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Trinity House Weathervane

This nautical golden weathervane perches atop Trinity House in London, near the Tower of London. Trinity House, granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514, is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar; a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners; and a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority. They also have a blog on WordPress, which is where I got that information.

And if you’re puzzled by the name “Trinity House” (I was), that’s due to their name on the charter: “The Master, Wardens, and Assistants of the Guild, Fraternity, or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity, and of St. Clement in the Parish of Deptford-Strond in the County of Kent.” You don’t get organisation names like that anymore!

Posted as part of Weathervane Wednesday — and tagged with #500posts because according to WordPress this is my 500th post on Pics by Kaz. That’s kind of scary!

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Faceless menace

I’ve always found this sculpture rather creepy and menacing. What lurks in those dark shadows where a face should be? The sculpture is a representation of Minerva by Alan Collins and can be found beside Southwark Cathedral in London.

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Summer Splash

fountain south bank centre London

This fountain is called Appearing Rooms and first popped up at the South Bank Centre in London in 2007 (this photo is from August 2018). The “walls” jet up and fall back with no apparent rhythm. If you’re brave (or willing to be soaked) you can make a dash for it. The people in this photo look content to stay in one place! On a hot day and with a change of clothes, it looks like great fun.

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Marking time

Elizabeth Tower at night, swathed in scaffolding

Elizabeth Tower at night, swathed in scaffolding

Commonly yet inaccurately called “Big Ben”, the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament contain the famous bell that gives the tower and the clock itself their nickname. On Monday 21 August 2017, Big Ben fell silent after the noon chimes and will not be heard (regularly) again until the completion of major restoration work, which is scheduled to take four years. I took this photo in August 2018, the tower swathed in scaffolding but the clock faces (there are four) still illuminated at night. One has a sense that the clock and the tower are doing their duty — telling time — yet are only marking time, waiting to re-emerge in their full, restored glory.

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Bath Time

Bath Ritual, St Pancras Hotel, London

Bath Ritual, St Pancras Hotel, London

Yes, we are still spending time at the St Pancras — hotel not train station for this post. This is the “bath ritual”, in which the “bath butler” comes to your room* and draws a bubble bath (it’s a bit hard to see the bubbles, look at the lower left).

I can’t honestly recommend it: the purpose of the three bowls of assorted goop was not explained, so I was left to guess at what they were meant to do and where I was meant to apply them and in what order. I don’t like candy so the “sweet treats” were put aside. The two (!) glasses of prosecco arrived with the bath butler, so were room temperature and flat by the time I got into the bath. (Never fear, I had my own chilled supply of champagne to fall back on.)

*only available if you are staying in a Chambers suite

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