This year, similarly as it’s being happening for many years before, another Notting Hill Carnival starts today. This event has its own long history. Despite voices that place hasn’t been chosen properly and should be moved to the different location, all actions takes place here yet.
Notting Hill Carnival 2017 is a bit worrying to all local businesses as during celebrations many things usually happens.
Nearly every year someone is injured, some cars disappears. And it is nothing unusual during such events. Especially businesses but also people who live here, wants to feel a bit more secure. All of them tries to secure their offices, dwells and houses. Lots of Police is visible on the Notting Hill Gate street since early morning and even before – during the night yet.
To avoid terrorist attacks, Police is closing local traffic by building very strong fences/barriers which will stop even very heavy lorries which potentially could try to ram into the crowds.
Here you can find how Notting Hill looks like now.
Displays, Bonfire and Dead Walk Alexandra Palace are the best displays of fireworks apart of those presented during the New York Eve which are the best in UK! Below pictures shows short summary of Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace, London.
Dead Walk Alexandra Palace
The whole event during Display of fireworks are focussed around the “Dead Walk” which is pretty small but very lively and gathers lots of spectators. People are watching dancers and foggy evening express better flames and smoke which comes from flares.
The gigantic skull
perfectly backlight from behind composes great during the whole event. Its colours combined with red lights which surrounds us from everywhere do the job. People like it and are spending great time with their kids despite the temperature isn’t very pleasant.
The musician plays
on piano which starts to fire every few words of the song he sings. That’s one of the most appreciated and most spectacular elements during the whole Dead Walk in Alexandra Palace tonight. To me that’s the best show during Dead Walk.
is the final element tonight. The fire is really big and simulates bones which are stared to fire. From the distance of 25 meters it really looks like a bones in fire though…
Dead Walk Alexandra Palace is really nice idea how to spend free evening. I will attend next time for sure and I’ll recommend you to do the same. Tickets are £12 per person.
MotoGP Silverstone! Finally I had an opportunity to see my favourite race driver live! My beloved girlfriend gave me a gift which was a ticket for a race track for a MotoGP race 🙂 Couldn’t be better, really!
We arrived on Friday to be ready to see all free practices live on track. Along with us arrived many other fans. Each chosen different way to come but it was really crowdy!
That’s really incredible how many things have to be carried with the teams. Each team has drivers (most of teams have 2 drivers), technicians, managers, spare parts and of course…. motorcycles – MotoGP drivers have two. This impressive number of things has to be delivered on time to each race track in Europe and across the world. Below you can see only the fraction of lorries which are parked on track.
Spectators are very good in Silverstone. Thousands of them arrived and fulfilling all free seats. During the first day (Saturday) we were allowed to enter any place around the track except VIP area of course 🙂
That’s not too bad as many of most important thing happens indeed on track so even we weren’t able to see it, we used Big Screens which are transmitting the whole event all the time.
Valentino Rossi never disappoints!
Vale, as usual is performing very well. Even it’s raining his performance is very good. Personally I prefer wet races as these are more spectacular from visual point of view and of course results are unpredictable very often. Below Valentino rides on the corner during the second free practise session on Saturday.
Moto2 free practice is very interesting as well as Moto3. I wouldn’t believe I will ever tell it, but Moto3 motorcycles generates almost the same huge noise and higher classes. That’s why organisers are sharing everywhere free noise stoppers. Kids are in the worse situation but parents know what to do by giving them headphones usually used on construction.
At MotoGP Silverstone there’s always very crowdy. People are getting here from around the England and Scotland. All are very friendly. People drink beer, eat burgers and overall atmosphere is very sporty and friendly.
Each class has two free practises which results are not counted prior the qualification sessions. The only exception is MotoGP class where results from Saturday’s FP sessions decides of the Qualification order. Many things happens during those sessions.
Saturday is very wet today so riders chosen wet tyres. Above Marc Marquez prepares for a measured lap. You can see lots of water droops behind his rear wheel.
People watch race from all places, really. Very good to see more than just 2 corners are located at the higher floor and of course, are more expensive. Here you can see lots of spectators watching from balcony with drinks in hands.
Below you can see a picture with Dani Pedrosa but…take a look what’s happening behind him! I haven’t seen that while I took that picture. The driver is fine but he made my picture!
Moto2 riders are doing great job. They riding style is very impressive and they speed on straight doesn’t differ much comparing to the MotoGP class. Below you can find my favourite shot from while cornering.
The number of spectators is is difficult to describe. I should come 2 hours earlier to get best place – please remember I can go around the track so watching the race through the fence is not what I want to do!
Some in B&W
Marc Marquez at MotoGP Silverstone race is trying to catch one of the Ducati’s riders. Of course he overtook the below guy in a few next corners.
Valentino Rossi on straight
Vale is doing his best. I’m surprised how difficult is catch him while he’s going out of the corners. His pace is enormous – like a bullet!
Watching the race
People came to watch the race. Big screens allows us to see the whole event. When riders are arriving we all are turning onto the track and in that huge noise we can see them for around…..4 seconds 😀 and then turn back to the screen.
Riders in Moto2 class are very hard to beat. They all struggle through the whole race and no one gives up.
We all hear about recent horrible accidents which happens around the Europe. Organisers are very well prepared and we all feel very secure. Above our heads are flying helicopters which scans all people to prevent such situations. All is fine!
Racing is very exiting. Riders are very very fast and they’e passing next to us with huge speed. It’s hard to imagine how they can do that every two weeks 😉
Behind the race track there’s lots of thing to do. You can check The Doctor’s store to buy hmmm… new VR46 jacket or cap?
