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Scotland by rail

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

Scenery from somewhere north of England
 
I am one of those people who would get excited sitting in the front row on the top deck of a double decker bus. And often I would end up sitting next to kids under 10 years of age who are equally excited, though I don't express [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Transport, Glasgow and was tagged with nature, Scotland, trains, Glasgow


Hampshire's heritage railway line

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Toothpicker

No, I am not a trainspotter! Sadly, I don't have the knowledgeable nor am I geeky enough to be one. However, I have always loved trains, especially the heritage ones and whenever possible, I would choose trains over planes as a mode of transport. I think it is a shame that many [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, Architectural conservation, Hampshire, trains


Charles Holden goes west

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Toothpicker

Sudbury Town understand station
 
Last year, I attended an architectural walk organised by London transport museum to explore English architect, Charles Holden's iconic art deco underground stations (click here to read the blog entry) on the north east end of the Piccadilly Line. This year, I attended another walk (which was also [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Hiking & walking, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, walks, British design, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


Contemporary Chinese culture at The Floating Cinema

Posted on August 7, 2014 by Toothpicker

It's not an exaggeration to say the 'dilemma' that faces many Londoners is not the lack of entertainment/consumption choices, but the overwhelming of choices available. And when it comes to cultural events, we are just spoiled for choice and it's hard to keep up even if you are subscribed to hundreds of [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Talks, Films & documentaries, Art, Transport, Videos & animations, Chinese art and was tagged with London, photography, talks, documentaries, Chinese art, Hong Kong design, The Floating Cinema, animations


Retreat aftermath

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery from the train journey between Edinburgh and Newcastle
 
It has been about 5 days since I returned from Scotland, and I am still feeling slightly disorientated ( which seems to always happen after a week-long retreat).
I remember on the day of departure, some retreat friends and I had some spare time [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Britain, Transport and was tagged with meditation, business, Scotland, retreats


Charles Holden's iconic underground stations

Posted on July 8, 2013 by Toothpicker

Arnos Grove station designed in 1929 and opened in 1932
 
Most Londoners have a love/ hate relationship with the Tube/ underground. While it can be efficient and convenient on some good days, it can also be crowded, hot, disruptive with long delays on many bad days and most of us seem to experience [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, architecture, walks, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


Rickmansworth Festival 2013

Posted on June 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

Floating band and canal boats in Rickmansworth
 
It is amazing what I keep discovering here in London... I have never heard of the Rickmansworth Festival ( nor Rickmansworth for that matter) even though this year was its 20th year! I only found out about it because I was taking the special vintage tube [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Traditional arts & crafts, Transport and was tagged with London, nature, canal boats, Rickmansworth festival


Tube 150 anniversary celebrations on the Metropolitan line

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Toothpicker

The beautifully restored 1938 Tube stock train
 
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and the London Transport Museum has organised various events to celebrate the world's oldest underground railway.
I am not quite a train geek, but I do love trains and train journeys, especially vintage or heritage ones. Hence I [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Design, Transport and was tagged with London, London transport museum, Tube 150 anniversary celebrations


The tranquil beauty of Yangshuo

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Toothpicker

Main: Camel hill in the background; bottom right: Moon hill
 
It has been years since I last visited China ( Hong Kong and Macau don't count), and Guilin has always been on my mind, so I suggested it to a friend who was also keen on exploring this part of China.
Our original plan [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Sports, Transport and was tagged with nature, cycling


My Cigno Seventy

Posted on July 22, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
Finally, the sun is out and I was able to take my beloved Cigno Seventy out for a ride in my local area...
As a huge supporter of online shopping, I buy almost everything online ( except for fresh food) including my bicycle from Italy! Two years ago, I was looking for a foldable [...]

This post was posted in London, Sports, Italian design, Design, Transport and was tagged with London, cycling, Cigno Seventy


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