Tuesday 20 January 2009

Suburban sundown - the Tower of Babel and Satan's Pit! - # 09/10

The Tolworth Tower, overlooks the thundering Kingston Bypass. It's typical of suburban London.

I was amused to compare it with this estate agent's blurb discovered recently, attempting to encourage people to buy property in Dubai......................

..........."Welcome to Al Barari, the most perfect place on earth. Those lucky enough to belong in this wonderland can expect a life filled with enchantment and beauty, each day more fulfilling than the last. Whether you lie by your pool listening to the fountains and the birds or spend each day at one of the world's finest spas. Whether you explore the dreamlike parklands or wander the specialist craft stores, hobby shops or other niche retail outlets. Even a day at the office is a surreal experience - it's a life of endless wonder.Not since the legendary gardens of the Moors has there been a place that so celebrates the human intrinsic love of nature and beauty. As though surrounding the palace of a great sultan, Al Barari is a delight to the senses and a tribute to the wonders of the planet.Set like a magnificent emerald within the golden desert sands, Al Barari is a sanctuary where man and nature live in harmony, where the flora and bird life of the Arabian Peninsula intertwine with luxurious residences. Cobbled paths and shimmering waterways wind amongst vast Botanical Gardens, past Islamic Perfumed Gardens, Music Parks, open-air theatres and fine organic restaurants. It is a place so tranquil that the silence is only broken by the symphony of life, a soothing melody of birdsong and cascading waterfalls, laughter and age old breezes whispering through the foliage. In this same lavish style, a unique Arabian Boutique Hotel welcomes travelers.If you would like more information on the above property please contact us on the form below and one of our sales consultants shall contact you shortly with the answers to all your questions regarding the property....................."

How long will it be before the sound that is "the symphony of life" becomes the thundering roar of the Al Barari Bypass? I wonder if a day at the office in the Tolworth Tower is "a surreal experience - it's a life of endless wonder" ? By the way: you can "Google" Tolworth and find out everything you want to know about its origins and the tower.

Suburban sundown - as the sun sinks it also rises.

Camera: Olympus E3 Lens 9mm 1:4 (18mm equivalent) Time: Sundown. This is one of the first test photos I took with this new Olympus super-wideangle lens. So far I'm very pleased with it.


  1. Like the angle you shot this one a lot. Your title is perfect as always.

  2. Est ce que tu es bon en mathématiques ou en géomètrie ? Avec un point qui se déplace tu décris une droite, avec une droite un plan. Sur ta photo tu n'as que des plans et tu décris des volumes. Et les parapets et l'immeuble, ce sont un triangle et un rectangle, on se croirait au début du film "2001: A Space Odyssey" de Stanley Kubrick sur la musique de Richard Strauss "Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra", lorsque le mégalithe est fiché dans le sol aux débuts de l'humanité.
    En plus avec cette lumière... C'est de la science fiction, la quatrième dimension que tu nous proposes là
    (J'avoue que je n'ai pas lu ce que tu as écrit. Il faudrait que je fasse mon texte en English sur mon blog. Mais tous mes visiteurs parlent français je ne suis pas très motivée)

  3. Typical for the soul-less architecture (and city-planning) of our times. It could be in Cologne, too. The buildings may be photogenic or even good architecture, but for me good architecture is always fitting well in the surrounding and is made for people and not for traffic. Amen ;-)

  4. I wonder if the architect won a price?

  5. Islamic Perfumed Gardens???
    Better M & S... ;))
    TGIF!! ;)
    Blogtrotter, still posting on Delhi! Enjoy and have a great weekend!