Extinction Rebellion roadblock
Parliament Square. London. Sat 31 Oct 2018
Police arrest campaigner Donnachadh McCarthy for
continuing to block the road in protest
After making the 'Declaration of Rebellion' against the British
Government for its criminal inaction in the face of climate change
catastrophe and ecological collapse people moved onto the roadway in
front of Parliament and blocked it with a further rally there for an
hour and a half.
They listened to speeches by George Monbiot and Green Party MP
Caroline Lucas and there were songs and poems. A number of activists
brought large wreaths and lay down with them, with several lock-ons.
Police tried to clear the road, but the protesters ignored them,
taking a show of hands to remain blocking the road for another half
Most left the road after a closing address by George Monbiot, but
several small groups decided to remain on the road, including
Donnachadh McCarthy and George Monbiot. Police immediately warned them
they would be arrested if they did not move, and by the time I left
around half an hour later 15 arrests had been made, including of
McCarthy, while some others agreed to leave the road. By then poiice
had managed to clear all except one lane of the road where the lock-on
was still in progress.
Extinction Rebellion rally
Parliament Square. London. Sat 31 Oct 2018
Schoolgirl Greta Thunberg sat down outside the
Swedish Parliament instead of going back to school
A protest in Parliament Square heard speeches from climate
activists including Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, campaigner
Donnachadh McCarthy, Labour MP Clive Lewis and economist and Green
MEP Molly Scott Cato before making a 'Declaration of Rebellion'
against the British Government for its criminal inaction in the face
of climate change catastrophe and ecological collapse.
They declared the non-violent rebellion on behalf of life itself "in
accordance with our conscience and a clear duty to our children; our
communities; this nation and planet" and said they can no longer stand
idly by given the prospect of unimaginable suffering brought about by
climate breakdown and social collapse, and call for a nationwide day
of action on November 17th.
They were particularly inflamed by the complete lack of any mention
of climate change in this week's budget, which included various
measures which will increase global warming.
Canada Goose's cruelty to animals
Regent St, London. Sat 27 Oct 2018
A campaigner holds a bloody goose and another
shows video evidence
Campaigners show videos and hand out leaflets against animal
cruelty in the continuing series of protests outside the Regent St
London flagship store of Canada Goose, which campaigners say has
cruelty to animals hiding in every stitch.
The protests which began there last November and have continued there
every Tuesday and Saturday since. Canada Goose uses fur trims using
trapped wild coyotes, which the campaigners say often suffer for days
in cruel traps, facing blood loss, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene
and attacks by predators, some even trying to chew off their own
trapped limbs to escape before a trapper returns to strangle, stamp or
bludgeon them to death. Campaigners allege their down-filled jackets
use feathers from ducks and geese which have their throats slit and
are often still alive and feeling pain when dumped into scalding hot
water for feather removal.
20th UFFC remembrance rally
Downing St, Whitehall, London. Sat 27 Oct 2018
Marcia Rigg speaks about her long fight to get
the truth about her brother's killing by Brixton police
After the slow procession down Whitehall, the rally took place on
one lane of the road, with traffic slowly passing on the outside
lane. It featured speakers from many of the bereaved families, who
had moving stories, largely a damning indictment of the lies and
deception of police and their lack of respect for the bodies of
their loved ones and the feelings of the bereaved.
They included speakers about Sheku Bayoh (killed by police in
Kirkcaldy, Fife in May 2015), Winston Augustine (died in HMP Wormwood
Scrubs in August 2018), Derek Bennett (shot by police in Brixton in
July 2001), Kingsley Burrell (killed by police in Birmingham in March
2011), Marc Cole (tasered by police in Falmouth in May 2017), Sarah
Reed (died in HMP Holloway in January 2016), Leon Patterson (beaten to
death in a a Stockport police cell in 1992), Mikey Powell (killed by
West Midlands Police in September 2003), Leroy Junior Medford (killed
by police near Reading in April 2017), Mark Duggan (shot by police in
August 2011), Marcia Rigg's detailed description of the treatment of
her brother Sean Rigg by Brixton police in 2008 was particularly
disturbing, and her long fight to find how he died has made clear the
incredible lengths of obstruction and lying the police use to to avoid
A small deputation went to deliver letters to Theresa May at Downing
St, but were refused entry as those responsible for security had
apparently lost the application to do so made two months earlier in
what felt like a deliberate expression of contempt. Police at the gate
took the letters promising to hand them on.
