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#366 - University of Huddersfield.
And there we have it. Not only a brilliant weekend back in West Yorkshire, catching up with the best friends and enjoying some great football and sunshine and food and alcohol, but also the perfect opportunity to finish my panoramic photo challenge where it started. August 1st 2011 (678 days ago) I submitted my MA Thesis and composition portfolio, then decided a needed a new project to keep the creative (curative) juices flowing. Since then I have been awarded a distinction in the MA, moved to London, got a job as a Graphic Designer, gained a family member and lost one, visited four different countries, lived in three different houses, owned two smartphones (panoramic-taking cameras), watched 104 episodes of Dr Who, won 345G on FIFA13, and posted three hundred and sixty-six photos of the past two years of my life. Thanks again to all who have visited/liked, I’ll let you all know when the next challenge comes along. And please check out the archive view of this blog – it’s a favourite of mine. It’s been a brilliant almost-two years. Thank you.

#366 - University of Huddersfield.

And there we have it. Not only a brilliant weekend back in West Yorkshire, catching up with the best friends and enjoying some great football and sunshine and food and alcohol, but also the perfect opportunity to finish my panoramic photo challenge where it started. August 1st 2011 (678 days ago) I submitted my MA Thesis and composition portfolio, then decided a needed a new project to keep the creative (curative) juices flowing. Since then I have been awarded a distinction in the MA, moved to London, got a job as a Graphic Designer, gained a family member and lost one, visited four different countries, lived in three different houses, owned two smartphones (panoramic-taking cameras), watched 104 episodes of Dr Who, won 345G on FIFA13, and posted three hundred and sixty-six photos of the past two years of my life. Thanks again to all who have visited/liked, I’ll let you all know when the next challenge comes along. And please check out the archive view of this blog – it’s a favourite of mine. It’s been a brilliant almost-two years. Thank you.

#365 – Canons Park to Huddersfield.
Thank you post coming up. You guys who have seen, followed, or just-that-once slightly raised your eyebrows at this blog, thank you so much. Honestly. And to you guys who like photos all the time, Joe, Sam, Joel, Lucy, Zain, Andre, and of course, my very own Katy and Jay, this blog is all your fault because I probably would have given up by #20 if no one was reading/looking at the stuff I posted. If you’re not already all following each other, do so now. Anyway – this is Canons Park right about now. It’s warm, it’s pretty sunny, it’s Friday, I just finished work (at 1:30pm), and I’m heading up to Huddersfield for a big old reunion weekend with friends. This is all brilliant.

#365 – Canons Park to Huddersfield.

Thank you post coming up. You guys who have seen, followed, or just-that-once slightly raised your eyebrows at this blog, thank you so much. Honestly. And to you guys who like photos all the time, Joe, Sam, Joel, LucyZain, Andre, and of course, my very own Katy and Jay, this blog is all your fault because I probably would have given up by #20 if no one was reading/looking at the stuff I posted. If you’re not already all following each other, do so now. Anyway – this is Canons Park right about now. It’s warm, it’s pretty sunny, it’s Friday, I just finished work (at 1:30pm), and I’m heading up to Huddersfield for a big old reunion weekend with friends. This is all brilliant.

#364 – Wembley Stadium.
OK, let’s do this. A final 3-2-1 and then my panoramic photo challenge will be complete. I love this photo, by the way. I go through Wembley Park station every morning and evening, travelling to/from work, so I was on the way home from work the other evening, it was sunny, and I thought I’d pop out and grab a panoramic shot before it’s too late. I’m glad I did. However, as I now only have two posts remaining, some brilliant photos will miss out. I have a load in my drafts that aren’t really good enough to warrant a last-page post, but one or two (or four) that are too great to delete without some sort of mention. Even from my old lo-res posts, there was just something special about this empty Leicester Square station, and this bridge along from my old house in Milnsbridge. Then more recently, these two of Wandsworth Park and Barnes Bridge/the Thames, from the running I’ve done lately. Ah, I’m glad they’re on here now. Penultimate post tomorrow.

