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Victoria Embankment`1913-2011 | by roll the dice
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Victoria Embankment`1913-2011

I have gone Embankment mad!!here is another top photo from 1913 and tram number 38 whizzes by Cleopatra's Needle which has a long history,it was originally given to the British in 1819 but lack of funds they could not afford to ship it over,it weighs between 186 and 220 tonnes it was finally erected on the Thames in 1878 it was originally intended to stand in front of The Houses Of Parliament...6 or 6 seaman died in transit.....It is guarded by two faux-Egyptian sphinxes appear to be looking at the Needle rather than guarding,by accident some people claim...`Queen Victoria said she liked them that way`...The old Waterloo Bridge in the top used granite from Aberdeen's Rubislaw quarry to constuct it,the bridge which was demolished between 1934-1939 in way way or another!..The new bridge was oficially opened in 1945....see my previous photos for another Waterloo Bridge shot...again note the trees,my how you have grown,,,,,the sphinx on the right was damaged by a bomb dropped in the roadway close to this spot in the first raid on London by German aeroplanes a few minutes before midnight on Tuesday 4th September 1917.....

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Taken on February 23, 2011