Algerians Protest for Freedom
Algerian Embassy, London. Sat 29 June 2019
People listen to speeches outside the Algerian Embassy
Algerians rally at the Algerian Embassy after marching through London.
Yesterday was the 19th week of peaceful demonstrations in Algeria for genuine
regime change which have continued despite the resignation of President
Bouteflika on April 2. Elections for a successor have been postponed. Several
protesters held flags of the marginalised Berber community which are banned
at protests in Algeria.
I had missed the march, and I think quite a few protesters had left by the
time I arrived at the embassy.
Forest Gayte Pride celebrates Stonewall 50
Forest Gate, London. Sat 29 June 2019
Pride marchers cross a rainbow-coloured crossing in
Forest Gayte Pride Community in East London celebrate 50 years since
the Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the modern LGBT+ movement with
a parade of supporters of freedom, openness and queer culture in Forest
This was the third annual Forest Gayte Pride and ended in Woodgrange Pride
Marketplace where Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz, who had taken part in the
march, spoke. The march was just one event in the festival.
Remember Cecil the magnificent lion
Trafalgar Square, London. Sat 29 June 2019
Campaigners met in Trafalgar Square to remember Cecil
Protesters meet for a vigil 4 years after the shooting in Zimbabwe of Cecil
the lion by an American trophy hunter using a crossbow.
Cecil was only wounded by the hunter and was only killed by trackers the
following day after 11 hours of cruel suffering. Cecil was a well known
and studied lion, followed by researchers for many years after being fitted
with a satellite tracking collar and a tourist attraction. His killing highlighted
the criminal cruelty of illegal trophy hunting which continues in the area.
I had to leave before the group posed for pictures with one of the Trafalgar
Square lions, though these were in any case behind fencing for an event
taking place in the square.
Global March For Whales
Cavendish Square, London. Sat 29 June 2019
Campaigners hold an inflated whale before the march
Campaigners met in Cavendish Square for speeched before a march to
the Japanese Embassy.
They were protesting against the Japanese decision to begin commercial
whaling again, and called for a complete end to this cruel practice. The
event was led by Dominic Dyer of Born Free and organised by the Conservative
Animal Welfare Foundation.
No Justice for Grenfell
Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
Protesters on the steps of Kensington & Chelsea
The RCG hold protest outside Kensington & Chelsea council because
after 2 years there is still no justice for bereaved families and the local
community in the dangerously polluted shadow of the Grenfell Tower and dangerous
cladding remains in use around the country.
Simon Elmer of Architects for Social Housing, who produced a comprehensive
report weeks after the fire, was the main speaker and pointed out that criminal
charges after a similar fire in Japan had been brought a month later, but
it seems very unlikely any ever be made against the long list of those responsible
for the 72 deaths at Grenfell Tower.
Also at the Town Hall in a separate protest over Grenfell were another
left group, who were invited to speak by the RCG but declined the offer.
Don't Attack Iran
Downing St, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
protest was called at short notice and numbers were rather low
Protesters at Downing St called on the government to rule out going
to war with Iran, even if President Trump is persuaded by his reckless hard-line
They say a war would have even more disastrous consequences than the 2003
invasion of Iraq. A delegation attempted to take a letter to Downing St
including Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad but were all refused entry, including
MP Emma Dent Coad who showed her parliamentary pass. She spoke to the rally
and was followed by CND Vice-Chair Carol Turner and others.
Viva! protest Coca-Cola Dairy Farm
London Eye, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
Some protesters wore cow costumes and they came with
a very small cow
Viva! hold a protest close to the Coca-Cola London Eye following the
release of shocking undercover film of Coca-Cola’s dairy company,
They say the dairy industry rips calves from their mothers, killing the
males almost immediately and kills dairy cows once they are considered ‘spent’
by the industry. The protesters showed films of the abuse in this and other
dairy farms including Arla and Cadbury and held up large photographs, with
some protesters wearing 'cow' suits.
End torture in Balochistan
Parliament Square, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
A protesters holds a picture of a medical officer
abducted by Pakistani forces in 2009
On the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture,
the Free Balochistan Movement #UK Chapter protest in Parliament Square.
