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I think what I'll miss the most about this flat is our view. My pc is next to a low skylight that faces west and nearly every evening there are incredible sunsets. I can also see the flight path for Heathrow, although we're just far enough away that we can barely hear the jets. Except for the Concorde which rattles the windows when it passes over a few times a week, but it won't any longer after today.

Some days I can see as many as 10 planes in the Heathrow "stack" (the line of planes waiting to land) and one takes off every few minutes, usually banking in different directions according to where they're headed and as an anti-terrorism precaution. Sometimes dozens of their contrails crisscross the sky, lit up by the setting sun.

I love planes, I think they're beautiful works of machinery. They have also played a large part in my life, frequently taking me to and from the people I love in the past 5 years. Even since I was a child I used to take comfort in the distant hum of a jet or Cessna engine. Often people around me would complain of the noise, but I couldn't help feeling a strange sense of contentment.

Today is Concorde's last day of flight. Three Concordes departed from Heathrow this morning; one to Edinburgh, another is flying a loop over Bay of Biscay, and the third to New York. All three are due to land in Heathrow at around 4pm today, I am going to keep an eye (and ear) out.

Since we moved into this flat in March I've taken photos of the sunsets nearly every evening - I have hundreds now. They are my mementos of this flat and my happy solitary time spent simply watching planes pass by.













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On October 24th, 2003 07:12 am (UTC), ginamoog commented:
beautiful:)
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On October 24th, 2003 11:31 am (UTC), nomi replied:
:)
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On October 24th, 2003 07:13 am (UTC), gulch commented:
Beautiful photos, as ever.

My computer desk looks out from a hilltop over Sheffield and the sky (at least, it does if I glance sideways), so I get similar gorgeous skies, especially on those bright breezy mornings when I get up ultra early and catch the dawn (my window faces South-East). My office is moving downstairs soon though, so I'm gonna miss my view too.
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On October 24th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Doesn't it make working at the pc so much nicer? :) There's a lot of really dynamic cloud formations and I see a lot of birds too, sometimes they sit on the windowsill and peer in at me. I like that if I'm having a bad day it calms me instantly.

I'm sorry to hear you're losing your view.. I hope when we move we get another top floor flat with windows facing westward, but I have my doubts.
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On October 24th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC), gulch replied:
Well, at least I'll just be able to come upstairs whenever I want my view back. Actually, the room I'm moving to has a kind of mezzanine floor - underneath will be my office, above my "chill out space" or something - and I'll still be able to catch a bit of sky from up there.

(yeah, we do have a rather strange and unusual house)
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On October 30th, 2003 07:09 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Your house sounds cool! At least you can visit your view, I wish I had visiting rights for mine. :)
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On October 24th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC), redbedhead commented:
Beautiful photos. I feel the same way about planes. I like near a flight path and I work less than two miles from O'Hare. When I go to a place without low flying plane I miss them. My cousin lived near O"Hare and I thought it was cool that he could tell you what type of plane was flying overhead just by the sound of the engine.
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On October 24th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you. :) I never seem to get tired of seeing them and with Heathrow being one of the biggest hubs in the world it always gets my imagination going. I can't tell what type of plane it is from the sound of the engine, except for Concorde - that was pretty distinctive. ;)
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On October 24th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC), ambient1 commented:
Awesome images as always.
The picture of the contrails brought to mind descriptions I have read of what the sky looked like during the WW2 Battle of Britain. Criss crossed with dozens, sometimes even hundreds of contrails.
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On October 24th, 2003 11:46 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. I can't imagine. Max's grandfather fought in WW2 and he has described to me what it was like living through that. There are still bombed out cathedrals and other buildings throughout the city and elsewhere in the UK, they've been left up as a reminder.
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On October 24th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
so coooooooooooooooooool


ever since they announced that they are decommissioning the concordes i've been banking on winning the lottery to pay for a flight. no such luck
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On October 24th, 2003 08:04 am (UTC), nomi replied:
My neighbours all have their heads out of their windows too, really quite spectacular to see all 3 come in at once.
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On October 24th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC), nugget commented:
A contribution from a total stranger...

Bushy Park, Teddington, Middlesex
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On October 24th, 2003 10:20 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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Thank you for your contribution! did you take it?

I live less than 10 minutes from away Bushy Park. :)
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On October 24th, 2003 11:06 am (UTC), nugget replied:
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Yes, during my last trip to the UK. It was a pleasant walk back to my hotel (the Lion Gate) in the rain that day. Nice neighborhood. :)
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On October 30th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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I browsed through the rest of the photos and I recognized your hotel, nice area to stay. We've been looking for flats around that area. :)
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On October 30th, 2003 01:18 pm (UTC), nugget replied:
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I really love my stays out there. It's relaxing compared to the bumper nights in London. I'd be completely useless if I lived near Bushy Park. :)
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On October 24th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC), ex_burningm commented:
lovely.. the skies have been interesting around here lately since fall arrived.. i should be out more taking photos..
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On October 24th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC), nomi replied:
yes, you should. I'd love to see them. :)
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On October 24th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC), crankmagnet76 commented:
Fantastic pictures :D
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On October 24th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you, beautiful skies around here. :)
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