Boris J is not our Prime Minister
Russell Square, London. Wed 24 Jul 2019
Boris Johnson looks down as people look up at
speakers on the bus in Russell Square
Protesters say that Boris Johnson, elected with a total vote of
less than a hundred thousand people has no mandate to be our Prime
During the day there were protests outside Downing St, and in the
evening a large crowd gathered for a protest party in Russell Square,
where speakers included Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who
made a strong plea for a General Election. Many fear that Johnson will
simply follow the orders of Donald Trump, making us a simple satellite
of the USA.
I had to leave before the crowd set off for Downing St to join
In Honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Clerkenwell, London. Sun 21 Jul 2019
Three doves are released by the clergy and fly
up and away in front of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
A historic procession in London's Clerkenwell from St Peter's
Italian Church, the annual procession in Honour of Our Lady of Mount
Carmel has been taking place annually since it was given special
permission in 1883.
Statues of saints are brought out from the church and carried around
the area along with seven biblical floats and various walking groups
including some in biblical dress and new communicants. Three doves
were released as clergy joined the procession and were followed by
Clerkenwell, London. Sun 21 Jul 2019
People dance in the street after the procession
Before and after the annual procession in Honour of Our Lady of
Mount Carmel from St Peter's Italian Church, Warner Street down the
hill behind the church has stalls selling Italian food, ices, wines
and beer as well as some religious items.
The Sagra has a festival atmosphere, with music and dancing and
provides a meeting place and refreshments for those who have travelled
to Clerkenwell for the procession.
No to Boris, Yes to Europe
London, UK. Sat 20 Jul 2019
Men in 'Cancel Brexit' t-shirts on the march in
Thousands marched from Park Lane to a rally in Parliament Square
organised by grassroots groups to urge the UK to ditch Brexit and
Boris Johnson and stay in Europe.
The marchers say poll after poll shows that the public would now vote
Remain, and that the leave case was full of deliberate lies that
misled the voters. Leavers said it would be easy to negotiate a deal
with the EU which clearly benefited Britain, as well as trade treaties
with the rest of the world. They say that the kind of disastrous
no-deal Brexit that Johnson and his supporters now propose was never
presented to the public and few would have voted for it had it been on
offer and call for a new people's vote. The UK is now a pro-EU country
and should remain in full EU membership to build a cleaner, greener,
safer, fairer life for all.
Requiem for a Dead Planet at Daily Mail
Northcliffe House, London. Fri 19 Jul 2019
The XR symbol was reflected in the dark glasses
of a man in suitable funereal dress
Extinction Rebellion's 'Requiem for a Dead Planet' at Northcliffe
House, home of the Daily Mail, Independent, Mail on Sunday, London
Live and Evening Standard called on the media to tell the truth
rather than lies about climate change.
XR say avoiding climate & ecological devastation needs the media
to tell the truth and stop publishing fake science denying climate
change as well as advertising and editorial material that promotes
high-carbon lifestyles, whether about fashion, travel food or other
consumerist content so government can take the drastic action needed.
The protest included suitable requiem music by a small group of
musicians in XR Baroque, a eulogy for lost species by a priest,
speeches, poems, skeletons, banners and a die-in. Fortunately the
pavement in front of the entrance to Northcliffe House was sheltered
from continuing often heavy rain by an overhanging porch and both
protesters and photographers were able to avoid getting too wet during
the protest, although some pictures were ruined by rain on lenses or
Students march for climate
London. Fri 19 Jul 2019
Rain pours down on students waiting to march in
Students and young people, some taking time off from school and
others coming in their holidays, meet in pouring rain Parliament
Square for the Youth Strike4Climate, demanding the government and
others wake up and take the urgent action needed to avoid
catastrophic climate change and species extinction.
They say either we stand up and fight for the planet or there will be
no future for us. It was still raining heavily when they set off to
march through London. I went with them as far as Piccadilly Circus,
but by then I was getting too wet to continue.
XR London Tax rebellion
City Hall, London. Thu 18 Jul 2019
Extinction Rebellion die-in at City Hall
declares a tax strike against the Greater London Authority
Extinction Rebellion supporters hold a rally and die-in to
declare a tax strike against the Greater London Authority,
withholding the GLA element of their council tax until they abandon
projects which will cause environmental degradation and hasten
They demand the GLA stop all infrastructure projects polluting
Londonís air and invest in measures to cut carbon emissions and
encourage healthier lifestyles and empower a citizenís assembly to
re-write the London Plan.
