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 Walk taken by Steve, Michael, Peter and Helen on 16th November

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The ladder was a bit short for the locale.   The buildings were so tall and so densely packed that the GPS did not work.   We started the walk at Edgware Road Station  

Solarisation was a help on a dull day

Crane reflection

Blue tunnel/bridge

Through the Tunnel

M & S where we had coffee

Narrow boats and the GPS is working


The Rolling Bridge

We did not wait to see the bridge curl. but we should have done...

Heatherwick Studio was commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, London, and provide an access route for workers and residents. Crucially, the bridge needed to open to allow access for the boats moored in the inlet.

The aim was to make the movement the extraordinary aspect of the bridge. A common approach to designing opening bridges is to have a single rigid element that fractures and lifts out of the way. Rolling Bridge opens by slowly and smoothly curling until it transforms from a conventional, straight bridge, into a circular sculpture which sits on the bank of the canal.

The structure opens using a series of hydraulic rams integrated into the balustrade. As it curls, each of its eight segments simultaneously lifts, causing it to roll until the two ends touch and form a circle. The bridge can be stopped at any point along its journey.

The whole structure was constructed at Littlehampton Welding on the Sussex coast and then floated up the Grand Union Canal, before being lifted into position and attached to the hydraulic system which powers its movement.

The Rolling Bridge won a number of awards including a Structural Steel Award, and an Emerging Architecture Award. 

Chateau Magdelaine a St. Emilion, but was it an empty box?

This enlarges a lot

Egyptian geese


Michael kept advancing upon the Egyptian Geese, but they held their ground honking/growling warningly.

Reinforced entrance

Patterns on the bridge

Painting unit

I did improve the sky to match the narrow boat

Narrow boat

GWR Paddington Station


Paddington Tube Station

Office staircase


Reflections in Art

Portrait of Michael

Paddington Station from the bridge

Men at Work


Regent's Canal - on the right a similar picture taken year's ago with a different treatment  

Footbridge over the canal

Hydraulic buffers

Paddington Station Ironwork

Paddington roof

Edgware Rd Caf




At the Hairdressers

Marble Arch

St George on Marble Arch

All shopped out

Horse's Head

Genghis Khan

The 16ft tall (5m) statue captures the legendary leader wearing Mongolian armour on his steed.   The sculpture by artist Dashi Namdakov will stand next to Cumberland Gate until early September.   The artist, who had an interest in the nomadic tribes of Mongolia, wanted to honour the warrior on the 850th anniversary of his birth.   He said: "If I wanted to show him as a warrior I would have shown him as a warrior, but he is a thinker in this case. He is a divine figure in my country."   Namdakov was born in a Siberian village and brought up in the Buryat Buddhist culture.

   Just as we decided to go home, the rain started;  it's good to be lucky