Thursday, 27 March 2014

Glasgow Guest Bollards...

Glasgow bollards...
Simply beautiful...


















Welcome back to 'Bollards of London' I have had a break from the blog but considering a programme is on bbc 4 tonight about street furniture it seems appropriate to start over again with a super set of #guestbollards from Glasgow !

Bollards of London (and Glasgow) we're back !


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Inside a Bollard...

Inside a Bollard...

Welcome to a New Year and a look inside a Westminster City Council bog standard bollard.

If we examine the photograph (above) we can see the bollard is a rectangular iron/structure (rusting) encased within a molded composite material which is in the main ribbed and painted finished a gloss black. The bollard must have been struck by a pretty hard object vehicle to have cracked the casing material.

The first #guestbollard (below) to be featured in 2014 happens to be from Nr 24th/Valencia San Francisco, USA supplied to us by @MBridegam on the twitter, a huge thank you for these wonderful urban camouflage bollards. What a start to 2014 !

 Urban Camouflage Bollards...















Bollards of London (and San Francisco)...

Saturday, 21 December 2013

The Serpentine & Marrakesh...

Bollard with Seagull...


Welcome to London's Hyde Park where I regularly march/jog/run around on Sundays or the occasional week day. I recently came across a water based bollard complete with Seagull standing on its top. You may notice that it looks like the Seagulls have left a few deposits marks upon said bollard.

If we look at the photograph (below) hopefully you will love the reflections in the Serpentine like me.

Bollard with Seagull and passing Geese...



























The #guestbollards have a truly international feel to them has they are from Marrakesh, Morocco. May I thank @Sir_Olly_C and @clareangela on the twitter for these truly diverse colourful/black and white bollards/street furniture below, what a trio.
























































Bollard of London...

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Banksy, Shoe, Keep Left...

Banksy (Keep Left) Bollard...



















Not often I give up the whole page of my blog but when it happens it is always for a good reason. We have a #guestbollard double bill of two 'Keep Left' bollards but each very different/unique in there own special way.

Above we have a Keep Left 'Banksy' bollard photographed in London, the image was supplied to me by 'Haldo' Street Furniture it happens to be one of there bollards. May I thank @HaldoDevs on the twitter for this great 'Banksy' bollard.

Below we have another Keep Left bollard complete with Ladies shoe the photograph was supplied by @abandonedshoes on the twitter who has a facebook account  'Abandoned Shoe Spotter' which collates photographs of shoes abandoned throughout the United Kingdom, simply brilliant.

Keep Left Bollard complete with Ladies shoe...






















Bollards of London...

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Bollards are Blooming...

Whitcomb Street Blooming...
Welcome to Whitcomb Street once again where I came across these bog standard 'Westminster' bollards complete with a beautiful blooming flower arrangement.

I have featured these bollards before but the difference colour makes is staggering and it certainly livens up the urban grey environment. The photograph (below) is of another from another angle with less colourful plants. 

Another angle...




























The #guestbollard is by @JFarrers on the twitter and what a #guestbollard it is. The bollards (below) happen to be from Birmingham and shaped like a lipstick so what a good move by a well known make up/perfume company wrapping the bollards with their adverts. A very novel smart idea may I say.

Great use of the lipstick shaped bollards...
















Bollards of London (and Birmingham)...

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Concrete Bollard (Coo)...

Concrete bollards...

Welcome to Northington Street WC1 junction of John's Mews where I happened to come across a row of concrete bollards marking a border/parking area of a property clearly under redevelopment.

Unlike walls bollards create a border that we generally respect/acknowledge but sometimes ignore. The concrete bollard is seen often in London and the three in the photograph (above/below) are looking worn/weathered with one even cracked at its base.

If we take a closer look at the photograph (below) we not only see the cracked base of one of the concrete bollards but you'll notice the pigeons have a bit of a party/gathering (a coo for bollards). In the background (above) you might also have noticed the black/white painted bollard just to the right of the yellow foam covered scaffolding poles, Its a 'Holborn 1937' bollard.

