Friday 5 July 2013

Look up, look down x

This week on Look up, look down I am taking you on a magical tour back in time to my nursing trainee days. As many of you know I trained at The London Hospital in Whitechapel from August 1984 - December 1987. Last week I went back to see the old girl and oh my goodness I was prepared for what I found. Very sadly the whole of the main old hospital was boarded up behind a fence!!!!!! I nearly died of shock coming out of the tube, honestly I did. But despite this shock the rest of the new hospital was pretty amazing. All 17 floors of it.

So if you looked up you would have seen to the right John Harrison House where I lived for just over a year on the ground floor initially and then the fifth floor. If you count up 5 you can see my friend PJ's balcony on the far end. The left side of the picture is the new hospital.

Count up 5 here and the very end balcony was mine and Anton's, yep I had to share with a guy. He was ok though.

In the foreground is the Princess Alexandra School of Nursing and the round building is where we had lectures, including that lesson on hat making. Behind it again is the new hospital.

Looking down the street you can see the new hospital and this has been built over the site of the Luckes Home, the second place I lived after moving here.

Later we met PJ who was over from Oz and looking down from her hotel you could see The Shard..........

The Gherkin.......................

and The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.............................

and after dark, pretty..............

I stayed with my friends Bob and Kirsten in Bow and the next morning we walked along the canal for breakfast and looking down watched the barges coming through the lock..............

and then looked up at the Olympic Stadium and heard them sound checking for something.

It was so lovely to catch up with my friends, friends are the best x


  1. Great photos Jo. I love the stories behind your look up. look down series.

  2. What a wonderful walk down memory lane for you. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. This is brilliant! A really personal tour which conjures up your time there so perfectly with your words and the lovely photo editing

  4. Great shots of your trip, Jo! What a shock to find the old hospital behind boards... glad you like the new bits though.
    Looks like a lovely trip to London... I think it might be time for me to have another trip there too. School holidays seem like a good opportunity!
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. x


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