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 Minister.
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 protesters
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 parishioners.
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 Piccadilly
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
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 condensation.
Students march for climate
London. Fri 19 Jul 2019
Rain pours down on students waiting to march in Parliament
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
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 ecological collapse.
They demand the GLA stop all infrastructure projects polluting London’s
air and invest in measures to cut carbon emissions and encourage healthier
lifestyles and empower a citizen’s assembly to re-write the London
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
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
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
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 following:
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
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
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
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 from there.
XR Summer Uprising procession
London. Mon 15 Jul 2019
The pink dodo on Waterloo Bridge in the middle of
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
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 the yacht.
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 Aramark.
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
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 Fields.
Vegan for Life Parade
Leicester Square, London. Sat 13 Jul 2019
As well as the chicken there was a large inflatable
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 12 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 Whitehall.
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
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 request.
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 staff.
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
I left the march as it moved into Hackney, on its way to Hackney Town Hall.
IWGB demand living wage at Mayfair club
LouLou's, Mayfair, London. Thu 11 Jul 2019
IWGB members and supporters picket the private club
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
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
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 Pride events.
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
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
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
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 world.
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 Carmen’s Carbon Procession
Westminster, London. Tue 2 Jul 2019
Carmen leads the XR Carbon Procession at Hyde Park
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
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
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 medical trials.
'Mind' comment that "People’s 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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