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"Hope is a Ferris wheel – It takes you Low and High; And when you reach the Top, It’s like you can touch The Sky! And when it takes you Down – Hope becomes A Thing That, When you’re getting Off, You take With you to Bring." - Star Mackie * (Hope Is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera, 2014) The Southbank Centre started life as the 'Festival of Britain' in 1951, intended by the governing Labour Party to demonstrate a hopeful future for Britain as it recovered from World War 2. The festival barely lasted a year under Winston Churchill's re-elected Conservative government. #StarMackie, #HopeIsAFerrisWheel, #RobinHerrera #hope, #recovery, #ferriswheel, #sky, #history #poemquote, #bookquote #London, #SouthbankCentre, #Lambeth, #LondonEye, #landmark, #UK at Southbank Centre

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"Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says, 'I forgot to store acorns for the winter and now I am dead.' Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead." - Dug * (Up, 2009) There are not many acorns along the Thames, but there are other food sources to ensure the local squirrels don't 'get dead,' even if Dug might not approve. #Up, #Dug, #Pixar, #Disney #squirrel, #joke, #food, #cute, #scavenger #filmquote, #moviequote #London, #SouthBank, #Lambeth, #CountyHall, #UK at South Bank London

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"Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet." - Banksy * (Wall and Piece) The Leake Street tunnel is a small glimpse of Banky's vision (and is sometimes called 'The Banksy Tunnel'), where graffiti is tolerated. The walls are awash with colour and always changing. #Banksy, #WallAndPiece #graffiti, #crime, #vandalism, #illegal, #permitted, #tolerance, #colour, #everchanging, #exciting, #variety, #art, #artistquote #LeakeStreet, #BanksyTunnel #Lambeth, #London, #UnitedKingdom at Leake Street Tunnel

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"I toasted the carnivals we never went to and the things you never won for me the ferris wheels we never kissed on and all the dreams between us that sat there like balloons on a carney's board waiting to explode with passion but slowly deflated." * (I Knew It Was Over by Daphne Gottlieb, from the collection Final Girl, 2003) It is said that the eye is the window to the soul. The London Eye is sponsored by Coca Cola. What does that say of London's soul? #IKnewItWasOver, #DaphneGottlieb, #FinalGirl #carnival, #missedopportunity, #dreams, #loss, #poemquote #TheLondonEye, #Lambeth, #London, #UnitedKingdom, #TheThames, #SouthBank #landmark, #londoneye, #ferriswheel, #attraction, #bigwheel at The Official London Eye

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"On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom." - Michel de Montaigne * (From The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne, 1572) I've upgraded my personal throne with an Icon from @noblechairs, seeing as I spend 99% of my waking time on it. The second photo is my old chair, which is still functional but is starting to feel its age (and is now about 50% cat hair). #TheCompleteEssays, #MichelDeMontaigne #throne, #bottom, #humility, #loveyourbum, #essayquote #chair, #desk, #seat, #computerchair, #noblechairs at Ware, Hertfordshire

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"A miniature Adam and Eve find themselves reborn as an eighteen foot überkinder; they remain only a suggestion of their former selves, almost sweetly deformed and just to the point of abstraction. These darling figures teeter between portraits of childlike purity and a Garden of Eden gone terribly wrong.” * (From the press release when the installation originally went on display, 2010) Paul McCarthy's 'Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl' sculptures have been around the world. I haven't, so this is them in London, just outside the Gherkin. #PaulMcCarthy, #AppleTreeBoyAppleTreeGirl #boy, #girl, #scultpure, #GardenOfEden, #AdamAndEve, #uberkinder, #deformed, #abstract, #artquote #London, #UnitedKingdom, #TheGherkin, #StMaryAxe, #30StMaryAxe at The Gherkin

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"Of the ten tallest buildings in the world in 1890, I think there was only one that was not a church. And that was the Great Pyramid at Giza ... But twenty years later? There was not one church left in the world's tallest buildings." - Kathleen Sandwell * (Rising Stories by Don LePan, 2015) When you walk around London your eye can't help but be drawn to the buildings that tower around you, especially the more distinctive ones like The Gherkin or The Shard. Then you'll see that there's a little church sitting in its shadow. The church at the bottom of the photo is St Andrew Undershaft. It's... a little shorter than The Gherkin (which, yes, is officially named 30 St Mary Axe). #Kathleen Sandwell, #RisingStories, #DonLePan #church, #skyscraper, #tallestbuildings, #bookquote #StMaryAxe, #StAndrewUndershaft, #TheGherkin, #SwissReBuilding, #London, #UnitedKingdom at St Andrew Undershaft

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Swipe to turn on the flash! * "Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room. All those presents under it, all that anticipation. Just a way of saying there’s always light and hope in the world. And you’re lucky enough to have a family to share it with." - Dennis Mira * (Memory in Death by J.D. Robb, 2006) I think everybody has finished wrapping now, so we can finally declare this year's tree complete. #MemoryInDeath, #JDRobb, #DennisMira, #EveDallas, #Christmas, #christmastree, #presents, #anticipation, #happiness, #family, #love, #sharing, #light, #hope, #bookquote #Ware, #Hertfordshire, #UnitedKingdom, #Britain at Ware, Hertfordshire

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"I will come back here, bring me back when I'm old, I want to lay here forever in the cold. I might be cold but I'm just skin and bones, And I never love England more than when covered in snow." * (Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) by Laura Marling, 2010) England wasn't exactly covered in snow and it's all gone now, leaving us with only the memories. Oh, and photos of washing lines that are at least slightly more interesting than normal. #LauraMarling, #GoodbyeEngland, #CoveredInSnow, #ISpeakBecauseICan #nostalgia, #snowcovered, #homecoming, #England, #snow, #homecoming, #death, #burial, #oldage, #forever, #musicquote #garden, #washingline, #backyard #Ware, #England, #Britain, #UnitedKingdom, #UK, #Hertfordshire at Ware, Hertfordshire

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"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'" - Alice * (Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll, 1871) The UK was only subject to a short kiss from the snow this week, but sometimes a short kiss is enough. #LewisCarroll #CharlesLutwidgeDodgson, #ThroughTheLookingGlass, #Alice#snow, #love, #kiss, #cover, #snug, #sleep, #rest, #wait, #bookquote #Ware, #England, #Britain, #UnitedKingdom, #UK, #Hertfordshire at Ware, Hertfordshire

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at Torrox, Andalucia, Spain

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at Laplaza - Torrox

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at Torrox, Andalucia, Spain

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at Torrox, Andalucia, Spain

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at Caves of Nerja

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"Pretty soon I'll be getting on my first plane. I'll see the veins of my city like they do in space." * (Tennis Court by Lorde, 2013) The flight back from Spain wasn't my first plane, of course. Our flight *to* Spain took place at night though so we could see nothing, and before that the only other flight I've taken was to Malta and back when I was too young to remember it. This flight felt like it was the first real one and that's what counts, right? #Lorde, #TennisCourt, #PureHeroine #city, #plane, #aeroplane, #airplane, #view, #mycity, #perspective, #musicquote #London, #TheRiverThames, #UnitedKingdom, #England, #clouds, #holiday, #vacation, #cominghome at London, United Kingdom

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at Cueva de Nerja

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at Torrox Costa Spain

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