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BT Tower used to be a really exciting landmark in london
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but now it's just mostly ignored

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which is shame as you can see it from all over the place

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it'll always have a place in my heart though (you'll be pleased to hear!)

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these look better bigger than smaller, so go on, give them a click !

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i spent most of yesterday looking at photos of BT tower for my course assignment.  it's made my eyes go all wonky, but if you want to see how far i've got you can see here.  Unfortunately comments are broken on my course blog (which is one of the many reasons i've not moved funkypancake over to the same place yet)

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i was lucky enough to have another meeting in BT Tower yesterday including a nice trip up to the top.  i'll post some views of london when i feel a bit better (cronky flu-head at the moment - not real flu though)

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view of BT Tower

i got to go up BT tower again this week.  a fantastic place.

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i've uploaded these photos a different way, but i suspect if you click on them you might get very big versions.  possibly.

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actually, you have to click on 'all sizes' above the picture when you get there to see it bigger

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and here's its shadow.  you can probably tell what time and day of the year i was there if you know your geography

view from BT Tower of BT Tower shadow

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i was lucky enough to get another trip up BT tower.  unfortunately after the fortnight of fantastic weather it was cloudy and rainy when i went up so i didn't take as many pictures as on previous voyages.  still, i liked how the picture above came out.

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this one is worth clicking for a big view.  it's the last one from my recent trip, and you can see right out to docklands.

click the picture, or here to download it bigly

here's another not so big
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Another picture worth clicking on for a big version.  If you have a flick account, add me as a contact and i'll do the same so you can see the big version here  .  Alternatively click here to see the biggety version.

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this is a big picture !  click to inspect in more detail.  that might not work properly though so you can click here instead.

(if you are on my contact list on flickr you can also see the large version here  I'll add you if you send me a request here)


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it was quite wet and windy yesterday and i got a bit soggy walking from Paddington to BT Tower .  I remained mostly dry (and became a walking tourist attraction for japanese business men with cameras) thanks to my military style poncho.

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when we arrived we went up for pastries and it was quite rainy, but the weather cleared up a bit by our second trip up at lunchtime.  I hadn't realised, but the the tower wobbles slightly in the wind - enough to feel slightly sea sick which was weird.

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i'll post a couple of high res pictures soon so you can zoom in and have a look around a bit.

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final shot, looking in to a puddle

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these ones are liney

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the pigeon wasn't bothered.

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here's a short study of BT Tower reflected in puddles.  I've got 7 shots all together which should take us Tuesday when hopefully i'll be going up it.  i say hopefully as last time i was due to go up we ended up in the basement and only saw the inside of a conference room !

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most of the days of my life are spent not going up BT Tower (as are most other people's), but yesterday was going to be an exception as i had a meeting at the bottom which was to be followed by lunch at the top. but unfortunately, the top of the building was commandeered by the people at top of the company and the big cheeses won, so we had lunch in a windowless room instead.

if you are interested in what i didn't see, see the bt tower category where you can see what i sawed when i sawed it before
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(click these for huge versions)

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as also seen here
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i was very pleased with this photo which shows several piles of fruit mimicking the city of london in the background.
there two other versions here and here.

that's art that is. probably.

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compare this to last time i went up. slowly it's coming together (and my lens was better this time!)

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here's the zoo
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this is taken from one of my favouritist places in london.

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there's plenty of bridges to see here, including tower bridge, london bridge and the wobbly bridge
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(most funkypancake pictures are clickable for bigger versions, so click and enjoy !)

you probably need to click on this to see it properly !
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all being well i should be going up here again next week. yeah !

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here is the big building was the inspiration for some of Orwell's 1984 seen from BT Tower. It's Senate House (see link for details on the 1984 connection
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Battersea Powerstation was featured in a film version of 1984, and here it is also seen from BT Tower
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this photo is quite dense so is worth clicking for the big version. it's a shame about the hazy day, but you can make out St Paul's Cathedral, Natwest Tower, the Gherkin and the Docklands in the distance

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here are the three tower i photoed from ground level (here) . I was standing near the top of the fourth tower in case you were wondering !

the queen opened the new BBC building yesterday

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i was fortunate enough to have another trip up BT Tower yesterday. i took my 'big camera'.

i was really pleased with the detail on some of the photos, but they are too big to post i'm afraid - so you can have the usual shrinky dink versions.

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plenty more photos to come over the next ages.

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i was meant to be going up BT tower today for a meeting, but because of my recovering from the flu i've had to cancel it. ho hum. i had my new camera lens ready and everything

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there he is, the cheeky little fella

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you can click the picture above to get a better view

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old BBC, new BBC, BT Tower and All Souls. Bit of a squeeze but i got them all in.

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i liked how the airconditioning on this building blends with the tower in the background. bt tower is so skinny in parts.
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telecom tower in the distance




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it were a real pea-souper


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it's light at 7.30am when i get to my office now - hoorah !


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see how this mattress has climbed out of the bin to get a better view of the tower.

who can blame him ?

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amazingly there's a little street which you can walk down which takes you right under the BT Tower.

the street is full of survellance cameras of course, but should also be full of photographers !

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reflected in the building next to it:

the tower is so completely skinny (especially that base bit) and seems even more so when viewed from this angle. it's sort of locked in to the ground underneath apparently, but i'm glad i didn't take this photo before i went up !

i went up BT tower again this lunchtime and the weather was fantastic. unfortunately the sun haze meant i didn't get any decent shots of westminster this time, but i'm quite pleased with these ones.

click all the photos for big versions - the first one is full size so is 1MB (but you can study it close up) !

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compare this last photo to this i took just over a month ago!

sky high catering:

if you know your geography and the height of the tower you can probably triangulate and work out what time i took this photo (or just check the EXIF data if you are nerd):

it all of a sudden got really bright in my office. i leant to the left slightly and noticed it was the sun reflecting off the top of BT tower.

i love how even a photos of the sun like this can make your eyes go weird ! (no responsibility can be accepted for eye damage resulting from looking in to this photo)

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and here

here is an extreme zoom-in showing my office (my window is the middle one on the first floor) and my colleagues john and pilar (john has got an orange shirt on):
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tables with views:
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pictures from my last trip up the tower (when the weather was better) are here and here

more 'other side of the street' revelations. BT tower pops up all over the place.

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here is a man mopping the top of the BT Tower. At least that's how it looked a few second before when he was higher up the staircase.

And on the right is a non-reflected picture of the Tower looking very nice today in the sparkly sunshine.

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what happens in the tower today ?

i like how these cups blend in with london below:
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they look good out of context too:
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can you see my esteemed colleagues ? they are at the bottom left of my orange and cream office building. click for a big version. this was taken at maximum resolution and zoom. This photo was taken from 158 metres above ground.

here is the shadow of the tower viewed from the tower:
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and here is the inside:
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i may post a couple of ambient view shots later this evening

i can see lots of exciting things from my office window:

Continue reading "pollock's toy museum" »

here's a thing i often see and think is fantastic. is it an accident or deliberate ? either way, look out for it next time you walk up tottenham court road in the northerly direction.

this new building on Euston Road displays a ghostly reflection of BT Tower on the left hand side.

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my new office has a nice view of BT Tower out the window. hoorah !

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here are some photos of bt tower i took this morning

reflected in a puddle
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by a phonebox
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through a gap near a cobbler
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