The race is coming to an end
Riders in all classes are doing their best to win. MotoGP Silverstone weekend this year is mixed with wet free practice day and dry race day. That combination doesn’t promise expected results but this time my favourite rider is doing great job!
Chequered flag is finally showed so I am happy that Valentino Rossi got 3rd place. Could be better? Maybe yes but if you imagine how difficult this sport is and how great drivers these guys are, you can understand that it is one of the hardest jobs in the world. I still think this wheelie is especially for us 🙂
Marlena with old Zeiss 6×9 camera
My love, Marlena took me a few shots using her new (sic!) camera with 120 type negative film. I hope we’ll develop it soon and I’ll put here pictures she took. I know those pictures will be great!
is one of “do’s” each traveler must have in its CV while visiting London – http://www.nhm.ac.uk. Going there wasn’t planned as very interesting bullet on my list however I always want to see all those collected dinosaur sculptress from around the world. As I do not consider myself as a traveller but… it’s always worth to gain some knowledge from areas I don’t feel very well…
Immediately after entrance I am welcomed by giant sculpture of an ancient dinosaur which size is literally overwhelming! It head is half-human size and its potential weight had to be enormous!
next to dinosaur is very small and immediately I knew that if there would live today, humans wouldn’t be able to compete with them. Many their sculptures were found around the world and I like to see more of them but if this is possible?… I’ve noticed that their one leg length was much longer then middle-heigh man.
During the trip
to National History Museum I’ve noticed, that dinosaur’s tail was more than 10 meters in length. It was used for stabilising its body movement during walk or run. Tail visible from the side is incredibly long and massive. This can be noticed while standing next to the such gigantic posture.
Access to those sculptures
isn’t fenced too strongly and visitors can see all details and enjoy seeing animals tail-ends which lived between 230 and 65 million years ago. Comparing to this, the human’s era is very young. We rule the Earth just for circa 200 000 years…
Dinosaurs’ skulls are very big and strong.
Those animals were able to hunt on other animals and were very good in it. Who knows how/if we would appear on the Earth if we weren’t be “supported” by the collision with the asteroid 65 millions years ago. This is not so obvious but thankfully it happened to them and not to us.
Visit to Natural History Museum is
a good occasion to experience things which normally I wouldn’t be able to see. Many visitors are amazed seeing old tail-ends and that’s good occasion to tense our imagination.
All of this we know today, we owe to Karol Darwin
who did a great job. All we know who that man was, and his statue which located inside the main hall, you can see below.
Visit in National History Museum was a nice experience and I am happy I took those pictures which will reminds me where we are and also that we aren’t the first here…
There are places where everyone can touch clean steel architecture or as I prefer to say, metal art. Strictly saying, things which are as big as you can’t put them into your backyard, unless your girlfriend or wife won’t start to screaming. Fortunately those arts aren’t hidden in the galleries only, but are easily accessible.
This kind of architecture thankfully can surround you if you want and the only what left, is to get rid of it. Colours of this elements can vary depending on the material those have been built of. I like these colours which reminds me my old friend – the baryte paper. Recently I have rebuilt my own darkroom with my great Durst Laborator L900 and with my girlfriend Marlena we’ll spend there hours trying to achieve at least part of this what Ansel Adams did!
… One of them reminds me old type of gramophones which are not visible these days. Would be great to listen their “music” somehow but of course that’s not possible at all. I recommend to purchase even old gramophone and some old vinyls (old only!) and immerse into sounds working with your own pictures. Glass of Porto wine strongly recommended, though.
Those elements are so heavy… Such elements in real live, were used in heavy industry for years. At present they’ve got their second life enjoying us. Steel in its nature is always cold in touch so in warm days as we’re recently experiencing here, is a good option.
Some of them were in use in big vessels through the world for years. They’ve got their stories which unfortunately can’t tell us. That’s a shame but there a space for our imagination.
That’s interesting where this piece of metal was for last 30 years….
On 24 of April ’16, Marathon in London is carrying out.
Marathon is performed every year in London. Many sportsmen participating struggling to win. The marathon itlself is very a difficult task. Only people who tried to run a longer distance are able to understand that.
Here is very crowdy on the streets, and many spectators tries to watch this event while lots of sportsmen do their best to win but as always, it’s a challenge.
Spectators are watching the show on the streets as the weather is pretty good. They’re gathered everywhere even sits on Victoria’s monument!
The number of gathered spectators is huge but no one should have a feeling being packed and all things are professionally coordinated. I would say, that even for photographers a few good places are available. The weather is nice and sun is operating beautifully trough the whole event.
The whole marathon is finishing next to Buckingham Palace where professional medical help is awaiting – just in case as sportsmen are really exhausted. It’s great that so many of them despite their extreme effort put onto marathon and are still able to put smiles on their faces.
Runners have long to way to go, so they are supported by very well organized support teams. Supporters received needed liquids and medicaments which helped them to get rest quicker after this incredible effort.
and finally the WINNERS!
Below you can see some sportsmen faces which for those who are more familiar with this discpiline will tell who those guys are.
Unfortunately one runner had a heart disease and due the complications died afterwards. Our thoughts are with his family…
Today took place Cancer Research Boat Race where Cambridge vs Oxford universities tried to compete. To be honest, weather was at least tricky. There was sunny but 15 minutes later it started to rain. The audience was great. Most of the people I met supported Cambridge…
The race has been started in 1829 and 1927 (men & women respectively) and is one of the oldest sports competitions in the world. Seen from bridges and both sides of the river Thames….and by millions via television transmission.