The Perimeter

Spinnaker Tower being painted gold for rebranding as Emirates Spinnaker Tower. The 170 meter structure was designed by HGP Architects and built in 2005. Portsmouth, Hampshire. Spinnaker Tower being painted gold for rebranding as Emirates Spinnaker Tower. The 170 meter structure was designed by HGP Architects and built in 2005. Portsmouth, Hampshire.

On awakening I hear trains rumbling into the harbour station, ship’s horns sounding and the pssst of coach doors opening. I enjoy Portsmouth’s cosmopolitan sense of purpose in contrast to the parochial air that can blight some coastal settlements.

Climbing the mast, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Climbing the mast, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

At Spinnaker Tower abseilers are skilfully painting the exterior with gold and blue as part of an Emirates sponsorship deal.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower painting, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Emirates Spinnaker Tower painting, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower & Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Emirates Spinnaker Tower & Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Up the tower an elderly couple are awkwardly taking a photo of themselves. I offer to take the picture but they declined with a smile saying “It’s our first selfie”

Gunwharf Quays from Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Gunwharf Quays from Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Gosport Marina, Hampshire. Gosport Marina, Hampshire.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, detail, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Emirates Spinnaker Tower, detail…

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