Espresso Bar

Soho, London. Not one from Jenny’s coffee project, funnily enough.

Espresso Bar

Curving lines

A study in composition, using curves rather than straight lines. Tough sell, but I kind of like it.

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Texting

I have long entertained this idea of starting a potography project to photograph only people smoking and/or texting outside buildings. I’ll get round to it some day.

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Just walking

In London there is always so much construction work being done, and on Oxford Street at the minute this is no exception – buildings being pulled down, rebuilt, or redesigned. The city is being transformed in many areas.

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London life

I’ve been making more of an effort recently to carry my canon camera a bit more when I’m travelling for work trips. Whenever I don’t take it I always see something that would have made a great photo.

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A change from many of the shiny reflective buildings that have emerged in London, a bit of colourful architecture. IMG_9612

Often walking along Oxford Street can feel like a bit of a battle, but this morning I seemed to be walking in the same direction as most other people so it was a little easier. IMG_9618
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I’m not sure this is the best place to try and sort your suitcase out, but then again there probably isn’t an ideal place on Oxford Street. IMG_9633

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I stopped in Kaffeine for a quick coffee. They always have so much food that looks delicious. IMG_9643 IMG_9644

These apricot muffins are definitely worth trying. IMG_9645

At lunchtime I ended up back at Bourough market. If I’m near enough its my favourite place to grab lunch. IMG_9647

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It does get pretty busy by lunchtime, but it’s still worth a visit. If you want to stroll around though I would suggest going around 10am when it’s much quieter (on a weekday). IMG_9660

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A chorizo roll from Brindisa, after getting some advice about ingredients for Spanish recipes, and some tips about Spanish cooking. IMG_9672

Coffee signs

For one of my research projects I’ve been visiting a lot of coffee houses, cafes and tea rooms, and often they have some quite amusing signs like this one – Decaffeinated coffee: Useless. Warm Brown Water.  I would tend to agree…

This was a great little coffee house in Geneva called Birdie Coffee.

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A very much caffeinated double espresso. IMG_1395If you’re in Geneva and looking for a specialty coffee shop, I would definitely recommend this place.

City scenes: Manchester

I’ve been making a lot of trips to Manchester recently for a research project. It’s a city I love going back to, to see both new and familiar sights.

Pretty clear instructions from Idle Hands, a relatively new specialist coffee house close to Piccadilly train station.

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The Manchester wheel against a blue sky. I went on the wheel when it was in the previous location at the other other side of the Arndale centre – but both times it was raining and so the view wasn’t that spectacular.

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IMG_9353I’m more or less at the end of my trips to Manchester for this project, but I’ll make the most of what’s left and hopefully capture a few more views of the city.

 

Back to market

I was in London for work not too far from Borough market so it was the logical place for me to head at lunchtime.

The trend for cold coffee has even reached here.
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Were I not loaded down with work materials I would have bought so much food from the market to bring home, it’s always so colourful.IMG_9849

I did manage to fit in a slice of the apple crumble cake from this stall for Carlos though. It’s a firm favourite.IMG_9833

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For me the highlight was as I sat to eat my lunch (Egyptian inspired street food from Koshari street), Becca Lyne-Perkis, a former contestant on the Great British Bake Off started a demonstration the chef’s stage. It was a celebration of American Independence Day and she made some red, white and blue pancakes (with Strawberrys and Blueberrys) – deliciousIMG_9836

I’m always tempted by these mushroom baskets. IMG_9842

Much less tempted by the seafood – but it still looks great. IMG_9845

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There’s still an abundance of summer fruits. IMG_9847

…and the usual fruit too. IMG_9848

Over to Birmingham

Now we are located in the West Midlands, Birmingham is the place I like to go to if I want to get out into a city.

The city library is one of the more famous landmarks these days. I still haven’t been inside, but I will get around to it.

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The canal area is full of restaurants and bars, certainly a place to head to if you are hungry, and it’s a nice walk along the canal too.
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A little past the blooms of spring, but there’s still a lot of colour in the area.IMG_9559

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And back to the library, now with bright blue skies. IMG_9587

IMG_9595Despite the heat of the day, some people still like to keep wrapped up and pretend it’s more of winter scene. 
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Coventry Motofest

Back in May Coventry city centre was over taken by vehicles of every shape and size for Coventry Motofest. All over the city there were displays of different cars, and they even had races around part of the Coventry ring road.

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For some reason I really like Mustang’s.
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Lady Godiva, on this day, surrounded by motor vehicles.IMG_9453

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A Morgan three wheeler.IMG_9467

I don’t think I’d ever seen this many people in the city centre. 
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Escaping the crowds we went for a walk behind the cathedral and came across this very tame squirrel.

IMG_9482I had noticed a while ago that on a lot of the bollard around the city, they are topped with an elephant, which is part of the Coventry coat of arm. It’s these details you only notice when you take time to take in the surroundings (well at least this is the case for me). 
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An alternative view of the modern Coventry cathedral. 
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