Monday, 25 May 2015

A return Urban Wander around Bath

I have blogged about Bath before, particularly the abundance of ghost signs in Bath, but only really explored the city centre and immediate area on that visit. So, with time on our hands we wandered a little way out of the centre, not too far mind, and were rewarded with not only ghost signs, but other attractions too.

First up we have the turnstile entrances to Bath Rugby Club. All very ornate, and much more appealing than the more modern ones you get at most football grounds.

Entrance to Bath Rugby Club
Entrance to Bath Rugby Club

Entrance to Bath Rugby Club
Entrance to Bath Rugby Club

And now on to the ghost signs. There are two on this building. The one of the right is for 

NESTLES
MILK
RICHEST IN CREAM
SOLD H.J.ARCHARD

I'm afraid I had no luck working out what the one on the left hand side said though.

Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset
Nestles Milk Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset

Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset
Nestles Milk Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset

This next ghost sign is slightly curious.

FUNERALS FURNISHED

by which I assume it means funerals arranged.

Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset
Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset

Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset
Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset

When I took the picture, I only thought that this building had a single ghost sign just above the windows which sit above the pizza and fried chicken sign, but on closer inspection it seems to have three signs, one running around the top of each of the three upper floors.

Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset
Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset

With our visit coming to and end, the sun showed a brief appearance. The final picture of the day was taken of the Kennet and Avon canal.

Ghost sign in Bath, Somerset
Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath, Somerset

    

Friday, 22 May 2015

A couple of brief Urban Wanders in and around Kensington, London

Well, another few weeks of radio silence. No one specific reason, just lots going on. Rather than this blog post being on a specific topic, it’s going to ramble around a bit.

First up are a couple of pictures I took a few weeks back of one of the disused platforms at Kensington Olympia station. I have blogged about Kensington Olympia station before, and whilst it’s still quite busy for both passengers and freight, the motorail is long gone and the station would seem to be a shadow of its former self. However, this post paints a slightly different, more colourful picture. The southbound platform has now been relocated slightly to the west, over one of the former lines, but the old platform has been left standing and is now home to the Kensington Olympia Community Kitchen Garden.


Kensington Olympia Community Kitchen Garden, London
Kensington Olympia Community Kitchen Garden, London

Kensington Olympia Community Kitchen Garden, London
Kensington Olympia Community Kitchen Garden, London

These next two pictures were taken at varying stages of an evening out. The first is the bar of the Bombay Brasserie in Gloucester Road, where I caught up with a former colleague and had an excellent curry.

The bar at the Bombay Brasserie, Gloucester Road, London
The bar at the Bombay Brasserie, Gloucester Road, London

The second is of a classic car in a streetlamp lit mews I spotted whilst wandering back.

Unidentified mews, somewhere in Kensington, London
Unidentified mews, somewhere in Kensington, London

And finally, for some reason this week I found myself wandering through Paddington station around 11am, and saw on the overhead announcement boards, a train going to West Ruislip, a destination which is more usually associated with the line out from Marylebone. I vaguely remembered reading something about this a while back, so a few minutes of internet research later proved that firstly my memory was not playing tricks on me, and this is in fact what’s known as a Parliamentary train, or ghost train. I did not have time to take any pictures but there's plenty of information here. Not quite a bucket list activity but I am curious to travel along the line between Old Oak Common and where it joins the main line from Marylebone.

Oh yes, and my mid-life crisis (aka obsession with finding all the vinyl I used to have as a teenager) is still in full swing. Recent (re)purchases include Coming Up For Air, by Penetration, Starry Eyes by The Records, and Ghetto, by The Wall, to name but a few.

I do need to find time to get back into some serious Psychogeography but that will need to wait for a while as next week is already beginning to look a bit manic.

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