Welcome to the world of the Vincent D'Onofrio obsessed - and a bit of real life thrown in.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The first crossing you come to is the Rotherhithe tunnel, which was opened in 1908:
As you can see, it's rather narrow, and, scarily, it doubles as a pedestrian tunnel. Unfortunately, if you meet a large vehicle coming towards you, you have to mount the pavement to make room. Pity the poor pedestrian, then...
Next comes the Blackwall Tunnel:
When you go several miles downstream to Greenwich, you will find this folly, marking the entrance to a foot tunnel constructed between 1899 and 1902:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
For instance, the Queen's House (on the left in the picture below) actually dates to the 17th Century, but being a kid I just assumed it was our present Queen's house.
Beyond the Queens House, to the left and right, are colonnades leading to the two wings of the museum. The one out of the picture, to the left, is the admin building; the one on the right is the museum proper. These buildings have some history as a medical school and an asylum, but I can't find a date for their contsruction.
I remember queueing for hours in the far colonnade for the first Titanic exhibition. It was very affecting, much better than the ones that came later.
Since my school days, there has been a lot of work on the museum, with a huge glass atrium throwing light on the exhibits. I took Alex there on Monday. There was some Nelson memorabilia on display, but I couldn't find the item that intrigued me most when I was a kid.
Nelson's long johns. The ones he was wearing when he died at Trafalgar, cut open to remove them, and covered in blood.
Best. Museum. Exhibit. Ever.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The film was made in 1958. And he's still in regular employment. That's what I call an acting career!
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