Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2011/07/22-25 London, UK

Routing back from the ISSS 2011 meeting in Hull, Diana, Adam, Thuy and I stopped over for a few days in London.  From King’s Cross, we rode the underground to go to the hotel in Earl’s Court.  I might have checked the map more closely, as the West Kensington or West Brompton stations would have have been closer.  Our luggage is on wheels, but we had a long walk.

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[See the Earls Court album of 9 webphotos (with a slideshow option)]

Our sightseeing started around Pimlico, where we unexpectedly found a summer show of graduate works at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.  The installation by Minji Lee was one of the more intriguing.

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[See the Chelsea School of Art of 15 webphotos]

Across the street, at the Tate Britain Gallery, we encountered voices in the upper gallery, so we timed a response to oooh back at them.

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A body movement artist mimicked anyone who entered her range, so Adam tried to challenge her with less conventional poses.

[See the Tate Britain album of 6 webphotos]

The Borough Market offers a wide variety of fresh local produce and meats.  We moved from place to place to dine al fresco (i.e. standing up).

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[See the BoroughMarket album of 12 webphotos]

The Design Museum has features notable objects, both everyday and unique.  Guitar Hero is part of the everyday.

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[See the Design Museum album of 3 webphotos]

The Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern was vacant on this visit.

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[See the Tate Modern album of 7 webphotos]

From the South Bank, we crossed over the Millennium Bridge, to walk towards Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown.

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[See the MillenniumBridge-Picadilly-Chinatown album of 13 webphotos]

DY and I saw the Saatchi Gallery on Boundary Road in North London, and I visited the gallery when it was in County Hall on South Bank.  This was our first visit to the location at the Duke of York’s HQ near Sloane Square.

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[See the Saatchi Gallery album of 24 webphotos]

Dav and LJ joined us for shopping at Petticoat Lane Market, and then Indian cuisine at Brick Lane.

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[See the PetticoatLane-BrickLane alboum of 28 webphotos]

We arrived at Camden Town late in the day, so most of the temporary stalls either closing or closed.

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[See the Camden album of 8 webphotos]

We budgeted a few hours to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The venue is mammoth, so we tried to be selective, wending our ways through the mazes of hall.

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[See the Victoria & Albert Museum album of 12 webphotos]

To close the loop on some history of science, I had contacted the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, and scheduled to visit their offices in East London.  This satisfied a personal curiosity, since I had visited the old site near Swiss Cottage in 2009, .

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[See the Tavistock and Chinatown album of 3 webphotos]

I travel through London regularly, know the city well, and am comfortable getting around.  Travelling with the family at tourist speed is a luxury.

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