As You Were, London. The Party’s Over.

Great conceptual shot by Sabine Thoele from the Flickr pool.

The party is over

The Queen’s Jubilee festivities have come to an end. What did you think, all said and done?

Enjoy the bank holidays?

I had to work yesterday. So today, I give you a story.

It was some time around 8:30am. The streets were empty, Union Jack bunting tangled in tree branches, only me and one other person standing on the platform, waiting for the tube. I stepped into an empty carriage, headphones in my ears. Sat peacefully. One stop. No one got on.

Another stop. A group of 10 or 15 guys clamber into the tube, drinking beer, hollering. I pretend not to notice until one of them drunkenly leans against my shoulder and offers me a sip of his Coors Light. No thank you. Just on my way to the office, I say politely. He spills a bit. I smell of beer.

He loses interested and turns his attention back to his mates. They are covered in Union Jacks. He starts mooing loudly, waving his flag. Jumping. They are hanging on the hand rails hooting like monkeys.

A few stops down the line, one of them gets on all fours, walks down the aisle making animal sounds. Stops near me.

Licks my foot.

Yes, I smelled of beer and had my foot licked by a stranger on the tube all before 9am.

Usual bank holiday in London then….

How did you spend yours?


Londoners Ride Bikes

A photo entry today. Here’s a great Londoner shot from the Flickr pool, captured by Sabine Thoele. I am endlessly fascinated by Londoners. I could people watch for days on end and never get bored.

Born to ride

Anything exciting planned for this week? Anyone going to Stik’s Dulwich walk over the weekend?

Photography print giveaway coming soon…

Congo Protests Pictures Series

The Congo protests back on December 12 got quite a bit of attention with 139 people arrested following the election results in the DRC. There are of course many issues surrounding the protests, from fraudulent results to rape and massacre among others. A group of more than 200 DRC demonstrators caused an emergency tube evacuation at Oxford Circus the other day. Things were pretty messy over in Whitehall. Sabine Thoele was there with her camera and managed to get some shots of the action which she added to the Flickr pool. I wanted to share them with you a while ago, but life took over what with moving house and Chirstmas round the corner. So here we go, finally:

Congo protest V

Congo protest VI

Congo protest IV

Congo protest III

Congo protest II

Congo protest I

There’s still some smaller protests going on. Keep up with the news and add your photos to the Flickr pool if you have any!