Birmingham Sea Life Centre

A few weeks ago I decided to head to Birmingham and visit the Sea Life Centre. I hadn’t been there for a good ten years or so and it’s still a nice place to visit, but very expensive even when booking online in advance. Not all of the creatures photographed particularly well and the lovely seals the Centre recently fostered from a coastal sea hospital (they have medical conditions that will prevent them ever being returned to the wild) were particularly active and difficult to capture, but you can find a few of my favourites below.

Penguins guarding their eggs

 

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St Mary-at-Hill Church, London

St Mary-at-Hill was one of those churches I decided to pop in and visit while I was wandering around the Billingsgate area of London. The entrance is hidden away down a narrow street, handily marked by the sign below, and is far bigger inside than I’d been expecting.

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Stonebridge City Farm – April 2019

A few weeks ago I paid a visit to Stonebridge City Farm which I’ve written about on many previous occasions. This time I was delighted to see that they had lambs and kids in the fields, so here are a few of my favourite photos.

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Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market had been on my list for a while – I’ve taken a few photos there before but midweek it tends to be packed so the weekend of Open House London was the perfect opportunity to visit. In fact one of my favourite things to do is wander around the City of London at the weekend when it’s practically deserted.

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Throwback Thursday: Nottingham Arts Theatre

The Nottingham Arts Theatre on George Street is a community theatre and registered charity. The building was originally the home of George Street Particular Baptist Church which was based there from 1815 to 1948. I’m afraid to say that I’ve never actually attended a performance there though it’s been duly added to my to do list.

 

 

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St Helen’s Bishopsgate

After visiting St Andrew Undershaft I moved on to the nearby St Helen’s Bishopsgate. There was already a tour in progress when I arrived and as I’d already diverted from my original plan by some hours I decided to just wander around on my own taking photos.

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St Andrew Undershaft, London

St Andrew Undershaft was one of many churches I visited during Open House London. I only spotted it as I was heading towards Leadenhall Market (to feature in a later post) thanks to the sign they’d put out on the pavement – the church is tucked away among many of the City’s skyscrapers.

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Notre-Dame Cathedral

This isn’t the post I originally had planned for today but I just wanted to share some photos of my favourite building in one of my favourite cities.

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Throwback Thursday: The National Monument, Amsterdam

The National Monument in Amsterdam was built in 1956 as a memorial to those killed and injured in World War II.

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St Botolph without Aldgate Church, London

There’s been a church on this site since at least 1125, but the present church dates from 1744 and is by George Dance the Elder (he also built Mansion House, the official home of the Lord Mayor of London). The interior of the church, which really took my breath away, was remodelled by John Francis Bently (who also designed Westminster Cathedral).

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