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budapestbill

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost; and
For want of a horse the rider was lost;
Being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all
For the want of care about a horseshoe nail.
- Benjamin Franklyn.

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  • spot of bird watching

    I'm quite impressed Keara, keep up the good work! It just shows you, if you're old enough, you're good enough. Grin
    • 25 Aug 2016 6:47PM
  • Seen better days!

    Claire,

    We're lucky in this country that are museums are mostly free. I've just got back from the V&A in London, you could get lost for hours in there - Ideal for a visit on a rainy day!

    Tom
    • 9 Jul 2016 1:09PM
  • Seaton Sluice

    A regular haunt of mine when I take a walk from Dudley. You could visit a hundred times and get a different perspective or weather conditions affecting the final shot. Was last there in early April. Incidentally, the Tall Ships event is coming to Blyth during the August bank holiday weekend when I'm hoping to be a Ships liaison officer for the duration on one of the vessels, it should be interesting.
    • 29 Jun 2016 3:55PM
  • Dryad Saddle

    Thank you Isabel for your kind words. I came across this by accident and was immediately drawn to it, didn't know what species it was at first, but after some detective work found the answer.

    Tom Grin
    • 10 Jun 2016 4:02PM
  • Seal of Approval

    Thanks Tony, appreciated comments.
    • 7 Jun 2016 10:57AM
  • Sheba

    Interesting composition, very rustic and earthy vibe to it. Excellent, well done! Smile Tom
    • 13 May 2016 12:45PM
  • It's good, but not quite Carling!

    Thanks for the comments guys!
    • 12 May 2016 12:54PM
  • Dietrich von Hochsteden, Count of Are, kneels before a shrine

    I'm glad that you enjoyed the Info and the picture, thank you for your comments. Unlike the majority of major museums worldwide, the V&A and other British museums are free to enter and you're allowed to take photo's. What's not to like!
    • 12 May 2016 11:39AM
  • Set In Stone

    Yeah, you can't beat the old films - another one that springs to mind is Whiskey Galore, both are great stories.
    • 19 Apr 2016 3:34PM
  • The Magnificent Seven

    Another winner, they look so proud. Wink
    • 6 Apr 2016 10:53AM
  • Camargue Horses

    How I've missed this I do not know - I think It's fantastic.

    Tom
    • 5 Apr 2016 12:26PM
  • Robin in a flap

    Great capture Cathy, you must have the patience of Job. I'm half expecting an appearance by Batman anytime here! Grin

    Tom
    • 5 Apr 2016 12:18PM
  • I've Got My Eye On You

    Fine crisp shot, highlighting plenty of detail Smile

    Tom
    • 4 Apr 2016 11:47AM
  • Watch your chips!

    Thanks for the comment Bill Grin
    • 3 Apr 2016 2:35PM
  • Heart of stone

    Newcastle Civic Centre.
    In the centre of Newcastle, twelve bronze seahorse heads sit proudly above a brilliant copper green tower (obscured, top right of photo) - these semi-equine forms are a signal to visitors; they lead to the heart of the city’s history and spirit.

    As one of the few surviving examples of 1960s architecture in Newcastle, the Civic Centre crystallizes the cultural and social ambition of that era. Built during the hopeful post-war regeneration of Britain, it’s clear that the architecture was driven by idealistic values as well as aesthetics. A huge budget gave G W Kenyon, the city’s architect, the resources to capture Newcastle’s cultural identity through a new modernist lens. The use of Portland stone, also chosen for Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral, is an indication of the statement that Kenyon wanted to make in a city full of sandstone and brick; one of the original stones selected by Wren for St Paul’s is inset into the southern wall.

    Combining a twenty-five bell carillon on the top of an office block, an elliptical council chamber on stilts and a courtyard, the Civic Centre was unlike any other building in Newcastle in the 1960s and remains unique to this day. As well as being visually striking, there is also a strong sense of social inclusiveness. For example, the tranquil courtyard, officially named “The Garth”, invites the public into the heart of the building via two specially commissioned David Wynne sculptures; a huge Bronze River God and five Scandinavian swans.

    History.
    With the city on its knees thanks to post-war de-industrialisation, it took infamous city council leader T Dan Smith, to drag Newcastle kicking and screaming into modernity.

    Plans to build a new city hall on the site at Barras Bridge had been proposed prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, to the point of holding an architectural competition, although these were halted by the war; and due to post-war restrictions on capital expenditure, it was not until August 1956 that authorisation to begin construction was granted. During the interim period, the demolition of houses and a former Eye Hospital on the intended site was implemented.