GLIAS 50th anniversary walk
Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe. Wed 17 Jul 2019
St Saviour's Dock from Dockhead
One of the events put on the Greater London Industrial Archaeology
Society to celebrate 50 years of existence was an IA walk from Tower
Bridge to Rotherhithe.
I've been a member of GLIAS since the late 1970s and in the past have
gone on many of the industrial archaeology walks they organise, and
carried out a very little of the serious recording work they have done
over the years. The members have included many people who have done
much to record and sometimes protect our industrial history, something
which now, due to efforts of them and similar groups is now taken much
more seriously, though much is still being lost.
Back in the 1980s GLIAS produced a number of Industrial Archaeology
walk leaflets which sold for a few pence, some in large numbers, to a
more general public. I think the first covered a walk from Tower Hill
to Rotherhithe and this anniversary event retraced its steps, led by
one of the two original authors, Prof David Perrett, now Chairman and
Vice-President of GLIAS.
It's a walk I've made on various occasions and in both directions,
but as always it was interesting to hear from him and others on the
significance of some aspects that I would have passed by without
noticing and certainly not understanding.
I was also able to enlighten him about the vibrant artistic scene in
Butler's Wharf in the 1970s, where altogether seven of the warehouses
were in use by artists at some time between 1970 and 1981. In
particular the studios at 2B
Butler's Wharf were a key venue for early UK video art and
performance art, with a long list of artists, the web site listing the
David Critchley, Fran Cotell, Ingrid Kerma, Richard Wilson, William
Raban, Hannah Collins, George Blacklock, Pete Webster, Maurice Agis,
Keith Bowler, Derek Jarman, Anne Bean, Andrew Logan, The X6 Dance
Collective, Mikey Cuddihy, Simon Read, John Kippin, Belinda Williams,
Martin Hearne, Kevin Atherton, Mick Duckworth, Steve James, Dave
Hanson, Alan Stott, Kieran Lyons, Alison Winckle.
There is a more detailed history in a
PDF on Southwark Notes which gives a partial list with rather
more names. Many of the artists were also illegally living in their
studios which they had on leases with no security of tenure, and
following a fire in one of the buildings in 1979 they were given
notice to quit when the authorities demanded the owners made the
buildings safe. Some went on to found Chisenhale Studios and the
Chisenhale Dance Space, while others such as my friend Michael
Heindorff found empty furniture workshops and other premises in
Shoreditch and Hackney.
St John's Wood - Paddington Basin
Regent's Canal, London. Wed 17 Jul 2019
A footbridge and the A40 Westway cross the
canal close to Paddington
I'd gone to London to meet friends but rail chaos had prevented them
from getting there, and instead I decided to walk and photograph the
canal from St John's Wood past Little Venice and into Paddington Basin
before having a meal and going to an evening event.
Almost all of the pictures I took were panoramic, with a horizontal
angle of view of over 140 degrees and a vertical angle of around 90
degrees, They are shown here with the full frame 4:3 aspect ratio
though often they are made with the intention of cropping to a more
panoramic format (such as 1.9:1); some show some of my fingers at the
bottom right, as it is all too easy to get them in the frame. To show
the extreme angle of view the pictures have to use a different
perspective to the normal rectilinear view. A cylindrical perspective
retains verticals as straight lines but allows others to curve.
I also made a few images with a rectilinear ultra-wide lens.
Extinction Rebellion Waterloo
Waterloo, London. Wed 17 Jul 2019
The yacht Polly Higgins was opposite the Old Vic
across the road from the camp
I had come up to London to meet friends and called in at the Summer
Uprising camp in Waterloo Millennium Gardens on my way.
The blue yacht, named after Polly Higgins, the barrister who fought
for an ecocide law was on the corner close to the gardens in front of
the Old Vic, where there is a wide area of pavement. Various people
were climbing up and performing, drawing attention of people coming
along the street.
The camp itself was rather less visible - behind the trees around the
edge of the park at the right of the picture above. Inside there was
the camping area, a performance stage and various workshop areas. I
walked around for a while, listening and taking pictures and then had
to leave to go to our meeting place.
