Saturday, 7 August 2010

Hello deer

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post, and yes, we are still in London - North London, Muswell Hill to be precise or Highgate as one likes to say!

Nothing opens before 8am.

Erbie is an early riser, so we have been exploring. This is the disused Railway Track nearby, lined with brambles - hurrah. It leads to...

Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally to the locals)

The birthplace of television

Alexandra Palace is situated in North London and known around the world as the birthplace of television.

In fact it was never owned by the BBC, but in 1935 the Corporation leased the eastern part of the building from which the first public television transmissions were made. In 1936 it hosted trials between the EMI-Marconi and Baird television system to decide who would carry the television standard for the future.

Studio A was equipped with the Marconi-EMI Emitron system, while Baird installed his mechanical systems in Studio B. The Emitron camera proved far superior to Baird's cumbersome film technique, which never developed beyond an experimental stage.

These early transmissions were famously introduced by one of the very first presenters, Elizabeth Cowell, with the words "This is direct television from Alexandra Palace…"

I know that darling man Richard Attenbourgh did some early transmissions from here.

Anyway it also has deer.

Lovely early morning deer, dear.


Marie said...

It looks lovely, the deers, the brambles, the new places to explore. Enjoy!

goonerjamie said...

Have always loved Ally Pally, have a feeling you're going to have a lot of fun there.

Kids Art Club - North London said...

Have a wander down to the farmers market on a sunday 10-3, if you haven't already. The food and drink is die for! Especially the goats cheese stand...ahhh, proper real cheese that tastes divine :0)

Other nonsense

Quote of the day

‘They tuck you up your mum and dad...’
Anon - after Larkin

“Philately will get you everywhere”

“It’s not the despair, I can handle the despair. 
It’s the hope I can’t deal with”

“Each new friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anais Nin

‘Come on Dover move your bloomin’ arse’.
Eliza Doolittle