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Royal Albert Hall

For those of you who don’t know, “The Royal Albert Hall is an arts venue situated in the Knightsbridge area of the City of Westminster, London, England, best known for holding the annual summer Proms concerts since 1941.”

Photos taken on a leisurely night stroll in Kensington and Chelsea. Both images were taken from Kensington Gardens looking out.

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At the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park Corner.

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Hyde Park Corner in London that is, not the one in Colombo.

Image taken at night of the Tower Bridge, London.

London was absolutely miserable the whole of last week! At least it didn’t snow over the weekend. As I type this it is -3 degrees Celsius in London. The whole of last week snowed and it was apparently the worst November in at least 60 years, and the past tense of ‘snow’ is not ‘snew’.

I have been in this country for 4 years now and this November has been absolutely brutal! I remember going on site visits to open lands in Hounslow, London last November wearing just a shirt and a jumper. I was fully covered the last few days when I used to go out. I am generally resistant to the cold in London having spent most of my time in Newcastle which is arguably the coldest part in England, however I found London very cold this winter – God protect the poor buggers in Newcastle!

Here are a few pictures I took when my hands were so cold that they were burning! Yes, a sensation felt only by those who have lived in extreme winters. By ‘extreme’ I mean cold European winters, not the ones at the poles. Poles meaning, north and south – just in case.

Not the best photographs, but I like to use my blog as a sort of palimpsest where I record information for my own reminiscence later on. Hope you find them interesting too!


Outside my room window on 30.11. 2010. The roads are usually deserted, but the main roads may have been blocked due to the weather – hence the traffic


At the park near my house.

That’s me going back to my childhood. Three ways I can die :

1. Of hypothermia.
2. The weather beaten rope loosing tension and tearing and my head hitting the rock solid ice at least five feet below.
3. The three trunks converging at a point and plunging me to my death, it’s mathematically impossible that the trunks itself will hit me though.

Of course I didn’t die. Yet.

Oh, Graeme Swann just wrapped up the Australians in Adelaide and England lead the Ashes 1-0.

Even as snow has fallen in several parts of England and in the midst of this terrible cold, I found this last symbol of autumn still standing valiantly.

Today was such a useful and proactive day. I had a very interesting workshop all day which helped to train us to be facilitators for an event which myself and a few others are planning on having. The great RD was in attendance too, not only was he there but he also gave me a birthday present – Chinaman, by Shehan Karunathilaka. Very kind of RD indeed.

The sun set by about 4.13pm tonight and the wintry chill was very much in action, however I had decided last night that I would go around St. Paul’s cathedral and take some night images, the first time I am really getting to use my new camera.

So I went after the training session we had, got off at Bank tube station and took the Central line in the opposite direction to go to St.Paul’s, alighted at St.Paul’s and started clicking away. I walked along the Thames all the way from the Millennium bridge to Tower bridge – it was quite chilly and by the time I reached Tower hill tube station my hands were literally numb and insensitive from the cold.

Here are some of the photos I took of St.Paul’s Cathedral and The Millennium bridge.


St.Pauls Cathedral

St.Paul’s Cathedral and The Millennium Bridge

Hope you like the photographs!

Have a great week!

Bath was wonderful in that much of the attributes of a historical city was intact. Something I look for in England is the England Enid Blyton describes in her books, but that is not that prevalent in what I have seen thus far – except of course I appreciate that Enid Blyton’s books are now close to if not more than fifty years old. Amie, who came with me to Bath is from Devon and according to her Devon is still very much Enid Blyton’s England. I can faintly recall Devon being mentioned in one of Enid Blyton’s books – first book of Famous Five perhaps.

Bath had a very traditional fudge shop, where staff were clad in very tradition victorian attire and were inviting people to sample their traditional fudges. A ‘fudge’ in England, for those of you who have not tasted it is very much like the ‘Kiri Toffee’ in Sri Lanka, albeit a softer version that dissolves easily in the mouth but breaks into small pieces when bitten. I say this because someone may have stolen the name ‘fudge’ and totally misrepresenting it in Sri Lanka.

Below are some of the portraits I took of the ‘fudge people’. Apologies that this one here is over exposed.

And my favourite of the two.

 

As photographs, not to the best of my liking. Just to document my travels.

 

Stone at the exhibition collection at the Roman Baths, Bath.

Image explaining the stone, which dates back to the first century ad, when Britain was under the Romans.

Of course, my pseudonym, Aufidius is not based on the Aufidius featured in this post. Rather, it’s based on Tullus Aufidius, a character in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. I played Aufidius at the Shakespeare Drama Competitions for College a few years ago.

Coriolanus the film is currently being produced with Gerard Butler as Aufidius.

I have been rather occupied with a lot of things, including moving house. Just settling in and I hope to post more images of my trip to Bath.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

…found dead on my table.

Escalator leading down towards the Jubilee line at the London Bridge tube station, London.

This was after I met RD and and was going to the Foyles bookshop at Tottenham Court Road with my very good friend Guru who I met after quite some time (relative to how often we used to meet) on Saturday.

I have to respond to comments, will do soon ! Have a great week!