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Soon to be world traveler, Dog willing!

 
 
Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 02:52 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Regent Street was next to get my Pawsport stamped in a huge toy store called Hamleys.We took the escalator to the third floor,turned right,and in the corner was the Build A Bear lady....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10592684_10152425513769315_78427796_zps08040b71.jpg

Job done....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10649879_10152425513784315_60854787_zps3d1785ba.jpg
Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 03:06 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Walked back down Regent Street to Piccadilly circus....
Loadsa people just sitting around an old fountain....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10622970_10152425523984315_25194843_zpsb7621dbe.jpg

Some folks say that if you sit there long enough,everybody in the world will pass by....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/1536608_10152425523959315_274917988_zpsb2bc186f.jpg

The guy with the bow is called Eros....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10472647_10152425523999315_51501215_zps3b21586b.jpg

The huge advertising hoardings are lit up at night.Must get some great reflections on the floor after it rains....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10636306_10152425524529315_26406240_zps20692732.jpg
Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 03:09 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Got the train and bus back to the apartment.Oh so nice to sit down YAWN.
Lat.........................
Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 03:16 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Ah bless.Shes curled up on a cushion.
Nothing exiting tomorrow.Gotta pop into Blackheath then on to the hospital.
I'll finish up for her.

Lat.........ers Mom and Dad XX
Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 03:23 pm
@izzythepush,
Oh surprise surprise! I can do it by myself.Now jog on!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 04:16 pm
@Barry The Mod,
Thank you so much, Barry and Stacey - I've loved the photos. Eros is nifty, of course.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 07:16 am
@ossobuco,
Actually, the statue there isn't Eros at all, just named so by Londoners because it has a bow. It also faces the wrong way.
Originally, it was supposed to be just a fountain paid for by public money in memory of the seventh Earl of Shaftsbury, after whom Shaftsbury Avenue is named. He was one of London's great philanthropists, who spent most of his life and fortune trying to clothe, feed and educate the poor.
When the money had been raised, someone had the bright idea of putting a statue on top. The statue was designed by Alfred Gilbert and portrays the angel of Christian charity, but the bow made everyone think that it was the god of love, Eros.
The statue was designed to aim its arrow up Shaftsbury Avenue and although it has faced in a number of different directions over the years, it has never, ever faced the right way, and nobody knows why.
When the fountain was first put into action in 1893, the basin was found to be too small and the force of water too great. Passers by were soaked and the fountain had to be redesigned almost immediately.
Alfred Gilbert was a bit of a bohemian eccentric. He argued about every stage of the work and hated the final result. He recommended that the whole thing be melted down, made into coins which should be given to the poor.

For a whie, the area around "Eros" became an unofficial market place where flower girls sold their wares. They were never removed and were in fact much loved, but after the war, for reasons no one has ever fathomed, they never returned and the statue is now simply a place where tourists have their photo taken.




ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 08:01 am
@Lordyaswas,
Thanks!
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margo
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 10:50 am
Gadzooks! I've failed as a tourist.

I've been there a couple of times and never had my photo taken Sad
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Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 01:54 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Me-morning Barry.What we doin' today?
Barry-Were going to Brighton.
Me-But ive been to Brighton.
Barry-Youve been to Brighton MA.Were going to Brighton UK.
Me-Whats there?
Barry-youll see when we get to "the front".
Me-Whats "the front?"
Barry-Youll see.

So,we got a big bus to Blackheath train station,then a train to London Bridge where we got another train to Brighton.When we arrived we had an al fresco breakfast.Strong black coffee and a bacon sandwich....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10599292_10152429597704315_30878602_zps5c324270.jpg

We started walking,looking in shop windows,as you do,when i noticed that,further down the road was a big nothing....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10420050_10152429597719315_34637858_zps4943c74b.jpg

Boy,was i shocked when we got to the end of the road! Barry said "Welcome to the front....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10653735_10152429597769315_88310217_zps409a08bf.jpg