The called for an end to the large-scale disappearances, arrests and torture
of anyone suspected of having links to the Baloch nationalist movement by
Pakistan military forces and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Operation Shutdown against Knife Crime
Parliament Square, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
People hold up hands red with fake blood outside Parliament
Knife crime campaigners Operation Shutdown, a consortium of mums, dad's
and bereaved family members and loved ones supported by other campaigners
protest outside Parliament.
They called for the community to unite to work to end violence and demanded
a meeting of the emergency response committee COBRA to start urgent action
by the government. At the protest outside Parliament they poured fake blood
on their hands and made hand prints on the pavement.
Condoms Cut Carbon
Westminster, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
Population Matters march to Parliament, some in giant
Campaigners from Population Matters march to Parliament and the Time
Is Now mass lobby with some wearing giant condoms.
They say 'Don't Screw With The Planet' and that it's no use cutting carbon
footprints if we keep increasing the number of feet. If we can reach a stable
world that humans can live on, we will need to stop the population increasing.
But although contraception has a place, the most important way to stop
rapid population growth is to cut inequality, making people in the global
south richer and cutting the excessive wealth and consumption of those in
the richer countries. People will only use contraception if they want to
regulate their family size.
SODEM Steve's 50th Birthday
Old Palace Yard, London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
Steven Bray shouts on his giant megaphone
The daily anti-Brexit protest by SODEM outside Parliament was larger than
usual as people turned up to celebrate SODEM's founder Steven Bray's 50th
Time Is Now Walk of Witness
London. Wed 26 Jun 2019
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams speaks
at the start of the walk of witness
People take part in a walk of witness to the care of all our faiths for
creation as part of the Time Is Now mass lobby for climate, nature and people.
They marched from Trafalgar Square to Church House before going to lobby
MPs in Parliament, calling for for urgent new laws to end the UK contribution
to climate change, and to build a better world for nature and people. Among
those leading the walk was former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
as well as Jewish and Muslim faith leaders
Against Hindu Fascism in India
Indian High Commission, London. Fri 21 June 2019
Protesters posed wearing Modi masks and with blood-red
The South Asia Solidarity Group protest outside the Indian High Commission
following the sweeping victory election victory of Narendra Modi and the
extremist BJP party on a platform of hate speech, Islamophobia and warmongering.
They say the election has been followed by a horrific heightening of Hindutva
violence with attacks on Muslims and Dalits all over the country, along
with the targeting of journalists who are suspected of making the slightest
criticism of the regime or of BJP leaders.
Earls Court - Boris's Biggest Blunder?
Earls Court, London. Fri 21 June 2019
Boris's legacy - a desolate wasteland which blows
dust into homes around
I published a post about my visit to Earls Court on >Re:PHOTO
with a handful of pictures - you can see far more here - here's what I wrote:.
Boris Johnson’s time as Mayor was in many ways a disaster for London,
but while the media obsess about his sexual peccadilloes and to a lesser
extent his racist comments, little is said about his more important failures,
which may have enriched some of his city friends but whose consequences
will remain to impoverish Londoners for many years after he has left office.
One of these, and probably the biggest, is the stalled £12 billion
Earls Court redevelopment, which makes even the £53 million Garden
Bridge Fiasco fade into insignificance.
The vacant site where one of London’s iconic 1930s building once
It’s wrong of course to call it a blunder. It was a deliberate scheme
for the enrichment of a few, undoubtedly including friends and financial
supporters of the Conservative Party at the expense of London and Londoners,
aiming to provide a huge high-rise development of investment properties
largely for sale to foreign investors, a huge empty triangle in what was
once a thriving part of London, contributing greatly to the local area and
more widely, housing several thousand people who would lose their homes
and removing jobs from the area.
Along with Boris, and Transport for London, then a part of his fiefdom,
the villains in this £12 billion scheme are developers CAPCO, (Capital
& Counties Properties) whose development proposals bear no relation
to the considerable history, needs of the area and its locality and the
contribution it would pay to the local economy, simply wiping the whole
area clean and imposing a solution based on maximising profit to the developers.
As soon as they acquired the site in 2008 they applied to English Heritage
for a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for the 1930s Earls Court Exhibition
Centre, granted despite its iconic status – and the fact that some
aspects of it were apparently already listed.
