London Stadium, Stratford, East London

London-Stadium

Looks pretty in the distance, doesn’t it? The London Stadium, previously known as the Olympic Stadium, looking deceptively calm and quiet. This was as close as I came to it earlier today, but I’d planned to come back from my walk along the River Lea from Stratford to Bow right past the foot of the stadium, a shortcut I take regularly.

However, I seriously miscalculated, because on my way back a few hours later I found the tow-path blocked off – in fact, the entire stadium was cordoned off due to a Robbie Wiiliams concert being held there tonight. So not only did I have to take a thoroughly inconvenient detour the long way round, but also I found myself in a contraflow of one, walking in the opposite direction of 70000 excited Robbie fans looking forward to the show.

Oh well, c’est la vie! To be honest it was really good to see security so tight around such a major venue, with no traffic allowed within a surprisingly wide cordon. And from the heavy bass beat thudding in the distance as I write, it sounds like it’s all going really well… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Daily Prompt: Baby

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I saw these baby-sized home-made statues standing together on the water-side of the towpath of the River Lea, placed carefully between two moored boats looking out over the river towards the old Olympic Stadium in East Londonย  – they’re only about a foot high, but nevertheless caught my eye so I happily hunkered down next to them and captured them for posterity… ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Prompt: Babyย 

One Word Photo Challenge: Child

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I haven’tย  joined in with this challenge for a while, so thought I’d have a go this week with these images of children playing in and around one small part of an extensive open-space ground-level water-feature fountain at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

When switched off, all that is visible is a series of darker curvy outlines dotted with circular gratings set flush to the ground – and rather than being released at a constant pressure, the water comes and goes at varying heights at seemingly random times, which causes squeals of delight as an excited anticipation rises along with the height of the suddenly squirting water plumes – what fun!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

One Word Photo Challenge: Child