15_the_circle: (façade afternoon light)
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 08:22 pm

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[crossposted from Google+]

Sanborn fire maps are a familiar tool to anybody who has ever needed a times series of historical maps for some location.  Mapping the as-built conditions was intended to provide a baseline for any claim adjudication, valuation and reconstruction that might might follow a natural (or unnatural) disaster.  Periodic updates and secure storage made them a natural for other historical purposes. 

These UK before-and-after news images show an interesting use of GSV imagery for the same purpose. 

(click past these samples for interactive before-and-after imagery)


images: telegraph.co.uk

[edit: added link to wiki page]

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15_the_circle: (calcifer)
Thursday, July 17th, 2008 11:08 pm

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in its own way this is really quite encouraging.  here we are 65 years later and it looks like there are only ~21,000 of them still lying about, but at least somebody's come with a method of predicting where they are. 


(image: exetermemories.co.uk)



UXBs aren't always provided by adversaries: in 1958 a 22,000 lb bomb on display at the entrance to RAF Scampton was discovered to be live

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15_the_circle: (London day)
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 08:08 am

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from Across The Water comes news that the Voice of the London Underground has been sacked.  perhaps her plea of having been misquoted will cause them to reconsider.  one certainly hopes so. 

best of all is the spoof announcement in which she admonishes: "We would like to remind our American tourist friends that you are almost certainly talking too loudly." 

been there, done that, and yes, she's right. 
now if only they can find it in their collective hearts to reinstate her, we can go back to minding the gap. 



[edit]
better yet, how about asking the Washington Metro to bring her over for some guest spots? 

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15_the_circle: (GITS laughing man)
Friday, May 26th, 2006 12:00 pm

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interesting story.  be sure to scroll down to the comments. 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4997470.stm

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15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 08:45 am

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the Wonder Boy's London trip wasn't intended to be about detail photography or railways, but nor was it completely devoid of opportunity to burn digichrome on such subjects. 

(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)




blooms

London seems to have been about a couple of weeks behind the Grove as far the progression of spring flowers is concerned.  as one might expect it was overcast most of the time so when the light came out it was generally worth the effort to try to take advantage of it. 

sidewalk miniature daffodils
sidewalk miniature daffodils

these miniature daffodils were in bloom on the sidewalk in front of Cousin Gill's flat in Kew.  to get this picture I found myself lying down on the cement with one leg in the gutter, under the frame of a parked automobile.  fortunately nobody came along at that particular moment. 




Portsmouth has an attractive public garden near the railway station. 

public gardens
public gardens
Portsmouth




the forecast had called for more rain than actually fell while we were there.  this cherry tree was in bloom on the close of Southwark Cathedral; we went into the book sale being held in the diocesan hall in search of tea and a chance to let a bit of rain pass through, so the lighting was rather subdued. 

cherry blossom

cherry blossom
cherry blossoms
Southwark Cathedral close



wood: HMS Victory

as one who is taken with the detail of Victorian architecture, it comes as no surprise that the detail of Georgian naval architecture is even more appealing. 




continuing the floral theme from above, this rose and thistle bouguet adorns the figurehead of HMS Victory in Portsmouth. 

rose and thistle bouquet
rose and thistle bouquet

note the cupid, crest, and representation of jeweled crown.  the cupids are said to have been among the wounded at Trafalgar: port and starboard figures lost an arm and a leg to cannon fire during the battle. 


honi soit qui mal y pense
honi soit qui mal y pense

this figurehead, applied during a refit before Trafalgar, replaced a more ornate one of which a scale model is on display in the Victory museum. 




these trim details are on the starboard quarter. 

quarter details

quarter details
quarter details





here are some trim details from the stern. 

stern details

stern details
stern details


steel: Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge dates from the 1880s and offers a wealth of interesting detail.  the light was running out by the time we got there and there was barely enough for these images. 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge





steel: street furniture

lamp post detail
lamp post base
Picadilly

wood and stone: the Tower

the eye is drawn to the interplay of building materials, fenestration and crenelation on the one hand and the texture and seed balls of the sycamore tree on the other. 

sycamore
sycamore
Thames embankment

stations

Willesden Junction is to the NE of London and shows many characteristics of English railroading:  3rd (+4th) rail electrification -- the center rail seems to be neutral return -- with left hand running on double track signalled only for direction of traffic. 

Willesden Junction
Walmsford Willesden Junction

don't be fooled by the track immediately to the R:  it is a stub, terminating a couple of carlengths behind the point from which this picture was taken. 




trains to Portsmouth operate from Waterloo Station.  abundant morning light and shadow patterns on gleaming equipment made for a pleasing composition. 

