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Take the stairs

Staircase (and clock) on Queen Elizabeth

A bit of good exercise, or a waste of a perfectly fine elevator? It depends on your Perspective.

Staircase in Britannia Restaurant, Queen Mary 2

Staircase in St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (London), looking down

Staircase in St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (London), looking up

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Astride the four hemispheres

One foot in the west, one foot in the east. Prime Meridian, Greenwich.

East and West
In the photo above, my friend has one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the western. (This is my friend’s photo, not mine — though it would need quite a contortion for me to take this!)

North and South
When I moved from England to Australia in 1999, I fit in a 2-month overland trek from Rio de Janiero (Brazil) to Quito (Ecuador) plus the Galapagos Islands. The photo below was taken near Quito and the thin line in the middle marks the Equator. On the left are the people in the group who lived in the southern hemisphere; northern dwellers are on the right. And I am stepping across the Equator to signify my move from one hemisphere to the other. (Faces blurred because these people, who I have not seen in 20 years, might not want their youthful likenesses floating around the internet.)

One small step for a woman …

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares

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Old Meridian Line

The tree needs pruning, because all you can see through this slot is the tree.

We all think of Greenwich in east London as being home to the Prime Meridian — longitude line 0°, separating east from west. It was only in 1884 that the longitude line running through the observatory at Greenwich was internationally recognised as the Prime, however. This line in Richmond, west London, is just one of the others.

An enhanced version of the etching, showing the old meridian line more clearly

These grey stones follow the old line.

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares

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Piccadilly Line blues

Indicator board at Earl’s Court station, London

I always liked these old-fashioned indicator boards, a relic from the past in our shiny digital age. This one is at Earl’s Court station, but I imagine they hang on in other stations of the London Underground.

I used to get quite ‘blue’ (by which I mean frustrated and peeved!) on the Piccadilly Line trains when I lived in London, but now it’s Sydney trains that receive my ire. And as every Londoner knows, the Piccadilly Line is the blue one! Rather misleadingly, the indicator board above is the same blue as the Piccadilly Line, but those stops are on the District Line, which is green. Confused yet?

Small but relevant section of London’s tube map. Earl’s Court station has been marked with a red box.

The theme for July Squares is Blue

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Royal Albert Hall Mushrooms

fibreglass acoustic diffusers (‘mushrooms’) Royal Albert Hall London

Blue mushrooms adorning the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall, London

As you suspect, they’re not really mushrooms. 😉 They are fibreglass acoustic diffusers (nicknamed ‘mushrooms’) installed in the Royal Albert Hall, London to counter an echo. I took these photos last August at a Proms performance. The auditorium was certainly colourful!

 fibreglass acoustic diffusers (‘mushrooms’) Royal Albert Hall London

Blue mushrooms adorning the ceiling of the Royal Albert Hall, London

The theme for July Squares is Blue.