20th UFFC remembrance procession
Trafalgar Sq & Whitehall, London. Sat 27 Oct 2018
Marcia Rigg and Kadisha Brown-Burrell in front of the march down
The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), a coalition of
of people killed by police, in prisons, in immigration detention and
in secure psychiatric hospitals meet in Trafalgar Square and make
their 20th annual march of remembrance at a funereal pace to Downing
Many have banners or t-shirts with the names of their loved ones who
died either through negligence or deliberate violence. Although
thousands have died under suspicious circumstances since 1990,
official figures have failed to record many of the deaths as having
taken place in custody and those responsible have lied or withheld
evidence, investigations have often been superficial and inquests have
been used to hush up evidence and not one of those responsible have
been convicted of murder or manslaughter.
Fridays for Future - act on climate change
Parliament Square, London, UK. Fri 26 Oct 2018
Elsie Luna who produces The Politics Podcast for
Young People in the UK
A protest in parliament square calls for urgent action to avoid
the worst consequences of climate change.
The protest was the first in London as a part of #FridaysForFuture
taking place in many cities and towns across the world, and in
particular celebrated the recent action of 15-year old Greta Thunberg
who instead of going back to school at the end of the Summer break in
August protested outside the Swedish Parliament, breaking the law to
start the School Strike For Climate.
The event hosted by Extinction Rebellion began under the
statue of Millicent Fawcett, but moved to the pavement at the front of
Parliament Square at the insistence of GLA wardens who enforce the
Support self-employed parental leave
Old Palace Yard, London, UK. Fri 26 Oct 2018
As W C Fields advised, "Never work with Children of Animals" as they
steal the show
A photocall outside parliament marked the day when the 2nd reading of
Tracy Brabin MP's #SelfieLeave bill was listed, which would give
self-employed parents access to shared parental leave and pay.
The protest was supported by members of Equity, UK Music, the Music
Producers Guild and the Musicians Union. Currently women are forced to
be the main carer, regardless of circumstances and fathers are denied
any paid leave to look after their children, reinforcing outdated
stereotypes and causing stress for thousands of families.
The bill would address the issue at no additional cost to the
exchequer as the existing entitlement to Maternity Allowance for
self-employed women would simply be shared with a partner, but
unfortunately it was not given its second reading.
Scrap the ICP Contract, Keep the NHS Public
Westminster, London, UK. Fri 26 Oct 2018
Campaigners hand over the petition at the Dept of Health
Campaigners supporting the NHS and Eleanor Smith's private
members bill due for its second reading today called for the
scrapping of plans for Integrated Care Providers which aims to break
up the NHS into smaller business units which would be competed for
by private sector organisations in a backdoor privatisation of our
National Health Service.
The introduction of ICPs is being driven by NHS England under CEO
Simon Stevens, previously a senior executive of the giant US
healthcare and health insurance company United Health Group.
The protest was organised by Keep Our NHS public, Health Campaigns
Together and We Own It, and after a rally with speeches the
campaigners marched to deliver a petition to the Dept of Health.
Unfortunately the bill was not given a second reading.
Justice For Jamal Khashoggi & Yemen
Mayfair, London. Thu 25 Oct 2018
A man points a bone saw towards another in Arab
dress outside the Saudi embassy
A protest outside the Saudi Embassy in London calls for all those
responsible for the horrific murder and dismembering of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi, including Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman who
is thought to have approved sending the death squad to the consulate
in the Turkish city of Istanbul, to be brought to justice.
The protest, called by the Arab Organisation of Human Rights, the
Stop the War Coalition the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy
and Global Rights Watch, also demanded an end to the bombing in the
Saudi-backed war in Yemen and for the UK to immediately stop arms
sales to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Embassy was guarded on this street by four armed police
officers, a pair at each of its gates, who watched as the protest set
up. More police arrived as it was starting, adopting what seemed to be
an unnecessarily officious approach to both protesters and press, and
I was threatened with arrest for obstruction of the highway. The
protesters refused to move further from the embassy to the opposite
side of the street, but carried their loudspeakers back across to the
opposite side when police told them they must.