"Its the sea!!!!!!!!!!!! i shouted....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10464312_10152429597784315_24055797_zpsd6872d65.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10355373_10152429597794315_17387113_zpsd3cbc3cd.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10511275_10152429597864315_74144611_zps66765187.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10603533_10152429597894315_25586274_zps37c51a19.jpg

I ran down to the beach and tried out a deck chair for size....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10670054_10152429607379315_80503807_zps33d26f0e.jpg

And ventured close to the waters edge....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10653737_10152429607424315_73005163_zpsa0ae336f.jpg

There is lots of old boats and stuff on the beach so i investigated....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/984220_10152429607399315_2656036271_zpsdaf124a6.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10687139_10152429607474315_37645516_zps8a755978.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10665662_10152429607469315_85969855_zps2e37b1fb.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10356025_10152429607494315_49189545_zps26d4057c.jpg

This was fun....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10672254_10152429607594315_25968945_zps413dfa51.jpg

Then we saw the pier close up....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10384188_10152429607619315_17415694_zpsf71cd45b.jpg

Dont know what this was but i took a close look anyway....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10478855_10152429607639315_72036247_zps9226c807.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10628228_10152429607729315_63365182_zps52bd0842.jpg

Next stop....................The Pier.
Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 02:13 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Soooooooooooo,onto the pier we went....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10348591_10152429611709315_37239698_zps5a885988.jpg

Lots of fun stuff to do....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10635792_10152429613754315_14643741_zpsc2ef5b93.jpg

Im a bit small to do this but i gave it a go....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10626462_10152429613809315_73868795_zps93ceab6e.jpg

These guys were locked in a glass cage but peeps were trying to rescue them with little cranes....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10534774_10152429613799315_35379064_zpscc6e7d0e.jpg

Didnt see any get rescued though....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10649902_10152429613844315_83673742_zps6789410a.jpg

A view from the pier....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10615403_10152429613909315_55288928_zps101f4292.jpg

An important message to silly people....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10624610_10152429613919315_74683174_zps0f09420a.jpg

Bumped into this guy.Said his name is Frank....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10678742_10152429613974315_90254183_zps5cfe362a.jpg

Had another go at the face thing....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10462353_10152429614139315_58910956_zpsd64aab2e.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10468343_10152429614079315_29736427_zpsef00acde.jpg

Then i bumped into Tex....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10491972_10152429614214315_84915648_zpsfd4574ca.jpg

Then i had a chat with Doris and Ethel....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10474121_10152429614324315_72422557_zps5d068134.jpg

Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 02:21 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Leaving the pier,we had a walk along the promenade.Came across a tour bus and i blagged my way into the drivers compartment....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10649581_10152429618114315_21233910_zps8288c2cf.jpg

Can you see me?....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/1451426_10152429618074315_580673858_zps2a2a73f6.jpg

How about now?....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10644810_10152429618139315_28290478_zps39cf4472.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10672277_10152429618199315_86465083_zpsbbeb5cf3.jpg

Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 02:37 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
We started walking again....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10592844_10152429622609315_91185251_zpsc1feba28.jpg

Would have loved to have a go on this but my legs are a bit short....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10552660_10152429622614315_47030249_zps07ed8bc6.jpg

This guy was raising money to help homeless dogs....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/1966874_10152429622639315_805689693_zps975a7820.jpg

First time that ive met a lobster....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10613046_10152429622774315_49333152_zps546f75f8.jpg

Stopped and had what Barry calls cockles,with chilli vinegar and black pepper.Yum yum....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10666031_10152429622769315_55186556_zpsf352fb0f.jpg

Playing silly buggers....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10451055_10152429622784315_66809440_zpsb9d51f72.jpg

Seems that Punch and Judy puppet shows were a big hit back in the days....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10616389_10152429622884315_63674868_zpsf3e5482f.jpg

Tried out a beach rescue quad....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10435128_10152429622904315_72881154_zps768f0795.jpg

Then we had a few beers.These are the empties....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10615961_10152429622949315_27837856_zps486e6813.jpg

