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April 18th 2011

London Marathon 2011
London Marathon 2011
Westminster Abbey and media gallery
 
London Marathon 2011
Went into town yesterday to catch some of the 2011 Marathon. Noticed it is now sponsored by Virgin. Seems Flora had been doing it for years. I wonder if Mr Branson made them an offer they couldn't refuse or if Flora simply didn't want to continue sponsoring it.

It was a lovely day, must have been about 20 degrees. I watched it near the end, at Birdcage Walk near Buckingham Palace. It's good to cheer and applaud the runners as they are about to finish.

Also noticed preparations for the Royal Wedding, with a media gallery being fabricated directly across from Westminster Abbey.


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April 9th 2011

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HMV Musical Performance
Was in HMV (yesterday) in their flagship Oxford Street store. Saw a performance from the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which was a hoot.



It's one thing to see such a thing in a show but to see it on a shopping trip creates a fab atmosphere with strangers having a chuckle and everyone getting out their phones to take pictures. Some girls beside me were doing an impromptu dance and having a great time...what it's all about, and fun!


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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


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April 6th 2011

Phew...What a Scorcher! - for Spring!
Phew...What a Scorcher! - for Spring!
Queue for ice cream!
Phew...What a Scorcher! - for Spring!
Beautiful picture...pity it was so small!
 
Phew...What a Scorcher! - for Spring!
Glorious sunny day today for early April. Forecast said 21 or 22 degrees.

Took a stroll around Kensington Gardens. Fantastic! Not hugely busy being mid-week but busy enough with everyone enjoying the sunshine! There was even a queue for the ice cream stand!

I was wearing just shorts and a tee shirt. Saw a number of people sunbathing. Took off my shirt and took in some rays too!


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April 2nd 2011

London Riviera
River Thames at Chelsea Embankment
 
London Riviera
Took this picture a couple of weeks ago at Chelsea Embankment, overlooking the river Thames to Battersea Park on a lovely spring day! I love it here, just look at the picture...minutes from the centre of town!


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March 29th 2011

Death of Ian Tomlinson - Inquest
 
Death of Ian Tomlinson - Inquest
The inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson begins this week, two years after he was killed by a policeman.

I put up a campaign website (JusticeForIan.com, linked below) demanding justice for Mr Tomlinson. On the site I was demanding that PC Simon Harwood be charged with manslaughter but I had a think about it and now demand the he is charged with murder or manslaughter.

I wondered what the charge would be if it was the other way around...if Mr Tomlinson had attacked a policeman from behind, hitting him with a big stick and throwing him to the ground, killing him.

Tricky one, isn't it? After much thought I concluded that Mr Tomlinson would probably have been charged with murder.

Just recently during the student demonstrations in London, a student was charged with attempted murder for dropping a fire extinguisher near a policeman. I think if that merits attempted murder, then Harwood's attack on Mr Tomlinson is certainly murder.

Interesting...if you drop a fire extinguisher near a policeman, within hours you are arrested and soon after charged with attempted murder. If you are a policeman and kill a man by attacking him from behind...two years pass and you are not charged with a single offence.

Good old Britain!!!!


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Ian Tomlinson Family Campaign Website


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March 25th 2011

The Best Ever Busker in London Town!!
Beat Baby!!
The Best Ever Busker in London Town!!
 
The Best Ever Busker in London Town!!
Saw the best busking act I have ever seen in london Town. On Carnaby Street, in the warm spring sunshine, it was a guy operating a puppet, which on the face of it doesn't sound too exciting, but check out the video...it's a complete scream!!



The "baby" is a puppet, and he's dancing to the heavy dance beat! The bloke operating it is in the fake speaker cabinet.

He had a good crowd around him and was greatly amusing the onlookers, virtually all of whom were taking pictures.

I think the fact we were enjoying our first warm spell of the year and it was a Friday afternoon, certainly helped the atmosphere!


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March 25th 2011

Beautiful Aston Martin
Beautiful Aston Martin
 
Beautiful Aston Martin
Spied this beautiful Aston Martin Superleggera in Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge. Gleaming in the warm spring sunshine!


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February 25th 2011

Libya Demo
Libya Demo
Libya Demo
 
Libya Demo
Saw a demonstration opposite the Libyan embassy on Knightsbridge. There have been a number of demonstrations recently with the uprisings in the Middle East.

They all have the same connection..."democracy" for the people in the face of autocrats/dictators. I put "democracy" in quotes. According to the guy on the loud-hailer at the demo today, democracy is a western creation and that is not what they were calling for but they were calling for freedom for the Muslim people of Libya.

This is something that struck me about the demo, it wasn't about Libya, barely saw a Libyan flag, it was about Islam. The speaker did say that it wasn't about nationalism, it was about Islam. I don't know if this is typical of the people currently opposing Gaddafi in Libya. I suspect it might be.

They were calling for Sharia law in Libya, chanting "Sharia for Libya"...the women were chanting it too, which I thought was interesting. The western media doesn't paint a pretty picture of Sharia law particularly with regard to women's rights. The women today were enthusiastically calling for "Sharia for Libya" and seemed to be very happy to do so, which as a western fed by the western media, struck me as interesting.


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February 8th 2011

The Londoner Competition
 
The Londoner Competition
CBS Outdoor, the advertising agency that manages the posters on the London Underground are running a competition aimed at Londoners, asking them why they love London. The best responses will be shown on posters on the underground.

More info from the link below.


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CBS Outdoor


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January 30th 2011

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Frank Lampard, Christine Bleakely
Nice sunny winter's day today. Was out driving my car. Driving down Sloane Street, noticed a nice new blue Ferrari 458 behind me. Stopped at the lights and could see in my mirror it was Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley. And very nice the three of them looked!


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