Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Tuesday 4th October 2016.......get your walking shoes on!!!

OK here we go sorry sorry no blog yesterday a long day that you will soon read about but before I start here is a report from the Internet about the train accident that happened on Sunday and caused the delay of my train!!!

Pretty strange and bizarre I think you agree!!!

Hundreds evacuated after train hits and kills 11 cows in Stilton The emergency services at the scene - photo: Mon Darn 11:22Monday 03 October 2016 7 HAVE YOUR SAY Hundreds of rail passengers had to be evacuated after a train collided into and killed 11 cows in Stilton. The emergency services were called to Stilton Fen yesterday (Sunday, October 2) where they helped 280 passengers escape onto a replacement service. The passengers had been stranded on the badly damaged train for around a couple of hours before they were helped onto a new train. One commuter, Monica Darn, said one or two people were suffering shock or minor injuries. Describing what unfolded, she said: “At 9.50 the train had just left Peterborough Station when there was a bang and sudden braking and a terrible burning smell and bits of something like mud splattering the windows before we came to a safe stop on the track.” Network Rail and Great Northern both said they were called to between Peterborough and Huntingdon. The passengers being evacuated - photo: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service The line in both directions was shut until 2pm, leading to cancellations and delays of up to 60 minutes. A spokesperson from Network Rail said: “At around 10am on Sunday we received reports that a train had struck several cows on the line between Huntingdon and Peterborough. Eleven cows were confirmed to have died. “There were no injuries to passengers or crew and passengers were evacuated from the scene with the help of the emergency services.” The East of England Ambulance said it sent its Hazardous Aerial Response Team, two ambulance officers and an ambulance crew to Holme Level Crossing. The passengers being evacuated - photo: Mon Darn A spokesman said nobody required taking to hospital. Fire crews from Stanground, Dogsthorpe and Sawtry together with a rescue vehicle from Dogsthorpe were called to the train. A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire crews had gone to Mile Drove in Yaxley with firefighters bringing a platform to evacuate 280 passengers from the broken down train to the replacement train. Ms Darn had plenty of praise for the actions of staff in handling the situation. She added: “One of the two heroines of the event was the driver Sandra who must have had a horrible scene unfold in front of her - she remained in control and seemed extremely competent. “Her voice was always steady and she acted quickly and apparently safely and thoroughly. The other heroine was Lisa, an on-the-way-to-work British Transport Police officer. “She came through the train within a few minutes of it coming to a halt and checked no one was hurt. She worked tirelessly up and down the train helping passengers and liaising with the driver. “After about two hours, we watched a tractor bring the ladder which makes into a bridge between the two trains and by then there were dozens of rail, police and fire service people who helped passengers to walk easily and safely between the two trains.”

One of my lovely readers asked what a Rag and Bone man was that I posted and showed a photo of a few days ago so here is the answer!!

rag-and-bone man collects unwanted household items and sells them to merchants. Traditionally this was a task performed on foot, with the scavenged materials (which included rags, bones and various metals) kept in a small bag slung over the shoulder. Some wealthier rag-and-bone men used a cart, sometimes pulled by horse or pony.
Nineteenth-century rag-and-bone men typically lived in penury, surviving on the proceeds of what they collected each day. Conditions improved following the Second World War, but the trade declined during the latter half of the 20th century. Lately, however, due in part to the soaring price of scrap metal, rag-and-bone men can once again be seen at work.

So now we go back to Monday morning and Anne and I had boarded a train to go into London for the day, she is a great trip planner and knows London really well so sit back and enjoy all I ask is that you Google each of the sites we saw and read the history!!!

 We first walked past the famous Eye, remember Google it....in the distance is Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament!!!

 On the EYE the cars take about 40 minutes to do a full circle..

 Such intricate markings!!!
 This is one entrance to Westminster Abbey..
 Methodist central hall...
 The wonderful Westminster Abbey the line ups were way to long for us so we kept on going..
 to the House guards parade grounds...Anne told me that during the 2012 London Olympics this area was used for the "Beach volleyball events".....

 These men are not allowed to move or acknowledge anyone what a tough assignment with all the cameras and people asking can I stand next to you!!!!!
 Amazing with all the historic buildings and the huge city sky scrapers that there are many parks and green spaces and we had lunch here...
 This man is a Chelsea Pensioner!!!!
 and now iconic Buckingham Palace...

 As the Royal Standard is not flying indicates that the Queen is not in resident and we asked and she is at her castle in Balmoral in Scotland!!!!
We then went down into the tube system and caught one of these flying monsters!!!

 The Tower of London.....
 another famous landmark...know what it is????
We paid the entrance fee and went up to the top and walked along the see through floors!!!

The replica of the Golden Hinde!!!
 The Millennium Bridge!!!
 and finally the beautiful St.Paul's Cathedral....

 We went inside and found we were lucky enough to be there in time for the evensong recital...photos were not allowed but it was a moving service and just one of those very special memories.....I did get one shot of the ceiling...
 This Cathedral must be one of the most impressive and lovely ones i have had the pleasure to see!!!

I then surprised Anne with tickets at this lovely hotel theater...
 to see this show!!!

It was fantastic and so well performed and I had the pleasure of sitting in front of Sir Alex Ferguson(Google him)
What a fabulous entertaining and special day we did not get home till gone midnight!!!!

This morning we took a road trip to the coast....

Had a lovely walk along the path by the estuary...

I like all these shots!!!

We then went to the coast and had my final look at the English Channel...

The noise from the ocean waves retracting on the stones was loud!!!!
The coast line goes on for miles!!!
It was a good day out and Anne cooked a lovely meal before she went out for the last practice for her play before opening night tomorrow...I stayed home and watched some TV.......I have had a lovely again with Anne and we have had lots of chats about our lives when we knew each other 50 odd years ago!!...Tomorrow back home to Hull!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!


Peter Kouwenhoven said...

Wow! A great day in London. I had no idea that the Tower Bridge had a glass bottomed walkway.

mexicokid said...

Yes amazing day altogether cheers les

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