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Demon birds and cereal bars...
Lens: 31mm f1.8 Limited Camera: Pentax K-1 Photo Location: London ISO: 100 Aperture: F11 
Posted By: Peter Nutkins, 10-13-2016, 10:46 PM

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As seems to be often the case I needed to pop into London. After my last trip I decided to see how cheaply I could get to the city centre. A few minutes on line and I was all set up with a 17 ticket to St Pancras.

The downside of my money saving was that the train would be leaving early. Very early.

The night before the big trip I decided to upgrade my iPhone. The new software included a great looking feature that calculates how much sleep you get. Unsure how this worked exactly I was pleasantly surprised to have my phone tell me it was time to go to bed.

To get to the station on time I needed to be up at 4am. I set the alarm on my phone and drifted off.

Having been awake since 2:30am I quietly turned the alarm off at 3:59am so as not to wake my lovely wife.

Slipping downstairs and glugging a strong coffee I grabbed my tripod and camera and set off. My plan was to take some sunrise shots in Hyde Park. Maybe I could get some lovely tree lined path shots with early morning joggers silhouetted against the morning light.

Little by little I am learning. A friend had recommended that I take a cereal bar with me on a photo shoot. In this way if I felt peckish I would not need to trudge back to the car or find somewhere expensive to eat.

In my local shop they only sold these bars in multipacks. I had poured all ten bars into my camera bag. That would sort me out!

I have found that very early commuters are the least likely to be up for a chat. Most often they stare into space with a 'I wish I was still in bed' look across their face. This particular morning was no exception.

My carriage was quite busy. It was also silent.

We were only half an hour into the journey when music started playing. I had never heard this piece before. It was a very soothing piano piece. We all looked at each other. Perhaps this was a ploy of East Midlands Trains to keep us all happy. Or lull us off to sleep.

After ten minutes we were all becoming rather annoyed. The music was extremely short and very repetitive. It was the sort of music that sticks in your brain, and the only way to remove it is to hear an even more annoying tune that stays in its place.

The plus side was that everyone was talking. Perhaps the driver had a new ringtone he was trying out. Maybe the elderly lady in the corner had a radio hidden in her handbag.

After 40 minutes we could not wait to escape the torture of tinkling on the piano. As we stood on the platform we could still hear it!

My fellow passengers made off quickly towards the underground.

I felt a gentle vibration in my pocket.

My phone had been telling me it was time to get up.

I decided to hang back a while and let the platform clear before I moved off. I did not want to get lynched.

By the time I had made it to Hyde Park the sun had already risen. It was singularly unspectacular. My wife texted me a great shot from her mobile of the beautiful colours in the sky back at home.

I sat in Hyde Park and ate a cereal bar.

To save weight I had made the decision not to bring a watch. I would rely on my iPhone. Pulling out the dreaded device I noted that it was just after 6am and my battery was half empty. All that power had been used up by the wake up piano music on the train.

I could not sit on a bench all day (no matter how tempting it was). I decided to use the day to get some great shots of early morning London.

After scoffing another cereal bar to fuel my new found mission I headed over to the Serpentine.

The Serpentine is a large lake in Hyde Park created in 1730. Many varieties of bird have a stop over on the calm waters of the Serpentine. My plan was to sit for a while by the waters edge and fire off some shots of the birds. Wildfowl here are not that wild. They get well fed by passers by.

Finding a spot with no droppings I sat down to wait for my feathered friends to come to me.

I watched as birds fought over the husks of bread being thrown by a small boy from across the lake. He had monopolised the entire bird stock. My wishing that I too had a loaf of bread quickly changed to horror as events unfolded before me. The young chap had run out of food. Instead of the birds saying "thank you" and swimming off for a new supplier, they descended on him to find out why he had stopped.

Overwhelmed by the onslaught of so many birds the poor boy ran into his mothers arms and was quickly whisked away. Shocked onlookers pointed and shook their heads at the wickedness of the flying demons.

I cracked open a cereal bar to calm my nerves. One bar was not enough. It was as I opened the third bar in a row that I realised the birds were heading for me.

Not wanting to be mauled by feathered attackers I scampered off in search of a safe haven. As I walked along by the side of the lake I spotted a TV crew. Maybe they were covering a story of Londoners terrorised by swans. I moved swiftly on.

Despite having seen images of Russian swimmers getting into freezing rivers in movies, I was still taken aback at the sight of speedo adorned athletes in the early morning sun. I wondered if they had problems with what seemed like the rabid bird population of the Serpentine. Maybe they were left alone as some sort of kindred spirit.

Downing the last of the cereal bars I was feeling lightheaded. The combination of oats glued together with goodness knows what was giving me the shakes. I whipped out my tripod and snapped away as the sun beamed out over the water.

Eventually I made it to Serpentine Bridge. The warm glow of the morning sun lit up the arches of this historic structure.

It was 8am. Only 13 hours to go before my cheap return ticket home. I had no cereal bars and a dead mobile. This had all the ingredients of a great adventure in the city.
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Thanks for posting this great tale, made me smile at the beginning of my day... albeit a somewhat later start than yours.
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Nice story, although I kept thinking I wish I could get to London for 17 pounds. I would even settle for annoying music on the way...
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I wish I could get to London for 17 pounds
You might be close to that... for the one between Chatham and Kitchener.



