winter solstice

A typical rainy street scene all over London this afternoon on the shortest day of the year.  Winter begins today and, yes, it’s already getting dark!

Muita chuva em Londres nesta tarde no dia mais curto do ano.  O inverno começa hoje e a noite já está caindo!

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london eye

A few drops of rain don’t spoil the view from the London Eye on a mid-December evening. Down below, the city is brightly illuminated, boats and bridges are festooned with colourful lights, there are frost fairs and Christmas markets … The festivities have begun!

Umas gotas de chuva não estragam a vista do London Eye numa noite de dezembro. Lá em baixo, a cidade está muito iluminada, os barcos e pontes enfeitados com luzes coloridas, há feiras de natal … As festas já começaram!

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very cold, very windy, high tides and grey skies …

A brisk walk on a cold afternoon:  looking across the Thames towards the Shard and, just round the corner, an ice-rink in the moat at the Tower of London.

Uma caminhada breve num dia de tempestade:  o Shard, o rio escuro e, por perto, a pista de gelo em frente da Torre de Londres.

nour tour bus

One of the pleasures of the autumn months is the Nour Festival of Arts, now in its fourth year.  The best of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture is divulged throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  As well as exhibitions, films, talks, workshops, performances, literature, music and poetry, there is also a Souk and a Tour Bus.

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off the map

Pudding Lane Productions won first prize in Crytek’s Off the Map challenge with their 3D video game based on 400 year old maps of the City of London from the British Library map collection.

Voe por Londres no video game 3D criado por Pudding Lane Productions usando mapas do século 17 achados no acervo de mapas da British Library. Eu quero!

sheep at the royal academy?

What would Sir Joshua Reynolds have thought? But it’s true. A small flock of Bowmont Merino sheep have been running circles round the statue of Reynolds in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts. They were brought here to celebrate the RA’s current exhibition, ‘Australia’, and the final weekend of Wool Week.

Umas ovelhas fofas na Royal Academy!

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