Tuesday September 29, 2015
As our England trip approaches it’s end, we’re staying in luxury at the Shangri-La hotel in The Shard in London; our 44th floor room gives amazing views of the city by day and night!
But today we left the hotel and toured London; first visiting Pudding Lane and climbing The Great Fire Of London monument for some different high views of the city!
After climbing more than 200 steps, we get a view!
Next stop, The Tower Of London! A popular tourist destination:
And then another different viewpoint, taking a “cruise” on the Thames river up to Westminster; seeing The Tower from the Thames:
More “cruise” views:
Returning to our start point, we get a great view of Tower Bridge!
Monday September 28, 2015
I recently supported a Kickstarter to recreate Thunderbirds episodes, and today had the chance to visit the crew at work (and even to get involved a little!) – we headed to the Slough Trading Estate to see them – but don’t tell anyone!
Given fabulous access, we watched them filming scenes for the first of three new episodes that will be created:
Looking at the monitor view, it’s already clear that these new episodes will be just like Thunderbirds that I remember!
Later in the day, I was given the privilege of triggering a pyrotechnic effect set up by Malcolm Smith of Supreme Fireworks:
I also had the chance to operate a puppet – it’s even possible that my “performance” might be in the first new episode!
Some more pictures, including puppet close-ups, in the Gallery.
Friday September 25, 2015
We chose yesterday to go for a walk beside Hadrian’s Wall and headed to Cawfields which offered a nice loop walk – with an impressive quarry site at the parking:
Hadrian’s Wall is just as impressive here as it is at the more famous locations (like Housesteads) and there’s clear ruins of a milecastle, too:
Unfortunately, but not unexpected, the weather changed to windy and rain headed towards us:
We got wet and cold, but we did also enjoy a nice rainbow!