I had a really interesting project last week… to take some photos of the Christmas Decorations that are going to be on display at a fantastic London venue, but actually before they are put up (so that the images could be used in some promotional material that will also be on display and it all matches and co-ordinates).
So, off I set out into drizzly Buckinghamshire to a small unit tucked away in the countryside to drop in to see The Christmas Decorators. The dressed tree in the reception area was fabulous and as I travelled upstairs it was great to see that pre-decorated trees were already stacked up and ready for delivery.
My fabulous host Clark had already created four decorated and LED-lit garlands for me to photograph which looked amazing. I saw over 30 boxes of baubles (each containing in the region of 500!) and my host explained that there was going to be 4,500 feet of garlands – each about 9 foot long surrounding the venue. It’s going to look great! I am told it takes around 15 minutes to do each one with an array of gorgeous baubles… and then two nights to put them up! The LED lights mean that the whole display can run off just one 13-amp plug and will cost just 19p per month on power. All the garlands – which come rolled up before they are “fluffed” – are fireproofed and made at their factory in China as are the various sizes of baubles that are also shatterproof.
So much detail and effort goes into these which can be months in the planning yet a key few weeks of actual prep and installation. And then of course people want everything out again by 6th January. I have a huge admiration for all those involved in the business of corporate and residential Christmas Decorations – have a fab Christmas!
Last weekend (Sunday 15th September) there was a strange sight in the capital – a mechanical Polar Bear as big as a Double Decker bus:
And what was this all about? A protest by Greenpeace about saving the Artic…
More pics here!
I was the tender age of ten when iconically bald and fabulously talented swimmer Duncan Goodhew won Olympic Gold in the Moscow Games in 1980. He was a legend then, and, as I discovered, is still – completely – a legend now.
Southeastern railway continued their fab idea of naming their Highspeed Javelin Trains after sporting heroes and today, Monday 10th June 2013, Duncan Goodhew MBE graced St Pancras International Station‘s platform 13 with his enigmatic and humourful presence.
He is gentle and the perfect professional. He is fab in front of the camera – bringing his Duncan (from Thomas the Tank Engine) book along…
…and amazing with children – who loved his medal!
He is known for his support as President of BT’s Swimathon and he’s also a keen supporter of Variety, the Children’s Charity for disadvantaged kids. Alongside being a dad, devoted husband and a thoroughly nice bloke too.
More photos here: http://smu.gs/11RswRw
Very chuffed to have received a link to this fab blog post about a recent wedding I had the privilege to photograph in St Pancras and delighted to post a link so that you can find out more about curious weddings!
I’d seen on twitter that the Lego version of St Pancras International Station was on display in Waterstone Piccadilly – so I was itching to see it in real life.
From what I gather it is a tie up with the launch of Brick City (which has St P on the cover!) and Warren Elsmore, the author, is actually the guy that made it.
Of course with 180,000 bricks it is pretty darn impressive!
I felt a little critical when I was pointing out errors such as there’s no retail on the lower concourse, Searcy’s Champagne bar is in the wrong place, the Sir John Betjeman statue is missing etc… then I remembered: 180,000 pieces – give the guy a break!!!
I did like what Waterstones/Octopus publishing has done to encourage the kids – they added some additional characters to the exhibit and challenge you to find them… (Hint: Buzz was in the training room). Worth checking out and I think it is there until 2nd June…
Check out Brick City Book on Facebook and follow Warren Elsmore on twitter…