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)...