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Artsy South Shore of the Thames

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 5, 2012

London Eye and South Shore

The north side of the Thames has most of the London landmarks: Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Big Ben, Tower of London — just about everything but the London Eye. The south side feels much more artsy, with cafes, poetry, and art installations. Here are a few random photos from the south shore around Waterloo station. I took these on my last night in London. The photo above was taken from Westminster Bridge.

The photo below includes a new branch of Foyles, where I picked up a new London A-Z (when I was with my sister). On the train to Waterloo I realised that I hadn’t brought a single map of central London. Felt a little better when I noticed that a map of central London was posted in just about every square and intersection outside Waterloo Station, so there wasn’t much chance of my getting lost.

South Bank, Thames

South Bank, Thames

Poetry alley:


Street piano with plastic laminated music. It says “Play me. I’m yours.”


Pillars decorated with green colanders:


Alphabet blocks

This seemed to be some kind of drama workshop. When I walked past this group the first time, they were all sighing in unison. I took this photo while they were all laughing.

Drama Workshop

London Literature Festival (no Israeli authors, I noticed).


Fishy lamppost near the aquarium:

Lamp Post, South Shore, London

Restaurant above street level, possibly in an old railway arch (should have taken a context photo for reference):


Sculpture outside Royal Festival Hall:


This wraps up the photos I took during the four-day course in Staines. On the flight back I caught one of the most aggressive rhinoviruses I have every encountered. I boarded the plane feeling healthy and disembarked with a headache, congestion, and sore throat. A week later I’m still not able to go to work. About the only good things I can say about the past week are that I got some knitting done (no strength to do anything else) and I’ve lost weight.

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It began with a cat and a dead squirrel…

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 26, 2012

Cat with Dead Squirrel

We had an interesting evening after today’s course was over. Four of us in the Enterprise Architect course are staying at the Runnymede-on-Thames spa hotel. We got back to the hotel, sat on the terrace for a while, and drank beer. Michael went up to his room but Shalom, Dave, and I decided to go for a walk along the Thames. We photographed some ducks and walked along the Thames River path.

Ducks on Thames

At some point Dave said, “What is that thing? And what does it have in its mouth?” A large black-and-white cat trotted towards us, carrying a dead squirrel. Oddly, it showed no fear. It just trotted past us and continued to the marina, where a few people stood on the dock drinking beer.

Cat with Dead Squirrel Led to Marina

The cat darted into one of the boats and was ejected by the owner almost immediately.

Cat with Dead Squirrel Ejected from Boat

Without dropping the squirrel, the cat continued down the path, over the bridge, to the far side of the marina. The guy who carried the cat out of his boat invited us to look around inside. He’s very proud of his decorating. He showed us a whale vertebra mounted on the wall, from the Faroes, where he worked recently; he found it on the beach.

Boat interior

He showed us a photo of his mother’s family:

Boat interior

and played a home-made slide guitar:

Homemade Slide Guitar

We spent more time chatting with another couple. John, from Scotland, and his Welsh wife (I never did catch her name) have been living in a long boat (actually a narrow boat) since last September. He is an unemployed carpenter and she works in fashion around Oxford Circus in London. Shalom (below) is photographing John’s photo on his phone (I won’t say what it was but you can assume that it’s rather rude). They told us about what it was like to sail up and down the Thames and along the Severn.

Photographing Photo

Dave, from Canada, is on the left side of the photo, with John and his wife:

Couple on Boat

Their kitchen was so organized! I guess it would have to be in such a tiny space.

Kitchen in boat

There are definite advantages to not staying at the Crowne Plaza near Heathrow. You’d never find a narrow boat moored by the airport.

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