Beeley, Derbyshire. Fri 29 Dec 2017
was an inch or two of snow on the ground around Beeley
There was no snow on the ground at Belper, but it had settled on the
hills around and my son decided to take a sledge to somewhere where our
younger grand daughter could try it out.
That meant avoiding the popular slopes which would be crowded, but he thought
that there would be some suitable gentle slopes on the hill above Beeley
village. The main roads had been cleared, and minor roads like that to Beeley
were well gritted, but we parked at the entrance to the village and walked
up the village roads to a footpath, climbing through several fields to the
top of the hill.
It wasn't snowing, but mist was drifiting across the landscape and the
views were quite interesting. When the mist reached us we couldn't see much
at all (though photographs show rather more) and it was rather cold, but
it soon blew over us.
We had the hillside to ourselves and several of us tried out the sledge
on the way down. By the time we came off the path onto the village road
the snow was rapidly thawing.
We drove down the valley a couple of miles to Rowsley and Caudwell's Mill
for some lunch and I took a few pictures of the mill and Peak Tor, a hill
which was an early Celtic camp or settlement. It's an unusual hill I first
saw from the railway on route to Manchester for an interview in 1962, one
of Englands more scenic railway lines that Beeching soon put paid to.
Derby City Trail
Derby. Thu 28 Dec 2017
Derby's Market Hall, built in 1866 was the country's
first purpose-built indoor market
Pictures from a long walk around the centre of Derby.
Although I've often been to Derby, it has always been on my way to somewhere
else, often just changing trains, or getting a lift or a taxi from the station.
Several times I've taken a short walk from the station, and back in the
1970s I cycled from there a couple of times to Paul Hill's photography workshops
in Bradbourne, but never really seen the town.
So while the rest of the family and some of their friends went to the theatre
to see a matinee performance of Peter Pan after a meal at a chain Italian
restaurant (a good place for the children but not great for food) I took
the opportunity to take a long walk around the city centre. I started just
following my own route, but then decided to go to the tourist information
centre and spent 50p on the 'Derby Walks' leaflet, then roughly following
'The City Circuit' with a few additions and missing a few sites. The leaflet
also has a shorter Joseph Wright Walk, covering a part of the same route
but concentrating on buildings that would have been there when Derby's famous
painter was alive.
I was surprised by the amount of fine architecture in the city, including
a great deal of late 19th and early 20th century buildings that don't get
a metnion on the short guide, and my pictures show some of these as well
as most of those featured in the leaflet. I had to miss a few as time got
a little short and I needed ot make my way back to the station along the
Derbyshire. 27-30 Dec 2017
Long Row - listed mill-workers cottages from 1792-7
Our family came together for 3 days in Belper, where my younger son
lives with his family.
We stayed at the Lion Hotel, a short walk from their house, on the A6. Belper
is a town which grew because of the mill built by Jedediah Strutt and expanded
by later members of his family. Strutt invented an improved stocking frame
and set up a silk mill in Derby, later working with Richard Arkwright to
set up a mill on the Derment at Cromford in 1771. Together with his partner
Samuel Need, Strutt then built cotton mills at Belper (1778) and Milford
Long Row is one of several streets built for the workers at the Strutt's
mills and together with them is a part of the Derwent Valley Mills World
Heritage Site. The Strutts also built Unitarian, Congregational and Anglican
churches in Belper.
Samuel Slater, born in Belper who worked for Strutt at the Cromford Mill
is credited as the 'Father of the American Industrial Revolution'. He learnt
the secrets of the textile machinery in use in the mill and went to America
to set up their textile industry, breaking English laws about exporting
Boxing Day Walk
Staines to Old Windsor. Tue 26 Dec 2017
Boatyard at Runnymede
As usual we walked the 5 miles or so from our house in Staines to my
sister's in Old Windsor for our Boxing Day lunch, partly for exercise but
also because there is no public transport.
We had my elder son and his wife with us, or we might have thought about
cycling there, but it's a pleasant enough walk along by the river, and sometimes
we have taken a slightly longer but more interesting route up over Coopers
Hill. But this time we stayed on the level, going almost all the way along
the towpath beside the Thames.
