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 Friday, July 25, 2008

Olympic Marathon 1908 (the pictorial aftermath)

www.flickr.com: my 1908 Olympic marathon route photos
(30 new photos, mixed with 5 old ones)

Yesterday you got the words, today you get the pictures. You could just head over to Flickr and view them all there in sequence, but experience suggests you probably won't. So I'm going to give each of the 30 photos a little plug here, and then maybe you might click through and view the ones that sound interesting (or I might trick you with weasel words into viewing something mighty tedious - your risk).

Windsor: The castle before the tourists arrive; The castle after the tourists arrive; The Union Jack flying (so Her Maj was out); View from the bridge over the Thames (with wheel).
1908 Marathon plaque, EtonEton: Filming in the High Street (proper camera crew and all); Barnespool Bridge (pretty in pink); A "25 miles to go" plaque commemorating the 1908 marathon on a wall at Barnespool Bridge (wow, who'd have thought 100 years later?); Eton College's 'School Hall' and 'School Library'; Eton College Chapel (from a distance); The Playing Fields of Eton (with cricket pitch flattener).
Slough: Shoppers and birdy sculpture in the High Street; Wernham Hoggs (don't get your hopes up, Office fans); Hilariously incorrect road markings (well, OK, quite amusing).
Uxbridge: The boutiques of Windsor Street; The tube station entrance; Pretty pink flowerbeds at the Civic Centre (well, I liked them).
Ruislip: Some old buildings in the High Street; The even older Manor House.
Eastcote: A shop that hires hats (run by a lady called Felicity).
Pinner: A dull photo of the not terribly interesting River Pinn.
Harrow: Hang on, I appear not to have taken any photos in Harrow (but then the marathon missed all the good bits).
Wembley: The closest the 1908 runners got to the new stadium.
Harlesden: Caribbean fish shop (serving mysterious Caribbean fish); The Jubilee Clock (plus 999 personnel); The Willesden Junction Hotel (nice lettering).
Old Oak Common: A fairly spartan cafe (with washing line); Sidings full of old decaying railway carriages; Site of 1966 triple murder (in front of burnt-out council house) (story); Wormwood Scrubs prison.
White City: Monolithic newish BBC building; The BBC Media Village (not the interesting end, sorry, because photography's banned).

I may go back later and delete the photos you thought were the boringest, so click carefully.

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