The speeches were made on the far side of the road, though as this
meant that the speakers were now pointing towards the embassy, they
would have been more audible to those inside and their security staff
in the embassy garden. After a number of speeches before a woman come
down the street with three men in Arab dress on leads, one carrying a
bone saw. It wasn't too clear exactly who the three were supposed to
represent, but it did add some visual impact to the event, which
finished shortly after.
Act Up prepare for Bohemian Rhapsody
Wembley, London. Tue 23 Oct 2018
Activists prepare to protest at the premiere of
Activists from ACT UP LONDON and the NHS ANTI-SWINDLE TEAM went
to the Wembly Arena to protest at the premiere of the Freddie
Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody which they say fails to show the
huge contribution that sexuality, the AIDS crisis and the stigma
associated had on Freddie Mercury's life.
Unfortunately although I was able to photograph them preparing to go
into the enclosure I was unable to photograph the actual protest where
they chanted their
revised version of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ called ‘Don’t Cut Me Now.’
Another photographer and a videographer were able to get past security
and take pictures.
People's Vote March - End
Whitehall, London. Sat 20 Oct 2018
Marchers come to a halt in front of Downing St
Many on the People's Vote March march failed to get into
Parliament Square which was soon crowded and ended their protest in
Whitehall or at Trafalgar Square.
Marchers called for a vote to give the final say on the Brexit deal
or failure to get a deal. They say the new evidence which has come out
since the referendum makes it essential to get a new mandate from the
people to leave the EU.
Veterans United Against Suicide
Ministry of Defence, London. Sat 20 Oct 2018
A veteran stands wearing his medals holding a
poster about PTSD
Veterans United Against Suicide protested outside the Ministry
of Defence calling for more to be done to help service men and
veterans in the fight against their developing PTSD and eventually
At least 47 current forces personnel and veterans have committed
suicide this year, though the actual figure is thought to be
considerably higher. The campaigners want the Ministry of Defence to
take PTSD much more seriously and ensure that all current and former
members of the services are aware of the threat of PTSD and can obtain
effective counseling if necessary both when serving and after they
have left the military service.
The lorry being used as a platform also displayed a large banner
supporting the soldier discharged for standing with Tommy Robinson in
a photo used to publicise his extreme right-wing views. While I was
listening a speaker was condemning a major forces charity, accusing it
of fraud and failure to act over the mental health problems of serving
and former members of the armed forces.
People's Mujahedin of Iran
Downing St, London. Sat 20 Oct 2018
A man dressed as an Iranian cleric stands with
two gibbets ready with rope nooses
Behind a banner 'Democracy in Iran With Maryam Rajavi', the
People's Mujahedin of Iran held a protest against the repressive
current regime in Iran, with gibbets and three women held in a
prison cell illustrating the reign of terror there and calling for
an end to executions there, posters reminded us that the Iranian
regime is the world record holder for executions.
Rajavi, the leader of the PMOI, has set out a 10-point manifesto
calling for a modern legal system, gender equality and political and
social rights in Iran is President-elect of the National Council of
Resistance of Iran (NCRI), based in France, and the organisation has a
military base in Albania, where they were moved by the US from Iraq
with a $20m donation to the UN for their resettlement in 2016.
The PMOI, also known as the MEK, appears to have little or no support
in Iran, although some members are thought to be engaged in terrorist
activities there, but is backed by US agencies as the preferred future
government for the country. As a lengthy
article on Wikipedia relates, there are many allegations about
human rights abuses against its own members and its fraudulent money
laundering and other financial arrangements, and in 2001 the Charity
Commission closed down its UK fake charity Iran Aid after it could
find no link between the £5m annual donations in the UK and any
charitable work in Iran. It is said to receive funding from Saudi
Arabia and the USA. Most information about the PMOI is heavily
MfJ at People's Vote March
Hyde Park Corner, London. Sat 20 Oct 2018
MfJ protested noisily at the very front of those
waiting to march with banner and posters
Movement for Justice protested on Piccadilly in front of the
People's Vote March calling for an end to Brexit, which they is
MfJ call for an end to the scapegoating of immigrants and an end to
the hostile environment which is ripping families apart. They demand
an amnesty for all people already present in the country and to an
extension of freedom of movement to include the Commonwealth.
