Posted by: willdowning | 15/04/2015

Remembering Hillsborough 1989 – 2015

Justice & Truth

Justice & Truth

The Hillsborough stadium disaster left 96 Liverpool fans dead and 766 injured. They were watching their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on 15th April 1989. The victims’ families have fought ever since to find out exactly what happened. The 12th September 2012 was a momentous day as the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel were published. Three months later the accidental death verdicts were quashed at the High Court paving the way for fresh inquests, being held in Warrington. These inquests continue to this day.

Posted by: willdowning | 03/04/2015

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

Various shots of St.Paul’s Cathedral taken at different times and qualities of camera. St. Paul’s is the highest point in the City of London.

From the website: (https://www.stpauls.co.uk)

The present Cathedral, the masterpiece of Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London (in 1666), and services began in 1697.

This was the first Cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the sixteenth-century, when Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the life of the church

Posted by: willdowning | 29/03/2015

Top Hat and Flaming Tubas

Blowing Hot Air Literally

Quite literally blowing hot air.

Posted by: willdowning | 20/03/2015

Partial Solar Eclipse – UK, 20th March 2015

Cloudy

Cloudy

Some of the UK had a spectacular view of the partial eclipse of the sun today. The far north of Scotland had up to 98% of the sun obscured. Where I was it was around 90%. Unfortunately, it was cloudy so missed most of it. However, I did manage to get a couple of shots on its journey to maximum obscuration as the cloud thinned. 

Posted by: willdowning | 02/03/2015

London’s Old West India Docks – Canary Wharf

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets

The old West India Docks were a series of three docks built in the early nineteenth century. The first dock opened in 1802. The docks closed to commercial traffic in 1980 and the Canary Wharf development was built on the site as seen in the photo.

Robert Milligan (c. 1746-1809) was largely responsible for the construction of the West India Docks. Milligan was a wealthy West Indies merchant and ship-owner. He managed his family’s Jamaica sugar plantations which meant in those days the shameful use of slaves to farm those plantations. Unfortunately at his death, the Slave Trade Act of 1807 only abolished the trading in slaves and not slavery itself in the British Empire. That would take more Acts throughout the nineteenth century in Great Britain before slavery was fully abolished in statute.

After the closure of the upstream enclosed docks, the area was regenerated as part of the London Docklands scheme which is now home to the developments of Canary Wharf, although what remains of the docks remain open to ships and are now effectively protected from future major change by UK and London Government policy.

The construction programme for Canary Wharf began in 1988 owned by the international property firm Olympia and York of Canada and the first buildings were completed in 1991 which included One Canada Square that became the UK’s tallest building and a symbol of the regeneration of Docklands. Ironically in the early 90s, the London commercial property market collapsed exacerbated by New York’s real estate market going into recession which resulted in Olympia and York filing for bankruptcy.

Posted by: willdowning | 27/02/2015

Fiery Sunset

Looking across Morecambe Bay

Looking across Morecambe Bay

A Fiery Sunset with a seagull silhouette. The windmills are actually just over the horizon so the foot of the mills are hidden from view.

Posted by: willdowning | 16/02/2015

The View from the Garden

The Shard from the Garden

The Shard from the Garden

The Shard from the Garden

The Shard from the Garden

A little garden oasis in Southwark, surrounded by high rises with the Shard in the background.

Posted by: willdowning | 13/02/2015

Tower Bridge at Dusk

A Storm is Coming?

A Storm is Coming?

Tower Bridge at Dusk. Looks like a storm is coming.

Posted by: willdowning | 13/02/2015

Look No Hands

Gyrocopter

Gyrocopter

“Would you mind awfully putting your hands back on the controls, there’s a good chap.”

Posted by: willdowning | 25/12/2014

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

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