break it’s the end of the year, work’s come to a close and everyone around me has at least a little break over the festive season. i’m looking back to a busy, intense and very rich year and enjoy the idea of a break so much that i refused to write anything for my blog over the past weeks. and i’m still quite unwilling to spend much time on the computer when this is […]
east of east london this week made the transformation of post-industrial rough and dirty East London into the showcase of a world spectacle complete: each day that i turned from our street on to Bow Road there were more special 2012 cards & 2012 coaches mixed with the gradually increasing traffic towards Stratford; there’s been constantly a helicopter hovering over our area all week, and since last night’s opening ceremony even 2, plus a lit […]
east london i’ve just been cycling through industrial east london: silvertown, canning town, east india docks… along the tate & lyle factory with its funny smells, the new london pleasure gardens with its crazy labyrinth of stages and light installation , the thames barrier with its abundance of property developers around it, underneath the silvertown viaduct with its eclectic assembly of cafes, print shops, churches and fish shops, and trinity buoy wharf with its new […]
Static protest Until last week I had never heard of a ‘static protest’ before. Last Saturday I joined the ‘static counter protest’ against the EDL. This basically involved a large and lively group of static counter protesters east of Aldgate East, an apparently slightly smaller and slightly louder group of static EDL protesters west of Aldgate East, and a massive and very static group of police officers in between us. It felt slightly surreal especially […]
Eid, E2, EDL I’m almost a bit overwhelmed with the colours, patterns and details in this picture. I took it on Tuesday when all around me people had dressed up for Eid and there was a real sense of celebration and festivity in the air. On the eve of tomorrow’s ELD demonstration and the planned counter protest by United Against Fascism the sense of celebration seems to have made way to alertness, hyped-up-ness and fear. […]
Tower Hamlets Creatures White sheep or black sheep? And who’s the black sheep: the sheep in the foreground? The corporate power in the background? I like the complexity of this image which at a first glance doesn’t seem complex at all. And it makes me think of the discussions all around me about the riots in London: the temptation to divide into black & white and find easy answers when in fact things are so very complex, […]
Text Me! I’m inspired by these women: the way they seemed to indulge in a proper ching wag in an East London cafe , defying miserable weather and notions about modern technology not being useful or useable for certain age groups.