Waterloo Station
Waterloo Station
15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Monday, March 27th, 2006 06:24 am

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(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)



Wednesday

after an overnight flight from Dulles to Heathrow we found our way to Cousin Gillian's flat in Kew.  after tea, chat, freshening up and more tea we headed off to do the tourist thing.  Gill and family friend Claire were indefatigable tour guides as we traipsed from Picadilly to Trafalgar Square, through much of the National Gallery, down to Westminster, across London Bridge and back, through St James' Park to Buckingham Palace, then back to Picadilly and into Fortnum & Mason with just enough time for Taunton to pick up some tea. 

Claire, Ben, Taunton
Claire, Ben, Taunton

Gill and Taunton
Gill and Taunton
St James Park






lots of walking through the brisk afternoon and evening made for hearty appetites all around so after taking the Tube back to Gill's flat we were more than ready for dinner to be brought in from Cafe Masala in nearby Richmond. 

Claire, Gill, Taunton
Claire, Gill, Taunton
Gill's flat

Thursday

Taunton and I took the tube to Waterloo Station for a day trip to Portsmouth to visit the historic dockyard, the HMS Victory and the restoration-in-progress of the Mary Rose. 

Friday

a day at the British Musuem is, like the rest of the trip, just enough to make one realise how much else is there.  we settled for the Rosetta Stone, Assyrian carvings, the Elgin Marbles, the Enlightenment Gallery, artefacts from the Sutton Hoo burial and a carved stone statue from Rapa Nui, instantly recognisable of course.  the rest will have to wait. 

we then took the Tube to Tower Hill and walked round the Tower and down the river to Tower Bridge.  as luck would have it while we were there it opened for river traffic in the form of a Norwegian cruise ship which was towed through stern first and moored to the HMS Belfast.  while watching this I was thinking how in previous years delegations of visiting Norsemen were considerably less welcome as they came upriver to London, but this lot seemed less intent on raiding for loot and slaves -- after all there is an E.C. these days. 

as we were starting to walk across it opened again to allow the tug to go back downriver. 

Taunton
Taunton
Tower Brige

we then walked over to Southwark and along the S bank, crossing back on the Millenium Footbridge to St. Paul's and the tube back to Gill's flat, with an excellent Italian dinner on the way back. 

Saturday

Cousin Amanda was able to come in for the day from East Anglia and join us for more touristic activities. 

Amanda and Taunton
Amanda and Taunton
on the Tube

  • tour in double decker bus: good. 
    tour guide: awful. 
  • river cruise to Greenwich: good. 
    fellow passengers on said cruise: awful. 
so we baled at the Bankside pier to escape the cacophonic French schoolchildren and cruised through the weekly Borough Market, treating it as a walk-through buffet.  there wasn't a tea stall to be found but Southwark Cathedral was having a book sale in the diocesan hall; it would be inconceivable for such an event to lack tea so we had some there. 

Gill headed back to prepare for a social obligation that evening and the rest of us went to fulfill another of Taunton's wishes: a visit to the Virgin Records megastore.  we then headed back for a bit more of the British Museum and then saw Amanda onto her Norwich train at Liverpool Street Station, remembering moments after her departure that we were supposed to have gotten the spare key for Gill's flat from her.  after riding the tube back to Kew I was able to buy Taunton a pint or two of Guinness at The Railway pub and we had time for a walk around the neighbourhood before Gill came back. 

Sunday

all good things must come to an end, so in the morning we went back to Heathrow and flew home.  uneventfully, and with regret.  it was an excellent beginning, though, and one thing is for sure:  we'll be back. 

15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Sunday, March 26th, 2006 03:03 pm

updates and illustrations to follow. 

more later ...

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15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Saturday, March 25th, 2006 09:44 am

not much bandwidth here so just a quick update:  we are here, have been having a wonderful time, and cousin Gillian hasn't thrown us out.  yet. 

updates and photos will have to wait until our return tomorrow afternoon/evening. 

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15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 05:58 pm
Heathrow tomorrow morning ...
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15_the_circle: (cottage sign)
Friday, February 24th, 2006 08:00 am

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next month the Wonder Boy will turn 21.  this is a significant milestone in his life and for some time I have been thinking about how to properly observe such an occasion.  we discussed it at length the other evening over pho, considering several options, and came to the conclusion that with his spring break coming up shortly after the event, spending a few days of it in London would be quite the thing. 

it is a long held dream on his part to go there and on mine to take him there.  he's in charge of deciding where to go and what to see and do.  no doubt the resulting list will come out different from any I would draw up for myself, but it's his trip. 

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15_the_circle: (GITS laughing man)
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 08:45 am

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yesterday London Transport did which of the following? (pick only one)

  • ensured the safety of the system against further attack;
  • secured adequate funding for needed infrastructure and equipment upgrades;
  • dealt with the RMT ransom demand (a "showing up" bonus for the 2012 Olympics); or
  • had its solicitors get the anagram tube map site www.unfortu.net/anagrammap taken down

how many guesses do you need? 




another shining example of the ability of the legal system to suppress perfectly harmless humour. 
maybe now they can move on to the other items on the list ....

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