We were in Norwich with plans. None of which involved the history of the city with it’s medieval churches and history of banking and insurance. Those must wait for other days. But we had to go into the town, and in the space of an hour managed to see a great deal. The city needsContinue reading “A Universe of Stone”
I had a clear idea to go to Gravesend and take the ferry across the river, but only a vague notion of what to do after that. On the basis of a suggestion I walked east towards DP World London Gateway. Procter and Gamble factory at West Thurrock seen from Ebbsfleet station. It makes soapsContinue reading “On the river”
I really went to look at ships. And took a copy of James Bird’s ‘The Geography of the Port of London’ with me. It’s an interesting book, particularly as it was published in 1957. I can’t remember where it was bought. But it’s lovely, it was once part of Norwich library until it was sold,Continue reading “Northfleet”
I am very pleased with my still new-ish new camera, a Panasonic Lumix TZ330. The more use it gets, the more functions it reveals. Reading manuals has never been a strong point. I find appropriating technology is a much better way to learn. There are subtle differences in the settings in these photographs which areContinue reading “Experiment”
The crude oil carrier, Eco Future which has a 299999 t DWT capacity. It is sailing to Mongstad, Norway from Dongjiakou, China. The port of Dongjiakou is one of the 10th largest ports of the world. The website of the port authority flies the flag of the Chinese Communist Party. The hills of France coveredContinue reading “Eco Future (?)”
The container ship Argolikos en route to Le Havre from Antwerp. Sailing west past the port and town of Calais. There are continual competitive power struggles between units of capital. And yet at the same time there exists cooperation at a global level., Telecommunications masts on the French coast. The internationalization of communications. Wind turbinesContinue reading “Walking to Calais”
…and the art of procrastination, but one needs a daily walk. I spent some time on the fore shore in the rain waiting for the road to be clear of vehicles. It was rather zen-like space and time. And reminiscent of the sequence in Tarkovsky’s ‘Solaris’ of the long car journey which the cosmonaut BretonContinue reading “Infrastructure…”
MSC Laura on its way from Antwerp to Valencia. The sea was constantly changing colour.
This was good fun for 20 minutes during the daily walk. Strangely distracting although attention was needed for the incoming tide.
On its way from Gdansk, Poland to Cartagena, Spain. I have been reading German Cities and Bourgeois Modernism, 1890-1924 by Maiken Umbach. An excellent book. There are no examples of bourgeois modernism around the port area, but there are some impressive concrete structures and infrastructure engineering. The lichens and sea weed experience a great dealContinue reading “Supra – Bulk Carrier”