A closer look...




























The #guestbollard feature is popular and may I thank two people on the twitter, firstly @horsleystation who  nudged me about a tweet/photograph by @rustyrockets of a concrete bollard complete with 'hoodie' (below).

Well I immediately asked @rustyrockets if I could use image/photograph on the blog/site and can I say to my surprise (was not expecting reply Russell Brand is a busy man) he said he would be honoured. So from the bottom of my heart may I thank followers on twitter/google +, all of you who view/follow the blog/site and of course Russell Brand for a rather cool concrete-hoodie-bollard with a rather beautiful looking dog in the foreground.

'Still a bollard'...




























Bollards of London...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Council Estate Bollards (CEB)...

On the Slope...




























I love the urban environment when I'm not in my taxi-cab has I get a chance to explore some of the most amazing and bland looking places London has to offer.

Today's bollards happen to be at the entrance to of the lower ground car parks on a council estate (not social housing) just off the Malden Road in the London Borough of Camden. I grew up on a council estate in South London and although they may not look the best of places from the outside my god you had room to live/breath inside your council house/home flat. 

Now the bollards (above) are plain looking cylindrical shaped with a concave ridge and ever so slight domed top. If we look at the photograph (below) you'll notice that the bollards are rectangular/cubed shaped and exposed to the elements hence the rusting. 

Why are the bollards here ? Well I am of the belief they are simply here to stop a person or persons parking motor vehicles on the pavement/concrete pedestrian area. 

You won't park here...


















The third photograph (below) in this trilogy shows the full urban scene in all its glory complete with height restriction that ensures only cars can actually enter car parking area.

Gate with height limit...














Bollards of London (council estates)...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Richmond Hill...

Terrace Field, Richmond Hill...




























Welcome to a rather special beautiful set of bollards I found at the weekend just off Richmond Hill at Terrace Field.

Let us take a closer look at the white octagonal shaped based bollard in the photograph (above/below). Once the base has risen we come to a small tubed shape ridge immediately topped with a tapering indented (concave) column that is finished off with pretty decorative acorn top.

To the Left...




























Protruding from the top we can see a hand/guide rail (above/top) which gently directs us down a path/stairs into Richmond Terrace where we have stunning views of London and the narrowing necks/bends of the river Thames.

New York City Bollards...




























The #guestbollards (above) just happen to be from across the pond in
New Jersey.

The beautiful photograph was taken by a pretty special lady/runner/jogger by the name of @Clauderella on the Twitter/Vine, creative is her middle name.

These bollards are very dandy/ornate with a simple solid square base which quickly morphs into a circular ridged tapering indented column that is finally topped off with a cannon ball finish.

Bollards of London (and New Jersey)...

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Achilles...

Achilles...




























Welcome to Hyde Park, London where I took a closer look at the huge statue/monument of 'Achilles' placed in honour of the Duke of Wellington and his victories. The statue is actually cast from cannons that took part in the battles/war.

If we take a look at photograph (below) we see the naked Achilles standing upon an impressive tiered plinth surrounded by beautiful stone bollards linked with chain.

A huge plinth...




























Looking at the stone bollard (below) we can see it is cylindrical/circular in shape which tapers towards a solid central column tapering outwards with a slanted top edge with a semi flat minor peaked top.

Stone bollards...























Bollards of London...

Friday, 18 October 2013

Old Paradise Street SE1...

Smoking Kills...




























Welcome to Old Paradise Street, Lambeth SE1 where I came across a couple of cracking concrete bollards. The bollard in the foreground is cracked near its base which gives us the opportunity to see the steel rods which gives the concrete strength coupled with a certain amount of flexibility (reinforced concrete). 

It does though appear that the bollard in the background (above) and the photograph (below) has sheared/cracked and then placed by beautiful brick railway arch corner/side.

