The frigate Hermione in the Vieux Port, Marseille

L’Hermione (1779) was a three-masted Concorde class frigate of the Marine Royale française, launched in 1778 and initially very successful around the French coast suppressing raids by corsairs. L’Hermione took the Marquis de La Fayette with a crew of 200 to help the American separatists led by George Washington in 1780. I was surprised just how big the three-master from the trine of the American War of Independence and the French Revolution looks even today.

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Stephen at the Princess of Wales

Stephen at the Prince of Wales about to enjoy his Bangers and Mash.

Television Centre from the Westfield Extension

Television Centre, that was the great sprawling powerhouse of BBC television, newly revealed. This view has just become public now that the extension to Westfield Shepherd Bush shopping centre has opened its doors and the cranes that have been converting the broadcasting centre have done their work and left. Note the demolition of the East Tower and Design Building and the additional floors above Stage 5. White City tube station in the foreground (Hammersmith and City Line. Selections from a stitched panorama.

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First hair cut of summer 2018

Sunshine outside at last in London: time for the first crop of Summer 2018.

Note: one crop does not a summer make

Notre-dame de la Garde in snow in Marseille

Snow in Marseille

This is not how things are meant to be in Marseille ever, let alone on the first day of Spring, the day of the vernal equinox. And the talk in the boulangerie as I bought my croissants this morning was that his morning’s is the third fall of snow in Marseille this winter. That’s climate change.