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 Sunday, July 24, 2011

Yesterday I went along to Trinity Buoy Wharf, which is holding on Open Weekend. This is part of the London 2012 Open Weekend, which is a nationwide event to encourage Britons to go out and do something active or cultural. I arrived on a free boat from the pier at the Dome, which was great because it was a small boat and I got to stand out on deck behind a thin railing as we scudded across the Thames. Then I went up the lighthouse, which is great because there's a 1000-year-long piece of music playing in the lighthouse and it's really loud up at the top. This was the view from the lighthouse lantern.

There were lots of mechanical sculptures on the quayside - maybe you can see some in the picture - like a pair of flapping wings and a series of rotating juddery brown-metal engines. Inside the main building there was watery art on show, as well as seats laid out for a come-along-and-play orchestra, although I arrived early so I don't know how that went. I had a stroll around inside Container City, which is the studio-space made up from piles of of brightly-painted metal containers, and met some jolly nice artists. Then it was a toss-up between a yummy milkshake from Fatboys Diner or something vaguely healthier from the recently-upgraded Driftwood Cafe.

And then I went home, because I had something hugely more important to do. But I thought you might be interested in going today, if you're not as busy as I am.

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