They protested in front of the official banner leading the march
along with more than a thousand protesters who were on the roadway in
front of that main banner. The march start was delayed but eventually
it began. By the time I came back to the front of it MfJ had gone.
People's Vote March - Start
Hyde Park Corner, London. Sat 20 Oct 2018
Many feel that the referendum result was
achieved by lies and deception on a criminal scale
People with placards, banners and flags on the People's Vote
March calling for a vote to give the final say on the Brexit deal or
failure to get a deal as the march leaves Hyde Park Corner.
They say the new evidence which has come out since the referendum
makes it essential to get a new mandate from the people to leave the
EU. Not only do we now have a much better idea of what Brexit might
mean, but there is also a great deal more evidence about how people
were misled into voting leave, and the criminality involved in the
Mail group end your transphobic hate
Daily Mail, Kensington, London. Fri 19 Oct 2018
The protest followed transphobic hate features
in The Metro and other Mail papers
Protesters outside the Daily Mail building followed articles
demonising trans people, particularly trans women, in The Metro
which they publish, and their printing an advertisement campaign for
the hate group, "Fair Play for Women".
Protesters say that these attacks on the trans community will hurt
the most marginalised - trans women, working class trans people and
trans people of colour - who are also the most likely to be in need of
the services that such hateful campaigners seek to deny them.
Thousands have complained about The Metro, and the picket today was
organised by Sister Not Cister UK. The protesters stood with banners,
posters and placards in front of the Daily Mail entrance and shouted
slogans calling on the company to end its campaign of transphobic
hatred. After around half an hour they let off a number of smoke
flares to colourful effect. I left soon after although more people
were coming to join in the protest.
Olympic Park walk
Stratford to Hackney Wick, London. Fri 19 Oct 2018
Hackney Wick is now getting covered by expensive
Pictures from a walk from Stratford station into the former
Olympic park (now renamed the QE Olympic park) and through to
Hackney Wick, on to Fish Island and ending with a few pictures from
the bus I caught going along the Roman Rd.
As usual the images are a mix of extreme wide cylindrical perspective
images and less wide views with rectilinear perspective. Almost all
were taken using the normal 35mm 1.5:1 format, with just a few either
taken in 16:9 format or cropped to my normal panoramic 1.9:1 ratio.
The walk took me through one of the wilder areas of the new park and
then across one of its bleaker areas before leading to the footbridge
across the canal to Wallis Road. I then walked down to White Posts
Lane and then alongside the canal to the footbridge to Fish Island.
From Dace Road I walked up the steps to Wick Lane and then across the
footbridge to Old Ford Road where I caught a bus to Bethnal Green
BEIS refuse International Rescue climate
Dept Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Fri 19 Oct 2018
Neil Godwin holds up an International Rescue
placard 'Fracking Awful Business' at BEIS
'Commander Neil Godwin Tracy' of International Rescue came from
Tracy Island carrying his ship Thunderbird 2 to the Dept for
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in London to offer
his organisation's assistance to produce policies which which
recognise the desperate need to cut carbon emissions to avoid
disastrous global warming and climate change by banning all fracking.
Security staff at the ministry, which campaigners allege has spent
more time on changing its name than developing sensible policies,
refused to allow him to enter or to lock himself to the doors.
Commander Godwin then attempted to paste a poster with the
International Rescue logo to the front wall of the building, but
security came and removed poster and paste as he was putting it in
place and then left. The ever resourceful Commander had a second
poster, with the message 'Fracking Awful Business' which he stuck on
in its place. Apparently police later asked him to remove it, and he
Mike Seaborne Isle of Dogs
George Green’s School, London, Thu 18 Oct 2018
Mike Seaborne speaks at the launch of his book ,
‘The Isle of Dogs: Before the big money‘
I've written about this already on my >Re:PHOTO
blog, so will write no more here.