Fortunately we were not trying to tow a boat, as the growth of bushes and
trees and the land-grabbing of riverside moorings by residents have long
made that impossible. The path - now a part of the long-distance Thames
path - runs along the south bank here, the first few yards being in Middlesex,
then Surrey, and briefly in Berkshire before returning to Surrey and finally
back to Berkshire, partly because the river has changed course at various
ages before settling on its now well-defined route.
It was a pleasant sunny morning and there was little wind and we took things
easy, pausing at the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds for some to buy hot drinks
at the cafe, then at the artwork on Runnemede itself, The Jurors.
Later in the day it was dark and raining as we made our way back. Fortunately
we got a lift over half the way, and the rain eased off for the rest.
Free Ahed Tamimi
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 23 Dec 2017
The protest continued and was more noticeable as two
men tried to shout it down
A protest in Trafalgar Square condemned the kidnap, beating up and
arrest of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi by Israeli soldiers at 4am on Tuesday
19 December, and the later arrest of her mother Nariman Tamimi and cousin
Nour Tamimi, calling for their immediate release.
The two younger women had earlier slapped Israeli soldiers in their occupied
village of Nabi Saleh when their 14 year old male cousin was shot in the
face by Israeli soldiers. Among those taking part in the protest were some
who knew Ahed and her family personally and had visited them in their village
of Nabi Saleh where regular protests are brutally repressed by the Israeli
After a while two men arrived and attempted to shout the protesters down,
claiming Ahed Tamimi was an adult who provoked the soldiers and should be
locked up and that everything the protesters claimed was lies; they were
joined briefly by a woman who also shouted insults, while another known
Zionist came to film the protest on his phone.
One of the men made a number of clearly racist comments to one of the protesters.
There were some heated arguments, responded to largely by insults and lies
from the two men, but eventually police arrived and calmed down those who
had come to disrupt the protest. Although the intervention of the two was
disturbing and the racism of one of them sickening, it did considerably
raise the profile of the protest, causing many more of those visiting the
square to come and see why people were protesting, and most were clearly
supportive of the protesters.
The protest was still continuing when I left to catch my train home.
Free Palestine, Free Ahad Tamimi
M&S, Oxford St,London. Sat 23 Dec 2017
The protest invited people to "discover more"
about M&S and to boycott the Israeli goods they sell
Protesters outside Marks and Spencer on Oxford St called for freedom
for Palestine and for the immediate release of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi,
beaten up and arrested by Israeli soldiers at her home in the village of
Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank at 4am on Tuesday 19 December.
The protest was one of a series calling for a boycott of goods from Israel.
They say many British companies including Marks and Spencer are collaborators
with the apartheid regime in Israel and call for the release of all Palestinian
political prisoners, many of whom are being held effectively indefinitely
without trial or have been sentenced in unfair trials.
I only stayed briefly and people were slow to arrive at the protest, and
pictures I saw later had a rather larger group present. It was one of three
protests related to the arrest of Ahed Tamimi arranged at short notice which
meant the three groups concerned had not had time to coordinate their efforts.
Some of those I met outside Marks and Spencer managed, like me, to attend
Jerusalem, Capital of Palestine
US Embassy, London. Sat 23 Dec 2017
with placards and Palestinian flags in front of the US Embassy in Grosvenor
The Palestinian Forum in Britain protest outside the US Embassy after
US President Trump's announcement that the US Embassy in Israel will move
Many hold Palestinian flags and placards with the message in English and
Arabic 'Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine'. Speakers condemned Trump
for his decision to move the embassy and called for peace and freedom for
Palestine. They also condemned the increase in hate crimes following Trump's
announcements and the brutal repression of protests against it in Palestine,
including the shooting of peaceful protesters, one in a wheelchair by Israeli
forces and the beating up and detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and members
of her family.
Psychedelic Eye-Gazing Flashmob
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 16 Dec 2017
People stand facing each other, close together and
look into each other's eyes
The call by the Psychedelic Society for a 'Psychedelic Eye-Gazing Flashmob'
did not appear to have reached many outside the society, and around a dozen
members turned up for today's event.
The Heritage Wardens came over and talked to the group before the vigil
started, but went away and left them to it. Three drummers and a speaker
on a microphone led the event, alling on those present to form two lines
and giving instructions and a commentary, telling those taking part to form
pairs and stare into each others eyes for a minute or two before everyone
moved on to another partner.
