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.


Mutton Brook – a small stream that originates in Cherry Tree Woods near East Finchley Station and meanders its way between Finchley and Hampstead Garden Suburb before passing to the north of Temple Fortune and Golders Green to meet with Dollis Brook and form the River Brent. Ultimately the waters here flow into the Thames before making their way out into the Channel. This shot was taken near Henlys Corner – close to Temple Fortune.


Naked Lady – This is a statue by Émile Oscar Guillaume (French, 1867-1942) called La Délivrance and is a copy of the 1919 original bronze statue. The statue was gifted to Finchley by Lord Rothermere in 1927 and was soon christened Dirty Gertie by the locals 😉 When I was a child bus passengers wanting to travel to the stop on the north side of Henlys Corner would ask for ‘the Naked Lady’.


A map of part of Switzerland – but also a Navigation Chart for pilots. To the right of centre is Bern. on the lower left is Lac de Neuchâtel. The compass marking in the bottom centre is a VOR (VHF Omnidirectional Range) navigation beacon. Right of centre at the top is Grenchen – home of Breitling watches and an airfield that I have flown in to. I’ll post the Glorious Technicolour version of this image separately.

Catch up with Cee’s B&W Challenge and other entries Here.