Mind the Gap! 150th birthday for the London Underground.

Yesterday the London Underground celebrated its 150th birthday. Google created a doodle that celebrated the opening of the underground in 1863. The first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway and although the seven original stations between Bishop’s Road and Farringdon Street are all still in use, only Edgware Road and Baker Street retain their Victorian-era names. Another 263 stations have been added over the years since 1863.

Mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi created in 1984.

Mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi created in 1984.

Tottenham_Court_Road_stn_Central_mosaic

These mosaics are featured at Tottenham Court Road station. They were beautifully created by Eduardo Paolozzi in 1984. Do you have a favourite station?

Le Tour de France. More than a bike race.

Tour de France Caravan 2012

Yesterday I had the privilege of being a spectator at the biggest free sporting event in the world, le Tour de France. I am a tour devotee and had always wanted to see the grand tour up close. My husband and I decided to secure a spot on the corner of Rue de Rivoli, just after the riders come out of the tunnel. One of the corners here is known Thor Hushov corner; swamped by supporters from Norway. They were very noisy and passionate, and lots of fun. The atmosphere was electric! There were people from all corners of the globe.

On a hot Sunday in July we waited and waited. The caravan came around 2pm and provided great entertainment. It really energised the crowd and was so much fun. The pumping music, crazy dancing, colourful people. Then all that was left to do was wait for the riders. I had read that you could tell when they were approaching as you could hear the helicopters and the roar of the crowd. And there it was: they yellow lead out car, the red car, the motorbike with cameraman, the helicopters, the roaring crowd. Then they came. Around the corner and up the straight. They were so focused and the look of determination on their face impressive. They were so fast. I was so surprised that the riders were going so very fast especially since they has come out of a crest out of the tunnel and around a corner. It was beautiful to watch. And I got to watch it 8 times as the last part of the race is a circuit. Was a very happy Aussie girl cheering on these supreme athletes. I gave a special cheer to Cadel and the other Aussie boys, and Orica Greenedge the Aussie backed team.

Tour de France Caravan 2012

Tour de France Caravan 2012

Lead out car Tour de France 2012

1st passage on Rue de Rivoli. Tour de France Stage 23 2012

 

 

 

 

Play me, I’m yours! Street pianos Paris 2012.

Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching over a two million people worldwide more than 600 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney, bearing the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’. This year the cities to host this event are Los Angeles, London, Salt Lake City, Geneva, Paris, Toronto, Salem and Hangzhou. I might bust out some chopsticks!

Read more and watch live performances at www.streetpianos.com

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