Tag Archives: London

Birders Flock To Colne Valley Regional Park To See Coot

Twitchers were in a flap yesterday after new leaked out via twitter that up to 1244 Coot were wintering in the Colne Valley Regional Park near London. Despite the best efforts of local birders not to get excited by over a thousand, basically, black birds the UK400/500ths broke the news embargo on their twitter feed.

A Coot Yesterday

A Coot Yesterday

IQ40 Club spokesman Barry Gagwell said he was racing to the scene and he hoped the Coots would stay around until the weekend… “it could be a very black Friday” he said. Park Ranger, Tower Hamlets said he hoped the park could cope and urged visiting birders to observe the Birdwatcher’s Code Of Conduct and put the welfare of the Coots first. Some of these birds will have come “from as far away as Tring Reservoirs” he ccommented

No-one from the UK400/500ths Club was available to talk but in a written statement received by The Drunkbirder Offices they said the President very much regretted the leak and that he was rather tired after spending days trying to get people interested in a genuine escaped American White Ibis in Kent and writing out certificates of achievement for basically driving 1000s of miles.

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At The Crich Tram Museum

A few more photos from yesterday’s Edwardian Weekend at the Crich Tramway Village.

Blackpool Corporation 'Toastrack' 166

Blackpool Corporation ‘Toastrack’ 166

Sheffield Corporation 74

Sheffield Corporation 74

Soldier

Soldier

Suffragettes

Suffragettes

Glasgow Corporation 22 & 1068

Glasgow Corporation 22 & 1068

Tramcars and Roses

Tramcars and Roses

Village Scenes

Village Scenes

Glasgow Corporation Tramcars

Glasgow Corporation Tramcars

LPTB Request Stop

LPTB Request Stop

Old and New

Old and New

The Red Lion Hotel

The Red Lion Hotel

This post could not have been made without the wonderful Mr John Shuttleworth.

That There London

Seems like ages ago now Leigh and I were in That There London for the weekend. Here are just a few photos from the weekend, all taken on the iPhone 4S and edited in the iPad using various combinations of Snapseed, Diptic, Simply HDR, ColorSplash and Instagram.

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Life Of Pie

Over the weekend Leigh and I were down in that there London visiting friends. Everyone know Londoners like their pies, they even have special Pie and Mash shops, but the Wanstead Farmer’s Market was a pie lovers paradise. Leicestershire’s own, Brockleby’s were there and offering 25% off. The blackboard asks you to ask how to get your 25% off… We reckoned you have to work for a shadowy agency. MIPie?

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Someone else had heard of Leigh’s pie making prowess and was trying to use her name. As a thin cover the also sold cheeses!

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Across the road was the Pie shop… doing good business but due to a large, late breakfast we had to give it a miss… again!

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Another bus load of pie fans arrive.

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Hand Knitted

For a while now I’ve wanted to do a ‘hand-tinted’ photograph and with Topaz Labs B&W Effects filter for photoshop I can now make a start. Of course getting the right starting image is crucial (this isn’t really right, too late a period tram) but as I didn’t have one, this London Transport E1 tramcar at Crich will have to do.

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London’s Last Tram

This was done using a basic preset in the Oplaotype filter and the frame was added in Snapseed on the iPad. I think some of the colours might need a boost plus I now have a few tutorials to help me actually hand-tint myself.

That There London

Off to that there London for our now annual pilgrimage of grace to see probably, the current King of Comedy, Doug Stanhope* at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Looks like I may have picked a bad weekend. As I write and Eastern Olivaceous Warbler could still be lurking in the hedge by the Old Fall Plantation at Flamborough. Oh well, it would be nice but I can’t go for everything.

So, time for a bit of naked, urban birding and a trip to a few favourite pubs in that there London.

*Might not be everyone’s shot of Jägermeister but if you don’t get him it’s likely you have no sense of humour.

There’s something about London…

…that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Leigh and I have just returned from a weekend in that there London. The reason for going down was to see the Henry VIII exhibition at the British Library. An excellent exhibition let down by some awful planning.

 After the rigours of the exhibition we repaired to the Princess Louise for a swift pint, very bloody swift too. A cracking Sam Smiths pub so the Old Brewery Bitter is only £1.90 a pint.

£1.90 a pint. Ding dong!

£1.90 a pint. Ding dong!

After checking in to our hotel we went to the Cork and Bottle for a pre theatre dinner washed down with a wonderful Boekal Reisling from Alsace. On to the Leicester Square Theatre to see Doug Stanhope, sadly Doug was very poorly, he did his show but was clearly unwell. Still plenty of laughs but he should have cancelled and gone back to bed.

After the show we headed to the Freemason’s on Long Acre – the FA drew up it’s original rules here – before going back to the Princess Louise.

After a not very good nights sleep I went for a wander this morning. Spent time chatting to a Lithuanian guy who spent last night at Brian Haw’s Peace Camp and signed the petition to get Brian into the Lords.

Fuck the state!

Fuck the state!

More bizarrely was the sight of a Harris hawk being flown in Trafalgar Square… not on the fourth plinth either. Weird.

Moving on to the South Bank there were some Dali sculptures on display.

Figure - go figure!

Figure - go figure!

Before our train home we breakfasted at Inn The Park, a wonderful restaurant. Well worth a few bob.

Barlow's wonderful train shed

Barlow's wonderful train shed

Back at St Pancras I realised what it is about London… it’s fucking shit!