There I found I was the only one in the group of four who had managed
to make it, as public transport in south London was in meltdown after
a line-side fire had burnt though signal cabling,putting Waterloo and
Clapham Junction out of action - it took around 18 hours to get the
trains back running. My train had stopped at Richmond and we had all
been advised to take the underground from there, and in the evening I
still had to return on the underground to Hatton Cross and take a bus
XR Summer Uprising procession
London. Mon 15 Jul 2019
The pink dodo on Waterloo Bridge in the middle
of the marchers
After occupying the road in front of the Royal Courts of Justice
all day, Extinction Rebellion process to their site for the next
three days at Waterloo Millennium Green.
As well as protesters with banners, there was a giant pink dodo, and
at the rear of the procession the yacht Polly Higgins, named for the
environmental lawyer who fought for years for a law against ecocide
and died this April.
The march stopped on Waterloo Bridge and people sat for some minutes
in a protest against the violence shown to the protesters by police
when making arrests when the bridge was occupied in April and made
into a Garden Bridge before moving on towards Waterloo.
There seemed to be another holdup as the march reached the Waterloo
Road, and after taking a few more pictures of the marchers I left and
caught a train at Waterloo Station
XR call for Ecocide Law
Royal Courts of Justice, London. Mon 15 Jul 2019
The yacht Polly Higgins with the message 'Act Now' in front of the
Royal Courts of Justice
Extinction Rebellion begins another series of protests in five
major cities against the criminal inaction by the government on
climate and ecological collapse.
The main theme of the protest was to call for a law making ecocide a
criminal offence. The protesters brought a yacht named after Polly
Higgins who fought for years for an Ecocide Law to the Royal Courts of
Justice and continued her fight blocking the Strand all day with
performances, discussions, speeches, music and ceremonies in front of
BEIS workers begin indefinite strike
BEIS, London. Mon 15 Jul 2019
There was a cake with candles for the third
anniversary of the fight to get proper conditions at BEIS
PCS members who work as cleaners and catering workers at the
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) walk
out at the start of the first ever indefinite strike at a government
ministry, demanding the London Living Wage and to be directly
employed by the department rather than outsourcing companies ISS and
They got a rousing reception from a crowd of around 100 with speeches
from PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, other leading trade
unionists, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Labour MP Mary Glindon
and one of the strikers.
East London Extinction Rebellion March
Hackney, London. Sat 13 Jul 2019
People carry the 'Rebel For Life' banner, flags
and skeletons on the march
Extinction Rebellion march from Hackney Downs to London Fields
through central Hackney as a reminder of the urgent action needed to
avoid global extinction.
Before the march there was a dance performance and meditation on the
coming climate catastrophe. Behind the main banner Dan Spanner's band
played for a traditional New Orleans funeral and was followed by giant
skeletons representing animals already extinct or under threat, a
coffin, giant bees, people with flags and a samba band.
I left the march just after it passed Hackney Town Hall on its way to
the rest of the East London Uprising events taking place in London
Vegan for Life Parade
Leicester Square, London. Sat 13 Jul 2019
As well as the chicken there was a large
People meet at Leicester Square for The Vegan For Life Parade, a fun
parade through central London to promote a vegan lifestyle. There were
several huge blow -up animals, as well as posters and banners.
I had to leave before the parade started.
Belgian Army Cenotaph Parade
Whitehall, London. Sat 13 Jul 2019
Belgian army in Whitehall as wreaths are laid
Something rather odd was happening in Whitehall as I walked down,
and though I seldom bother with military celebrations I did stop and
take a few pictures. We do have quite a few parades at the Cenotaph,
but most of those taking part wore some decidedly foreign-looking
uniforms, some of which had the word BELGIUM on their chests.
Apparently Belgium is the only foreign country allowed to parade
armed troops in uniform along Whitehall, and every year close to
Belgian National Day (21 July) they have a parade with wreath laying
at the Cenotaph, a parade at Horse Guards, a reception at Wellington
Barracks and lunch for special guests with the Belgian Ambassador.
This year it seemed to be happening a week earlier than usual.
King Albert I of Belgium was a keen climber who died after falling
down a Belgian mountain in February 1934. He was climbing solo and the
reason for his fall was never established, though conspiracy theorists
had a field day. King George V, his uncle, decided in his honour and
as a recognition of the contribution of the Belgian army in the Great
War to award them the unique privilege of this yearly parade in
IWGB welcome new Vice Chancellor
Senate House, University of London. Fri 12 Jul 2019
move into the yard in front of Senate House despite security
attempts to stop them
The exploited outsourced workers at the University of London
protested outside Senate House after their attempts to meet the new
Vice-Chancellor Wendy Thomson failed, with no reply to their
Instead of talking with the IWGB union about their demand for all the
workers to be taken into direct employment without delay the
University has been spending large amounts on buying in extra security
After a rally at the main gates and protesting outside Student
Central (the former University of London Union) the protesters
returned to the gates of Senate House. Some then went in through a
side entrance only blocked by flimsy barriers where the extra security
failed to stop them, leaving the main gate clear for others to come in
and join them in protesting at the base of Senate House.
