my london diary

november 2002

november is always a dreary month, why on earth do we alter the clocks so it gets dark earlier?

woolwich arsenal used to be the kind of top-secret place that was blank on maps and where you were likely to get shot on sight if you took pictures.

now it is rather different - the Thames Path goes through it, and there is a museum and blocks of flats being built.

i took a walk from woolwich to erith along the riverside, passing the northern edge of Thamesmead and the Crossness southern sewage outfall, which smelt a bit.

in parts the river seems right out in the country here. it was high tide and there were even several fairly large ships making their way up or down stream. it was getting quite dark by the time i got near Erith

the lord mayor's show is a bit of fun for many londoners, and a reminder of the shockingly feudal nonsense that still has enormous power in our society.

unfortunately i couldn't stay for the fireworks, and didn't get an invite to the banquet.

i remember talking about climate change in a lecture in leicester in 1971, when it was already clear that it was one of the major challenges facing life on this planet.

we all needed to consume less energy. growth could no longer be considered a sensible measure of economic progress. renewable energy would have to replace coal and oil if our planet was to have a future.

so where are we thirty years later? using twice as much energy, the usa opposing any real action that might start to even acknowledge the problem.

unfortunately there don't seem to be many people who care that the planet is running out of future.

perhaps about a hundred or two turned up for the 'Bush/Raymond Wedding March' celebrating the marriage between George W Bush, President of the USA, and Lee Raymond, Chief Executive Offficer, Exxon Mobil, organised by the Campaign against Cimate Change.

photofusion, londons largest photography resource centre, celebrated ten years since it set up in Brixton, after moving from its previous premises near Clapham Junction, where it had run as the Photo-Coop for many years with a show of work by the renowned Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000). Mark Haworth-Booth gave a short rundown on the photographer and there were also speeches from a London Arts representative and photofusion itself.



some of my work gets put into nice organised websites.

this isn't meant to be like that, but you can see some of the rest at

london pictures
londons industrial history

and you can read what I think about photography at


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lord mayors show


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ten years of photofusion



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