The site falls into two London Boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith
and Fulham, both when the project began under Conservative control. Hammersmith
and Fulham council agreed to sell off the two council estates which cover
a large part of the area to Capco in 2012. Since Labour took over in H &
F in 2014 they have set up an inquiry into the decision to sell and have
called for Capco to return the two housing estates. In February 2019 the
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, stated that he wanted the two estates to be
transferred back to the council by Capco unconditionally after they demanded
unacceptable planning permission in return for their release.
There are two large office blocks on the site, both visible in the top
picture. The tower at left has already been sold and is now occupied by
the Metropolitan Police. The smaller block, at right, belongs to TfL and
is a part of their site which also includes extensive workshops; it seems
that they have so far failed to find suitable alternative sites for these
Thanks to determined opposition from local people the scheme has so far
failed to materialise, and the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates are
still there, along with the TfL workshops, but the demolition of the two
exhibition centres has created the largest desert in London. The cleared
area, left as dusty bare cleared rubble is a local eyesore and pollution
source, with wind carrying dust into local homes and businesses, creating
thick and possibly dangerous grime.
West Kensington, a well built and much loved estate that Capco would demolish
Opposition to the demolition of the exhibition centres is led by the Earl’s
Court Area Action Group, one of whose members took me and other journalists
on a tour of the area last week. They now demand the demolished area be
developed with a replacement venue for the demolished iconic Earls Court
Exhibition Centre as a large green space for exhibitions, sports and cultural
events, along with “low rise, high density, exemplary green housing
with a wide range of housing options including social housing, green space,
community and social infrastructure, reflecting the demographic and unique
characteristics of Earl’s Court.”
The residents of West
Ken & Gibbs Green estates have been campaigning against the demolition
of their homes since 2009, and as a part of their campaign for ‘The
People’s Estates’ commissioned Architects
for Social Housing (ASH) who in 2016 produced ‘the People’s
Plan’ for improvements and new homes on the estates without demolition.
They want the estates to be transferred to community ownership, but their
application has just been turned down by the housing minister, almost certainly
for party political reasons. Their best hope is for Labour to come to power.
Students Friday Climate Strike
Westminster, London. Fri 21 June 2019
A crowded group of students on Westminster Bridge
Students marched in London again over the climate crisis, blocking
Westminster Bridge. They are inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg.
They ask again where the government is, as it fritters away its time over
Brexit and internal party squabbles while failing to take the urgent action
needed to give life on this planet a future.
Police attempted to clear the roadway, but had little success as students
simply moved around.
Against Farage and Turning Point UK
Institute of Chartered Engineers, London. 20th June 2019
Protesters look at the Institute of Chartered Engineers
from the opposite side of the road
Stand Up To Racism protest opposite the Institute of Chartered Engineers
where Nigel Farage was speaking at a fundraising dinner for Turning Point
This is British offshoot of Turning Point USA (TPUSA) and Farage was appearing
with Charlie Kirk founder of TPUSA an organisation which has many links
with US far right anti-Islam and anti-Semitic and white supremacist organisations.
TPUSA has targeted US academics it alleges discriminate against conservative
students and advance left-wing propaganda. Among those who spoke was Louise
Raw, who stressed the need to stand up to fascists.
Extinction Rebellion Dinner of HOPE
Natural History Museum, London. 20th June 2019
Elsie Luna opens the party with a mad angel behind
Extinction Rebellion hold a party outside the Natural History Museum
which was hosting the annual dinner of the Petroleum Group of the Geological
Society, celebrating their exploration of fossil fuels.
The party, opened by 10-year-old Elsie Luna who had tried to get the museum
to cancel the event, called on the museum to take positive action over the
climate and ecological emergency rather than hosting those who are most
responsible for creating global extinction. It was joined by protesters
against BP's exploitation of Senegal.
City and Temple of Mithras
City of London. Thu 20 Jun 2019
A partial reconstruction of the Temple of Mithras
below a modern office block
An outing with a few other photographers took us from Bank to the re-created
Temple of Mithras, in Bloomberg's Walbrook Square European HQ and then on
through some of the alleys of the city to Leadenhall Market.
The Roman temple was discovered when foundations were being made for Bucklersbury
House on a site beside Walbrook, a street above the river of the same name
this stretch of which was was covered and culverted in 1440, and remains
as a sewer. It was thought to have been built around AD 250 and dedicated
at first to Mithras and later to other Roman Gods including Bacchus. It
was excavated and the various artifacts found are in the Museum of London,
and the temple ruins were rebuilt in front of the office building in Queen
Victoria St, open freely to the public from 1962.