XR East London marches for clean air
Bethnal Green, London. Fri 12 Jul 2019
The XR banner 'Life Or Death' as the march
pauses briefly on its way to Hackney
Extinction Rebellion East London marched from Bethnal Green to
Hackney behind a banner 'The Air That We Grieve', calling for a
rapid end to the use of fossil fuels.
As well as causing the climate crisis, coal, petrol and fuel oils
pollute the air with toxic chemicals and particulates which cause lung
diseases and lead to thousands of early deaths in London. The march to
a childrens' assembly was a part of the East London Uprising weekend
of play, protest and education.
I left the march as it moved into Hackney, on its way to Hackney Town
IWGB demand living wage at Mayfair club
LouLou's, Mayfair, London. Thu 11 Jul 2019
IWGB members and supporters picket the private
IWGB Cleaners and Facilities Branch picket and protest at
exclusive Mayfair private club LouLou's for kitchen porters working
there to be paid a real living wage, treated with dignity, respect
and given decent terms and conditions including proper sick pay,
holidays and pension contributions.
Recently outsourced to ACT they want to be returned to direct
employment. Staff escorted wealthy clients of the £1800 a year club
past the picket and police arrested two protesters.
The club is owned by a man who has made large contributions to right
wing political groups, and the response so far to the union's demands
has been to employ large numbers of security staff against the
protesters. The security staff, none of whom had their licences
visible, attempted to stop the protesters handing out fliers to people
entering the club and pushed the protesters at times rather violently.
The also tried hard to stand in my way when I was taking pictures, but
did not touch me.
Some of the protesters were warned by police when the objected to
being pushed around by the security staff, and there were two arrests
of protesters following angry scenes. None of the security staff were
warned by police or arrested.
Bring Back unlawfully deported 'PN'
Home Office, London. Wed 10 Jul 2019
Protesters at the Home Office call for an end to
deportations and for detention centres to be shut down
Protesters at the Home Office demand they drop attempts to appeal
a High Court ruling they must bring back Ugandan lesbian 'PN'
deported in 2013 under now unlawful fast track procedure for a fair
appeal on her asylum case.
PN has been in hiding in Uganda fearing for her life since her
deportation. Movement for Justice say the Home Office's actions
contradict their stated support for LGBT rights and accuse them of
'pinkwashing' through high-profile participation in Pride and Black
The protest was organised by Movement for Justice who have been
leaders in the fight to end the racist hostile environment and culture
of disbelief by the Home Office of those claiming asylum, and have
worked with people held prisoner in our asylum detention centres to
stop deportations, as well as organising protests at the asylum
prisons. Most of those who spoke at the event and many others were
people who had been held in asylum detention.
London's Sinister Arms Trade
Westminster, London. Sat 6 Jul 2019
One of the tour leaders holds up a blue plaque
for the Royal endorsement of torture & repression in Yemen
The London Campaign Against Arms Trade led a walking tour around
the Westminster offices of some of the world's largest arms dealers.
They have London offices as London which is a global hub of the
international arms trade, thanks in part to the DSEI arms fair held
here every two years, and being in Westminster gives them easy access
to the UK government. The tour visited the offices of Boeing, G4S,
Rolls Royce, BAE, Lockheed Martin and Northop Grumman, stopping at
each for a brief summary of their weapons production and sales, and in
particular their contribution to major wars such as that taking palace
in Yemen, and each site was awarded a 'blue plaque' highlighting some
of their crimes.
A lengthy stop in front of Buckingham Palace looked at the role of
the royal family, particularly Prince Andrew, in arms sales to corrupt
regimes. British arms are playing an important part in killing people
in Yemen and have been used in all major wars this century. The blue
plaque (with a small spelling error) was left on the Victoria Memorial
in front of the place and marked the Royal Family's complicity in the
torture and repression in Bahrain.
