Philippe Gurdjian 1945 – 2014

Originally posted on joeblogsf1:

Philippe Gurdjian had died at the age of 69. He was the promoter of the French Grand Prix for 13 years and went on to aid Bernie Ecclestone in setting up races in a number of other countries as F1 expanded into Asia.

Born in the Paris area in 1945, he started his career in advertising while racing in his spare time, competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours seven times between 1976 and 1986 with Porsches and Ferraris. In 1985 he was appointed promoter and organiser of the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard. When the race moved to Magny Cours in 1991 Gurdjian transferred with it and ran the race at the track near Nevers until he was removed in 1998. A close ally of Bernie Ecclestone, he went on to organise the Spanish GP for a period, helped set up the races in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi…

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Trinity Square Gardens & Poppies at the Tower of London

Immediately at the exit of Tower Hill Station is Trinity Square Gardens. Overlooked by most visitors in their rush to get to the Tower itself, it contains Merchant Navy memorials relating to both World Wars & also the Falklands conflict. It is also the site of the infamous Tower Hill scaffold & contains a memorial on the actual spot & a number of plaques naming those who were executed there, mainly for views differing from those of the contemporary monarch, including Sir Thomas More & Archbishop Laud.

View across the gardens, with the Mercantile Marine Memorials in the middle background. The site of the scaffold is just to the far side of the lower memorial to the right.

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 The Falklands conflict Merchant Navy memorial with the listed former Port of London Authority building in the background.

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Site of the Scaffold. (Stock pic. via Wikipedia)

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 At the Tower itself, a sea of porcelain poppies commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War One & will remain there until November 11th.

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Singer Vogue Mk1

*In which I continue my mild obsession with 1960’s Rootes Group cars*

A few weeks back, a tremendous racket outside turned out to be this Mk 1 Singer Vogue (1961/2) reversing down the road clearly with most of the exhaust system completely useless or possibly missing altogether. Since when it has been parked on my neighbour’s drive, chocked by bricks.

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Distinguishable from the similarly styled Mk2 (both had the wraparound rear window) by the chrome bonnet strip & white front indicators the Vogue was an uprated, badge-engineered, version of the Hillman Super Minx.