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Old August 6th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #41
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But of course!
I'm actually travelling around the country, so if you happen to visit my flickr page over the next few weeks you can expect to see photos of Shanghai, Yangtze River, Xian, Beijing and also Hong Kong. At some point in the next couple of days I'm going to be visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Center (the one with the scale model of the city - videos of which were posted in one of our London threads some time ago I believe). I've taken a few shots of Shanghai so far, so I'll put them up soon.
The cityscape here is truly amazing - the Oriental Pearl Tower (468m) and World Financial Center (492m) dominate the skyline, dwarfing the surrounding buildings which in actual fact are massive themselves. Still, I'd rather have the Shard and Pinnacle in London than any of these. All is relevent of course.
You should also check out the Beijing planning museum. Also have a nice drink in the stone boat cafe in Ritan park.
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Old August 7th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #42
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Is thread a thread anywhere discussing the Cycle Hire Scheme?
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Old August 7th, 2010, 01:56 PM   #43
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Without any doubt Inamo!
I really love that restaurant. Great taste and great technology

The one that was really disappointed was Fifteen. I saw so much on the television. But is had notting special to offer when I was there.
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Old August 7th, 2010, 08:25 PM   #44
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eatery - tartine in draycott ave sw3 is amazing, glamorous but not expensive for the area, and flies under the radar.

borough - kensington & chelsea by far, although i actually have a soft spot for erm, croydon (my dads family moved out there and it's always fun and friendly) - it gets a bad press but it's completely true that the southern part (new addington aside) is as nice as any of the other suburbs around south london.
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Old August 7th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #45
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Worth noting that the biggest Latin American carnival/festival outside the Americas (Carnaval del Pueblo) took place in South London last weekend:




And the largest 'Brazilian Day' outside the Americas took place in South London the day before:

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Old August 8th, 2010, 12:43 AM   #46
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Darn and I thought Brrazilian Day meant something else. Well that was a waste of time in the shower.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 03:13 AM   #47
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made me literally lol, you absolute legend!
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Old August 19th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #48
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I've come to the conclusion that Covent Garden Market is the best smelling place in London. I walk through there every morning on my way to work. Full of nice smells!
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Old August 19th, 2010, 12:00 PM   #49
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SE9, whereabouts were they held? I go away from home to experience different cultures and different cultures come to home!
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Old August 19th, 2010, 03:09 PM   #50
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Carnaval del Pueblo starts as a parade through London Bridge, Elephant & Castle, down Walworth Road to Burgess Park.

At Burgess Park is where the main carnaval takes place, with several stages, lots of Latin and Caribbean food, music, entertainment etc. all through the afternoon, evening and night.

The main sound stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jENNQelO8w



In 2009, Brazilian Day was also in Burgess Park... but in 2010 it was held in Greenwich, not far from the O2. Some footage from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGtU127K6nw
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Old August 31st, 2010, 04:39 AM   #51
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Old September 1st, 2010, 11:40 AM   #52
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Worth noting that the carnival season in London has now passed, without controversy or incident.

Notting Hill Carnival, world's 2nd largest:

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Old September 2nd, 2010, 03:32 AM   #53
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Greetings from Beijing! It's started to cool down a bit now we're moving into Autumn, fortunately I'm escaping before the bitterly cold winter sets in!
It's been as high as 42 degrees Celcius during my stay here, which I somehow managed to withstand without any problems! And one day I went out in 26 degree heat and remarked, "It's a bit chilly today, isn't it?" Talk about adapting to the climate! I reckon I'll freeze to death when I return to the UK on the 11th of September.
I've got plenty of photos from the capital, including loads of shots of the CBD (I was lucky enough to go up the 330m China World Tower, so I have some shots from there too) and I live right near the CCTV HQ...although we are moving today to a new apartment slightly further away from the CBD.
And on the 8th of September I'm going as a VIP to the UK National Day at the Shanghai World Expo. What a day to have my 18th birthday! So I'll get plenty of Shanghai photos as well, to try and match those from bstl.
Hope everything's well back in the UK.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #55
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I realised I have been looking at recent architectural development in London the wrong way.

Obviously it extremely important that we demolish all the quirky, original and attractive buildings as soon as possible and replace them with ugly, generic boxes.

It just to happen if we want to be able to call ourselves 'progressive'. Its a price worth paying.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 11:08 PM   #56
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Did anyone get a ticket for the BT tower on Saturday?
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Did anyone get a ticket for the BT tower on Saturday?
IT'S TICKETED!!!
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Old September 16th, 2010, 11:46 PM   #58
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I realised I have been looking at recent architectural development in London the wrong way.

Obviously it extremely important that we demolish all the quirky, original and attractive buildings as soon as possible and replace them with ugly, generic boxes.

It just to happen if we want to be able to call ourselves 'progressive'. Its a price worth paying.
Now you mentioned demolishing stuff, whats the news on Smithfield Market?
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Old September 17th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #59
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I thought Ruth Kelly rejected the redevopment plans and since then they have been sitting in limbo? Its certainly a sorry state of affairs around there. Farringdon road is a souless miserable place with almost no architectural merit. Personally I would rather see that thoroughly redeveloped incorporating Smithfield Market into a public scheme similar to Covent Garden. Instead we have the current situation where one of the remaining bits of character is under threat and the endlessly tedious buildings around it untouched.

Developers seem more interested in pulling down historic facades on Picadilly, Leadenhall, Knightsbridge, Tottenham Court Road ....
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Old September 17th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #60
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Stop being so melodramatic Octoman. Your conveniently ignore the great mass of developments that involve pulling down post-war buildings.

Apparently McAslan were due to submit new plans that kept the market but had new offices above it but the developer went bust. Hammerson took it over but I think it has again since been sold on but the last I heard McAslan were still onboard.
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