Field of flowers, Olympic Park, London, Aug 2012

A Bouquet from Olympic Park

Today’s daily pic is a simple little fresh flower bouquet for any and all who happen to come across this photo or otherwise drop by Piran Café today. You’re always welcome. Today’s Pic du Jour, the 201st (!) straight, was snapped at London’s Olympic Park exactly two years ago. The …

Leicester Square, London, 07-Aug-2012

London Yawn (Pic du Jour)

I’m not a big fan of snapping people with GoPro cameras, but I was really happy with how this image, shot near London’s Leicester Square, turned out. There’s a certain intimacy, from the framing to the yawn, that another camera from the same angle probably wouldn’t have captured.  Thoughts? London, …

Recuerdo Profundo by Jimenez Deredia

Circles, in the Round

In her travel theme this week, Ailsa asked for circles. Who am I to say no? I threw in a few orbs and spheres, too, beginning with Jimenez Deredia’s phenomenal chocolatey sculpture, Recuerdo Profundo, which I was fortunate enough to see near the Colosseum in Rome in July 2009. A …

City Loos, London, 02-Aug-2012

Attention Londoners: A Quick Question

This begs the question: What sort of awards have these public loos won?

Leicester Square, 07-Aug-2012

Tired? Or bored? Street Stills with a GoPro (Pic du Jour)

So which is it? Sleepy? Or just bored with handing out leaflets for a London theatre? This was taken near Leicester Square on a rare afternoon off while I was in London covering the Olympics in August. I thought I’d experiment a bit with how my GoPro Hero2 could be …

Notting Hill Gate station, London, 10-August-2012

Solitary (pic du jour)

Finding a wall of solitude in a busy London tube station on a Friday afternoon? Easy. Cracking it with a fleeting glance? Unforgettable. I’m glad we made eye contact. It broke that momentary solitary confinement – her’s, waiting alone for the train, and mine, leaning against a wall, hiding behind …


Reflections on Trains

Jake‘s weekly email, this time on the topic of reflection, was the perfect prompt to break out, albeit briefly, from an 18-day postless stretch. Did y’all miss me? I’m slowly working my way through a small pile of photos taken last month in London during the Olympic Games, and from …

Dancing Nuns at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies in London

2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony – London Notebook III

If globalization had left you wondering what Great Britain’s primary export has been over the past 50 years, the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics provided a high energy reminder. A few scattered notes from the what was certainly the best of the three Olympic Games finales I’ve seen: …


Jessica Ennis’s Coronation – London Notebook II

London, UK – Vultures.  This is Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis just a few steps beyond the finish line of the 800 meters after she clinched the gold medal in the heptathlon last night. For anyone who had the good fortune to witness Great Britain’s ‘Super Saturday’ in track and field …


London Notebook – Video of Arrest Near the London Eye

This is two minutes of footage of an arrest I witnessed yesterday (2 Aug) evening in front of the Sea Life Museum, near the London Eye along the Thames. The man, who was bleeding from the mouth, was charged with illegal street trading and was being restrained until police arrived. …