The drumming had a certain hypnotic quality, but I was content to look
at everyone through the viewfinder of a camera and politely refused the
invitaiton to take part. One of the group walked around the area handing
out leaflets to all of us, and a couple of times a young couple did stop
and join in for a few minutes, happy to look into each other's eyes, but
I think not showing much inclination to gaze into the eyes of others.
44th 'Stay Put' Sewol silent protest
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 16 Dec 2017
The campaigners stand in front of the National Gallery
in light rain
People stand in silence in Trafalgar Square in the 44st monthly vigil to
remember the Sewol victims, mainly school children who obeyed the order
to 'Stay Put' on the lower decks as the ship went down.
There were only four when I took photographs in the middle of the vigil,
with numbers perhaps lower because of the weather - and perhaps because
it was close to Christmas and some may be busy or away from the country.
The campaigners continue to demand the Korean government conduct a thorough
inquiry into the disaster, recover all missing victims, punish those responsible
and enact special anti-disaster regulations.
Trafalgar Square Christmas
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 16 Dec 2017
Charity Carol Singers in front of the Christmas Tree
Trafalgar Square is in festival dress, with a crib and a tree for Christmas
and the giant menorah for Chanukah, but it was a dull wet afternoon, and
the things I was expecting to happen there largely failed to materialise.
Some of the things I did see there certainly had some connection with Christmas,
but with others it was difficult to see. The Christmas tree is always disappointing
- it's a fairly large tree, with just a few lights - and a poem on the barriers
around its base. The menorah is ugly by day, though when I've seen it at
night is is rather more impressive, but I left too early for that.
It was really a rather depressing place to spend over an hour in, though
I did go into the National Gallery and spend some time looking at a few
of our pictures, though a couple of my favourites are currently out on loan
to another museum show.
Grenfell Silent Walk - 6
London, UK. Thu 14th Dec 2017
Many carried green candles and green hearts which
have become a symbol of support for Grenfell's victims
The monthly slow and silent walk to demand justice and remember those
killed at Grenfell Tower from Notting Hill Methodist Church on the 6 month
anniversary of the tragic fire.
The families of those who died and survivors made homeless by the fire
marched at the front, together with local clergy. Many carried pictures
of the victims and flowers, as well as green lights and green heart-shaped
symbols. Placards and posters called for Justice for Grenfell, which many
fear the official inquiry will fail to provide.
I left the procession at Ladbroke Grove station as it went on to the centres
where the community provided help when the council failed to respond. Later
I heard with disgust that some one had booked the Maxilla Centre where these
marches usually end for a a celebrity party that evening. Just another expression
of the heartlessness and contempt of some of the wealthy in London for its
poorer citizens that led six months earlier to the death of at least 71
people in the burning tower.
City cleaners strike at LHH for Living Wage
Gracechurch St, City of London. Thu 14 Dec 2017
The LHH cleaners go into work to cheers at the start
of their evening shift
The United Voices of the World union and supporters protest noisily outside
the offices of Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a large company in the heart of
London's financial district with a £2 million profit and a 32% increase
in revenue this year.
The cleaners have balloted for strike action if necessary to get a rise
from the national minimum hourly rate of £7.50 to the minimum needed
to live on in London, the London Living wage, currently assessed at £10.20
The cleaners who clean theLHH offices are not employed directly by LHH
but by City Central Cleaning & Support Services Limited, and not only
was their demand for the London Living Wage rejected without explanation
but they were unlawfully threatened with potential dismissal if they strike.
After an hour of protesting, four cleaners went in to clean the offices
to the cheers of their supporters.
Star Wars Strike Picket Picturehouse
Hackney Picturehouse, London. Thu 14 Dec 2017
The protest was really just starting when I had to
leave, with the film starting later in the evening
Workers and supporters at a solidarity demonstration outside Hackney Picturehouse,
one of five London cinemas where workers were again striking in support
of their longstanding fight for the London Living Wage, on the opening day
of the 'Star Wars' film, 'Last of the Jedi'.
The strikers are members of the BECTU trade union and as well as a living
wage are fighting to get their union recognised by Picturehouse, which is
a part of the multinational company, Cineworld. The Hackney Picturehouse
strikers were joined by those from the other cinemas, Picturehouse Central,
Crouch End and East Dulwich and the Brixton Ritzy.
