Archive for January, 2009

Awe-inspiring photos of the Greatest City in the World

Here’s a gallery of simply stunning aerial pictures of London at dusk and by night.

What an extraordinary place we live in!

The photographer is Jason Hawkes and here’s the link.

That Friday Feeling

This guy noticed me looking, and said “Do you like my sign?”

I said yes.

The thing is – he was selling the Big Issue, and probably wasn’t subject to the 9-5 Monday to Friday grind. But still – you don’t turn down an invitation to smile.

Great Street Art

Love it.

I want a T shirt of it.

Would it be bad of me just to make one? I mean – they put the pic up in the street, so it’s kind of public domain, right?

I don’t get it.

What did the BBC do wrong? The people need help, what is the problem?

Progressive London Conference – Sat Jan 24

Seems like Ken has been busy… if I could have a choice, I’d swap out a Galloway for a Benn, but hey:

Speakers at the Progressive London conference this month include Harriet Harman, Tessa Jowell and David Lammy from the government; Susan Kramer and Mike Tuffrey from the Liberal Democrats, Labour MPs Jon Cruddas, Jeremy Corbyn, Dawn Butler and Karen Buck; Jenny Jones, Darren Johnson and Jean Lambert from the Greens; George Galloway from Respect as well as leading academics like Eric Hobsbawm and Doreen Massey and representatives of London’s diverse communities.

Saturday 24th January 2009

10:00am-5:30pm (registration 9am)
Congress House
Great Russell St London WC1

Progressive London website here.

Evening Standard is sold to ex-KGB agent for £1

OK Londoners, scary-time. BBC news site has this story:

Russian ex-KGB agent Alexander Lebedev is to buy the London Evening Standard newspaper for the sum of £1.

The paper’s publisher – the Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) – said it had agreed to the sale of a majority interest in the paper to Mr Lebedev.

The billionaire businessman is believed to have made an offer for approximately a 76% share of the paper.

He has previously revealed that he used the paper to find out information when he was a young spy based in London.

The Evening Standard has vied with the Daily Mail for the “most odious rag in Britain” award for some time. The fact that it is out of step with so many Londoners’ views has left the good freebies (eg Metro) with a clear run. Personally, I think Metro is a far better paper that the Standard, in every way. And now the Standard has its very own Murdoch, in the shape of an ex-KGB Russian oligarch owner. Be afraid!

Full story on BBC news here.

Feeling Blue?

I got just the place for ya!

Today is Blue Monday, and considering yesterday was my birthday.. I know exactly what they mean.

Yes Boys and Girls. it is the worst day of the year! But lovely James and the Optimists Society (do you remember them?) have a cure.

Reclaimation of the most depressing day of the year will be taking place in various events and locations across the capital, with the main event being held at the Comedy Store. There you will find a laughter workshop. rumour has it there is SPACEHOPPERS, motivational seminar by the “The Gansta Motivator” that cannot be missed, as well a laughter workshops and laughter Yoga.

So don’t be miserable. Join us, the Beeb and get with the International Optmist Day vibe and turn yourself orange!

Grin and Beat it– The Optimist Society
13:00 – 14:30

The Comedy Store
1a Oxendon Street
Picadilly Tube

Pigeon Feet Survey.

Wacky Racers

Walking tube sign by Stevec77

Walking tube sign by Stevec77

Did anyone else hear the alternative tube announcments at Hammersmith last night?

It was absolutely Hilarious!

I noticed something was up when the guy announced the "district line train on platform two, calling at all stations to Upminster with a U." Hmmmm...

Swiftly followed by "The next train on platform one will be the cockfosters train" and he giggled followed by some static.

This was my train. I was tired and figured I was hearing stuff. No one else seemed to have noticed anything.

Until... "Lay your bets ladies and gentlemen please"a doff and some static.

Now the people were paying attention. "On your right we have the Piccadilly line and on the left the District line in racing green"

You know Im giggling my head of now right? The people are just like staring...


"and while the Piccadilly line is talking about it the District line is closing the doors taking the lead!!" doff doff.
So the train doors slam shut and as it accelerates out I just catch him...

"TOO BAD Piccadilly ... looooser!"

I wish they did it like that everyday....

Who’s the Anti-Social One?

You know what really bugs me? The assumption, on the part of public servants and services, that it’s OK for them to desecrate our public spaces with their paranoid, ugly security nonsense. Take a look at this:

This is in Trafalgar Square, pretty much the centre of London, the centre of tourist London, and that place should be the jewel in our public crown. But the powers-that-be are so concerned that someone might climb up the lamp post and, you know, do criminal stuff (what? throw petrol bombs? moon at the police?) that they cover it in “anti-climb paint” and then stick on an ugly, amateurish sign about the paint.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Take a look at the lamp post itself. It’s pretty, it’s well made, it’s either Victorian, or it’s a decent replica. And they stuck their ugly, paranoid little photocopied sign on it.

The final thing I’m going to rant about is that fact that, actually, this wasn’t a lamp post. It was, (of course!), a frigging CCTV camera post.

The days we live in!

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