#364 – Wembley Stadium.

OK, let’s do this. A final 3-2-1 and then my panoramic photo challenge will be complete. I love this photo, by the way. I go through Wembley Park station every morning and evening, travelling to/from work, so I was on the way home from work the other evening, it was sunny, and I thought I’d pop out and grab a panoramic shot before it’s too late. I’m glad I did. However, as I now only have two posts remaining, some brilliant photos will miss out. I have a load in my drafts that aren’t really good enough to warrant a last-page post, but one or two (or four) that are too great to delete without some sort of mention. Even from my old lo-res posts, there was just something special about this empty Leicester Square station, and this bridge along from my old house in Milnsbridge. Then more recently, these two of Wandsworth Park and Barnes Bridge/the Thames, from the running I’ve done lately. Ah, I’m glad they’re on here now. Penultimate post tomorrow.

#363 - Downtown Boston.

(South Station - and one of my favourite panoramic shots of all.) Well this has been brilliant. After a long night sleep, following the New York trip, today has been a great relaxing final day. I made sure to buy all the necessary chocolates and gifts for folks at home, we had a great lunch in Harvard Square, before going for some final drinks at this incredible cocktail bar called Drink. We got served by the head barman, who was so, so entertaining. They have a thing where you either tell them which cocktail you’d like, or you provide them with some adjectives or criteria and they create something for you. But they do everything with such style. OK, I’ll be back in the UK around 7am local time tomorrow. That leaves me with a final three panoramic photos to finish this all off. Here goes.

#363 - Downtown Boston.

(South Station - and one of my favourite panoramic shots of all.) Well this has been brilliant. After a long night sleep, following the New York trip, today has been a great relaxing final day. I made sure to buy all the necessary chocolates and gifts for folks at home, we had a great lunch in Harvard Square, before going for some final drinks at this incredible cocktail bar called Drink. We got served by the head barman, who was so, so entertaining. They have a thing where you either tell them which cocktail you’d like, or you provide them with some adjectives or criteria and they create something for you. But they do everything with such style. OK, I’ll be back in the UK around 7am local time tomorrow. That leaves me with a final three panoramic photos to finish this all off. Here goes.

#362 - 7th Ave, Manhattan.
And today was my last in New York. Following the past two days’ more artistic, cultural side of the city, I spent all afternoon today shopping around Times Square and seeing the stuff you gotta see when you visit NYC. That LEGO X-Wing on the left there was promoting the launch of the new Yoda Chronicles on CN, but the Star Wars theme was playing through speakers right around the area. Yeah, the 12-year-old in me has really loved this afternoon. Sad to be leaving, of course, but it does feel like we’ve been here for a week, not just two nights. *Edit: I meant to post this as I boarded the Megabus (using their free WiFi), but if you have used Megabus’s ‘free WiFi’, you’ll have probably known that it takes an entire 4hr journey to load one page, so. It’s just past midnight and I’m now back in Boston, have just had a really good/bad grilled chicken burrito from this place around the corner, and am definitely ready for bed. Final day in Boston (and in the US) tomorrow.

#362 - 7th Ave, Manhattan.

And today was my last in New York. Following the past two days’ more artistic, cultural side of the city, I spent all afternoon today shopping around Times Square and seeing the stuff you gotta see when you visit NYC. That LEGO X-Wing on the left there was promoting the launch of the new Yoda Chronicles on CN, but the Star Wars theme was playing through speakers right around the area. Yeah, the 12-year-old in me has really loved this afternoon. Sad to be leaving, of course, but it does feel like we’ve been here for a week, not just two nights. *Edit: I meant to post this as I boarded the Megabus (using their free WiFi), but if you have used Megabus’s ‘free WiFi’, you’ll have probably known that it takes an entire 4hr journey to load one page, so. It’s just past midnight and I’m now back in Boston, have just had a really good/bad grilled chicken burrito from this place around the corner, and am definitely ready for bed. Final day in Boston (and in the US) tomorrow.