PIP unfair to Mental Health claimants
Royal Courts of Justice, London. Tue 12 Dec 2017
Paula Peters of DPAC speaks at the vigil outside the
A lunchtime vigil by Mental Health Resistance Network, Winvisible
(women with visible & invisible disabilities) and DPAC (Disabled People
Against Cuts) at the High Court supported the case of RF, who contends that
the way people experiencing psychological distress are treated by new Personal
Independence Payment (PIP) rules is unfair and discriminatory.
Changes to the rules made in March 2017 by the Dept of Work & Pensions
mean that those with serious mental health conditions who are unable to
plan or undertake a journey because of overwhelming psychological distress
no longer get full mobility benefit, which is now only available to those
with physical mobility problems.
RF is represented by Doughty Street Chambers, the Public Law Project and
written submissions from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
and mental health charity Mind is being heard today and tomorrow. The result
will have implications for many with 'invisible' disabilities, with loss
of the enhanced mobility payment having a huge impact on people's ability
to participate in society and remain independent.
Stand Up to Lambeth protest and vigil
Lambeth Town Hall, London. Sat 9 Dec 2017
Class War's banners point out that Labour councils
are the biggest social cleansers in London
People protest at Lambeth Town Hall in honour of all those affected
by Lambeth Council's heartless policies.
The vigil also included a tribute to Cressingham Gardens resident and leading
campaigner Ann Plant who died of cancer in December 2016, spending her final
months still fighting to prevent the demolition of her home and her community
by the council, one of a series of council estate demolitions Lambeth plan
in a ruthless programme of realising the asset value of their estates despite
it resulting in many local residents being forced out of the area.
As well as implementing this programme of social cleansing, the Labour
council dominated by supporters of the right-wing New Labour Progress organisation
has also shut down community centres, betrayed local businesses, drastically
cut services for the disabled, those with mental health problems, young
people and social services generally.
The council claim that they have been forced into cuts by Tory national
government policies, but Councillors' expenses and allowances keeps on growing
and they have spent over £150m on a new Town Hall project, already
several times over the original budget and still growing in cost.
National Anti-Slavery March
Belgrave Square to Libyan Embassy, London, UK
A Black Muslim stands in front of the African Lives
Matter banner outside the Libyan embassy
Thousands marched from Belgrave Square to a protest in front of the
Libyan Embassy against the selling of Black Africans by Arab slave traders
The march hosted by African Lives Matter demanded closure of the Libyan
detention centres, action by African governments to rescue people detained
in the camps and condemnation of the slave trade and murders of migrants
by all African leaders and the UN, calling on Libya to make and enforce
laws that prevent these crimes against humanity.
Many also demanded reparations for the historic slave trade and the continuing
despoliation of African resources by imperialist nations including the UK.
The rally outside the embassy began with an African ceremony of libation,
with water being poured in memory of many who have taken part in the struggle
for freedom and human rights for Africans over the years.
ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Die-In
Ministry of Defence, London. Sat 9 Dec 2017
People lie down on the steps of the Ministry of Defence
for a die-in
Peace campaigners celebrate the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
to ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, for its
role in pushing for a United Nations global nuclear ban treaty which has
been supported by 122 countries with an awards ceremony and die-in outside
the Ministry of Defence.
The prize is to be presented in Oslo tomorrow. The UK refused to take part
in the treaty negotiations and is refusing to sign the treaty, but the protesters
urged it so sign up and to scrap Trident replacement. The event was organised
by ICAN UK and two of ICAN's partner organisations in the UK, CND and Medact,
and included speakers from these and another ICAN partner, WILPF, the Women's
International League for Peace and Freedom, and a mock Nobel Prize was handed
over by to ICAN UK by Bruce Kent, who also presented many small chocolate
'Nobels' to those at the event.
Israeli 'blood diamond' Australia protest
Australia House, London. Fri 8 Dec 2017
Campaigners next to a banner outside Australia House
Inminds human rights group protest outside the Australian High Commission
on the eve of the Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in Brisbane, Australia,
chaired by Australia.
The vigil was to highlight the failure of the Kimberley Process in preventing
the trade in blood diamonds that fund human rights violations around the
world, in particular those by Israel in Palestine. Inminds say that the
definition of blood diamonds should be widened to include cut and polished
diamonds that are funding human rights violations around the world, in line
with a 2015 draft proposal at the World Diamond Council which was only blocked
by a last-minute intervention by the President of the Israeli Diamond Exchange,
who stated "it could be disastrous for Israel".
