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 hour.
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
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
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
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 justice.
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 Whitehall
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 St.
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
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 bylaws.
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 Bohemian
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
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
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
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
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 committing suicide.
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 disputed.
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 racist.
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 campaign.
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 flats
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 Station.
BEIS refuse International Rescue climate help
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
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 did.
Mike Seaborne Isle of Dogs
George Green’s School, London, Thu 18 Sep 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 Sep 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 surprising vistas.
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
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 tower-blocks.
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 Trafalgar
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 latest
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 working.
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
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 better here.
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
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 noisily outside.
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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