#361 - MoMA.

This has been so good. I mean, so good. I mean, so good that I’m describing it like an American who thinks something is pretty good. My second day in NYC now, been at the MoMA all afternoon, just had a nice Mac ‘n Cheese with truffle-soaked parmesan fries. Now sitting in the NYC Public Theatre, about to witness a live (brand new) Richard Foreman play, Old Fashioned Prostitutes.

#361 - MoMA.

This has been so good. I mean, so good. I mean, so good that I’m describing it like an American who thinks something is pretty good. My second day in NYC now, been at the MoMA all afternoon, just had a nice Mac ‘n Cheese with truffle-soaked parmesan fries. Now sitting in the NYC Public Theatre, about to witness a live (brand new) Richard Foreman play, Old Fashioned Prostitutes.

#360 - Downtown Boston from Castle Island Causeway.
Today was another great day here: my new favourite American coffee shop for brunch (and a cheeky exchange of music software with one of Tim’s friends), then another long bike ride to the other side of Boston. We visited the showrooms of the Design Center, which were great for all of 15 minutes, then cycled right around this body of water, just to get a load of photos. We then made our way to the ICA, about 1hr before closing, which wasn’t really long enough, but there were some great exhibitions there. And this evening, we went to the Highland Kitchen, a local restaurant/bar, but one that does the absolute best pulled-pork sandwich. Best food so far. I love this country for the food.

#360 - Downtown Boston from Castle Island Causeway.

Today was another great day here: my new favourite American coffee shop for brunch (and a cheeky exchange of music software with one of Tim’s friends), then another long bike ride to the other side of Boston. We visited the showrooms of the Design Center, which were great for all of 15 minutes, then cycled right around this body of water, just to get a load of photos. We then made our way to the ICA, about 1hr before closing, which wasn’t really long enough, but there were some great exhibitions there. And this evening, we went to the Highland Kitchen, a local restaurant/bar, but one that does the absolute best pulled-pork sandwich. Best food so far. I love this country for the food.

#359 – Charles River, Boston.
Well I’m in Boston, at long last, and it’s so great. I arrived yesterday evening and pretty much went straight to a concert as soon as I arrived, which was then followed by beers, introductions to composers/performers/friends, and tequila. Needless to say, I woke today with a slight headache, but at 9am, and the headache was absolutely fine. Today we cycled along the river and into Boston, wandered around the North End, cycled to the South End, back through Downtown and Central Square, and back to Somerville – we worked out that this was roughly 23km. This made me feel better after eating the most gorgeous lobster roll at lunch, then having Boston’s best medium steak with roast winter veg/potatoes and for dinner, followed by two, three (four?) cocktails. This photo was one of my first views of downtown Boston. Exploring it was really great.

#359 – Charles River, Boston.

Well I’m in Boston, at long last, and it’s so great. I arrived yesterday evening and pretty much went straight to a concert as soon as I arrived, which was then followed by beers, introductions to composers/performers/friends, and tequila. Needless to say, I woke today with a slight headache, but at 9am, and the headache was absolutely fine. Today we cycled along the river and into Boston, wandered around the North End, cycled to the South End, back through Downtown and Central Square, and back to Somerville – we worked out that this was roughly 23km. This made me feel better after eating the most gorgeous lobster roll at lunch, then having Boston’s best medium steak with roast winter veg/potatoes and for dinner, followed by two, three (four?) cocktails. This photo was one of my first views of downtown Boston. Exploring it was really great.

#358 - Southbank Centre.