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Can I get to London for 17 pounds? And regale persons with muh Texus axecent?
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Can I get to London for 17 pounds? And regale persons with muh Texus axecent?
Can we go for... "unlikely" as the right answer.
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You might be close to that... for the one between Chatham and Kitchener.


I have seen ads for tickets to Toronto for $35. I guess those would be for trains departing in the middle of the nights with annoying piano music. London would be more expensive. At least it's easier and cheaper for us to go from London to Berlin (Kitchener used to be called Berlin until WWI)

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As seems to be often the case I needed to pop into London. After my last trip I decided to see how cheaply I could get to the city centre. A few minutes on line and I was all set up with a 17 ticket to St Pancras.

The downside of my money saving was that the train would be leaving early. Very early.

The night before the big trip I decided to upgrade my iPhone. The new software included a great looking feature that calculates how much sleep you get. Unsure how this worked exactly I was pleasantly surprised to have my phone tell me it was time to go to bed.

To get to the station on time I needed to be up at 4am. I set the alarm on my phone and drifted off.

Having been awake since 2:30am I quietly turned the alarm off at 3:59am so as not to wake my lovely wife.

Slipping downstairs and glugging a strong coffee I grabbed my tripod and camera and set off. My plan was to take some sunrise shots in Hyde Park. Maybe I could get some lovely tree lined path shots with early morning joggers silhouetted against the morning light.

Little by little I am learning. A friend had recommended that I take a cereal bar with me on a photo shoot. In this way if I felt peckish I would not need to trudge back to the car or find somewhere expensive to eat.

In my local shop they only sold these bars in multipacks. I had poured all ten bars into my camera bag. That would sort me out!

I have found that very early commuters are the least likely to be up for a chat. Most often they stare into space with a 'I wish I was still in bed' look across their face. This particular morning was no exception.

My carriage was quite busy. It was also silent.

We were only half an hour into the journey when music started playing. I had never heard this piece before. It was a very soothing piano piece. We all looked at each other. Perhaps this was a ploy of East Midlands Trains to keep us all happy. Or lull us off to sleep.

After ten minutes we were all becoming rather annoyed. The music was extremely short and very repetitive. It was the sort of music that sticks in your brain, and the only way to remove it is to hear an even more annoying tune that stays in its place.

The plus side was that everyone was talking. Perhaps the driver had a new ringtone he was trying out. Maybe the elderly lady in the corner had a radio hidden in her handbag.

After 40 minutes we could not wait to escape the torture of tinkling on the piano. As we stood on the platform we could still hear it!

My fellow passengers made off quickly towards the underground.

I felt a gentle vibration in my pocket.

My phone had been telling me it was time to get up.

I decided to hang back a while and let the platform clear before I moved off. I did not want to get lynched.

By the time I had made it to Hyde Park the sun had already risen. It was singularly unspectacular. My wife texted me a great shot from her mobile of the beautiful colours in the sky back at home.

I sat in Hyde Park and ate a cereal bar.

To save weight I had made the decision not to bring a watch. I would rely on my iPhone. Pulling out the dreaded device I noted that it was just after 6am and my battery was half empty. All that power had been used up by the wake up piano music on the train.

I could not sit on a bench all day (no matter how tempting it was). I decided to use the day to get some great shots of early morning London.

After scoffing another cereal bar to fuel my new found mission I headed over to the Serpentine.

The Serpentine is a large lake in Hyde Park created in 1730. Many varieties of bird have a stop over on the calm waters of the Serpentine. My plan was to sit for a while by the waters edge and fire off some shots of the birds. Wildfowl here are not that wild. They get well fed by passers by.

Finding a spot with no droppings I sat down to wait for my feathered friends to come to me.

I watched as birds fought over the husks of bread being thrown by a small boy from across the lake. He had monopolised the entire bird stock. My wishing that I too had a loaf of bread quickly changed to horror as events unfolded before me. The young chap had run out of food. Instead of the birds saying "thank you" and swimming off for a new supplier, they descended on him to find out why he had stopped.

Overwhelmed by the onslaught of so many birds the poor boy ran into his mothers arms and was quickly whisked away. Shocked onlookers pointed and shook their heads at the wickedness of the flying demons.

I cracked open a cereal bar to calm my nerves. One bar was not enough. It was as I opened the third bar in a row that I realised the birds were heading for me.

Not wanting to be mauled by feathered attackers I scampered off in search of a safe haven. As I walked along by the side of the lake I spotted a TV crew. Maybe they were covering a story of Londoners terrorised by swans. I moved swiftly on.

Despite having seen images of Russian swimmers getting into freezing rivers in movies, I was still taken aback at the sight of speedo adorned athletes in the early morning sun. I wondered if they had problems with what seemed like the rabid bird population of the Serpentine. Maybe they were left alone as some sort of kindred spirit.

Downing the last of the cereal bars I was feeling lightheaded. The combination of oats glued together with goodness knows what was giving me the shakes. I whipped out my tripod and snapped away as the sun beamed out over the water.

Eventually I made it to Serpentine Bridge. The warm glow of the morning sun lit up the arches of this historic structure.

It was 8am. Only 13 hours to go before my cheap return ticket home. I had no cereal bars and a dead mobile. This had all the ingredients of a great adventure in the city.
It looks very peaceful.
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