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Mother of Parliaments?

By dudler
It doesn't seem so these days, with the failures of politics showing in the concrete barriers around the building, and hte failure of maintenance visible in scaffolding and repairs work...

An opportunistic shot: my Mum had broken her leg playing tennis, and I took this from the window of her hospital room when I went to visit her. A long time ago now.

A bit of processing to overcome the shortcomings of shooting through an NHS window - and of using cheap film - out-of-date Sakurachrome. This was some time around 1990.

I've blogged about pushing equipment past its limits: not really the case here, but I do it every time I try to photograph birds in the garden. Sometimes, you need to kit up if conditions aren't perfect...

Tags: Architecture Houses of parliament Film Friday

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16 Apr 2021 11:35AM
It has atmosphere.
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 11:43AM
A great vantage point although under unfortunate circumstances!
KateGrin
kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
16 Apr 2021 11:49AM
The Scottish parliament building had to have all its windows remade even before the building was finished!! (possibly something to do with weird shapes? - or more to do with there being no 'claw back' clauses for mistakes made so manufacturers getting paid twice for the same job? ... I will let you decide.) and then the roof trusses in the main debating chamber came loose with one nearly falling off completely within a handful of years.
I think Westminster is holding up much better and will be around long after Holyrood has been flattened.
16 Apr 2021 12:03PM
Great processing
jacomes Plus
6 28 38 Portugal
16 Apr 2021 1:02PM
Self nominated "mother of parliaments" . Imposing looking building, but even when they built it they were looking backwards, and it's now completely useless for a modern proportionally elected and non confrontational parliament.
This is a good viewpoint though.
James
16 Apr 2021 1:02PM
Parliaments everywhere..
Would be fun if they'd just make a facebook group instead.
No talking, just writing...
Posting ideas, and the ones with the most upvotes get discussed.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
16 Apr 2021 1:13PM
There's more stories of cronyism in the news today (ironiclly concerning the NHS), it's not just the building that's in need of repair.
16 Apr 2021 2:40PM
Lovely capture, John. Sad that the scaffolding now present and has been for years, seems to be up forever.

Mike
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
16 Apr 2021 2:44PM
On first viewing I thought you had bought yourself a drone! Quite good, considering all the things you had to overcome.
Ian
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 2:49PM
Competition for the HP Sauce label - I don't think I'll see it like this again in my lifetime.
Alfie
clevercloggs Plus
16 251 15 Netherlands
16 Apr 2021 3:27PM
I have to agree with Dark_lord that building is keeping standards higher than those who are actually using it on a daily basis.
Great photo though, from an angle not often seen.
Robert
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
16 Apr 2021 3:59PM
I agree that the place is rife with what Churchill called 'terminological inexactitudes' and that it's ill-suited to a modern democracy. I believe we'd do far better with proportional representation, which might rein in the extremes instead of intensifying them...

We have a very peculiar position, though - sometimes, it's the traditions that keep things sane... If only we had a few politicians who were as careful, as considerate and as constructive as the Queen, we'd be doing rather well.
16 Apr 2021 5:00PM
Amazing considering it's age and bulk that it hasn't`t fallen into the Thames at some point... and wonder why Hitler and Goering mostly spared it from bombing during the war.
cheers walt
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 5:24PM
A smashing view from the river
Ju
cooky Plus
17 6 3 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 5:44PM

Quote:Parliaments everywhere..
Would be fun if they'd just make a facebook group instead.
No talking, just writing...
Posting ideas, and the ones with the most upvotes get discussed.



If Leo formed a party I think we would all vote for him!

An image of it's time and thanks for sharing the image and the narrative John. Can hear that favourite Nana saying, "Politicians Kathy? They all pickle in the same pot!" Wise woman!
viscostatic 14 50 10 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2021 9:10AM

Quote:The Scottish parliament building had to have all its windows remade even before the building was finished!! (possibly something to do with weird shapes? - or more to do with there being no 'claw back' clauses for mistakes made so manufacturers getting paid twice for the same job? ... I will let you decide.) and then the roof trusses in the main debating chamber came loose with one nearly falling off completely within a handful of years.
I think Westminster is holding up much better and will be around long after Holyrood has been flattened.



The sooner it is flattened the better for me.
viscostatic 14 50 10 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2021 9:15AM
Ye, I do remember Sakurachrome. I used it a few times then I found Orwo was even cheaper. False economy of course but in those days I was a poorly paid teacher who had difficulty being able to afford photography and the cost of keeping a banger of a car on the road at the same time. Photography won and I was without a car for over a year.

I do like the reflections and the movement in the water in this image.

Phil.

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