evenmoreseniorbushe

The blog of a travelling psychiatrist and football lover. Who happens to be a halfway decent photographer. Takes a cynical view of the world

The Shard


The porcelain poppies live in the moat area around the Tower of London. The Shard looks like it is almost next door. They make great contrasts. It is very difficult to catch the emotion that surrounds the poppies and the darkness that once surrounded the Tower of London where so many were executed. The Shard is over 1000 ft and is the highest Champagne bar in London. Construction started in 2003 and it has 72 floors. The Shard also is the tallest building in the EU. On the 72nd floor at around 800 feet there is an open air observation deck for those who like heights.London Bridge Quarter which incorporates The Shard,  is today jointly owned by the State of Qatar and Sellar Property. If you want to know whats on each floor then Wikipaedia tell us this:

 

Floors Floor area Space designation
73–87 Spire
68–72 758 m2 (8,159 sq ft) The View from the Shard (observatory)
53–65 5,772 m2 (62,129 sq ft) Residences
34–52 Shangri-La Hotel
31–33 5,945 m2 (63,991 sq ft) Restaurants (Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard)
18-28 52,322 m2 (563,189 sq ft) Offices
17 Warwick Business School
16 Future Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera UK London Studios and Offices
3–15 54,488 m2 (586,504 sq ft) Offices
1–2 6,036 m2 (64,971 sq ft) Retail and office reception
Ground Hotel, restaurant and observatory entrances

The building was completed in November 2012.

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Porcelain Poppies at Tower of London


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Street Food at Camden Lock Market


Ever so often one makes a discovery that has been hidden for many years or even a lifetime. Shopping does not fascinate me and neither frankly does travelling to crowded part of cities on weekend days. But we all can be wrong. By chance I ended up in Camden Lock Market on a sunday. There are many things to see, including unusual people who seem to derive from auditions for films such as Alice in Wonderland or Trainspotting Live. There were huge crowds who seemed to walk in a glacial manner in front of me making any journey seem like a sponsored walk for 20 miles. What however really interested me was the food on offer. I come from a background where “street food” equates to football ground fare. Tedious burgers made from dubious meat, strange pies and pasties and often ” not very” hot dogs ( and where do they get the cheap tomato and brown sauces from? Brands that do not seem existent on this planet end up at football grounds). But in a section of the market there was a collection of stalls of superb food. The sellers also knew it was superb as they gave away samples. The sample of turkish bread and chicken was delicious. There were indian foods, mexican ,chinese , turkish and italian. The tin of curry was packed full, of a size of a takeaway container with rice and then whatever one chose. I chose three different curries. All delicious. The trick then is to find somewhere to stand to eat whilst not being knocked or pushed. This feast cost me £4.
So where else can you eat out in London for £4 with free cabaret thrown in. Apologies for the quality of the I Phone photos.

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Unusual Football Mascots


I never quite get football mascots really. Most adults are not interested nor excited by viewing a grown adult in the body of a bee, clown,shark, dragon and so on. But maybe I am at fault as the trend continues and if anything strengthens. Here we present Buzetter, a female Bee of the Brentford variety who cheerfully goes on her way each game shaking hands with the junior members of the crowd and making them smile. I am sure I have even seen her do a dance, but somewhat short of twerking. The question I am left with amongst others is what exactly would Jota, the new Brentford signing from Celta Vigo (pronounced Hotter) have made of this? I have my suspicions.

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The Corn Angel


This half of corn was just sitting in the kitchen and looked just like an angel. Nothing extra has been done to the corn. Holy Corn.

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Icelandic Crime


Originally posted on evenmoreseniorbushe:

Two of my recent visitors have been from Iceland and there is a phenomenon that is growing fast, that of the UK selling large quantities of Scandinavian and Icelandic crime fiction. The great Stieg Larsson started things off with maybe the best trilogy that will ever be written about the Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. Jo Nesbo continued things along with a series of superb novels and now an Icelandic authoress, Yrsa Siguradottir continues on. 

