A Jurassic lark… or dinosaur hunting in London

14 Jul

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“Any day with a dinosaur in it is a good day.”  me, circa June 2013

Our first sunny Wednesday evening in London, we decided to go dinosaur hunting…

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Not to the Natural History Museum – despite the highly possible inception by this print (and our gold dinos) – but to Crystal Palace Park.

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Where these misshapen beauties live. They were the first dinosaur sculptures in the world, meaning they look a bit like a 5 year old child’s drawing of a prehistoric creature, cast in stone. In the best way of course.

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They are wonky and wonderful… and can’t fail to make you smile.

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I mean really, these guys? He based these on frogs right?

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And I’ve been ‘forced’ to buy a tea towel with them on it… attacking joggers in the park of course.

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But not all of them are so “ferocious” looking… this one has been turned into a nest by a duck!13 1 A Jurassic lark... or dinosaur hunting in London

And then we returned home… no more dinosaurs to hunt out.

Until we went to the Heron Tower for a drink and spotted, from up high, some familiar looking creatures at the bottom of the Gherkin.

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(He’s behind you… those stegosaurus types are always sneaking up on people!)

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Yes, there’s a T-Rex just hanging out there… doing his thing.

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And isn’t he possibly the happiest looking dino you’ve ever seen?

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Days later, I spotted this guy in Shoreditch… but surely this was the last of our ‘dinosaur hunting’ luck though?

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Then one night after work, we stopped for a coffee…

The first table we sat at was a bit grubby. Not majorly so, just someone else’s coffee cup, someone else’s crumbs… so we decided to move tables.

Crumb-free, cup-free… but with a tiny origami dinosaur on it.

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So we took him home… via the Tube…

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We named him Herbert. Because it just seemed like a suitable name.

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We took him on a couple of weekend journeys…

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Where he really liked looking out of the window…

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And romping in the long grass…

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And, erm, terrifying the locals. (Yeah, not so much!)

Since then, I’ve spotted no more dinos…

But seeing as I have a portable one now every day can be a good day as there’s a dino in it. 

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P.S. Any other London dinosaur spots/suggestions welcome!

P.P.S. Back in the ‘summer’ of 2012, I went to see a comedian called Bec Hill, who finished up her show with a piece on dinosaurs taking over London…

Maybe this is where my dino obsession started, or maybe it was because of this photo shoot, but either way it’s quite definitely a thing now!

 

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