Wanted a game of beach vollyball but everyone was at lunch.The pidgeon even said no....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/1919659_10152429623009315_386265715_zps3e05dc12.jpg

A street artist doin' his stuff....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10530947_10152429623064315_49943510_zps16a12096.jpg

Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 02:58 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Time to go home so we headed back to the station and checked the next train to London Bridge....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10422486_10152429628464315_24681265_zpsc9bacb53.jpg

While waiting,i heard a piano being played.In a train station? Had to investigate.Came across this lady playing some delightful classical music.The piano is a permanent fixture and anyone can just turn up and bang out a tune...
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10492394_10152429629154315_77449614_zps5431896f.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10629867_10152429629189315_51239913_zps1f6ebfbd.jpg

Barrys at the hospital again tomorrow and,if all goes well,hes taking me down to Greenwich.He wont say why.
Soooooooooooo..........

Laters Mom and Dad.

ps. Are ya missing me?
FOUND SOUL
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 03:23 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Stacey, you are adorable, get over here to Aussie Land!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck Barry for tomorrow.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 05:41 pm
@FOUND SOUL,
Ditto, Barry - I don't know about your hospital thing, but in any case, good luck.

I'm still enjoying Stacey's travels in your area immensely.
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Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 05:51 pm
Just remembered the music that the piano lady was playing in Brighton station

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ307sM0t-0

Here's another version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVHIaMLVbas
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 4 Sep, 2014 05:54 pm
Oh boy! after that tour, I want to go to the front.

Stacey, take good care of Bazza tomorrow.
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2014 06:21 am
@Stacey the red baron,
Oh, Stacey, sweetheart, we miss you!

Are you eating right (did Bazza give you some of his bacon sammich)? Are you bundling up when there's a chill? Are there any boy stuffed toys giving you the eye?
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Stacey the red baron
 
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Reply Fri 5 Sep, 2014 12:31 pm
@Stacey the red baron,
Wow.That sea air yesterday knocked me out.I slept in.
After brunch,i got a little bus into Greenwich.Loadsa history with boats and stuff.Henry the VIII and Elizabeth the first were born here....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10690012_10152431119179315_21680100_zps045c34b0.jpg

A race for big boats started a few days ago and guess where the finishing line is.
Greenwich!
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10653301_10152431119159315_32447270_zpse05e9c8d.jpg
More info here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-29078545

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10690323_10152431119134315_34025296_zpsf2ce48e7.jpg

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10603489_10152431119334315_37125756_zpsa7bcb889.jpg

This was the biggest i saw today,but there are others parked-up in 2 other places that we plan to visit....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10348277_10152431119364315_86786118_zps8bb2bd4b.jpg

Barry nearly broke a leg getting that last pic.It didn't go un-noticed.A couple of ladies asked him why he was taking pics of a toy.After a brief explanation they both said,in unison,"Cool!".The lady on the left is on holiday and hails from Australia....

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10628175_10152431119404315_10244997_zps02ff5447.jpg

We walked further along the river (it's the River Thames btw ) and,outside the Trafalgar pub was a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson who,it seems,blew up a lot of baddie boats....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10665868_10152431120559315_43962439_zpsb073aeef.jpg

While i was in the arm of Mr Nelson,i heard someone say "What's that toy doing there?".Barry explained what i was doing.They asked my home town.Barry told them it was Boston MA."Oh wow" a member of this 6 party said,"So is Harry!" Harry stepped forward.Barry told him that i was from a suburb called Brighton.His jaw dropped! "I was raised in Brighton!" he said.
WHAT A SMALL WORLD ....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10645243_10152431120564315_55031686_zpsdcb37d07.jpg

We got backstage and saw some of the props that are gonna be used over the next few days....
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af138/barrythemod/10678462_10152431121079315_87920425_zpsfbc2b320.jpg

Sooooooo,i'm gonna have an early night.Planning a trip to Woolwich tomorrow.More boats plus a Wimpy bar!

G'night Mom and Dad

ps - Good to know you're missing me XX

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