And by that I mean the only post you’ll see from me on the subject. I like The Games, I like the national pride enjoyment of sport evokes. I am not a great fan of the commercial side of them though and let’s be honest in the current economic climate money could be better spent. But The Games are here whether we like them or not so let’s enjoy them.
I am sure everyone has heard about the Olympic copyright madness with elderly lady being banned from selling her dolls with Olympic rings on or the spectators not being able to buy chips around the stadium all because other brands like to jump on the bandwagon of The Games. (*Please, please, please London Organising Committee do not sue me for using the words Olympic, Games, sport, torch all in one post!*) And do the naughty market competitors do it? Of course, they do! Hats off to the talented copywriters. Who doesn’t like a clever advert?! Here is one example I spotted on the tube today.
Now you might think that with The Games just two days away everyone is hard at work to make sure everything is ready but you are wrong. The guys still do their usual thing that they do. They chill.
If you turned on the news within the last month or so, you can’t have missed the Olympic Torch Relay. Finally, the torch came to Wood Green. I thought I might as well walk down the road to have a look since it’s on my doorstep. Whenever they show it on telly, you can see the crowds nicely lined up with a touch of fancy dress here and there waiting for the torch to pass. Wood Green dressed up too. Wood Green style.
Now sadly, when the torch finally came, it rushed past with everyone pushing and shoving so no happy torch shots for me. This is the best shot I got but hey, I have Cuba to look forward to photographywise! I’ll see you all in three weeks!
After months of raining, the summer is finally here! And London pubs know how to put a positive spin on that because what’s better in this weather than a pub crawl? Last night I joined a group of Londonist enthusiasts on Best Pubs in Farringdon Pub Crawl. Great people, great conversations and a sensible amount of drink. When is the last time you discussed fusion, Orwell and the greatest moments in human history in a pub all in the same night?
If you could choose one moment in the history of human kind to return to in order to witness it, where would you teleport yourself to? My answer was Big Bang but then I got told I couldn’t because I wouldn’t exist. I chose to disagree with this approach. I am sure I could find a way. So tell me what moment would you like to witness?
And if you are looking for the best pub in the area, it must be the one and only Jerusalem Tavern. Tiny but so cosy!
It was yet another busy Sunday. Oh, if only all Sundays could be so good. I spent the afternoon exploring Whitecross Street Party with all its glory. What an amazing array of street art, musicians and comedy! And a real community spirit. If you missed it, you can still admire the artwork on Whitecross Street for another few weeks.
One of the partners for the event was SHP, a charity preventing homelessness and promoting social inclusion. Drew (below) was there offering seedlings grown by vulnerable people as a part of SHP’s outreach project for a small donation. He was a lovely man and we talked about the importance of the symbiotic relationship between man and nature, the basis of humanity as Drew put it. If you want to support the work of SHP and they have plenty of work to do in the current climate then please text GIFT36 (insert the amount of money you wish to donate 1, 2, 3, 4 or more pounds) to 70070 to donate. I did.
After enjoying the afternoon full of sunshine, I headed to The Globe to see Richard III. Now I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of Shakespeare and to see Mark Rylance on stage as Richard III was the cherry on top. I absolutely loved his performance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem so imagine my surprise to see so much of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in his portrayal of Richard III. I have always seen Richard III as a sinister and serious play famous for its persuasive speeches and Richard’s ability to manipulate those around him so to find myself laughing at him, Rylance making a mockery of his character (and I mean it in the most positive way possible!) was simply fascinating. I definitely recommend it to everyone!
We all know the basics of writing. In your introduction try to answer the four basic wh- words: who, what, when, where and if you get a chance to squeeze the other two in – how and why – then even better. Unfortunately, the second rule I learnt was that breaking the rules makes for much more interesting photography and writing. So rule number one for this blog? No rules.
I used to run a street portraits blog but I’ve come to feel incredibly restricted by the format I created and let’s be honest after 173 entries I got bored! This time round I am not limiting myself to any form. This blog will be about all the different things I get up to. That’s really still mainly street photography but also my gallery, theatre, food and bike adventures, all illustrated with my photography. I don’t claim to have any clue about what I am talking about. I am no expert, I am just a girl full of opinions.
It’s also probably not the best time to start this now as I am just about to head out for three-week adventure in Cuba but as you will soon find, I am not of the patient kind.
What else do you need to know before we start? I moved to London in 2004, picked up my camera in 2008, and never looked back. It’s taken me the total of zillion attempts to come up with the name for this blog so don’t be surprised to see the name change as the blog develops. I don’t know yet where this adventure will take me.