Daily Archives: December 14, 2019

221B Baker Street

This is a museum dedicated to a fictional character. At 4:30 on a cold dark December afternoon there is a long queue waiting to enter.

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London is so dangerous, it is even dangerous for memorials to dead men

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Staircases, on the other hand, need not fear

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Highgate Cemetery

It was fun watching people take pictures of each other with Marx. Two charming young women from Madrid asked me to take their photo flanking Marx with fists in the air. I asked them what it meant to them. “Communism,” … Continue reading

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Do they have a camera? Are they taking a photograph of a poster about people taking photographs of cameras? See it. Say it. Sort that troublemaker right to Belmarsh.

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Speaker’s Corner

Behind me Metropolitan Police wearing orange vests direct traffic. Each time the light changes an officer with a bullhorn announces to pedestrians “Get out of the road as quickly as you can please. Get out of the road quickly as … Continue reading

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Bomber Command Memorial

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Safety management

Authoritative woman’s voice over the loud­speaker: “Twenty-four hour CCTV recording is in operation at this station for the purposes of security and safety management” — in case I had started to feel secure or safe in spite of the placards and … Continue reading

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Sipping my coffee I am reminded to feel fear

It’s the disorder and the anti-social behaviour that I am worried about. This looks like my chance to say it and feel confident it will be sorted.

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