The Anonymous Widower

More Views of the Gibson Square Temple

I put a view up of the temple-like air extract from the Victoria line earlier, when it was still being finished.

It now is and good it looks too.

Why can’t we disguise functional buildings in this excellent manner more often.

April 6, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

An Unusual Flower Container at Southfields Station

As I walked past it, I thought it contained herbs.

A Flower Tub at Southfields Station

On closer inspection it did and they were all labelled.


April 6, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Where’s The Mosquito?

The extraordinary obituary of Ted Sismore in the Telegraph is also a catalogue of the amazing exploits of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War; the de Havilland Mosquito. The Times describes the Mosquito as Britain’s first multi-role combat aircraft, but some of its exploits weren’t actually in combat. The aircraft flew in US Air Force colours to perform high-altitude weather research and also as an airliner to bring valuable cargoes, as varied as ball bearings, the physicist Neils Bohr and Marshall Zhukov across the North Sea to the UK.

In 1962, Queen Elizabeth awarded the Order of Merit to the Mosquito’s designer; Sir Geoffrey de Havilland. He is the only aircraft designer to receive the award, which is a personal gift of the sovereign.

So as we come to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it would be fitting that one of de Havilland’s wooden wonders should be in the fly-past to mark the event. But it won’t be as there are no flyable examples left in the UK. The non-flying prototype sits in splendour at the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre in the hangar where it was built.

But then the RAF had no policy on the preservation of historic aircraft.

April 6, 2012 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , | Leave a comment