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jello_g 08-03-2008 06:03 PM

Some pictures from London UK
Was in London UK not too long ago. My intention wasn't to photograph automobiles but I did shoot a few street scenes with cars, which I'll share with you here:

jello_g 09-06-2008 01:05 PM

Easily the most powerful grocery getter I've been in... MTM modified RS6.

ZHP_Bimmer05 09-06-2008 10:13 PM

That thing is in scarface

jello_g 09-09-2008 12:19 AM

Forgot one...

AceOfSpades 09-09-2008 02:09 AM

very nice man!! how does it compare to Toronto?

jello_g 09-13-2008 08:37 PM


Originally Posted by AceOfSpades (Post 1197485)
very nice man!! how does it compare to Toronto?

1. UK drivers drive on the other side.
2. UK has roundabouts for intersections. A little strange getting used to if you haven't been there before. Even more complicated considering point #1 above. They also have intersections with traffic lights as we know it, but usually in more busy parts such as within the city.
3. UK drivers are very good about using the passing lane for passing or going fast. No sleepers in the fast lane like we have in Toronto!
4. There are a lot of paved twisties in the countryside. Perfect driving terrain for the enthusiast, unlike Ontario where we have a plethora of straight roads for miles and miles.
5. I saw only one American car in 10 days I was there, a Corvette.
6. I didn't see a single rust bucket on the road. I guess they don't use salt.

griffo20022 09-14-2008 10:29 PM

You never saw a rust bucket in your time over here? Hehe, now that I am suprised at lol!

How did you find the UK in general? Was London the only place you visited or did you get to venture elsewhere?

Romaz 10-05-2008 11:32 PM

Very nice pix bro! Whats the story with that Rolls? Why is it on the side walk like that?

jello_g 10-12-2008 05:53 PM


Originally Posted by griffo20022 (Post 1200025)
How did you find the UK in general? Was London the only place you visited or did you get to venture elsewhere?

This being my first visit to the UK, of course I was thrilled. I spent most of my time in Chesham, located in the Chiltern Hills at the very NW end of the tube system, as I have family there. Besides venturing into the core of London a few times, I also spent a couple of days in Bath (very beautiful BTW). Some things I won't soon forget about my visit:

1. Several good places to eat. I wasn't disappointed with any establishment I visited. Yauatcha is a mixture of Chinese fare and French pastries, along with a long list of exotic drinks/juices. Located in a trendy part of town, it's rather stylish and a great place to people watch. I stayed only for pastries, not something I usually enjoy, but must say their offerings were a sight to be seen and tasted just as good to match. I'd like to go back and try their dim sum. Wagamama specializes in oriental, particularly noodles. There're several of these (must be a chain?), I had lunch at the Knightsbridge location steps away from Harrod's. Tasty and spicy, if a bit pricey (to my Canadian wallet). A few levels classier and cleaner than the average noodle joint in Toronto to boot, so worth the visit. Hakkasan was the surprise restaurant. Truly world class, top-notch Chinese cuisine, but set in a dark romantic underworld setting reminiscent of pre-Communist Shanghai. Living in the GTA, I have my share of Chinese food, but nothing comes close to the quality of food at Hakkasan. My mother says the shark fin soup was the best she ever had - and that's saying something. Bring a thick wallet or make sure you have ample room on your credit card, because you're going to need it! I would go again, but only for very special occasions.

2. The British folk really groove culture. I'm a classical music buff so I took in an evening at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert. The atmosphere is electric in comparison to classical audiences in Toronto. The average listener seems to have a higher awareness, and not just for standard fare, as we had Messiaen and everybody loved it (I just don't see that kind of reaction in Toronto for lesser-known repertoire). Music attracts all social classes, and no doubt there were several who were dressed to the 9's at the concert, as well as plenty of jeans & t-shirts in the standing-room only gallery. If I lived in London, I'd definitely be a season subscriber.

3. An absolutely pivotal event occurred when I was taken for a spin in a Westfield widebody out in the Chilterns. Really a Lotus knock-off - think open top, low-slung, light weight and incredibly nimble. And if you know the Chilterns, think plenty of winding picturesque roads. Chesham used to be home to Birch forestry, so there are plenty of roads with thick on both sides and joining at the top creating sort of a canopy - I will never forget the incredibly visceral feeling and sound of blasting through these sections at speed. Unfortunately, the Westfield is not road-legal in Ontario (but it is in BC, go figure).

jello_g 10-12-2008 06:22 PM

Royal Albert Hall, location of the annual BBC Proms.

jello_g 10-12-2008 06:23 PM

People waiting to get into the Royal Albert. That's the Royal College of Music in the background.

jello_g 10-12-2008 06:25 PM

Front of the Royal Albert.

jello_g 10-12-2008 06:26 PM

Architecture of the Royal Albert..

jello_g 10-12-2008 06:27 PM

Interior of the Royal Albert.

Intermission at the concert. 5 pounds will get you standing room only.

jello_g 10-12-2008 06:29 PM

Statue of Albert across the street in Hyde Park.

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