This is the Elizabeth Tower, a clock tower at the side of the Houses of Parliament in London. Big Ben is a bell. It is to be found inside the tower.
Across the River Thames in the heart of London can be seen the Houses of Parliament, containing the House of Commons (the lower house) and the House of Lords (the upper house), where the seat of government for the UK resides.
Many animals, have their own special names for the male and female of the species, and sometimes also for the baby.
A baby swan is known as a cygnet, and does not get its shiny white feathers until it grows up. This one is swimming happily on the River Thames in London.
All London taxis are black. In fact they carry the nickname ‘Black Cab‘.
Well, some of them are not black any more. The one pictured above has been decorated with the Union Jack.
Here is another photo, with the London Eye in the background.
And by night.
There are pizzas, and there are pizzas, and then there is this pizza.
It is a Pizza Margherita and, not unsurprisingly, this tongue-shaped concoction is the large size. By the way, it was all eaten.
Many years ago this would be served in a sheet of old newspaper, and the only condiment would be malt vinegar.
Fish and chips, considered a national dish of the UK, hasn’t changed all that much (except it is now much dearer, even in relative terms), and with mushy peas, tartar sauce and the ubiquitous tomato ketchup, it makes one extremely filling, and farly nutritious meal.
There was even a special molecule made for the London Olympics 2012, a group of five carbon rings bound together (based on the new wonder material, graphene), and named of course: olympicene.
Parked in the river next to the London Olympic Park was Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Barge, the very same one that took her along the River Thames during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The London Olympic Park was built on disused wasteland around the River Lea in east London. After the Olympics the park will remain. It was decided to plant native meadow plants in the park and the effect, with the Olympic Stadium in the background is outstanding.
Another view of that great match between Germany and Australia in the semi-final of the men’s hockey at the London Olympics 2012. And that is an airship in the skies.
It was a high quality game, Australia were twice ahead, but Germany’s teamwork and fitness eventually prevailed and they ended up 4-2 victors, and later went on to win gold, retaining the Olympic title.
The quality of the pitch was outstanding, enabling such skillful hockey, but the colours attracted much attention. it’s a shame that this arena is merely a temporary one, and that it is only being used for this Olympic hockey tournament before being dismantled.
The semi-final of the men’s hockey was at the Riverbank Arena in the London Olympic Park.
It was a pulsating game on a really hot, sunny afternoon, with Germany beating Australia 4-2. Later Germany would win gold, and Australia would win bronze.
Zoom in to get a better view of the London skyline from the top of the Orbit in the Olympic Park at the London Olympics 2012.
It was a scorching hot day in the Olympic Park, and every one of these sunshades was being used.
Even though the Orbit at the London Olympic Park is ‘only’ about 100m in height, it is enough to see sweeping views of the Olympic Stadium and Park, and across the London cityscape.