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fire bad, tree pretty

Holy smokes, Batman!

About a mile away from our workplace, we noticed this massive black cloud of smoke arising.  And it's now cast a massive shadow over all of East London.  Including our office.

Check it out here and video here.

Apparently it's an abandoned bus warehouse, on the Lee river, at the Olympic development site


I actually have some pics on my phone of the start of it.  It would have to wait til I get home tho.  But honestly, I'm sure the Beeb will have loads of them soon.   Where it is:

Here's a pic from a workmate's brother who works down at Greenwich:

Our office is on the far right side of the pic, in between/behind the orange building and the grey tower, with the dark brown roof:

.  I texted in my pic to the Beeb and it's in the gallery - here!  Caption is "Major fire in East London near Olympic site. Sent in by C Ung, Tower Hamlets.", jic it moves.  I was one of the earlier people to send in so it's at the back end - number 41 currently. 
ETA2. And of course I had to email my photography course teacher yesterday telling him I disobeyed the Photographer's 1st Law: Always Have Your Camera With You.



Nov. 12th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I found your office!

What are the big, pretty white buildings on the left in the large pic?

And what's that round building in the first pic? I saw it in 28 Weeks Later and the shape made Steve and I giggle.
Nov. 12th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Hahaha - it's nicknamed 'The Gherkin' and has a Swiss bank (Swiss Re) situated in it. Don't worry, all Londoners have a giggle about it. Love it or hate it.

The pretty white buildings on the bottom left are respectively:
- LHS foreground: the Queen's House, attached to the Maritime museum
- RHS foreground w/ colonnade: Greenwich Maritime Museum
- Middle back: University of Greenwich, originally called the Royal Naval Academy.

Edited at 2007-11-12 04:07 pm (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, good. I thought it was just my dirty mind acting up again. lol.

Thanks for the links! *adds Queen's House and Greenwich Maritime Museum to list of places to see when in London*
Nov. 12th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
You totally have to go here - ImpyWar. One of The Best museums in London, Matt & I reckon. And it's minutes away from our house! (GoogleEarth its postcode SE1 7BJ and our house at London SW9 6EW!)

Plus, London is brilliant as most of the major museums are free! The Impy, The Brit, the Natural History, and more!

Edited at 2007-11-12 05:49 pm (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Free museums? We don't have those here!
Nov. 12th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I know! America = home of capitalism, right.

It's another reason why London is soooo great to live in! Yeah, there are heaps of sh*tty things, but so many cool things too! And the free museums aren't pokey little one-manned dustbunniecollectionpoints, but massive, well-funded, artifact-chokka venues!
Nov. 12th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
America = home of capitalism, right.


I've heard the art museum in London is great, and they've got a huge display of Egyptian art. That's something I'd love to see.
Nov. 12th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
The Brit IS awesome. There's also galleries like the National, National Portrait, the two Tates.

Free. Free. Free!

You have to pay for special exhibitions, but the main museum/gallery is free.