England Part 3: The Tower of London and its Backdrop Bridge

Wiki has a great overview of The Tower of London, and here are some of my favorite photos of it from our trip, featuring The Red Poppy Project.  As beautiful as the poppy project is, and its commemoration of the death of British soldiers in World War I, it has generated some controversy about profit motives as reviewed in The Daily Mail.  Ah well, what’s a visit to the UK without a bit of controversy?

Tower EntranceTower FrockTower Back ViewTower - Traitor's GateTower ArchwayTower ElephantTower - CrowdTower God Save the KingTower View Through FenceTower Gorgeous Poppy View Tower Pretty Poppy View Tower side view poppyTower - Poppy SignTower Soldier BritTower GuardTower Crown JewelsTower GardensTower RaysTower VaneTower - AleTower - Bridge in BackgroundLondon Bridge Regress London Bridge FarLondon Bridge RegressLondon Bridge Midspan TrackLondon Bridge Closer TracksLondon Bridge CloseupLondon Bridge Selfie

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England Part 2

“Eng-a-lend Swings Like A Pendulum Do …”

London Westminster Abbey signLondon - Abbey in the SunLondon - Westminster Abbey Front Pretty London Westminster Abbey VisitorsLondon Jet Stream AbbeyLondon - Churchill StatueLondon Big Ben in SunLondon - GuardLondon - Elephant at TowerLondon - The Crown JewelsLondon Bridge and MeLondon Bridge CloseLondon Tower InternalLondon Tower Red PoppiesLondon Tower SignLondon BenchLondon Busy Street HotelLondon - View of County Hall Across ThamesLondon - Thames at DuskLondon - Thames at Night 1London From the EyeLondon - Carnival from the Eye

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Several Busy Days in the Land of Mr. Leitch

Just returned from the land where nearly everyone sounds as lovely as this young lady’s query to the tailor, entering his shop at the 2:16 mark of Si & Gar’s Fakin’ It: “Good Morning, Mr. Leitch.  Have you had a busy day?”

I’m no Mr. Leitch, but we did have several pleasantly busy days, touring London prior to joining colleagues in Birmingham for the ICBO Conference.  For the sake of posterity, or at least as long as WordPress stays in business, here is a pictorial overview.  I’ll split this up into several themes, the first of which was our base at the lovely Marriott County Hall.

London - Marriott Entrance SignLondon Marriott Walk ThroughLondon Marriott archwaysLondon - Marriott Miriam Walking ThroughLondon - Marriott Center CourtLondon Me Out of Hotel WindowLondon - Miriam from Chicken CoopLondon - View of Marriot WindowLondon - View out of Marriott Window ThamesLondon - StarbucksLondon - St Thomas' Hospital

The Marriott is located on the main drag, Westminster Bridge Road, overlooking the Thames River.  Natyrally there’s a lovely Starbucks round the corner, and we were surrounded by iconic landmarks such as Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, but one that didn’t dawn on me until the day tripping open air bus tour guide pointed it out was that we were right across from St. Thomas’ Hospital, professional home of Florence Nightingale.

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A Lovely Sunday Celebration in Lake Success

Mazal Tov and Congratulations to Adena & Jon on their wedding …


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Arizona Sneak Preview

Saw the Reading Fightin’ Phils take on the Thunder in Trenton, and got a sneak preview of an upcoming AFL-er, as well as a glimpse of two AFL alumni.   Logan Moore is a light hitting catcher who looks outstanding defensively.  Although at age 24 it isn’t likely that he’s going to emerge by playing in the AFL, I wished him well and he was genuinely appreciative.  Or at least very polite.  AFL alumni in last night’s game were Aaron Altherr and Zach Collier, to outfielders with promise yet unfulfilled.  The Javelinas ex-manager when Cody Asche was in the AFL, Dusty Wathan, manages the Fightins and old Phillie Rob Ducey is their hitting coach.  Unfortunately the Fightin’ Phils will finish the season in last place, paralleling their parent club.  All the more reason to visualize hope for the future in Arizona …

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Scottsdale Scorpions Roster

Wow.  14 seconds from contact to crossing the plate on this speedsters’ inside the park home run.  Roman Quinn is one of the few bright spots in a Phils depleted farm system.  He’s a 21 year-old who was an outfielder in high school but converted to shortstop when he reported to the Crosscutters in 2012.  In 2013 he broke his wrist in the second half of the season and missed the first six weeks of this year with a ruptured Achilles.  He can always go back to SS to take Jimmy Rollins’ place when J-Roll finally retires, but in the interim the Phils are putting his speed, glove and arm to good use in center field.  

scorpionsQuinn is the main prospect I’ll have my eye on this October/November as he represents the Philadelphia Phillies in the Arizona Fall League.  The roster of the club was announced today.  Quinn is likely to be the only Phils’ prospect generating excitement this year in the AFL but one never knows.  I was hoping to see Aaron Nola, the Phils #1 draft pick this year who’s on a meteoric rise, but he’s thrown too many innings already this year and the Phils are shutting him down for the winter.  

Other than the switch-hitting, fleet-footed Quinn, the Phils have only one other position player on the Scorpions, left-handed hitting catcher Logan Moore.   With a .213 average and minimal power at Reading, the 24 year-old Moore is likely in the AFL by default.  The Phils have four pitchers lined up to go.  They are Colton Murray, Ryan O’Sullivan, Ethan Stewart and Nefi Ogando.  There is one more roster spot they have the potential to fill.

Murray is probably the best of the lot, going 1-5 with a 2.30 ERA at Double-A Reading,  O’Sullivan is 5-8 with a 4.23 ERA at Reading, making 35 appearances (10 starts), and Stewart is 5-7 with a 4.88 ERA at Clearwater in 26 games (16 starts). Ogando was 5-1 with a 6.62 ERA and five saves at Reading, and as I recall had a brief call up this year to the Phils and pitched nicely in the game he was thrown into.

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Walking and Riding the Web

No surfing on this Web in Cincinnati.  The New Jersey & Ohio  cousins had a good time on a Sunday afternoon, but the prices were outrageous -particularly in lieu of the malfunctions and poor service.  Best Web features of the day?  The Go-Karts and Laser Tag by far.  The things we do for family bonding time …

Cars - WebCars - Go Kart TrackCars 1Cars - SarinaCars - Sarina 2Cars - KaylaCars - TwinsCars - A & ALaser Tag Laser Tag Sisters

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