As some of you will know, the famous Oktoberfest roller coaster the München (aka Olympia) Looping made a return to Hyde Park for this year’s Winter Wonderland. Publicity for Winter Wonderland in the London papers during the weeks running up to the November 17th opening night included pictures of the ride.
Winter Wonderland is back. Its official opening was on 17th November and it’ll be open everyday (except Xmas Day) until New Years Day.
Most of the popular rides are back and some new ones too. The layout this year is mainly similar to last year however the big difference this time is the inclusion of a huge Bavarian theme section, which has changed the western side of Winder Wonderland, meaning somewhat fewer rides this year.
Arnos Park Viaduct on the Piccadilly Line is the biggest brick viaduct ever built for London’s underground. 3 million bricks were used in its construction.
A bit of a mystery! Actually its one of those images that look one way or the other depending on how one perceives it. Wittgenstein would have been proud of this!
My visit to the Minchenden Oak in Southgate was on a quiet summer Sunday morning, about 10.30-11.00am. I found the scenes quite difficult as the sun was so powerful it was hard to bring out detail in my photographs. The sun was more or less right behind the oak tree and towards its top, due east as it would be at that point in August, and very strong shadows were an issue. Flash was used to help with getting more detail, yet I was intrigued by what I was seeing, as figures leapt into my imagination.
The Minchenden Oak, Southgate, N14 7JN. Once again its canopy is beginning to grow.
The Minchenden (or Chandos) Oak is one of London’s oldest trees, not as old as the ancient yew in Totteridge or some other London trees. Its a relatively young tree compared to others yet still its 800 years old. Its claim to fame was due to its having the largest canopy of any tree in England during the 19th century. Since then poor pruning, as well as a very serious case of decay in 2013, has affected the tree’s once grand appearance. Nevertheless it still ranks among some of London’s oldest.
Diamond Geezer: “Some so-called London websites never write about Uxbridge, Barking and Penge because their remit is geographically blinkered.” It is claimed London blogs rarely feature some of these places? I would like to correct this and write about Barking, Penge and Uxbridge on my blog.
This is my first ever visit to the Lambeth Country Show. I’ve been to Brockwell Park before, but never at the right time!
Lambeth in reverse! The person on the right isnt doing what you may think. Its actually their back we can see.