The Israeli diamond industry contributes about $1 billion annually to the
Israeli military and security industries, funding activities such as that
of the Givati Brigade, responsible during the 2009 attack on Gaza for the
massacre of 29 members of the Samouni family. The UN Human Rights Council
have found Israel guilty of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity
and Inminds say their diamond trade is a trade in blood diamonds.
City of London. Thu 7 Dec 2017
London's rubbish is taken on board just above Cannon
Five of us old friends got together for a pre-Christmas walk, more
a social occasion than one to take photographs, meeting up at St Paul's
station. We had planned to go on a longer walk elsewhere, but several people
were unable to come and we decided to do that some time after Christmas.
This walk was unusual in that we only went into two pubs, one for a quick
drink and the second when those of us who completed the walk (we were down
to three by then) had a meal together. We started in the Guildhall Art Gallery,
going down into its depths where a few years ago the remains of the Roman
Coliseum were discovered and are now rather well displayed, before looking
at the City of London's art collection on display. It's a rather mixed bunch
with some fine works ancient and modern along with some rather tedious municipal
records of great occasions that would have looked fine in the Illustrated
London News but don't really cut it as vast canvasses on the gallery wall.
Walking on past the Bank of England we walked into Adams Court and walked
around in a circle before driven by thirst to the Crosse Keys, where I failed
to resist the temptation of a pint of Smokestack Lightnin', a beer from
the Dorking Brewery, named after my favourite Howling Wolf track - I still
somewhere have the 45rpm record. It was the first time I've come across
the idea of a 'smoked' beer, and while interesting I think it would be best
drunk around a bonfire.
The first of our crew defected as we went into the pub, not to be seen
again, and we said goodbye to the second as we left, with me boldly leading
the way down to the river, where we turned upstream along the Thames path.
The light was fading a little, but perhaps becoming more interesting, but
when we left the river at Queenhithe it was time to make our way back to
St Paul's to catch a bus and get a table for our meal together before the
city workers crowded in.
All pictures taken with a Fuji X-E1 and 18mm Fuji lens.
Grenfell protests outside council meeting
Kensington Town Hall, London. Wed 6 Dec 2017
A woman in the crowd listens to speeches at the
Protesters outside the Kensington & Chelsea council meeting at
Kensington Town Hall demand answers and action from the council, almost
six months after the disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower.
The protest had been approved at a public meeting at the Maxilla Centre
and was publicised and supported by the Justice4Grenfell campaign and the
RCG who both came with PA systems. Justice 4 Grenfell tried to persuade
the RCG to move away, but they refused, though they did turn off their sound
system for the J4G main speeches, including those by MPs Kate Osamor and
Emma Dent Coad, but restarted when these appeared to have finished. But
the J4G rally resumed after a short pause and for a short time both sound
systems were in use. A small group supporting the Justice4Grenfell campaign
then came to shout at and threaten the RCG and one had to be held back by
friends and onlookers after trying to start a fist fight.
Also protesting were Class War, who had brought a number of posters with
the picture of the disgraced Councillor Rock Feilding-Mellen, who as deputy
council leader and cabinet member responsible for housing had apparently
pressed the TMO for the cost reductions which resulted in the use of flammable
cladding and other modifications that made Grenfell a huge fire risk, and
allegedly instituted a shoddy and ineffectual sytem of fire inspections
to reduce the costs of maintenance throughout the properties. Although still
a local councillor, Feilding-Mellen fled the area shortly after the Grenfell
fire and is said to have made only occasional fleeting appearances since,
and Class War's posters showed his face with the single word 'Where?'.
The protest condemned the failure of the council to properly respond to
the needs of the those affected by the fire, and in particular that so few
have been rehoused, with some whole families still in a small hotel room.
They demand that all survivors and those who had to move out because of
the fire are rehoused in appropriate housing in the area and that those
responsible in Kensington and Chelsea council, the TMO and the cladding
company face criminal charges. They also want a real role for the local
community in the official inquiry into the fire which they feel has already
disrespected local residents and fear will be a cover up.
Cressingham Gardens residents say Ballot Us!
Brixton, London. Sat 2 Dec 2017
People listen to speeches outside Lambeth Town Hall
after the march from Cressingham Gardens
Residents from Cressingham Gardens in Tulse Hill marched with supporters
to a rally at Lambeth Town Hall taking petition calling on Lambeth Council
to hold a ballot of residents over their plans to demolish the estate.