North Greenwich to Greenwich, Thu 18 Oct 2018
Together (for at least part of the way before one got lost) I
walked with three other photographers from North Greenwich station
to the centre of Greenwich along the riverside path before going for
a meal and then on to a friend's book launch on the Isle of Dogs.
I first walked along here back in 1980, and have done so a number of
times since, though in recent years much of the riverside path has
been closed as the old wharves are being replaced by luxury flats. It
is still an interesting walk, though it has lost virtually all of the
industrial interest it once had. A River Thames that is rapidly
becoming lined by new and largely characterless buildings is at times
a sad state, but there still remain some liminal landscapes and
The pictures, many taken through fences like that above, are a
mixture of extreme wide-angle panoramic views - usually around 145
degrees - in a non-rectilinear perspective, some cropped to a more
panoramic format, others not and more conventional images using the
normal camera rectilinear perspective.
No More Grenfells - Make Tower Blocks Safe
Marsham St, London. Wed 17 Oct 2018
Housing campaigners call for removal of unsafe
cladding and proper insulation
A protest outside the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local
Government by residents living in tower blocks covered in
Grenfell-style cladding demanded that the government make all
tower-block homes safe and warm.
At the end of the rally by Fuel Poverty Action, an open letter with
over 140 signatures from MPs, councillors, trade unions, academics and
other organisations was taken to James Brokenshire demanding swift
action from the government to replace combustible cladding on all
tower blocks and address systemic fire-safety risks inside
They also demand that residents where cladding is being replaced must
not be left to freeze or face astronomical heating bills while the
cladding is being replaced. The letter also asks that all new
developments and refurbishments to be effectively monitored and
inspected by authorities that are independent, and legally
accountable, and that a simple and fast way for residents' concerns
should be established.
It calls for Grenfell survivors to be given immediate safe, good,
permanent housing in their area of choice and for no deportations of
affected individuals and that criminal charges be laid against those
responsible for the fire, and warns that unless the standards and
practices that led to the Grenfell disaster are stopped more lives
will be lost.
March for Further Education
Waterloo Place to Parliament, London. Wed 17 Oct 2018
At he front of the march as it goes past
Staff and students from Further Education Colleges across the
country meet in Waterloo Place to march to a rally in Parliament
Square calling for the vital work that FE Colleges do to be
recognised and properly funded.
The #Loveourcolleges action called for funding to allow the
colleges to do their job properly and to pay teachers on comparable
rates to their colleagues in schools and Higher Education. FE has long
been under funded compared to schools and HE despite the important
role it plays in educating students and giving them the skills they
need to support business, communities and the wider economy.
The National Day of Action is supported by the University and College
Union, the Association of Colleges, UNISON, the National Education
Union, Unite, GMB, the National Union of Students, the Association of
School and College Lecturers and the TUC.
Ahwazi protest Iranian repression
Parliament Square, London. Sat 13 Oct 2018
The flag was first used by Al Ahwaz in 1920, when the area enjoyed
considerable autonomy from Persia
Ahwazi protesters walk into Parliament Square carrying flags Ahwaz
independence flags and protested noisily facing the Houses of
Parliament calling for Iran to end the repression of their people
and to get out of their land.
Al Ahwaz, the northern side of the Persian Gulf was under British
control until 1925, with the population enjoying considerable autonomy
as Arabistan. The emirate was dissolved by the Persian regime
following a rebellion in 1924 and the area occupied by Persian troops,
and a process of 'Persianisation' imposed on the area, attempting to
destroy it's Arab culture, and they renamed the area Khuzestan.
Unrest and insurgency have continued since then, and discrimination
against the Ahwazi increased under the Islamic Regime, impoverishing
the area which contains much of Iran's natural resources, particularly
oil, which has also resulted in the area being one of the most
polluted in the world.
There has been widespread civil unrest since 2015, with massive
protests this April on the anniversary of the 2011 Ahwaz Day of Rage,
itself an anniversary of the 2005 unrest. On September 22nd, militants
from the Ahwaz National Resistance opened fire on an Iranian
Revolutionary Guard parade in the city of Ahvaz, killing 25 soldiers
and civilians (for which Daesh also claimed responsibility.)
