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Betjeman at St Pancras

By AngelaR
Last week we took a day trip to Lille on the Eurostar, leaving from St Pancras. We made sure we had time to have a look round before we left and here is a shot of the John Betjeman statue on the upper floor of the station level with the platforms, near the Champagne Bar - closed at 8 a.m. sadly Sad

The statue is standing on a disc of Cumbrian slate inscribed with Betjeman's name and dates and the words "Who saved this glorious station". Round the rim, Jennings has chosen words from the poem Cornish Cliffs:
"And in the shadowless unclouded glare
Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where
A misty sea-line meets the wash of air."

The quality of the shot is not great as I was using Mr R's pocket camera, but with a little USM and work in Elements, including trying a filter finish, I'm relatively pleased with it. I'll press the Mod button today. Will just have to return with the Canon at a future date. No.2 shows the rear of the statue with a Eurostar train in situ. Everything is surrounded by glass screens.

Comments, crits and mods welcome - please look large - many thanks.

Tags: General Transport Sculpture Architecture Poetry Eurostar St pancras station John betjeman

Voters: dven, bayleaf, ChristineL and 20 more

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bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:23AM
Nice shots Angela.

No.1 is my favourite.

ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:28AM
yes I like no.1 too, I bet St. Pancras was lovely to see,
fentiger 20 920 24 England
26 Nov 2007 8:28AM
Nice capture Angela and like John No. 1 is my favourite. I expected to see people in the other two Wink

helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:34AM
Number 1 definitely
Nicely composed shot
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:42AM
Thanks for the first comments. It was remarkably empty up there, apart from about 4 of us taking photos. The main attraction up there is the architecture, the Champagne Bar (empty that morning), and the Betjeman Tea Bar (bacon rolls, crumpets, tea and toast on the menu). The rest is offices I think.

The passengers get on/off the train onto an escalator in the platform before reaching the 'engine'. All the bustle goes on down in the main hall below - show later in the week.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:48AM
I really like this, particularly version 1, but 2 is good as well. Thanks for this one.
Nettles 14 England
26 Nov 2007 10:48AM
I heard about this statue on the Jeremy Vine show, great to see a shot of it.
Excellent detail. Annette
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 10:58AM
Thought of your tea shop Moira when I took this and saw the Tea Bar - though it wasn't really worth a shot as the light was so dim. Thanks to you and Annette.
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 2:03PM
Well framed Angela..this is a superb composition and love number 1.
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 10:36PM
Thanks very much Di.
derekv 14 3 England
26 Nov 2007 10:57PM
Great shot, Angela, love the subtle colouring of No. 1.
JudeC 14 6 3 England
27 Nov 2007 6:57AM
Lovely shots - No. 1 for me I think - JudeC
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 7:10AM
Many thanks Derek and Jude.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 7:47AM
Sometimes stations can be such nice places, full of art and St. Pancras seems to be such one.
Lovely picture to bring us the big world into our homes!
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Nov 2007 7:48AM
V1 for me, works a treat
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 7:51AM
Thanks Johanna - they've really worked hard with this one, though people are complaining 'cos they've not yet opened all the promised shops, loos etc. Smile

Thanks too Alan.
KKmoments 15 12 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 1:15PM
#1 does it for me Angela but all three are great shots.... love the composition and the amount of b/g interest you've captured too.... karen Smile
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 2:02PM
I definitely like No 2 best He looks like he is holding onto his hat as the train rushes by.
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 2:29PM
Thank you both - glad you like it.

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