Chocolate Socialist (braisedbywolves) wrote,
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Cycles: Shots around London

As I mentioned back in May, I took that month's Bank Holiday Monday and went off around London on my usual cycle. The last few times I'd done that, I'd enjoyed seeing things off in the distance and wondering what they were. I thought this time I'd take some photos and then one of my tasks for the year (spoilers: the year is nearly up, and the hit rate is not great, but there will be a new year along shortly) would be to return to the site of the photos and try and navigate across London to the site in question. So, here's some of the shots:

[Even with pic-spoilers, this does go on for a bit]
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Tiny in this, but several of the blocks along the north side of Grosvenor Road, as it heads up to Chelsea Bridge, have between them straight lines of sight to a minaret-topped building - of course by the time I thought "Hey I should make that my first shot", the straight lines has stopped, hence the 'spot the ball' nature of this photo.

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What could this terrifying tower, just before Chelsea Bridge be? Once I noticed it was next to a hospital, the word 'Incinerator' did swim into mind...

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An exciting looking bulge over by the Battersea Bridge.. but when you see it from the river, it's just apartments to see the river from.

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I know where this is - Upper Richmond Road, about to hit Queens Ride, but not what - it's enormous and looking largely disused - I didn't get a shot where you can see the sun shining right through from one side to the other.

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Again this is not a mystery (Central London from Richmond Park), but I totally love the feeling of "I was there!" - particularly since I started the cycle from work IE nearly exactly below the Shard.

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North from Richmond Park this time, a mysterious red tower, our first real candidate...

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The faint arches against the sky were exciting until I realise I was far enough out that they were actually Wembley (similar to thinking "That plane's pretty low... oh yeah Heathrow")

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Someone's got a nice front lawn, in Bushey Park.

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Big house or car battery (or as I've just figured out, the big house at the NW corner of Richmond Park)?

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... and this is the first real candidate again, at the point that the ride takes you quite close to in Kew. There's nothing but some cranes there on Google Street View, so I can't tell you what it is, but some of the challenge has evaporated.

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What is that exciting urban artifact, north of Notting Hill's Landsdowne Crescent/Gardens? Spoilers: it's the Westway.

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There's a tricky turn right at this point in Aldgate, which was not made easier by the sudden appearance of this - I swear it wasn't there the last time I came through

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North from the Narrows over Limehouse Basin, Crimson Jesus on a Chimney was not what I was expecting to see - but again not hard to place.

In summary then: Psychogeography me arse.
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