Rally opposes Islamophobic DFLA
Parliament St, London. Sat 13 Oct 2018
People listen to speeches in Parliament St
A rally in London close to where the racist, Islamophobic DFLA
were ending their march on Whitehall brings together various groups
to stand in solidarity with the communities the DFLA attacks.
The event was organised by Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against
Fascism. The DFLA had not arrived by the time I left, as more militant
anti-fascist protesters had blocked the march route. Their numbers,
rather smaller than expected, were greatly diminished by the time some
reached their rally point in Whitehall, with many having diverted into
pubs along the way where they were also met by anti-fascists who went
to argue with them.
A handful of DFLA supporters walked though St James's Park and shouted
at the protest from behind a police line separating them from the
SUTR/UAF protest, but police soon persuaded them to move away. It
didn't seem worth taking pictures.
National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist
London. Sat 13 Oct 2018
The die-in in front of the Houses of Parliament
A funeral procession of cyclists behind a horse-drawn hearse
highlighted the failure of governments from all the major parties to
take comprehensive action on safer cycling.
Stop Killing Cyclists call for £3 billion a year to be invested in a
national protected cycling network and for urgent action to reduce the
toxic air pollution from diesel and petrol vehicles which kills tens
of thousands of people every year, and disables hundreds of thousands.
The several hundred protesters staged a ten-minute die-in outside
Parliament before moving off to a rally in Smith Square, and I left
them to go elsewhere.
Guantanamo Justice Campaign October Vigil
Parliament Square, London. Wed 10 Oct 2018
Protesters in orange jump-suits with banners
and posters remind Parliament that
Guantanamo must close
The Guantanamo Justice Campaign hold another monthly vigil
opposite Parliament calling on UK Prime Minister Theresa May to make
urgent representations to President Trump to close Guantanamo and
end the brutality and torture which is continuing against the 40 men
still held there in indefinite detention.
They call on Trump to respect human rights and international law,
stating that the illegal camp is a legal and moral outrage and a
symbol of US torture and injustice.
Women against Pension Theft
Hyde Park, London. Wed 10 Oct 2018
stole our pensions so we're coming to get them back!
Women from groups campaigning for women born in the 1950s to
regain the pensions stolen from them under successive governments,
including The Waspi Campaign (Women Against State Pension
Inequality), Back to 60, We Paid In, You Pay Out and others came
together for the 'Shoulder to Shoulder' rally in Hyde Park before
going to protest outside Parliament and lobby MPs.
The loss of pensions following the 1995 Conservative Government’s
Pension Act, worsened by the 2011 Pension Acts, affects some 3.8
million women who have lost up to six years State Pension - for many
over £40,000. They complain that the changes were brought in with
little or no personal notice and faster than initially promised.
The protest took place on the 115th anniversary of Emmeline Pankhurst
founding the 'Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and many
attending wore suffragette colours and costumes.
The 10th October is also World Mental Health Day and a report has
shown that significant proportions of women who have lost out have
contemplated suicide or self-harming.
Harlesden Protest against Police Brutality
Harlesden, London. Tue 9 Oct 2018
The final speech by Brian Richardson of Stand Up
To Racism before the rally ended
People gather for a rally outside the New Atlas Cafe Restaurant
where a young black man was attacked by police who used obviously
unnecessary force when arresting him on suspicion of having been
involved in a knife attack.
He was assaulted by six officers, and was viciously kicked while
officers struggled to handcuff him, and when he was well under control
and held on the ground he was sprayed in the face with CS gas. 23 year
old Kamar Hewitt had been seen smoking cannabis by the police and was
detained for questioning about the knife attack, but later eliminated
from the investigation.
The incident was recorded by one of a crowd of bystanders who watched
the assault and viewed widely on social media, where the police
behaviour attracted considerable criticism for being overly
confrontational, making use of excessive violence rather than simply
trying to subdue and handcuff the subject, and the use of a CS gas
spray at close range into the face of a man already securely held on
the ground which seemed completely unjustifiable.
Police have a difficult job to do, but they do not make it easier by
alienating the community with attacks like this, witnessed by a small
crowd on the street and by thousands on-line. I can only hope that
suitable disciplinary action will be taken against the officers
concerned - and that the officer who used the CS spray is charged and
convicted of assault. There should be no place in our police force for
this kind of action and I hope that it is not covered up as so often
seems to be the case.
