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Sky and Scrapers - the aerial version (with thanks to Bertie)

By Ericsamson
A few days ago my dear old chum Bertie (he of Jeeves and Wooster fame) posted a very fine image of the London skyline from Greenwich. This set the old bean going and I suggested that I might be so bold as to post some aerial shots of the scene along with other bits of dear old Londinium as it was known in the days of one of my ancient forebears (I thought there were only supposed to be three), Maximus Newtus Finknottleus.
The aerial chariot for this jolly little outing was a rather lovely D H Dragon Rapide based at Duxford. Matron and I arrived at the aerodrome just in time to bag the last two seats at the back but Matron declined. For reasons I simply can't fathom she considered that this fine machine hardly represented the apotheosis of aircraft design and cheerfully waved me off while she sat down in the cafe to study the terms of the life insurance documents she always carries with her.
These images were taken on August 3rd 2005 and the camera used was a Pentax Optio compact boasting an impressive 7mp. Frankly I don't think it did too badly!
With thanks and apologies to Bertie (aka Dave, aka bluesandtwos) for shamelessly piggy backing on his images and nicking his title. I run the risk of being debagged and thrown out the Drones. Oh the shame of it!

Many thanks for the generous responses to whatever it was I last posted - I've slept since then - hang on I think it was that mechanical head at Crich. In any event I very much enjoy the reciprocal banter!!
All the best for the Bank Holiday weekend, Gussy Finknottle and the newts. SmileSmileSmile



Tags: London Aerial photography Landscape and travel D H DRAGON RAPIDE

Voters: woolybill1, mike9005, mrswoolybill and 19 more


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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2097 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2019 9:53PM
So Matron is still hanging in there, playing the long game. Patience is everything when it comes to life insurance. She who laughs last laughs loudest...

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24 Aug 2019 10:25PM
Now, e'n now she sits at my side cackling like one of the witches from Macbeth. Woops, she's just gone to get the chain saw ... that's two of you!!!
mac Plus
18 3 Scotland
24 Aug 2019 11:38PM
A great set of aerial shots of London and surroundings. Pretty impressive for a 7mp camera.
Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
25 Aug 2019 3:43AM
Hey Ho, Gussy! Liking your shots of dear old London town, and surprised by how flat the whole area is; there was me just expecting hilliness - hmm, no corrections there, it must be a proper word - like everywhere else I have been in the UK. It is odd, and it must be me who goes about in a daze some of the time, because I am just remembering I have flown into Luton, Gatwick, City, and Heathrow, and never noticed the flatness before, though I think Luton has hills, but is Luton considered London town.

In the 90s I once worked at the Glasgow SECC Motor Show, where I met a pro photographer who excitedly talked about digital cameras with me, and he was particularly looking forward to bagging the latest top-of-the-range Nikon - with a whole 6 Mb to astonish with, so in light of that your 6 Mb ain't too shabby. A good lens makes up for a lot.

Love your old Rapide - a fab experience for you, and how about that Flying Fortress and Avro Vulcan bombers, just sitting there - wow.
25 Aug 2019 7:20AM
Thanks for sharing your brilliant experience with us, Graham a great set.

JohnSmile
saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 37 Norway
25 Aug 2019 8:10AM
I do find myself expressing a certain disappointment in this set of aerial images, which although very good in their own right, could have been improved immensely had you had the aforethought to book a standing room only place on the upper wing, instead of in the tight and body-odour ridden interior of the flying contraption.
I have seen images here on ePz of scantily clad (apparently) young ladies performing certain acts whilst standing on the aforementioned upper wing, so I feel sure that a resourceful person such as yourself would have been more than up to the task.
At the same time, Matron would not just have been scrutinising the insurance policies, but indeed using a magnifying glass on the smallest of small print.
bluesandtwos 10 406 1 England
25 Aug 2019 9:19AM
Dear Gussie and newts,

one is more than happy to have stirred the little grey cells to recall an event that occurred more than two sleeps ago, and your position at the Drones has been made permanent for producing such magnificent images from that weighty mahogany (freshly produced from re constituted shavings from the shed floor and a little PVA) and brass light gatherer that you smuggled on board that delightful aircraft. Mechanical things ( myself NOT included) should always have their moving parts displayed thus giving assurance to those whose wives had just upped the family insurance by 500% for the day. It's comforting to see those little blades whizzing round like the clappers, screwing through the ether (wasn't that the title of your recent novel, so rudely banned by W H Smith, the scoundrels) unlike these new fangled jets, which quite frankly I find just a load of old hot air.
I too tried for the trip over Londinium in the Rapide, but owing to a bad day at the races ( I should have listened when Jeeves said my certainty from a tipoff at the Drones, was more suited to being the main constituent of foul smelling wood glue, or soapSad). I only had two groats and an out of date shekel, not quite enough for the fare. But, by good fortune I recognised the planes hostess at the bar as one of my old pals cousins, and to cut a long story short used the last of my hard earned to get her a gin into which, I am almost ashamed to say, I slipped a mickey ( the sort used to slow down the oppositions greyhounds at Wimbledon).
After her rapid passing into the land of nod I swiped her spare uniform, donned it, post haste, behind the bike shed, and with the assistance of a mop head on the old bonce thought I made a pretty convincing airworthy member of the opposite. Now I don't know if you've ever tried walking, with style, across a grass runway in high heels but it was a task more difficult than avoiding Spode down the corridors of Madelines uncles country abode after his discovery of several newts in his bath tub! Anyway, let us forget that incident, I really don't know why he made such a fuss.
I would have got away with it too had not the pilot, with a willingness not befitting a true gentleman, assisted me up the access ladder with a manly push to the derrierre, the skirt ( not too good a fit I must confess) rode up, and instead of an eyefull to warm the cockles of his heart the hapless aviator caught sight of something that should not be seen at any distance, even less close up, that of the underwear Y front, and the bulge of varicose vein ( too many ports at the Drones), over stocking top. The poor chap feinted, took celebicy vows, and reportedly never flew again.
The flight was cancelled, the now awakened hostess called the constabulary and the cuffs were slapped on.. It was only when good old Jeeves explained I was in fact, the stand in wing walker, dressed as a lady as the gentlemen viewing from below with the high powered binos prefer to view the up blown attire on a female form, and the usual wing walking lady had suddenly been called to the sick bed of an elderly aunt in Clapham.

Absolutely excellent photos old chap, a joy to view, and a joy to have just a few spare minutes to write drivel! Once again, thank you!

Bertie and Dave
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 10:27AM
Sure looks a tight squeeze in there Graham, but worth it for these aerial shots.
Peter.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 7:40PM
A smashing view and brilliant write up,
Ju
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
26 Aug 2019 5:14PM
Oops, late on parade again. A fine collection of struts braces nuts and bolts you Graham. Reminds me of a set of pictures taken from inside the Blackpool tower lift SmileSmile. A place, I hasten to add, that I have never been Blush.
As a side note, we were wandering round your ancestors chariot racing circuit last week. Not sure what he called it but these days its known as circus Maximus...very disappointing, not a single clown or elephant to be seen.

Dave. LXI and 2/12ths.

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