Since Labour's last conference, party policy is that no demolition of council
estates should take place without consent, but Lambeth Council seem determined
to ignore this and go ahead with their plans for a so-called 'regeneration'
which would see all 300 homes demolished, without any plans to provide immediate
council housing for the roughly 1000 residents who would be made homeless.
Residents in this and other estates across London and elsewhere want councils,
particularly Labour councils, to act on behalf of their residents rather
than making deals with property developers which largely serve the interests
of shareholders and international investors, many of whom are laundering
the proceeds of crimes. Around a hundred people marched from the estate
to meet others for a rally outside the old Lambeth Town Hall in the centre
Brixton, London. Sat 2 Dec 2017
Cars only come to the edge of the estate which has
large safe pedestrian areas
Before the protest by residents against the demolition of their estate
I deliberately arrived early so I could walk around the estate and take
The estate is described as a council garden estate and was designed by
Edward Hollamby, the chief architect for Lambeth Council at a time when
councils such as this had a mission to provide quality housing for working
class Lambeth residents. Its 306 dwellings, a mixture of four, three and
two-bedroom houses, and one-bedroom apartments acheive a feeling of spaciousness
but have a high residential density of over 250 persons/hectare, and the
estate had a number of innovative features. The development was praised
by the council, then Conservative, with John Major (later Sir John and Prime
Minister) as deputy chair of the Housing Committee as a 'bold and imaginative
scheme' and was acheived at a relatively low cost per dwelling - adjusted
for inflation to current prices of around £85,000.
It has remained a popular and well ordered estate to the current day, the
design encouraging a strong feeling of community and a low crime rate, although
as with many buildings of the era it has been poorly maintained and is in
need of some remedial work. Bringing it up to contemporary standards and
fixing the problems with guttering and drainage would be a relatively cheap
operation at around £9.4 million for the whole site - though Lambeth
council says this is unaffordable.
But this estate is in a good location on a prime site overlooking Brockwell
Park, and a private development here could provide sales of around £400
million at current market prices for the area. Of course the private developer
is obliged to promise some affordable or social housing, but most employ
accountancy firms after the work has started to reduce that down to negligible
levels - at the Heygate estate iun neighbouring Southwark over a thousand
council properties were replaced by around 80. And even affordable housing
- at up to 80% of market rent - is way out of reach for most current council
If redevelopment (misleadingly called regeneration) goes ahead, the current
residents will lose out considerably. Those who have exercised the right
to buy will get compensation that will not enable them to buy any comparable
property in the area and probably be forced to move to the outer fringes
of London or even further afield, away from their current jobs, schools
etc. Council tenants may qualify for re-housing, but many will be have to
move to insecure private tenancies and those rehoused by the council will
be offered properties far inferior to those they currently live in. The
only other estates built to similar standards as Cressingham are also being
listed for demolition.
The estate was put forward for listing in 2013, but despite Historic England
praising the way the design responds to its setting, with skill and sensitivity,
“both in the scale and massing of the built elements, as well
as through the integration of these elements with informal open spaces which
bring a park-like character into the estate” it was surprisingly
turned down. It is one of a number of decisions which clearly reflect the
current political nature of the listing process.
King's College employ your cleaners
King's College, London. Fri 1 Dec 2017
The pavement outside the college was filled with protesters
and they mad a lot of noise
Students and cleaners protest outside King's College after the college
and Servest who employ the cleaners failed to make the formal offer they
had promised by November 30th on the demand that the cleaners be directly
employed by the college with parity of terms and conditions with other King's
Cleaners who are members of Unison have been promised that they will get
the new London Living Wage set in November, but complain that promises on
workloads and providing proper equipment made after earlier strikes have
not been kept. Students and trade unionists from some other London colleges
came to show solidarity.
Morning Lane Hackney in early evening
I found myself with more time on my hands in London than usual, partly
becuase of protests that were cancelled at the last minute or started later
than expected, and so there are more pictures than usual this month.
There are pictures from Brixton, from a walk from London Wall to the Thames
at Temple, with some riverside panoramas, in Embankment Gardens, in the
early evening in Hackney, in Trafalgar Square, and as usual some from my
bust and train journeys, as well as some views from a tower at the Elephant
& Castle shopping centre.
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