The reconstruction was criticised as being inaccurate and for the materials
used, and Bloomberg have tried to do a rather better job, relocating the
ruins back close to the original site around 23 feet below modern street
level and trying to recreate both the original layout as far as possible
with the original stones and similar materials to those used by the Romans.
Using powerful directional lighting they also create an illusion of the
missing pillars of the original and with a suitable sound-track the effect
is impressive. The downside is that you now have to book in advance to visit
the 'Mithraeum' and places, although free, are limited.
At the Cannon St end of the development is a triangle with water flowing
over a surface that perhaps resembles tangled roots, which I photographed
on an earlier occasion. It recalls the Walbrook, flowing in its conduit
roughly 25 feet below, but the water from that stream is apparently far
too polluted to have been used in this gesture to its presence.
Release Algerian trade unionist Louisa Hanoune
Algerian Embassy, London. Thu 20 Jun 2019
The UCU had brought their banner to the protest
Trade unionists protest outside the Algerian Embassy calling for the
release of Louisa Hanoune, General Secretary of the Workers Party of Algeria
and Coordinator of the International Liaison Committee of workers and people
(ILC) who was jailed in the military prison of Blida on May 9th.
Today was an international day of action in 71 countries calling for her
release, which has been supported in the UK by activists from the Labour
Party, Momentum, the Communist Party of Britain, the Socialist Party (England
And Wales), UCU, BFAWU, NEU, the Bakers' union (BFAWU) and the IWGB.
Hands off Sudan march
London. Sat 15 Jun 2019
The protest stopped a couple of times at Hyde Park
Corner for some loud chanting
A large crowd, mainly Sudanese with a few left-wing supporters, marched
from the UAE Embassy in London protesting the massacre of 124 peaceful protesters
by Janjaweed militias (Rapid Support Forces) in Khartoum and other cities.
The protests began in December and appeared to be causing a peaceful transition
to democracy, removing corrupt president al-Bashir, until the heads of the
ruling military council visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
and Egypt, all thought to oppose a democratic Sudan.
I had been expecting them to have reached the Egyptian embassy by the time
I was able to join them, but there were only a handful of people there waiting
for them, so I walked back on the route I thought they would be taking and
met them as they approached Hyde Park Corner. They stopped for a while there
and then moved on up Park Lane and I went with them a short distance taking
pictures, leaving them as they marched on to protest at the Egyptian and
Free Avery & Dassey
Parliament Square, London. Sat 15 Jun 2019
Protesters call for the two men convicted of a murder
they did not commit to be freed
Brendan Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery were both convicted of having
murdered photographer Teresa Halbach on October 31, 2005.
The Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer (2015) showed
them to be innocent, convicted largely on account of a videotaped interrogation
and confession by Dassey, which he recanted at the trial. The widely viewed
documentary has led to annual peaceful rallies across the world calling
for the two men to be released. The event in London appeared to only be
attended by a handful of supporters, and I took very few pictures - only
one of which is shown on this site.
'We are the Love' for Idlib
Parliament Square, London. Sat 15 Jun 2019
Posters spell out #We Are The Love and bagpipes and
a drummer play
Letters spell out '#We Are The Love' in the non partisan international
campaign inspired by the Black Eyed Peas song Where’s the love? to
raise awareness about the massacre currently unfolding in the province of
Idlib in Syria.
The protest in Parliament Square was one of many similar protests in cities
around the world calling for an end to the violence in Idlib, the opening
up a the supply of humanitarian aid to the people of the city and for those
responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity to be brought to
Grenfell Solidarity March
Westminster, London. Sat 15 Jun 2019
Marchers listen to a speech at the Home Office/Ministry
of Housing, Communities and Local Government
On the day after the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire
in which 72 people died, Justice For Grenfell organised a solidarity march,
starting and finishing at Downing St.
There were speeches before the march and when it stopped briefly outside
the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government offices in the
Home Office building before returning for a further rally at Downing St.
As well as Justice4Grenfell, the event was supported by housing and building
safety campaigners and by branches of the Fire Brigades Union from around
the UK. I left before the final rally at Downing St.
