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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Monday, 3 September 2012

The First London Marathon on The Highway 1981

Was it really that long ago? News Internation or Fortress Wapping under construction for Murdoch and his nest of vipers. Not may people watching either! Contrast with what the same scene would look like now.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Schoenbrunn Palace

Schoenbrunn Palace by Danny McL
Schoenbrunn Palace, a photo by Danny McL on Flickr.

We visited the palace at the suggestion of my faughter Roisin. Her dissertation for her degree in history at University College London was on the enlightenment and the policies of the Hapsburg Emperor at the time. The palace was occupied by the Hapsburgs. The excellent audio guide provided during our tour - the Grand Tour of forty rooms was supplemented by Roisin's excellent additional information about the Hapsburg family and Maria Therese's occupation of the palace in here widowhood.

Thoroughly recommended but overall, we found Vienna an otherwise disappointing city with nowhere that for us provided the "wow" factor that cities like London, New York, Paris or Washington do.

Our trip over eight days through Tyrolean Austria was otherwise fantastic, we liked places like Steyr, Fussen, Salzburg and of course the stunning mountains.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Olympic Route Network


Mum's funeral - 19 July 2012

Our green method of getting everyone to the cemetery on time and in a large group. We took 72 people to my Mum's funeral in this beautiful Routemaster.

That is a minimum of 14 car journeys that did not have to be made.

Orbit - Anish Kapoor

Orbit - Anish Kapoor by Danny McL
Orbit - Anish Kapoor, a photo by Danny McL on Flickr.

The Olympics comes to East London and my first sighting of this tower as I have been working in Dubai.

St Patrick's Cemetery. Leytonstone

The Shard by Danny McL
The Shard, a photo by Danny McL on Flickr.

Here for my late mum's funeral. She reached the not too bad age of 86 having been raised in rural Donegal in Ireland, she arrived in Whitechapel in London in the late 1950s with my dad where she reared three kids.

We gave her a great send off. This pic shows the Shard as viewed from the Cemetery and Frankie Ash, one of the mourners.

Heathrow T5

Heathrow T5 by Danny McL
Heathrow T5, a photo by Danny McL on Flickr.

playing around with a Tilt Shift App on my Samsung Galaxy S3. This is at Heathrow on way back to Dubai after my late mum's funeral in London.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

My new Samsung Galaxy S3 bought for the equivalent of 439 quid here in Dubai SIM free.

It is just a wonderful device that bears lots of exploration and best of all, it is not a saddo Blackberry nor a iPhone - (nice looking products that rarely last more than a few months before the screens smash or they break down). And who wants to lock themselves into Apple's little world of "we know best" about what you can or can't have as an app?

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Royal London Hospital - Notice Board May 2010

Found pinned to a notice board in the corridor of the London Hospital Whitechapel. Three days before the 2010 General Election.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Privacy Alert

NHS Summary Care Record
Originally uploaded by Danny McL
Got one of these from your local NHS? - if you have concerns for your personal privacy, then I suggest you choose to opt out by going to this link and sending one of the forms you can get there to your GP asap!

You can read a well-reasoned argument as to why you should opt out here:

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Holiday Autos piece of shit Dollar Rent a Car, Dubai

The title and description of this picture says it all - this car is shit shit shit!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

The old and the new

The new Heron Tower building continues to rise above the eastern edge of the City of London - seen here shortly before Christmas 2009 with, in a construction industry tradition, its lit up cranes.

Check out some fantastic pictures taken by urban explorer Slaterspeed from the top of this tower on Flickr:

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Freelander wrecked

I have been working in the Sunbury area for a couple of weeks.

Coming home towards the Chiswick flyover, I came across this scene. The driver had managed to crash their two and a half month old Landrover Freelander 2 into one of the hefty concrete islands that are designed to stop trucks using the flyover.

Somehow the person (note the avoidance of perjorative terms here) driving this vehicle had wrecked the front left hand suspension and wheel and come to rest around 30 yards after the concrete island. Of course this created a massive tailback stretching back southbound.

How do such people pass their driving tests?

Peerless Magnarc projector lamp

Spotted this beautiful object in Selfridges today. Made by Kelvin & Hughes, it must date from sometime after 1947 when Kelvin & Hughes was formed.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

The Sacred made Real

Visited this wonderful exhibition at the National Gallery this week with Eileen.
Stunning polychromatic statues (painted to you and me) and pictures depicting Jesus, Mary, various saints and towards the end of the exhibition, an extraordinary statue of Mary Magdalen contemplating the Crucified Jesus my favourite piece, the statue of Mary Magdalen.

Thoroughly recommended and on until 24 January 2010. For more information see here

The Sacred made Real

Monday, 12 October 2009

Ixus 70 exposed

I bought two Ixus 70s a couple of Christmases ago - one for me and one for the daughters to use.

This one went to University with my daughter and immediately fell victim to a drenching in pineapple juice. The on / off button and zoom controls are completely gummed up - regretably it is "kaput".

That said, these are tough cameras. The other Ixus 70 got dropped onto boulders at Kimmeridge on the jurassic coast and whilst the lens took the full force knocking off the plastic inner covers and the metal face plate surrounding the lens, it still worked after I forced the then diagonally protruding lens back into place.

Recently, the camera got dropped again by another daughter's friend onto concrete dislodging the front metal body from the rear part.

Liberal application of Duck / duct tape has restored it to life (until the next accident at least).

Classy repair job.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Beautiful Roisin starts at UCL September 2009

Looks like all the good food her mum gave her from an early age has paid off. She got great A / AS level results and starts at University College London (UCL) in September 2009 to study History.

As the first of our family to go to University, we're enormously proud of her. She attended a Hackney Comprehensive school and a Tower Hamlets primary school, she has never had a day's private tuition in her life and for the past year has also been working part-time in The Body Shop recording excellent daily sales, as she says herself, she "has a life" and she also passed her driving test and regulalry "borrows" the car.

Roisin - Skydive July 2008

Rosin's first tandem skydive, California - 2008

We look forward to seeing this next phase of her life.