    Work commenced on the building in May 1960, and the foundation stone was laid by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Mrs Gladys Robson, on 30 November 1960. The building was completed in 1967 and was formally opened by HM King Olav V of Norway on 14 November 1968. The total construction cost was Ł4,855,000. Newcastle's Victorian Town Hall which stood in the centre of the Bigg Market was demolished in 1973.

    On 6 May 1977, the Civic Centre was visited by the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, who delivered a speech famously containing the Geordie phrase "Howay the lads!" A stone commemorating the event was placed in the centre grounds.

    The council leader's office was used as a filming location by a Japanese production team in 2014 for a drama set in 1960s Tokyo.

    Long before the Newcastle-Gateshead “City of Culture” bid in 2002, the Civic Centre was already championing the arts and this translated into a playful approach to motifs and symbolism. The seahorses, which are borrowed from Newcastle’s coat of arms, act as a reminder of the city’s seaport history. They are everywhere – appearing in various forms including crystal chandeliers and carpets. A large tapestry in the Banquet Hall, designed by John Piper, mimics the shapes and colours found in Northumberland. More subtly, clean Scandinavian lines and walls of Norwegian Otta slate acknowledge Newcastle’s previous cultural and economic links with Norway.

    Sculpture and art works.
    The Civic Centre is also notable for its modern sculptures, in particular the "River God Tyne" and "Swans in Flight", both by David Wynne, and the seahorses on the top of the tower by John Robert Murray McCheyne.
    The cashiers reception of the former rates hall, now the Customer Service Centre, has two abstract murals by Victor Pasmore.
    Other notable contributions include the entrance way by Geoffrey Clarke.

    P.S.
    T Dan Smith was jailed for corruption in 1974, a saga immortalised in the BBC drama series ‘Our Friends in The North’.

    Coordinates: 54.979°N 1.6111°W
    • 4 Mar 2016 2:30PM
  • Contemplation

    Thanks Bill, wow-what a wonderful portfolio you have. I rarely get the time to look through other people's offerings, but I'm impressed. Keep up the good work.
    • 12 Feb 2016 6:30PM
  • Dunsapie Crag and Loch

    Hi Rita,

    Yes you get to see a great panoramic view of Edinburgh and the surrounding area, but it's even more stupendous from on top of Arthur's Hill. Smile
    • 12 Feb 2016 10:35AM
  • Common Pheasant

    Something to crow about, lovely Image. Smile
    • 16 Jan 2016 11:58AM
  • Joan of Arc

    Thanks for the comments guys, much appreciated. Smile
    • 11 Jan 2016 12:32PM
  • Athens of the North

    Thanks for the comments guys. Smile
    • 5 Jan 2016 1:08PM
  • Orchids

    Vivid Purple on Black - reminds me of Prince (The Purple One)! Smile
    • 5 Jan 2016 12:31PM
  • "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

    Thanks for the comments guys Smile
    • 23 Dec 2015 11:01AM
  • Sitting on the dock of the bay

    Thanks for the comment Larry, I tried to get a perspective to highlight the details of the Jetty.

    Tom Smile
    • 16 Dec 2015 10:29AM
  • Sparrow-hawk

    Fantastic detail, sharp as a tack, photography to aspire to-just wonderful.

    Tom
    • 14 Dec 2015 3:14PM
  • DIGGER’S REST STATION

    I like version two best, by cropping the picture to omit the horses would enhance the picture somewhat.
    That's just a personal preference though.

    I appreciate the time and effort you put in to informing people of your work, most people don't.

    I really do like your portfolio, It makes me want to visit Oz!

    Tom
    • 10 Dec 2015 3:42PM
  • Angel of the North

    Thanks for the comments John, much appreciated. Yes, I'll have a play around with the processing but at the moment I'm limited to what I can achieve due to the software that I have. Anybody out there that wants to enhance it can give it a go.

    I always give some info on the photo's just to them some context.

    If you do come up this way you won't be able to miss it!
    • 7 Dec 2015 11:28AM
  • Female Broad-bodied Chaser

    Vibrant colours, wonderful detal, outstanding in every way.
    • 17 Nov 2015 2:38PM
  • Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

    Fantastic detail and sumptuous colours, outstanding Macro work.
    • 17 Nov 2015 2:33PM
  • Halloween Pennant

    Fantastic Macro work, it doesn't get much better than this.

    Tom
    • 17 Nov 2015 2:27PM
  • Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

    Another great capture, you must be proud.
    • 14 Nov 2015 2:14PM