Sunday, 4 March 2012

Olympic Rings

I had to go to Hatfield today - train from Kings Cross, so I stopped off next door at St Pancras... look at the Olympic Rings suspended from the roof of the Barlow Train Shed. The 20-metre-wide hoops were unveiled by Boris Johnson and Seb Coe on March 3 last year.
In case you didn't know, the coloured rings (blue, yellow, black, green and red) represent five continents and are linked to show unity between the world's athletes in the spirit of the Olympic movement.

Standing outside St Pancras you can get a good view of the work now going on at Kings Cross. That horrible green canopy will soon go exposing the simple but elegant front of the ststion.
This plan shows what it will eventually look like.

Just to prove I did go to Hatfield - the statue of Robert Arthur Talbot who was born at Hatfield House in 1830 and who became the third Marquis of Salisbury. He was three times Prime Minister from 1885 to 1886, 1886 to 1892 and 1895 and 1902. His time as Prime Minister coincided with a great expansion of the British Empire and he is also remembered as an adherent of the policy of "splendid isolation", the desire to keep Great Britain out of European affairs and alliances. he died in 1903.
The statue is in bronze by by G. Frampton, 1906.

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