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The Daily Norm’s Photo of the Week: One Foggy London Morning

I took this photo the other morning, as I walked along London’s Embankment to work. A hazy Autumnal fog was resting over the crisp early morning skyline, but as its density slowly broke apart, a glimpse of sunshine could be seen squeezing its way through the opaque clustered particles. All this would have been pretty in itself, but the beauty of the scene was significantly augmented when I walked further along the North bank of the Thames, stood just in front of the large copper-roofed Ministry of Defence building, and was greeted with a picture perfect view of the London Eye in silhouette on the South Bank beyond.

Captured here with a sculpture of an eagel in flight silhouetted before it, the whole image takes on something of a mystical, almost epic quality; its melodramatic atmosphere characterised by the natural framing of a tree trunk and leaves. I love how misty the distant buildings of the South Bank remain, while before them, the metal structure of the London Eye exudes elegance as it curves like a halo across the milky sky.


A photo worth walking to work for – and this week’s Daily Norm Photo of the Week.

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Diamond Jubilee Pageant: A Right Royal Wash-out

You have to feel for the Queen. Sixty years of rule and 86 years of age, and when the time finally came to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, she had to stand out in the cold and damp for some three hours, gritting her teeth and ensuring none of the thousands who came out to watch could view her displeasure. As usual, HRH Queen Elizabeth II has put everyone else before her now weather-beaten person.

After a week of almost Mediterranean heat, this weekend has once again seen London dip right back into the wintery monotony which has hung over it like a bad smell for the bulk of 2012, right at the very time when two and a half years of planning reach their peak, and the country goes into Diamond Jubilee celebration-mode with a four day diary packed almost exclusively with outdoor activities. You also have to feel for the thousands of people who were out waiting hours by the river today to see a glimpse of HRH upon the Royal Barge, and the thousand or so ships which made up London’s biggest River Pageant for some 400 years. Not only must they have freezed (I, sensibly, wasn’t one of them), but they’ve probably all caught the flu.

The broadcasters kept on telling us that the weather didn’t dampen Jubilee spirits, but come on, let’s get real here – half of the pageant could barely be seen through the mist which descended over London, covering up much of the newly-constructed Shard in its midsts (it is, after all, the tallest building in Western Europe, but more than usual of it’s lofty facade disappeared today) or because of the rain drops covering the lenses of TV cameras. Meanwhile the large finale of hellicopters and goodness knows what other treats had to be cancelled, while a group of poor sodden opera singers desperately carried on until the end, dripping from head to toe atop their boat like a group of stranded sailors, no doubt praying that they would avoid electrocution from all of the drenched microphones wired around their person.

That is not to say that the good old British spirit did not live on, making the most of a bad situation (every cloud has a silver lining and all that jazz) but just imagine how good it could have been if the clouds, which feel insuperably magnetised towards the UK soil, got lost, for once.

Norms at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen on paper)

Here’s hoping for a bit of sun tomorrow, and that the Queen is suitably wrapped up with a hot water bottle tonight.