Tag Archives : politics


“Die In” 1

Yesterday I reacquainted myself with just what an awful place Regents Street on London’s West End is. Made my way down the obstacle course that is the overcrowded footway to check on the protest making its way up from the other end of the street. It almost didn’t make it: just a small number of […]

Tony Benn, 1925–2014

I meant to post these a few weeks ago, of course… Taken at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival a whole 7 years ago, with the 50mm f1.8. I think Tony spoke at every Tolpuddle since then, but I don’t think I took any more pictures. I should have taken the 70-200mm f.28 along, but I guess I […]

Flashride for Blackfriars

In 2000, London’s previous mayor, Ken Livingstone, began the process of fixing forty years of mistakes that had been made in the pursuit of the impossible — the comfortable accommodation of mass motor vehicle use in a dense city centre. He recognised that cities are supposed to be places for people and returned key locations […]

How to deliver a petition

First, get 35,000 people to sign your petition, and find a friendly university stationary office who can print that many hundreds of pages. Hurry down Whitehall to hang around outside Downing Street while another petition goes in before you. Ensure that you have one Evan Harris to turn up unannounced with a Lord Willis, to […]

Science Is Vital!

Yesterday, a couple of thousand nerds got together outside the British Treasury to preemptively protest the cuts to publicly funded research that are expected to be announced in next week’s “comprehensive spending review”. The rally was part of the Science Is Vital! campaign organised by Jenny Rohn, The Campaign for Science & Engineering, anda bunch […]

Victory Flashmob

The terrorists photographers gathered at New Scotland Yard today for a victory flashmob. (Not a protest — those require a permission slip from the authorities these days.) They stood around outside (ironically, just in the shade, where it was difficult to get a nicely lit shot), talking and laughing, and intimidating the police with their […]

Law In Action: Owning Your Image

In this week’s Law In Action, Joshua Rozenberg looks at an assortment of issues around the law and photography — starting with the issue of interference in citizens’ rights to pursue their hobby of street photography without harassment. The opening sequence is of Rozenberg and Grant Smith (of getting arrested fame) getting hassled by a […]

May Day

May Day is a day of traditions, a day of marching with banners and dancing around the May Pole, dressing up as trees and casting adrift flower boats. It’s a day of looking silly and causing a disturbance. A day of village fêtes, called off when it rains. Morris dancing. The Wikipedia entry for morris […]

Tough on crime in fantasy land

Conspiracy theorists believe that there is a tall building somewhere in this photograph. I used to work on Cleveland Street in central London. Our next-door-neighbours at “The Tower, 60 Cleveland Street”, were one British Telecom. Their offices were designed for some old fashioned method of telecommunications routing involving microwaves, and so it just happens to […]