhibitions, Planetarium, Arts and Crafts Market, Comedy Club and a broad range of Restaurants, Cafes and Taverns.

Greenwich is also a World Heritage site with a wealth of architecture and art of historical interest.

Most of the attractions are free and one can stand upon the worlds Prime Meridian at 0 degrees Longitude. Admission times and Charges.

Travel to Greenwich includes maps, best parking, public transport and ways to avoid climbing the hill. The History of Navigation and Greenwich is a more extensive exploration of navigation through the ages.

Greenwich Market

The market offers numerous arts and crafts at reasonable prices. Images from inside the market. More Images.

How to find it.

The First Shop in the World

Nauticalia is full of seafaring items. It’s at 25 Nelson Rd, that is South past the market and turn left.

It might sound like an excessive boast.  Then again it does stand at Longitude 00′ 00′ .4′ West.  

The Cutty Sark

Turn left out of the DLR station, along the short mall and then turn left again.

This great Tea Clipper has been recently restored after a fire during a previous attempt at restoration.

The interior is open to view although there is a charge. Admission.

History of the Cutty Sark.

The Royal Naval College

Designed by Christopher Wren, admission is free and is definitely worth a visit. More Information and photographs of the interior.

It is accessible via the Cutty Sark gate or the West Gate. The visitor centre is the  best option as a first port of call. Please see the Sitemap.

This view is from the South with the park at my back. Using the sitemap, exits from the Naval College, are from the Romney Gate which faces the park or the the West Gate (turn right towards the park).

When facing the other way there is Greenwich Park, with the Queens House, the National Maritime Museum,the Royal Observatory and Planetarium up the hill.

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The Queens House

Formally known as Queen Annes House, it is in fact associated with two Queen Annes. Admission is free. The interior architecture and art works mean that it is certainly worth a visit.

The Queens House,    History of the Queens House,   Pictures of the Inside

The National Maritime Museum

Admission is also free here, and is worth visiting. The Museum.

Images from inside the Museum.  However, please bear in mind that the exhibits do change over time.

Behind these buildings, there is the hill which leads to the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium.

The Royal Observatory and Planetarium

The Royal Observatory houses the Astronomy Centre, the Harrison Timekeepers and the UK’s Largest Refracting Telescope.

Admission to the Astronomy Center is free but there are charges for the  Planetarium and for Flamsted House and Meridian Courtyard.

View the Tourist Information Map and discover that there a number of places where one can stand on the Prime Meridian for free and without queuing.

The red ball at the top is used to mark time (either noon or 1 pm) when it dropped so that ships could set their chronometers. It was used instead of a noon day gun because sound takes time to travel.  The Time Ball

The climb is about 170 feet. That’s about the height of a 18 story building.  The easiest gradient is by the road to the right.  The diagonal route, under the trees has a place to sit about half way up.

The climb can be avoided by travelling around to the plateau beyond, and do the tour in reverse. Please see Travel to Greenwich.

And, you must think I’m daft, if you think I’m going to walk up there.

Turns out you’re right.

Beyond the observatory is a more landscaped park that leads to diagonal roadside parking and the number 53  bus stop.

The West Park

Turning right after the observatory and crossing the road (The Ave) leads to an untended part of the park.

There one can see a statue by Henry More entitled Knife Edge.  It is presently on loan to the park and may be gone by midsummer 2014. Here are two views of the same statue. More on Knife Edge.

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Further on, can be seen a view of Our Lady and Star of the Sea.

There is also another view over London.

The Ave

The Ave divides the main park and the West side and is closed to all traffic after dusk.  With the trees acting as a buffer to sound and light, it is very much like being in the countryside.

It is used by cyclists and the occasional skate boarder, so it wise to stay on the pavement/sidewalk.

The Ave continues as King William Walk and at the bottom the welcoming sight of a Tavern.

Greenwich Nightlife

Greenwich has the Up the Creek Comedy Club  on Creek St and numerous Taverns, Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants. Using Google Maps enter any one of those four descriptions. 

You can also specify Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese,Thai, Italian, Spanish and French.  And, there is a traditional Pie and Mash shop.

The nightlife is generally thriving but gentle.  A good place to unwind.

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If you get a chance to visit, I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Sunrises

Always unique and the beginning of a new day with all its possibilities.  Isn’t it a wonderful thing to live in a world that not only makes life possible but can also make life worth living.  We who are fortunate, have much to be thankful for.  Enjoy your day.   And, another picture.

Knife Edge by Henry Moore

Currently found at the west most top of Greenwich Park.  It is likely that it will be returned to the Henry Moore foundation during the summer of 2014Click on any picture to fit screen.

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Nearby.  Not so much what is it, but why is it ?

Rainbow Eucalyptus

I used to think that seeing was believing. I’m not so sure anymore.

