Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Nightly London Photoblog


Welcome back to the London Nightly Photoblog at The Daily Constitutional.

We’ve been walking and blogging all day, and there’s time for just one last look at London before lights out.

Maybe you saw tonight’s pictured location on one of today’s London Walks. Perhaps it’s your shot, sent to us at the usual email address.

Of course some London Walks guides will still be out there, Londoning away into the small hours. For them, we borrow a famous London phrase… Goodnight, and good luck.



They're powerfully grumpy at Camden Town Station



We’re back tomorrow morning, blogging and walking. The blogging will be right here, so bookmark us.

For tomorrow’s walking tours CLICK HERE FORTHE LONDON WALKS CALENDAR 




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The Duke of Darkness


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Monday, 29 October 2012

In and Around London... The NFL In London 2012


Monday is mute on the London Walks Blog (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides, London Walkers and Facebook friends. Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.





And so to Wembley for



the St Louis Rams vs. the New England Patriots last night.

Fireworks for the entrance of the St Louis Rams 


Tom Brady (No.12) finds a pass in something of a rout for the Patriots – they ran out 45-7 winners

It's nice to know we made a difference – there were four of us in our party!





P.S… an extra shot of The Likely Lads. It's The Tucker Boys (that's Sam on the left with pa David on the right) blocking their ears to avoid hearing the Green Bay Packers result over the tannoy – they were going to watch the game later and didn't want the outcome spoiled…


(Older readers and British sitcom aficionados will recognise our Likely Lads reference – one of the best loved episodes of 1970's BBC sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) entitled No Hiding Place, sees central characters Terry and Bob trying to pass an entire day avoiding the result of an England football match because they want to watch the highlights on TV later that night.)




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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Good God NO-O-O-O-O! Not YET! It's TOO SOON!!



This is a picture of the Covent Garden Christmas tree.

It must be one we had left over from last year, right? And we're just posting it to remind you of what the Covent Garden Christmas tree looks like so you'll know when they put it up later (much later) this year, right?

Wrong.

We took this pic on Friday 26th October 2012.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

(!)


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Paranormal Activity in London


This from the vaults, an email, from a London Walker in Phoenix, Arizona…


“Dear London Walks,

Was in London last month and went on your Halloween ghost walk. At one point we went past an old doorway that had a battered old brass sign. I took a snapshot of it. Of course it was dark and I'm no photographer so all I got was a black nothing.

Well I thought all I got was a black nothing.

The other night my husband was clicking through our London photos. He said, 'Jeez. Look at this…'

He was talking about the dud doorway photo. I couldn't see anything - until he blasted up the levels or whatever it is on photoshop. Anyways, you can see for yourself. Dunno what to think. You cud say I'm a little bit creeped out. Because I was right in front of that doorway - and there was nothing there when I took the photo.

Sincerely,

Shirley Vespermann”

The pics are below. What do you think? Genuine paranormal activity on the Ghosts of the Old City Walk?








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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Don't Forget To Put Your Clocks Back!

B.S.T ends…




…at 1.59a.m on the 28th October 2012…



…so put your clocks…



… BACK…


…by one hour. 






Can you identify our London clocks (pictured)? The last one's easy




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Dracula: It's Groovy, Baby


Here's Adam with his all-time favourite London horror movie…


DRACULA A.D 1972 (1972)

At the top of the seventh chapter in Hammer’s cycle of Dracula movies, Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) lies dead. The wicked Count himself (Christopher Lee popping in the fangs for the 6th time) finds himself in a similar predicament.

Fast forward 100 years and jaded King’s Road hipster Johnny Alucard (Alucard: geddit?) and his groovy circle of friends are growing tired of earthly kicks. Seeking new, mind-blowing thrills, Alucard (ring any bells, that name?) stages a séance in the bombed out church of St Bartolph. His purpose? To summon the vampire Dracula to Swinging London. (Dracula? Alucard? Hang on a minute!)

Only Jessica Van Helsing and her grandfather can stop him now.

More Carry On Up The King’s Road than Carpathian Gothic chiller (at the height of the set-piece satanic rite, Alucard exhorts his long-haired and mini-skirted cohorts to “Dig the music, kids!”), this fang-in-cheek romp is a kitsch London classic. The film was inspired by the events of the roughly contemporaneous case of the Highgate Vampire (young north Londoners “hanging out” in Highgate Cemetery, then a much neglected London treasure, claimed to have encountered a vampire); and Chelsea is the film's uncredited star. The Cavern coffee shop, for example, is 372 Kings Road (currently an Italian restaurant).

The critical reception for the movie was decidedly mixed back in 1972, but the performances remain unimpeachable. Peter Cushing reprises his role as Van Helsing for the first time since 1960 and reins in the hysteria in his usual compellingly dignified fashion; Christopher Lee, who was openly critical of the film, is positively operatic in the role with which he will ever be associated.

A million miles from Bram Stoker it may well be. But the glimpses of London and the perfectly balanced contrast in the central performances make this film the perfect fun DVD to go home to after a London Walks Halloween Ghost Walk.

Dracula A.D 1972 is available on DVD from Warner Home Video


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