Sunday, July 20, 2014

Doggett's Coat and Badge Race

The Doggett's Coat & Badge Race takes place annually on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea).  It is the oldest rowing race in the world with up to six River Thames apprentice watermen taking part in a race which has been held every year since 1715.

 Here we see the traditional watermen's red coat with a 
silver badge being worn by previous winners of the race.

The rowers are followed by the umpire's motorlaunch 'Panache'.

 This year the race was watched by The Duke of Duke of Edinburgh, the first time since 1951.

 The flotilla of small boats follow the race upstream to the finish at Chelsea.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Le Tour de France 2014
Stage 3 Cambridge to London

 The flag seller walks along the route in London's lower Thames Street 
 before the crowds and cyclists arrive at great speed!

 All of a sudden the Peloton comes around the corner and are gone past within twenty seconds!

Just behind the main Peloton come more riders including AndrĂ© Greipel of team Lotto-Beliso.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wilton's Music Hall

Who would think that a small pair of doors .........

.... is your way into the last remaining Victorian Music Hall.

This year is it was one of the many indoor venues for world music.
All part of the Cultural Co-operation World City Music Village.

World City Music Village 2014

This year Cultural Co-operation held their world music festival at the Natural Trust's beautiful 
Osterley Park and House. The Saturday was wet at times, the Sunday was better, but the weather
did not effect the wonderful quality of the music from around the world by London based artists.

London Nocturne 2014

Cyclists of all disciplines were back this year to race the 1.1km circuit around Smithfield Market.
 From the very serious cyclists ......
..... to the fun riders on "Boris Bikes". Special Yellow edition to celebrate the
Tour de France starting this year in Yorkshire.