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Eucalyptus deglupta, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens and parks. The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.

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Straight Up With A Twist

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The Cable Car over the Thames, London,UK.

Well, I suppose the builders were grinning when they said they’d give it whirl.  I should have known better really.

Over the Thames (London) Cable Car – Visitor Information

Th United Emirates cable car traverses the river Thames in East London between the Royal Victoria Dock and the North Greenwich Peninsula.  It can be found on the Standard London Underground Map at sector D8.

Fares, using a Travel Card (show it at the ticket office to get a discount) or Oyster Card (no need to queue at the ticket office) are currently (October 2013) £3.20 per adult and £1.60 per child, each way.  It costs a bit more (about 20%) if you buy a boarding pass at the terminal.  It makes sense to use a Card as this will also save money on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway.  More Information.

In many cases travel costs are almost halved by using a Pay as You Go “Swipe” Oyster card whilst an all day/week Travel Card can be even less expensive.

Click on for Fare Information.

Click on for Oyster Card and other options information.

BE AWARE: That if you forget to swipe out, when leaving a station, there is a penalty charge and the card may be unusable for a while.

A video of the view  shows that although it is partly obstructed by the tall buildings of Canary Wharf and lasts 5-10 minutes (according to time of day), it is nevertheless quite good value for money. 

It is used for some commuting to and from work, so it is better to avoid peak times.

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The Cutty Sark

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The Cutty Sark is now on show at Greenwich (London,UK).  It is the last remaining example of the great Tea Clippers.  For more information about the exhibit please click here.

The first of each tea harvest from China to Europe was of great commercial value. These ships were built for that purpose, using a narrow hull and powerful rig.  Built for speed rather than large cargo.  For more of that history please click here.

The Cutty Sark was recognised as the foremost in its class even though it never quite won the Great Tea Race.

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This is another Clipper Ship, Lightning under full sail.

Provided under Creative Commons Licence by: Bruce Von Stetina

 

 

 

Ships like these and their crews advanced the knowledge of construction, navigation and seamanship.  Altogether making travel by sea a lot safer than it used to be.  It was once the most hazardous of all occupations.  By contrast, going to sea has now become a pleasure to many.

An important principle still remains for all such potentially hazardous occupations.  That is, the development of good habit.  Often inconvenient in good weather but a vital life safer when wet, cold, tired, in the dark, confused and disoriented.

Such vessels do not remain in service and their builders and brave crews are no longer with us. But, the advances that they made remain. Those ships and their crews may not still roll,  but because of their legacy, they still rock.

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Sun, Sun, Sun, Here it Comes

For those who may face a hard winter, all I can offer is to click on Here Comes the Sun. A  little sun inside in anticipation of its return, as I’m sure that good George Harrison intended. Enjoy.

Here comes the sun (du dn du du)
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright

And, a special update in sympathy, for all those who find themselves harassed by the untidiness of Autumn leaves (yes, you know who I mean /name withheld to protect – me).

Cinderellas and Christmas Trees

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There are many things that may be said about living in a city.  I should know, I’ve said most of them.  But, after dark, the dusty old Cinderella is transformed into a lawn of glimmering lights.  Here and there can be seen a Christmas tree in repose. 

One is encouraged to think, that there is a cheerful sense of fellowship and persistent goodwill amongst friends who meet and even between strangers.

I am reminded of a poem by Wallace Stevens called “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”.  Although, I think at the end he found the remedy.  It is a poem best heard with eyes closed, but you can always imagine.

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.

Rainbows over Buildings

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Even the tall buildings, like the Shard of Glass, are dwarfed by natures great rainbow.

I like the fact that, in all our cleverness, we will never be able to compete with this. 

Perhaps such sights will keep things in perspective and help to stop the lunacy of destroying our own planet.

A Must See: Hell of a Day by One Day in a Lifetime

I would reblog this, but  I think it will get more views this way.  It definitely should be seen and heard.    http://justoneday888.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/pakleni/        Opens in a new tab.    When you get to the end, restart the video and play it full screen.  Better still on a projector.

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Buffalo Sky

Even in the city one can still see a sky that pays no attention to what lies below.   There are still as many shades of blue and the encouragement to imagine.

Perhaps all things of wonder emerge from the clouds and eventually return to dissolve.  This picture is either or both.  Circles of life and our wonder at it,  they do not have either a beginning or an end.   Such is the nature of circles and the circle of nature.

Surely we are so very fortunate to be living as part of it, given the privilege of being more than a mere witness.

Art in the Park

Victoria Park, Bow, London, UK.                          –  Click on an image to enlarge.

The progress of cheerful duck will always overide serious reflections.

I can do this all day.

Standing Guard                                                        on the Triffids

At the Royal Inn on the Park                          That’s what I call a makeover