Staines, Heathrow, Bedfont
Middlesex. Sat 15 Jun 2019
Staines Fire Station - cuts mean two local fire stations
replaced by one in Ashford
Engineering work on the railway meant my fastest route to London was to
catch a bus to Hatton Cross Underground station.
The 203 I travelled on was a double-decker and for once had fairly clean
windows so I took a few pictures on the way. Its a slow journey through
Stanwell around the southern edge of Heathrow airport and then though Bedfont,
and my journey time to London was more than doubled, but at least as fast
and usually more reliable than using the rail replacement bus, particularly
as the train company doesn't hold the connection if the bus held up for
a few minutes in traffic.
Grenfell Silent Walk - 2 Years on
North Kensington, London. Fri 14 June 2019
A woman holds a large Grenfell heart with the message
'Just Us' for an abandoned community
Thousands walked in silence from close to Grenfell Tower remembering
the victims of the disaster on the second anniversary of the disastrous
fire which killed 72 and left survivors traumatised.
Promises made by Theresa May and Kensington & Chelsea council have
not been kept and the enquiry seems to be simply providing an excuse for
inaction. There have been no arrests, no prosecutions, no improved building
regulations and few buildings have had unsafe cladding removed.
The community feels failed and abandoned by the authorities and angry that
Grenfell victim Reis Morris in jail for the anniversary after an angry exchange
with a fire chief over the flammable plastic cladding on the building in
which the traumatised campaigner who lost a relative in the fire put his
hands around the fire chief's neck. A large slogan on the bridge over Ladbroke
Grove stated "In The Face Of Injustice Anger Is Justified - #IamReis
Morris - #JusticeforGrenfell".
Rally to end Live Animal Transport
Hyde Park, London. Fri 14 Jun 2019
Campaigners pose covering half their faces with the
face of a cow
Compassion in World Farming held a rally in Hyde Park against the long-distance
transport of live farmed animals.
The protest was supported by Animal Equality UK, Animal Welfare Party,
Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, Vets Against Live Export, The Humane
League UK and others. Among the speakers were former MEP John Flack, Theresa
Villiers MP and actor Peter Egan, a patron of Compassion in World Farming.
Never Forget Never Forgive SOAS
SOAS, University of London. Wed 12 Jun 2019
SOAS Staff, students and supporters hold up the names
of the deported cleaners
10 years after SOAS London University shockingly colluded with outsourcing
company ISS and the UK Border Agency by arranging an early morning 'meeting'
for cleaners to be held, interrogated, and nine deported, people met on
the SOAS steps to remember and condemn the action and hold posters with
the names of the deported.
Cleaners, teaching staff, students and supporters spoke about the event
and the continuing fight to get SOAS to live up to the ideals it espouses.
London World Naked Bike Ride
South Bank, London. Sat 8 June 2019
The only recumbent I saw in the ride.
These pictures involve nudity. Please do not click
on the link if you may be offended or if you are in a place where others
may be offended.
Around a thousand people in various states of undress, some with face
or body paint or slogans on their bodies cycled around London as a part
of the World Naked Bike Ride.
I met them shortly after they had met up just to the south of Westminster
Bridge after having started from a handful of different starting points
several miles away around London, and photographed as they set off to cycle
past St Paul's Cathedral and then to Buckingham Palace before finishing
the ride at Hyde Park Corner. Unfortunately I hadn't brought my bike and
so couldn't follow them.
The World Naked Bike Ride is a global protest movement with rides in cities
around the world, raising awareness of issues such as safety of cyclists
on the road, reducing oil dependence and saving the planet. They say "Let's
make the planet great again!" As the last rider left I went to the
I've never been too impressed by the protest side of this. It's more a
fun ride for people who want to ride around London with no or very few clothes
on. For those of us watching on the streets it is certainly unusual and
entertaining, and I think very few could be seriously upset by it. The normal
response seems to be a lot of pointing and laughing.
Perhaps if it were more of a protest there would be more women taking part.
THis year the imbalance seemed even greater than previously, with perhaps
10 or 20 men for every one woman, though I didn't try to make an accurate
count. My pictures do tend to concentrate more on the women than the men
for various reasons. To state the obvious, these pictures
involve nudity. Please do not click on the link if you may be offended or
if you are in a place where others may be offended.
Close all Slaughterhouses
London. Sat 8 Jun 2019
The march goes up Charing Cross Road towards Oxford
Vegans march in London calling for an end to the breeding, fishing
and slaughter of animals.