Currently I am reading the second novel from her, and having read her most recent novel first, am working backwards. Her writing cannot be praised too highly. Not only does she convey an extraordinary complexity of plot but she captures the characters so well. Surprisingly the books are also humourous, with some descriptions of her secretary/assistant Bella, being described as a Gothic tugboat, opening the mind to what exactly she looks like. The other people…

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Paintings of Iceland


Originally posted on evenmoreseniorbushe:

Iceland is a land of waterfalls and geyers. What if they erupted again as a volcanic island? What would the Geysers and Waterfalls look like. Here you have my impressions.  To see much more of my photography please visit

http://chrisbushephotos.ifp3.com

Copyright Chris Bushe

Copyright Chris Bushe

Copyright Chris Bushe

Copyright Chris Bushe

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New Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland? August 18th


News is coming out of Iceland that volcanic eruptions may be on their way. Iceland is a great country if a little over-familiar with the giant hot dog and hamburger.  Not the kind of stuff that Iceland Tourism wants to hear about, just when things are getting better, the Icelandic Krona is weaker ( making a cup of coffee less than 5£). The aviation industry have been warned of a “code yellow”. The worry being that an eruption may lead to an ash cloud.

A level of uncertainty has been declared in Bárðarbunga volcano, located in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, due to an increase in seismic activity in the volcano.Bárðarbunga is Iceland’s second highest mountain at 2,000 meters (6,562 feet). The largest earthquake , 3.8 in magnitude, occurred near Kistufell last night and apparently continues. In fact near constant earthquakes have been occurring in the volcano for 3 days , as stated on the website of the Iceland Met Office. More than 1,000 earthquakes were recorded in Vatnajökull over the weekend, the majority of which were between 1.0 and 2.0 in magnitude. There is no indication that magma has yet reached the surface.

The Icelandic meteorlogical office issue a map at

http://en.vedur.is/weather/aviation/volcanic-hazards/

On a scale of 1-5 their advice is colour coded and yellow equals a 3/5 risk that background activity is greater than normal but nothing is yet imminent.  Keep watching this space.

 

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The Geyser is coming. Iceland. Copyright Chris Bushe

The Geyser is coming. Iceland. Copyright Chris Bushe

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The Best Food Item in the World. What is yours?


Banana and Coconut Tart. Copyright Chris Bushe 2014

Banana and Coconut Tart. Copyright Chris Bushe 2014

Food Photographs Sri Lanka


The food quality in hotels is high. Many foods are offered at all meals including fruit and curry. Some of the best fruits are the pineapples , mangos, watermelon. The bread tends to be of the American type and a little sweet mostly although the basic white and wholemeal loaves contain no additives and taste great. For me the pineaple was the best food, this was available easily and cheaply. The Sri Lankans enjoy their sweet foods too and desserts are essenatially types either of cake with cream in them of various flavours, or mousse like desserts. Sri Lankan coffee is a little of the acquired taste. Can I recommend it? Not really. The tea though is wonderful and like a totally different drink to what we have in UK. There is no need to add milk to tea. Meat is not offered in huge amounts and tends to be used with vegetables in curries rather than served alone. The quality of the meat is also maybe inferior to what is generally served in Uk but is fine. Chicken is rarely served as a breast meat for example, wings, thighs and other less identifiable parts are used. Rice is of many types. Red rice I could not take to but the white rice was excellent. what was the best single food item I ate? Easy. It was the Banana and Coconut Tart!

From the fruits the pineapple and passion fruit were always good. Papaya is not my favourite so unfair to comment. Many of the set meal type lunches were not only huge but often combined meats ( unneccessarily), such as Gammon and Chicken. image

Banana and Coconut Tart. Copyright Chris Bushe 2014

Banana and Coconut Tart. Copyright Chris Bushe 2014

Chicken and Asparagus. Copyright Chris Bushe

Chicken and Asparagus. Copyright Chris Bushe

Herb Crusted Chicken Breast. A rarity .Copyright Chris Bushe

Herb Crusted Chicken Breast. A rarity .Copyright Chris Bushe

Madeira cake or butter cake!Copyright Chris Bushe

Madeira cake or butter cake!Copyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan FruitCopyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan FruitCopyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan  Lunch. MixtureCopyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan Lunch. MixtureCopyright Chris Bushe

Mixture of Gammon and Chicken. Sri Lankan Lunch.Copyright Chris Bushe

Mixture of Gammon and Chicken. Sri Lankan Lunch.Copyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan FruitCopyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan FruitCopyright Chris Bushe

Breakfast CakesCopyright Chris Bushe

Breakfast CakesCopyright Chris Bushe

PineappleCopyright Chris Bushe

PineappleCopyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan Brioche type rollsCopyright Chris Bushe

Sri Lankan Brioche type rollsCopyright Chris Bushe

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