Monday, February 23, 2009

Running Into History

While I spent most of the day working, I couldn't resist at least taking a jog through London. Luckily, there's so much history to see here, you literally can't go anywhere without run across some of it. I took a run through Hyde Park, and here are a bunch of the folks I ran into.

Oh, between the gray day and the fact that all I had was my cell phone camera, these photos are going to be silhouettes - as that's the best photos I could come up with. So yes, you'll have to use your imagination a bit.

Here's Peter Pan atop a cool statue that tells his story:

And Here's Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Other than a partially visible cane, there's no sign that he was crippled. That's not really a surprise, as the statue was presented to him by his Wife in the late 1940's. 50 years later, we were still debating if we should show his physical likeness as people remember him or he actually was.

I'm not sure who this guy is, but he's got cool battle gear and a strategically placed fig leaf.

And this guy - this was the best treat of all. This is a statue of Edward Jenner - the very guy who discovered the Small Pox Vaccine (perhaps discovered is the wrong term?). Regardless, I'm pretty sure my brother doesn't have a job if this guy doesn't reason out what he managed to.

While not a silhouette - I couldn't resist snapping this photo. It basically announces the date at which point water was fed to this point in Hyde Park. Nothing special, except that it took place in 1569. We were hundreds of years from existing at that point. That's so London, just having random stuff that makes us look like a terrifically young country.

OK, better get back to work - enough fun for one day.

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