Rambert had a performance here tonight, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which was another excuse for one glass of Southbank’s best Grenache (this is me still trying to drink very little alcohol, to go with the diet/fitness stuff). The performance wasn’t bad, some of the choreography was outstanding, for an “evening of new choreography”, but the composers’ accompaniments left a lot to be desired. It was a shame because the young performers were brilliant. Anyway, always a pleasure to see a concert here. One of my favourite places in all of London, without a doubt, and so it qualifies for my final ten (nine!) panoramic photos.

#358 - Southbank Centre.

Rambert had a performance here tonight, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which was another excuse for one glass of Southbank’s best Grenache (this is me still trying to drink very little alcohol, to go with the diet/fitness stuff). The performance wasn’t bad, some of the choreography was outstanding, for an “evening of new choreography”, but the composers’ accompaniments left a lot to be desired. It was a shame because the young performers were brilliant. Anyway, always a pleasure to see a concert here. One of my favourite places in all of London, without a doubt, and so it qualifies for my final ten (nine!) panoramic photos.

#357 - Harrow Lodge Park.
Isn’t in fact anywhere near Harrow, it’s between Dagenham and Hornchurch, but it’s a nice, long District Line journey from Elm Park to Turnham Green, as I found out this afternoon. Visiting Jay last night, we chilled and watched some Dr Who, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals, and them ‘Did you know’ gaming YouTube videos. I did say that we would find a route to run today, but due to the rain, and me forgetting my shorts, we simply walked about 4k instead. A lovely chilled weekend, though, before the next two weekends in Boston and NYC. Any ideas how/where I should finish my panoramic challenge? I have a few.

#357 - Harrow Lodge Park.

Isn’t in fact anywhere near Harrow, it’s between Dagenham and Hornchurch, but it’s a nice, long District Line journey from Elm Park to Turnham Green, as I found out this afternoon. Visiting Jay last night, we chilled and watched some Dr Who, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals, and them ‘Did you know’ gaming YouTube videos. I did say that we would find a route to run today, but due to the rain, and me forgetting my shorts, we simply walked about 4k instead. A lovely chilled weekend, though, before the next two weekends in Boston and NYC. Any ideas how/where I should finish my panoramic challenge? I have a few.

#356 - Thorpeness Meare.
Another brilliant (if very short) weekend at home. Between Saturday night’s concert and tonight’s, I got return train back home for a family meal, as my Fernie sister turned 24 last week. It turned out that my return train departed 24h 2mins after I arrived; a flying visit. But a beautiful meal and a good time nonetheless. Now headed back to London, to catch up with the musical folk, then see the world’s two biggest contemporary string quartets play in the same concert this evening. Needless to say, I’m not really looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.

#356 - Thorpeness Meare.

Another brilliant (if very short) weekend at home. Between Saturday night’s concert and tonight’s, I got return train back home for a family meal, as my Fernie sister turned 24 last week. It turned out that my return train departed 24h 2mins after I arrived; a flying visit. But a beautiful meal and a good time nonetheless. Now headed back to London, to catch up with the musical folk, then see the world’s two biggest contemporary string quartets play in the same concert this evening. Needless to say, I’m not really looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.

#355 - West from Hammersmith Bridge.
After a very busy but organised day at work, I came home with the plan to run somewhere, having rested last night after Sunday’s 10k to Richmond. Well I must have set off around 7:30pm, jogged down to the river, along to Hammersmith, and across the bridge, where I caught the sun just before it went down. Then, in a similar way to Sunday, I just kept running; along the Thames, through Putney, Wandsworth and Battersea, until I realised it was dark and I was running through Clapham. That was 10.5k anyway, so I caught the tube back to Turnham Green, but I should really watch where I’m headed and how quickly it gets dark at the moment. Maybe I’ll try it the other way around soon: get the tube to somewhere 10km away, then run back? To Google Maps.

#355 - West from Hammersmith Bridge.

