Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Global Clinic at the Wellcome Collection


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The Wellcome Collection in Euston Square is undergoing a change of exhibits at the end of April.   It is a museum that aims to challenge the way we think and feel about health.  

Medicine Man is a permanent exhibition which shows, through their collection of unusual objects, how people have viewed birth, health, sex and death throughout the centuries.  

Medicine Now is the exhibition that is closing but dealt with ideas and science on health nowadays.  

There are temporary exhibitions too and Global Clinic was particularly interesting dealing with the pursuit of finding a solution of providing emergency medical care in a variety of remote locations.

Have a look at the information boards to see how the project came about and the development of the ideas.

The flat pack clinics provided a sturdy room which, with the soundproof covering, offer a good sized space and privacy in remote locations, which was easily put together and could be extended as necessary.

Other flat pack ideas were also explored.

Great idea.


Monday, 29 April 2019

London Barbican to Faringdon


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London's calling and this visit we'll be taking in the area near the Barbican Centre.  We'll start with Postman's Park, off Little Britain, which houses the G.F.W. Watts' memorial to heroic self sacrifice built in 1900.  It's just a small park but a beautiful setting especially when the primulas are in full bloom.  It got its name as it was a favourite spot for employees of the nearby old General Post Office to have their lunch.

The memorial housing the Doulton tablets is in the background. 

Not that far away are the remains of the London Wall built by the Romans in AD 200.  Stretching from Tower Hill, sections can be seen along the modern road named London Wall near the Museum of London and the remakns of an amphitheatre inside the Guildhall.

Bastion 14 near the Museum of London
Another section of a medieval tower still stands near the Salters Hall.  New pedways have been built, snaking around the ruins and modern buildings which give great views of the site.

The remains of a medieval tower near Salters Hall.

In the distance you can see the Barbican complex of concrete buildings interspersed with gardens, ponds and a large glasshouse Conservatory, only open on Sundays and bank holidays, full of exotic plants.

The Guildhall, art gallery and amphitheatre remains underground

Still within walking distance and heading towards the tube station at Faringdon, the great building of Smithfield meat market comes into view.

Modern building

Wax Chandlers Hall

Smithfield Market

Smithfield gates

Peeping through the door to the market where meat is traded from 2 am each morning.

Burger shop outside the market with pretty brickwork.
Next stop Euston Square!


Friday, 26 April 2019

Five in Brussels


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For our last trip to Brussels before we're back on the Eurostar and hurtling to London, here's my five for this week.

1.  Drinking Water Fountain -  this is based on Pieter Breugel the Elder's painting The Blind leading the Blind. At one time these drinking fountains like these were the only source of clean water and would have basins at different heights so dogs could also drink.  In the 1980s the City decided to replace the old fountains with new ones and chose to depict Pieter Breugel's paintings in remembrance of the 450th anniversary of his birth.  He lived in Brussels during the 1560s.  There are several around the City.

2. Alleyways, Arcades and narrow lanes -  loads of places to explore.

3. Buildings - all shapes and sizes

4. Place du Petit Sablon - 48 statues on tall plinths in the fence surround this pretty garden with Counts Edgmont and Horne in the centre of the garden, who were symbols of resistance against Spanish tyranny that sparked the Dutch revolt.  They were executed in the Grand Place.  Their statues are surrounded by 10 others of political figures, intellectuals and artists of the 16th Century.

5. Street Art

In 1907, Georges Remi  was born in Brussels where he grew up and studied and in January 1929 created his first comic strip under the name of Herge and Tintin was born.

I hope you enjoyed a couple of days in Antwerp and Brussels, it's amazing how much you can see in a short time although there's so much more to see and do.


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Brussels - Grand Place/Grote Markt


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Welcome to the Brussels, we're heading for the spectacular Grand Place/Grote Markt, even bigger than the one in Antwerp, packed full of detail and splendour.

On the way, a statue of Mayor Charles Buls during 1881-89 catches the eye, larger than life size, the statue by the fountain looks well loved and was only put there in 1999.

The Grand Place is the main square full of Guildhalls, the City's Town Hall, Museum and Tourist Information office not to mention restaurants, cafés and shops.

How can you do this fantastic place justice with a few snaps?

The Place was busy with tourists but not as busy as it can be!