Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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This is the view today from the footpath that runs in front of the Scottish National Gallery. It’s a viewpoint I see regularly because it’s one of the most direct routes from Princes Street in the middle of Edinburgh to where I live – about 20 minutes walk from the city centre.

Today the person who cuts the grass had excelled him/her-self. Just look at those stripes. And just a few weeks ago the whole area was devoid of grass – ready for the turf to be laid.

 
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Cheesegrater Bolts

 

What weighs 60kg (130 lbs) and pops?

Answer: a bolt from the support stanchions at the recently-completed 47-storey Leadenhall Building on Leadenhall Street in the heart of the financial district in London.

The bolts are five inches in diameter and three have broken apart. After the first two broke, British Land which owns the building had the remaining bolts tethered in place with plastic ties. That prevented the third bolt from falling to the ground.

The reason the bolts are failing is because of what is called hydrogen embrittlement – growing cracks in the metal caused by the presence of hydrogen in the manufacturing process.

The building is colloquially known as the Cheesegrater because of the way it slopes – narrowing towards the top.

The building was built this way to conform with planning requirements to maintain views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and other classical buildings.

The building is directly across the road from another iconic building – the Lloyds Building

 

And here is a view of the side of the Lloyds Building (the building on the left) showing its ‘inside out’ design with all the pipe-work on the outside.

 

Note

I took these photos with my phone and I sized the photos for use on the Web using the Reduce app.

And I am posting this article using the WordPress mobile app – so we really have reached the situation now where all that is needed to blog is a phone and an Internet connection.

Peacock In Full Display

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First thing to say: Click the images to see larger versions.

This is Kew Gardens in London where we spent the day a couple of weeks ago. My wife Tamara spotted the peacock and we walked towards it convinced it would skedaddle as soon as we got close.

But it had other things on its mind as a female came walking by. And walking ‘by’ is the operative word because she didn’t pay the slightest attention to him as he went into full display.

My wife found it very funny. Being a man, I felt for the poor male…

I had my Fuji X100s with me. It has a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens, so I couldn’t zoom for a close shot. But I got down and lay out on the grass to get the best shots I could.

One of the things we noticed was the incredible green area behind the peacock’s head – right in the centre. An incredibly powerful green. Just beautiful.

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It wasn’t until I started processing the images that I found myself thinking about the legs. There is something touching about all that magnificence mounted on those two legs.

It’s as though the rule is that one has to look at only the ‘good’ bit of the picture and not concentrate on what is holding the picture in place.

I think it’s a psychological tendency that perhaps we all share?

And then viewed from the back or the side, it’s a whole other thing. Rich browns, fluffy white, and those legs.

And that’s the female walking past – blind to his charms.

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Thought For The Day

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