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new year in London
« on: January 01, 2010, 08:17:00 PM »
Just got back, after watching it on tv for the last few year's we decided to go, so on the 30th, the wife, the 2 youngest and I went down, i was expecting it to be choka but nothing prepared me for the squeeze and worry ( even thou my youngest who i had with me was 13) that met us as we walked/pushed/got pushed along the embankment, due to the fact that i had my daughter it was nothing short of scary at times, i don't think i'll be taking them again any time soon, but now it's over and we all made it home alive it was worth every minute.


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Re: new year in London
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 09:08:37 PM »
should have advised of your plans - we might have been able to give you some tips to make the visit 'less stressful'.

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Re: new year in London
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 09:34:50 PM »
any tips for Edinburgh?
that's next....in a few year's. :P
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 09:36:50 PM »
Just got back, after watching it on tv for the last few year's we decided to go, so on the 30th, the wife, the 2 youngest and I went down, i was expecting it to be choka but nothing prepared me for the squeeze and worry ( even thou my youngest who i had with me was 13) that met us as we walked/pushed/got pushed along the embankment, due to the fact that i had my daughter it was nothing short of scary at times, i don't think i'll be taking them again any time soon, but now it's over and we all made it home alive it was worth every minute.

Alan we went today as well didn't get there till 1ish. We were  in Whitehall and it really was choka even for three adults and two teenagers so I do sympathise. I couldn't  really get a decent vantage point to take pics but still enjoyed it very much (I will post some pics later)
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 09:40:48 PM »
any tips for Edinburgh?
that's next....in a few year's. :P

book a year ahead!

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Re: new year in London
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 09:53:32 PM »
any tips for Edinburgh?
that's next....in a few year's. :P

book a year ahead!

my wife booked our stay last March!!...but she gave it to me as an xmas present ;D
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010, 10:25:38 PM »
Sadly, we didn't get the best view for pictures but the atmosphere was electric.

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my first visit to Carnaby street


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and the normal protests..every little hurts-can you see what they've done there?



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Re: new year in London
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010, 10:49:48 PM »
some fair shots there considering the conditions under which you had to shoot.

now you know what it's like for me to drive my trains between Brighton and London. So many events with a great atmosphere and passengers oozing that atmosphere to boot. Some days it almost seems wrong to get paid it can be so enjoyable!

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Re: new year in London
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010, 11:44:09 PM »
ahh but if you never took the money they'd only give it to someone else less deserving  :tup:
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010, 11:26:20 AM »
Hmmmm....last time I went to London on NYE it was Millennium Eve.  Now that was chocka!

This year could only be described as surreal.  We were in Venice and of course decided to go to St Marks Square.  They were expecting 40,000 so it was a nice surprise that we could get pretty close to the middle of the square and see everything.  Of course this was largely because the whole square was under 18 inches of water......  The Aqua Alta sirens went off about 8:30 and by midnight the water was just about the top of my wellies.  Higher when people moved.

Add to this a bunch of characters on the stage that could have come straight from the Simpsons' spoof Canal Ocho, some random German guy giving me champagne and about 28 million sparklers and it all got a bit strange.



Oh, and just to prove I'm not making it up about the clowns.....YouTube were there.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prwa8xAOCoo :)
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 11:35:51 AM »
But did you have a good trip?

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Re: new year in London
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 12:57:06 PM »
we've only been to Venice once...that water in St Marks square can be a problem, we thought the tables were for market trader's, it was only when the tide came in we realized they were for keeping dry.
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2010, 01:56:17 PM »
I've only been the once - but i think i need to return.

At the time i'd just acquired a 'new digital camcorder' which allowed you to take stills from the footage (interesting how things have changed  ;D) and all pictures are from that video footage.
With the interest and kit i now have-  i think i could comfortably spend a week there wearing out my memory cards.

It's an interesting place that has doubtless been photographed to death - but surely some of the fun is trying to find a new twist on an old photo!

Maybe i need to consider a Venice Meet  :tup:
 

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Re: new year in London
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2010, 02:04:02 PM »
But did you have a good trip?

Yeah.

Rockin.

Walked about 400 miles.  Got hit by Aqua Alta 5 times (yes, in a week!!!!).  Avoided 400,000 offers of gondola rides, gondola hats, plastic gondolas and gondola shaped pasta.

Took about 600 snaps.  Played with some new toys.

Lots of fun :)).

Sacry numbers of people taking pics.  For anybody who counts these kind of things Nikon is destroying the competition in Venice.  About every 5th person has a DSLR.  I'd say 80% of them are Nikons (D300 seems very popular).  With compacts it's hard to tell but Fuji seem well represented.  Only spotted 2 Leicas all week.
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Re: new year in London
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2010, 04:15:56 PM »
Sounds like fun, but whats Aqua Alta ?    when you start taking pics of everyone elses cameras thats when I'l get worried about you ;)

 

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