After a very busy but organised day at work, I came home with the plan to run somewhere, having rested last night after Sunday’s 10k to Richmond. Well I must have set off around 7:30pm, jogged down to the river, along to Hammersmith, and across the bridge, where I caught the sun just before it went down. Then, in a similar way to Sunday, I just kept running; along the Thames, through Putney, Wandsworth and Battersea, until I realised it was dark and I was running through Clapham. That was 10.5k anyway, so I caught the tube back to Turnham Green, but I should really watch where I’m headed and how quickly it gets dark at the moment. Maybe I’ll try it the other way around soon: get the tube to somewhere 10km away, then run back? To Google Maps.

#354 - Hickey’s Almshouses, Richmond.
Well that was a great 10k. I began recording my route and started running, roughly towards the Thames, but without any plan. I ended up running through Mortlake then Richmond, where I noticed this very smart little place. I’m now on the tube back from Richmond, as it was getting too dark to carry on running, plus I don’t really know what’s the other side of Richmond, so I’ll stick to the 10k for today. Now for that beautiful can of San Pellegrino lemonade that’s chilling in my fridge.

#354 - Hickey’s Almshouses, Richmond.

Well that was a great 10k. I began recording my route and started running, roughly towards the Thames, but without any plan. I ended up running through Mortlake then Richmond, where I noticed this very smart little place. I’m now on the tube back from Richmond, as it was getting too dark to carry on running, plus I don’t really know what’s the other side of Richmond, so I’ll stick to the 10k for today. Now for that beautiful can of San Pellegrino lemonade that’s chilling in my fridge.

#353 - Science Museum.
Today hasn’t been the best of Fridays, but it’s been different. I woke up this morning with this stinging ache in my eyes. I got showered and ready, thinking it was the usual bed-too-late, up-too-early sort of thing, but it just got worse. So much so that my left eye was totally bloodshot and I couldn’t look at my Mac screen for longer than 10s periods at work. So, I headed down to the walk-in hospital unit at lunchtime, waited almost 2hrs, then saw a few people and had a few tests, and it turns out I just have an infection in one eye, probably caused by the new contact lenses/solution. It feels better this evening, but I’m glad it’s not a busy weekend for me. I thought I’d take the opportunity to grab some stuff from South Kensington this evening, so I made sure to take a panoramic whilst there.

#353 - Science Museum.

Today hasn’t been the best of Fridays, but it’s been different. I woke up this morning with this stinging ache in my eyes. I got showered and ready, thinking it was the usual bed-too-late, up-too-early sort of thing, but it just got worse. So much so that my left eye was totally bloodshot and I couldn’t look at my Mac screen for longer than 10s periods at work. So, I headed down to the walk-in hospital unit at lunchtime, waited almost 2hrs, then saw a few people and had a few tests, and it turns out I just have an infection in one eye, probably caused by the new contact lenses/solution. It feels better this evening, but I’m glad it’s not a busy weekend for me. I thought I’d take the opportunity to grab some stuff from South Kensington this evening, so I made sure to take a panoramic whilst there.

#352 - Chiswick Eyot.
Well, Chiswick Eyot is actually that little island of land on the far right of the photo. I ran again this evening, after work, after an espresso and a banana. I did further than yesterday, in less time, which I think is good going, so far. I ran down to the Thames, along towards Hammersmith and back along the main road, then back in time to watch most of Dortmund all but kill-off Real. I actually put a bit of money on an all-German final – and a bit more on Borussia Dortmund to win the CL. The first part of that  is extremely likely, and after tonight’s performance, the second is promising.

#352 - Chiswick Eyot.

Well, Chiswick Eyot is actually that little island of land on the far right of the photo. I ran again this evening, after work, after an espresso and a banana. I did further than yesterday, in less time, which I think is good going, so far. I ran down to the Thames, along towards Hammersmith and back along the main road, then back in time to watch most of Dortmund all but kill-off Real. I actually put a bit of money on an all-German final – and a bit more on Borussia Dortmund to win the CL. The first part of that  is extremely likely, and after tonight’s performance, the second is promising.