Pride is a Protest
Regent's Park, London. Sat 6 Jul 2019
Marchers supporting the African Rainbow Family
and migrants arrive at Regent's Park
Some people had gathered in Regent's Park to wait for their time to
join the Pride Parade while others came to form a Queer Liberation
March in protest against the increasing corporate nature of Pride by
marching at the end of the official parade.
Some LGBT groups can no longer afford the fees to take part in the
official march and many feel it vital to get back closer to the
origins of Pride, which began with the Stonewall riots 50 years ago
led by trans women of colour.
I left to photograph another event after it was announced they would
be waiting for several hours before they could march, intending to
return but I didn't make it. They did eventually manage to march at
the end of the official parade, but had to force their way past Pride
stewards. Police tried at first to stop them but eventually decided
they had to be allowed to march.
Give Me Five days
Downing St, London. Fri 5 Jul 2019
Children protest against being let out of school
an extra half day a week
Children, teachers and parents from across the country marched
from Parliament Square to Downing Street to demand they get enough
money to keep open five days a week.
Budget cuts mean many are now forced to close at lunchtime on Fridays
to keep within their budgets. They were accompanied by Labour MP Jess
Phillips. I found it hard to believe that children were protesting
about getting an extra half day off school each week - at their age I
would have thought it a great idea.
Protest French police attack on XR
French Embassy, London. Fri 5 Jul 2019
A man plays the role of a French cop and
sprays the seated protesters - but only with water
Extinction Rebellion protest at the French Embassy in solidarity
with XR France protesters who were brutally attacked by police
during a peaceful protest on a Paris bridge.
XR protesters sat down on the road in front of the embassy to hear an
eyewitness describe the attack on peaceful protesters sitting on the
roadway on the Pont de Sully. Police pepper-sprayed the faces of
sitting protesters at close range causing burns, pulling sunglasses
from one to spray directly into eyes, and injured some by dragging
forcefully across the road. Video of the incident shocked many around
The protesters learnt several French XR songs and chants and sang
these as the attack was re-enacted by people in white suits using
water sprays. Unlike the pepper spray, the cold water was very welcome
in the heat.
XR Carmenís Carbon Procession
Westminster, London. Tue 2 Jul 2019
Carmen leads the XR Carbon Procession at Hyde
A procession by Extinction Rebellion performs outside the
offices oil companies in the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)
urging them to abandon the pretence they can combat global warming
without a huge cut in oil production.
The protest was on the day that BP were sponsoring a Royal Opera
House performance of Carmen to be relayed to 13 BP big screens in UK
cities and starred Carmen speaking, a fine opera singer performing
with a group of musicians and XR drummers and a team marking the
companies as crime scenes. Between the performances the group walked
in silence apart from the drummers.
The procession gathered at Ebury Bridge and made its first stop
outside the nearby offices of Italian petroleum company ENI. The next
performance was on a busy street corner in Eccleston Square before
moving on to the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) close to
Victoria Station. After resting briefly in Hyde Park they went on to
perform outside petroleum company Saudi Aramco in 10 Portman Square.
I left them there although they had several other planned
performances before the tour was to end outside BP in St James's
Square, after which they planned to protest close to the giant screen
in Trafalgar Square demanding that the Royal Opera House end their
greenwashing sponsorship by BP.
End Inhuman Electroshock treatment
London. Mon 1 Jul 2019
of the protesters was dressed as a maniac doctor, Doctor Psycho
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, (CCHR) a part of the
Church of Scientology, marched from Tower Bridge to the Royal
College of Psychiatrists (RCP) calling for a ban on
Electroconvulsive Therapy which they call Electroshock treatment.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is still used in around 80 clinics in
the UK accredited by the RCP, who say it is an effective treatment for
depression, severe mania and catatonia. Despite safeguards and
developments to make the treatment safer, ECT remains controversial;
its positive short-term effects are often subject to regression and it
often causes loss of memory and intellectual ability.
Many patients and families of patients claim it has destroyed lives
and in the past members of my own family were adversely affected. The
CCHR are an unreliable organisation which has made many false medical
claims about autism and other conditions and is resolutely opposed to
psychiatry, but ECT certainly needs greater scrutiny and more rigorous
'Mind' comment that "Peopleís experience of ECT varies
enormously. Some people find it the most useful treatment they have
had, and would ask for it again if they needed treatment for
depression. Others feel violated by it, and would do anything to
avoid having it again."
Bell Lane Creek, River Wandle from the train
Pictures as usual from my various travels around London, some taken
from buses and trains.
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