Vegans met in Leicester Square and after a speech by a vegan activist who
reminded them of the great increase in support for veganism marched through
the West End shouting for an end to the killing of animals who they say
have feel pain and love their young and want to live "just like
us" and handing out leaflets to people on the busy shopping streets.
I have a problem with "just like us" as other animals
are clearly not just like us, though they share, some more than others,
many of our characteristics. But the human species is very clearly different
in some respects. Of course I'm against cruel farming practices, and much
is wrong in various ways about some modern farming, but keeping animals
and killing them for food or milking them can be done in a decent and humane
way and one that has an important contribution to our environment.
They stopped in Soho Square for more speeches, including by Vanessa Hudson
from The Animal Welfare Party, before continuing to march around the West
End shopping streets.
Sodem 'Stop Brexit' Protests continue
Parliament Square, London. Thu 6 Jun 2019
Steven Bray stands next to the fence and points his
giant megaphone towards Parliament
Steve Bray and others from SODEM (Stand of Defiance European Movement)
continue their daily protests while Parliament is in session demanding Britain
remain in the European Union.
As well as protesting in their usual position in Old Palace Yard, a small
group came to protest at the gates of the House of Commons, with Steve shouting
through a giant megaphone for Brexit to be stopped. One Brexiteer holding
a flag with 'Parachute Regiment - I stand with Soldier F' came up and briefly
shouted insults at Bray, and several groups of tourists showed their support
Parliament Debates Grenfell 2 Years On
Parliament Square, London. Thu 6 Jun 2019
Protesters included Moyra Samuels and Eileen Short
Eight days before the second anniversary of the disastrous fire, a
small group of activists stood at Parliament while others inside listened
as MP Emma Dent Coad asked questions about Grenfell.
Promises made by Theresa May and Kensington & Chelsea council to the
survivors have not been kept and no arrests have been made over the corruption,
criminal negligence and disregard for safety that led to 72 deaths. The
protesters called for urgent Government action to rehouse all survivors,
clear toxic waste, make all similar blocks safe and ensure justice which
seems increasingly unlikely.
Thousands protest against Trump
Westminster, London. Tue 4 June 2019
A protester dressed as the Statue of Liberty holds
up a poster 'No Iran War' in Trafalgar Square
Thousands met in Trafalgar Square to send a clear message that President
Trump is not welcome here because of his climate denial, racism, Islamophobia,
misogyny and bigotry.
Trump's policies of hate and division have energised the far right around
the world. People marched from Trafalgar Square to a rally in Whitehall,
close to where he was meeting Theresa May with speeches from Jeremy Corbyn,
Caroline Lucas, Frances O'Grady and other leading politicians and activists
sending a clear message that President Trump is not welcome here because
of his climate denial, racism, Islamophobia, misogyny and bigotry. Corbyn's
speech was impressive, and he seemed more robust than ever, and the rumours
about his health spread a few weeks later by the right-wing press seem totally
Trump's policies of hate and division have energised the far right around
the world. After the rally in Whitehall people then marched to a further
rally in Parliament Square.
Osterley, Middlesex. Mon 3 Jun 2019
Osterley House is a rather grand building set in a
large park and is National Trust property
On one of our family walks we visited Osterley Park and had lunch in the
cafe there. We only had time to look around a small part of the gardens
and didn't go in the house.
It is many years since I last visited Osterley Park, though I grew up not
far away and when at secondary school used to run on long cross-country
runs through its grounds (though later we learnt to disappear in a small
park close to school and wait there until it was time to join the returning
runners.) As kids too we would come in the Autumn and pick up the sweet
chestnuts from its long drive. You can still wander around parts of the
estate without paying the NT entry fee, and I think there are several footpaths
through parts of the remarkably large grounds.
The first house here was built around 1570 for the wealthy banker Sir Thomas
Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange in London and who Gresham Street
in the City was named after (as well as Gresham's Law - 'Bad Money drives
out Good' though this only acquired its title and concise formulation
almost 300 years after his death.)
Two hundred years later the estate passed into the hands of the founder
of Child's Bank when payments on a mortgage could not be made. His grandsons
decided it was too old-fashioned and employed Robert Adam to convert it
into a more modern style, and building began in 1761. The stables from the
older building remain and now house a secondhand bookshop, cafe and a shop.
