This week it’s Cee’s turn to host the PPAC so you may want to visit and take a look at her chosen images.

I have a couple of shots from St Pancras Station, the first of which is a piece of public art by Tracey Emin CBE, RA. ‘I want my time with you’ is a call for travellers to stop and take a moment…

…It’s certainly worth stopping to take a look at Barlow’s magnificent trainshed. It was refurbished as part of the rebuilding of St.Pancras station for international services through the channel tunnel, which completed in 2007. Included in the rebuild was restoration of the clock, which had been absent for many years. Here’s a shot showing more of Barlow’s trainshed as it was in the 1980’s…

Away from the railway, but another example of a public work of art hung high above where people walk. The John Lewis store on Oxford Street has this abstract sculpture…

…Titled ‘Winged Figure’, it is the work of Dame Barbara Hepworth and is made of aluminium with steel rods.

Finally, back to the railway and an example of mobile art…

…Graffiti on a passing hopper wagon at Ealing Broadway. Graffiti will probably feature in quite a few posts for this challenge 😉

Went to the opticians today.. She said I needed glasses for driving. I said “You sure? My eyes are fine when I drive!” “You must have noticed things were out of focus?” she said. “How”, I asked, “My eyes are always shut when I drive… Driving scares the hell outta me!”

Trying to push Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge a little earlier into my week to make room for the PPAC challenge that started last week. I decided to pick a single subject and work around it for my entry…

I have chosen to show images of Paddington Station – two ‘I’s in there…

Paddington is the London Terminus of the Great Western Railway – sometimes jokingly referred to as the Great Way Round or God’s Wonderful Railway. Although the GWR as was became part of British Railways in 1948, rail privatisation in the 1990’s saw the GWR name resurrected for this franchise. Here’s a shot of some trains and some empty platforms at Paddington…

Paddington has often appeared in movies and stories – The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to mind as an older example, but more recently in films depicting the adventures of Paddington Bear. Like most kids in the UK I remember the tales of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond very well. Paddington is well represented on the station with a statue…

…and with a plaque and a special seat…

…But very close by is a memorial to the employees of the Great Western Railway who lost their lives in the 1st World War. A single Soldier serves to remind us of the tragic loss…

…Finally, there is a reminder of the Victorian era and the man who built the Great Western Railway. Seated comfortably on a chair we find Isambard Kingdom Brunel…

…and behind we see one of the current Hitachi built class 800 units that provide services to Bristol and beyond.