Speakers at the event, organised by North West London Stand Up To
Racism, condemned the police for the gratuitous use of violence and
the racist attitudes that underlies picking on this and other young
black men which has led to the deaths of Rashan Charles and Edson da
Costa and many others. They called for the community - black and white
- to unite to fight racism and for a truly accountable police force
cleansed of institutional racism.
Unstone and Apperknowle
Derbyshire. Sat 6 Oct 2018
Linda walks down the road - with hills and
Dronfield in the distance
We had time on Saturday afternoon to take a short walk from Unstone
Grange where we were at a conference.
We walked up Crow Lane to Apperknowle, and then climbed up Barrack Rd
through the village and on up to High St (which is higher than most of
the streets but not like most High Streets) turning right along that
to the Methodist Chapel. The footpath by that took us to Snowden Lane
and we came back down Moor Top Lane and into Apperknowle. It was
fairly clear and there were distant views from our route to the east,
south and west.
Linda had to hurry back for a meeting, but I had time to wander around
the village for a while before going back to Unstone Grange and taking
some pictures in the garden.
Sheffield, Yorkshire. Fri 5 & Sun 7 Oct 2018
Park Hill flats, Sheffield
Getting the cheapest possible train tickets for the journey to and
from Sheffield meant that we had a few hours to spend in Sheffield
both on the Friday and the Sunday as we made our way to Unstone
Grange. So we went for a couple of walks and I took a few photographs
of Sheffield's buildings and streets.
On the Friday we walked out of the centre and along the river on part
of what is called the Five Weirs Walk before returning to the town
centre to catch a bus as it began to pour with rain.
The weather was brighter on Sunday, when we chose to walk around
parts of the town centre.
Derek Ridgers Opening & Book Launch
Truman Brewery, London. Thu 4 Oct 2018
Derek (right) prepares to sign a copy of his
Derek Ridgers is deservedly well known for his many pictures taken
for the music press, particularly NME, over many years and for his
documentation of some of London's young urban subcultures,
particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, though of course he is still
I've known Derek from his early years in photography, when we both
regularly attended meetings of a small group of photographers who got
together most months to bring our current work and to criticise - no
holds barred - and advise each other. It was a tough school and I
think we all learnt much from it.
I'm delighted to see the publication and acclaim his work is now
getting, and there were some fine examples on the wall at this pop-up
show, as well as some bargain prints and the new large format book.
Derek's work attracts a rather different group of people to those I
more often photograph, and I took quite a few photographs of some of
them. I've written more about this in Derek
Ridgers at Old Truman Brewery on >Re:Photo, accompanied there
by a few of the same pictures, though most I've processed rather
Vedanta's Final AGM
Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. Mon 1 Oct 2018
Miriam Rose of Foil Vedanta and a protester
holds a poster 'Justice for Thoothukudi'
Foil Vedanta activists celebrate the final AGM in London of
mining company Vedanta house after the company de-listed from the
London Stock Exchange.
Vedanta de listed under pressure from politicians and activists
following the Thoothukudi massacre in Tamil Nadu in May in which 13
protesters were killed and dozens injured, and the success of
grassroots activism which has shut down Vedanta’s operations in Goa,
Tuticorin and Niyamgiri.
A few days earlier the Foil Vedanta had released their report
‘Vedanta’s Billions: Regulatory failure, environment and human rights’
with a comprehensive account of the company’s crimes in all of its
operations, and of the City of London’s total failure to regulate
Vedanta, or any other criminal mining company and revealing the vast
scale of tax evasion and money laundering.
Vedanta Boss Anil Agarwal stayed away from the meeting along with
most shareholders, and company staff arrived hours earlier to avoid
the protest by protesters opposite the meeting. A number of
campaigners hold a single share in the company and so were able to
attend the AGM and ask questions while the others continued to protest
Market Place, near Oxford Circus
A few pictures from the Regent's canal, and some of London's
best-known landmarks mainly taken from the top deck of buses as well
as some rather more obscure images.
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