One photo of London. Every day.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

a final picture

And a few final words:

Some of you will have noticed that over the last weeks posting has become a bit too sporadic to justify the title of this blog. I already mentioned in an earlier post that I will soon be leaving London for a while. Unfortunately, I will still have to wait a few weeks for that great day to come, but I now decided to finish off the Daily London Photo earlier than planned.

I managed to keep the daily photos coming for almost an entire academic year which an incredibly long time considering how quick many other things change around me. I had some good fun at times when people gave me feedback on photos and I really appreciated that. Some days more than 300 people came along to have a look at my mediocre photography, the average was at around 40 visits a day with people arriving here from google who searched for strange expressions like "viscosity nutella" - just to find exactly the information they were looking for!

A big thank you to everyone who popped by every now and then and especially to those who left a comment, either on the page or sometimes even in real-life. Friends from high school had a regular look at London, Taha corrected my spelling of "Ernst & Young" and once I even received a postcard from Argentina! Thanks to you and all the others who I didn't mention.

So what will I spend the newly acquired free time on? Well, for starters, I have a (potentially) great summer ahead (after a year of studying that started of great and ended like academic years end). And, for readers, I plan a new blog. Slightly different topic this time, if I go ahead with it the topic will be something around the "tags": Robotics Physics Simulation Engines, C++ and maybe a little bit of American way of life. I'll keep you updated, so watch this space!

Monday, May 28, 2007

didi hamann bridge

This is the Didi Hamann Bridge. It was named after Dietmar Hamann who was the last player to score a goal in old Wembley during the World Cup Qualifiers game German - England in 2000.

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

no footballs in wembley!

I do understand that umbrellas are not needed in Wembley. After all there is a roof which is only leaking in a few places. But why are footballs forbidden in a football stadium?

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

wembley week (7)

And again but now finished: Thursday's arch.

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Friday, May 25, 2007

wembley week (6)

Making the way to the current Wembley as promised. Thanks to the iconographic traffic signs the arch is already visible from the North Circular.

Sorry for these pictures appearing online with a few days delay.

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

the arch one

That's the famous arch during construction. And no, contrary what the newspapers make you believe it's not holding the roof up.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

sport at heart

At that point we were only a candidate city. These days the diggers are already out!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

wembley week (3)

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Monday, May 21, 2007

welcome to a new wembley

Thats still during construction. I went out there yesterday and will put on a few pictures of the finished thing later this week. But that much already: It's quite disappointing (at least from the outside)

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

wembley week (1)

Right. Chelsea got the FA Cup. I am sure there were big celebrations going on up at Wembley and down at Stamford Bridge but I decided to not go this year and just go next year.

More importantly this was the official opening of the new Wembley. And I think that's well worth a week of Wembley only. I already posted two (one, two) pictures taken at the construction site in March 2005 (that shows how long I am already in London, time to move on really...) but back then I was one of the people who didn't believe it would ever finish. For the week starting today I will dig out a few pictures of the construction site and will cycle out there today to snap a few shots of what it looks like since it's finished. At least the cranes should be gone...

Today's picture is still from back then. I was fascinated about the stadium being basically in the back yard of some of the houses in Wembley. I am also fascinated by the ability of Wembley people to find their house when they come home from week because they look all the same.

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

no frisbees

Not much to say on that one. We've got Hyde Park and we've got private parks. And I should mention that Frisbee is only one manufacturer of Ultimate disks and I am wondering if other types of Ultimate disks are allowed in this garden.

This photo is linked on the Daily London Map.

Friday, May 18, 2007

archway to college

About the picture: I can take four different routes to cycle to college.
1. Main road, side road, main road
2. Main road, main road, main road
3. Main road, side road, side road
4. Main road, main road, side road

Number 2 is certainly the fastest and 15 minutes is realistic. But I prefer number 4 because that is the least energy consuming because 2 has a lot of traffic lights on the last stretch where you have to accelerate and break all the time. That's why I pass through this archway pretty much every day (on the way back I usually take 4 because if it's not rush hour the traffic lights seem to work in a different pattern.

About the car: In that archway someone whose choice of car demonstrates no respect for other road users parks their vehicle. Not only are chances to get serious injury after being hit by such a car much higher than with more appropriate cars but they also emit more pollution hence contributing to climate change (which - I am convinced - causes the shitty weather we currently have) but also increases my chances to get lung cancer or develop asthma every time I am stuck in a queue of cars because some un-proportionally wide Land Rover (or Q7 or Cayenne for a change) blocks the way the other cars usually leave for cyclists.

This photo is also linked on the Daily London Map.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Orange - the future is bright.

I am not proud owner of an Orange pay as you go card. I won't need it for anything but sending a text message containing the four letters FILM to 241 to get 2 4 1 cinema tickets on any Wednesday.

Dear German readers: Even though the German word Prepaid sounds very English I must disappoint you. It's called pay as you go. And Handy is mobile in English. Just as a reminder...

This post is also on the Daily London Map.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


This is only partly London related, more UK in general I believe. Why why why do people here have taps like this in their houses??? Two reasons why I hate them:

1. It's hot and cold and you can't mix them before they come out. So either you freeze your hands while washing them or you burn them.
2. They are one inch from the side of the sink. So actually you can't wash your hands because you can't possibly fit them under the tap!

Zwei Gruende warum englische Wasserhaehne Mist sind:

1. Es gibt heiss und kalt aber keine Moeglichkeit die beiden zu mischen bevor sie aus dem Wasserhahn kommen. Also erfriert man entweder seine Haende oder verbrennt sie.
2. Die Wasserhaehne sind einen halben Zentimeter vom Rand des Waschbeckens. Man kann also seine Haende sowieso nicht waschen, weil sie nicht unter den Hahn passen!