Bollard Down...



















The #guestbollard (below) makes it return with a rather wonderful photograph by @UptonSpark1 on the twitter of two City of London bollard tops with a band playing outside the old Daily Express Newspaper building on Fleet Street which is now home to the merchant/bank Goldman Sachs. 

Fleet Street...



















Bollards of London...

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Coke is it Bollard...

Welcome to Grosvenor Road, London SW1 where I happened to come across this rather plain looking bollard complete with 'Coke is it' can next to Petrol station sign informing us all they now have an Off Licence that opens late.

The bollard is a tapering cylindrical shape with a flared end/top which happens to be slightly domed but you can still place/balance a concave based soft drink can on its top.

Bollards of London...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Unintentional Symbolic Bollards (USB)...

Surrounded...




























We are at the junction of Sutherland Street and Peabody Avenue, Pimlico SW1 where I came across what I believe to be 'Unintentional Symbolic Bollards' (USB) surrounding a Tree.

Once these wooden bollards were part of a Tree now they stand tall/true protecting large Tree from vehicle strikes but not a chainsaw/logger. The irony but oh what symbolism we can find around us on a daily but not intentional basis. 

The picture/photograph (below) is certainly not a bollard but one of me on my mission to 'Get Fit Not Fat' and this morning I managed to run my best time for 5 km (3.1 miles) of 27 minutes 27 seconds so please excuse me from shouting from the rooftops that I'm enjoying my journey to even greater levels fitness on the road/pavement ahead.





























Bollards of London...

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Boris Bike Bollard Island...

Boris Bike Bollard Island...
 Welcome to a local council 'Boris Bike Bollard Island'. I am always surprised at the level councils will go to adding not just bollards to protect a line of bikes but then creating custom built designed islands to then place the bollard upon.

If in an age of austerity we seek/wish to save money then a bollard with no island would do exactly the same job. 

A huge thank you to Peter Elwell who sent me a photograph via email (below) of this superb cannon #guestbollard found at the exit of Dray Walk on Brick Lane.

Look at the body of the bollard/cannon tapering inwards until we reach the muzzle of the cannon/bollard where it flares outwards. The bollard/cannon has been capped off but with a small cone shape object and not the usual cannon ball top finish.

Brick Lane Cannon Bollard...
 



























Bollards of London...

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Bollards in Perspective...

Bollards...


















Welcome to 'Bollards in Perspective' at the beautiful Grosvenor Waterside development just off Ebury Bridge Road London SW1.

These three sturdy stainless steel covered bollards keep vehicles away from this paved/watered dock area you can see in the background of the photograph (below). If we take a close look at the bollards (above/below) we see they are cylindrical in shape with a very shallow dome shaped top.

A little closer...
Bollards out...










































The #guestbollard feature has always been popular and we have a cracking #guestbollard (or not, above) for you sent to me by @JoBrodie on the Twitter via @amyplatypus @otterking of some white sprayed paint clearly saying 'Bollards Out'.

If you look closer at the photograph you can see where a bollard used to stand.

Bollards of London (we're back)...

Friday, 27 September 2013

Thames Path...

No Access...




























Bollards are back with a 'City of London 1999' vintage complete with a 'No Access to Thames Path' just off Upper Thames Street in the City of London close to the banks of the river Thames.

I had taken a short break from blogging about bollards recently but can assure you all I'm back and getting fitter by the day 'Get Fit Not Fat' my new mantra. I dropped my taxi-cab off to its garage off Cable Street and while walking/marching/jogging back the six miles to Pimlico I came across the bollard (above) and then noticed these wonderful empty plinths/columns (below) protruding from the river Thames at Blackfriars. 

The plinths/columns reminded me of 'Poseidon' (God of the seas/protector of the waters).

Like 'Poseidon' god of the seas...



























Bollards of London (is back)...

PS with a new look coming soon thanks to the wonderful work of the @PeepingTallulah on the twitter.