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J is for Jowittesque

Ok – so you won’t find it in a dictionary… Jowittesque is a style of transport photography which includes members of the public with the vehicle (usually a bus) being photographed. Traditionally bus photos for magazines were a front 3/4 view and woe betide anyone who got in the way. Along came a photographer called Robert E. Jowitt who supplied photos to the various bus magazines. He broke the mould by daring to include members of the public in his shots. He went on to write several books, one of which – The Girl in the Street: Or the Bedside Bus Book – is well known among transport enthusiasts. His work has even spawned a Flickr group called Shades of Jowitt. Here are some of my ‘Jowittesque’ shots…

Got my Liberty bag - Now Where is Selfridges? Tourist on Regent Street.
When Hunger Strikes - I Think this Guy had just escaped the same boring Microsoft symposium as me 😉
Red and Yellow
Symphony in Red and Yellow - One of these pretty Ladies is significantly older than the other 😉
Banishing the Horrors
Banishing the Horrors - Mums wave off a school trip (My lad is on that coach too).

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I is for Italianate

Italianate Architecture – buildings created in the style of Renaissance Italy –  became fashionable in the UK after being pioneered by John Nash in 1802.  The style was further enhanced by the work  of (Sir) Charles Barry from 1830 onwards.

Italianate Architecture
Italianate Architecture - Princes Park Manor

Princes Park Manor was originally Colney Hatch Asylum. Building started in 1849 to an Italianate design by S W Daukes. The foundation stone was laid by Prince Albert. The asylum opened in 1851. It was built to hold 1000 patients and had 6 miles of corridors – it was the largest in Europe. The site was extended over time to hold 2000 patients and the name Colney Hatch became synonymous with madness, such that the hospital name was changed on several occasions, finally becoming Friern Hospital in 1959. It closed in 1993 and was converted to upmarket housing.  A fuller history is available from Barnet Online