Three of us went through the gate to look at the gardens, but we didn't
have time to go in the house. Since it is free to Art Fund members I might
cycle over one day to do so. Since this is a National Trust property none
of the pictures I took are available for commercial or editorial use.
Zionists protest against Al Quds
London. Sun 2 Jun 2019
Protesters with Israeli Defence Force and Israel flags
briefly bring the march to a halt
Several Zionist groups came to protest against the AL Quds day march
and against the Palestinian cause.
Some, including Tommy Robinson's personal bodyguard Danny Thomas, came
to where the march was starting at the Home Office, and a couple of groups
stood and shouted insults at the marchers, with police keeping the two groups
apart. The Al Quds Day marchers largely followed the advice of the march
leader and ignored the counter-protest.
When the march started the Zionists attempted to stop it by standing in
front of it, many of them waving Israeli flags. After a brief stoppage police
began to move them on, pushing them down the street and eventually opening
up a large gap between them and the marchers.
The ‘official’ Zionist demonstration was a static one in Whitehall
close to the area police had surrounded with barriers for the Al Quds rally.
It was organised by the Board of Deputies and the Zionist Federation and
supported by the far-Right Sussex Friends of Israel and the Israel Advocacy
Movement, some of whose members have previously demonstrated with the EDL.
Al Quds Day march
London. Sun 2 Jun 2019
Ultra-orthodox anti-Zionist Jews of Neturei Karta
call for the dismantling of the Israeli state
The annual Al Quds Day demonstration in support of the oppressed people
of Palestine met at the Home Office and eventually set off for a rally at
The event, begun in Iran in 1979 was said by Imam Khomeini not to be only
about Jerusalem, but "a day for the oppressed to rise and stand
up against the arrogant".
Among the marchers were many Palestinians. Near the front were a group
of Imams and the ultra-orthodox anti-Zionist Jews, Neturei Karta (Guardians
of the City.)
As usual there were protests against the event by Zionist and right wing
groups who tried to block the march but were forced to keep moving slowly
in front of it by police.
Cleaners in Hilton Doubletree Hotel
Marble Arch, London. Sat 1 Jun 2019
A police officer talks to Petros Elia who continues
to explain why the cleaners are protesting here
After celebrating their victory at Chanel, the United Voices of the
World union march to the Hilton Doubletrees Hotel, where a member is owned
hundreds of pounds after being paid illegally at well below the minimum
The walked into the foyer and demanded to see the hotel manager and the
manager of the contract cleaning firm. UVW member Dalia (centre) is owed
several thousand pounds after working there for 6 months and being paid
illegally at well below the minimum wage. They spoke making their claim
and then danced to loud music in the foyer demanding to see the hotel manager
and the manager of the contract cleaning firm. Police came and tried to
get union and management to talk.
UVW celebrate LLW at Chanel
Cavendish Square, London. Sat 1 Jun 2019
Cleaners and supporters were delighted to hear Chanel
were to pay their cleaners the London Living Wage
The United Voices of the World union called off a planned protest against
Chanel after the company agreed its cleaners would get the London Living
As well as the protest, the cleaners at Chanel had held a strike ballot,
and were planning to strike. This was another successful campaign for the
UVW, and was celebrated with some chanting and dancing in Cavendish Square
as they waited for others to arrive and take further actions against other
workplaces in the West End. Other trade unionists, including a group from
the IWGB had come along to show solidarity and support the UVW.
Haggerston, London. Sat 1 Jun 2019
People watch a swan family from the busy canal towpath
I'd come to photograph a protest in Dalston, but it didn't seem to
be happening and I got fed up with waiting. So I walked down the the Regent's
Canal and made a few panoramic photographs as well as sitting on a seat
to eat my lunch.
It was a warm day and there were a lot of people enjoying a walk beside
the canal either on their own like me or in small groups. There were also
many cyclists, most riding sensibly but just the occasional rider going
rather too fast for the safety of walkers on the path. The bridge takes
the Overground across the canal and there is a station a short distance
to the north where I caught a train to Highbury & Islington.
Two women in the Underground
This months pictures, taken as I travelled around include images from Vauxhall,
Pimnlico, Westminster, St James's Park and of the memorial to May Seacole
and a few pictues of a woman with some fine decoration I was behind on an
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