Preston Park, Brighton

An impressive amount of participation in sport on a Sunday morning in Preston Park, Brighton.

Steam vehicles in Brighton for the HCVS rally
Burrell Crane Engine No 3829, “His Majesty”, built in 1907, PB9687

Steam vehicles in Brighton for the HCVS rally
McLaren Road Locomotive No 1652, “Boadicea”, built in 1918, WF1864

“His Majesty” (1907), “Boadicea” (1918) and “The Great North” (1901): powerful steam vehicles arriving in Brighton for the sixtieth Historic Commercial Vehicle Society rally. All three engines are in steam and under power as the convoy enters Brighton; the engine in front is towing the two engines behind plus a low loader carrying a 132kV, 45,000 kVA mains electricity grid transformer made by Fuller, representing the old technology hauling in the new. Seeing, hearing and smelling these historic engines move under their own power was one step beyond seeing them on static display at the many rallies they grace with their presence.

More photos: Steam power in Brighton


Dignity in death: lobsters are a formidable survivor species with ancestors back to at least the Cretaceous, 140 million years ago. This individual came from Canada, claimed farmed sustainably.

London City Island - Canning Town

London City Island - Canning Town

At first sight this is another huge high-rise development in former docklands to the east of London. But there’s more to the architecture of London City Island than that. The island location (known locally as “Bog Island”) is in the deep part of one of the curves of the River Lea just before Leamouth, the confluence with the River Thames at East India Docks. The geographical location fundamentally softens the architecture which is indeed otherwise relentlessly rectilinear and very vertical, reaching far higher than power lines in Canning Town on the far side of the River Lea.

More photos: The architecture of London City Island

Electric vehicle charging station in Fulham, London

No petrol at this filling station in Fulham - electric vehicles only.