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London from above

My return trip from Russia....


Some quotes from Mahatma Gandhi:

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts."

"Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit."

"Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself."

His statute is not far from the site of 7 July 2005 bus bombing on Upper Woburn Place. This square contains many sculptures and planting related to various concepts of peace. The statue was unveiled by Labour Prime Minster Harold Wilson in 1966.


"The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent."
Quentin Crisp

Soho is a part of London, that seems to expand and contract with fashion. My defintion is that its that part of the West End that turns its back on the highly popular but uncool Oxford Street and elegant but tough minded Regent Street and the shabby Charing Cross Road. It dips its toe into Piccadilly Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue and its head floats up to Fitzroy Square, and the area sometimes known as Noho or Fitzrovia.

Critical Mass

Last Friday of every month
huge cyclist's protest through central London. Meet up at 6-7pm on the Southbank near Waterloo Roundabout, London.


The Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus

This late Victorian theatre is located where Shaftesbury Avenue crosses Charing Cross Road, a very busy and awkward to cross junction.... it seems to attract oversized foreign coach that always get stuck... famous for many years as the home of Les Miserables now departed....

more here: http://www.thisistheatre.com/londontheatre/palacetheatre.html

Free on the South Bank

There is much free entertainment in London, especially buskers on the Tube, around Covent Garden, and entire shows on the South Bank

here: http://www.coinstreetfestival.org/ and here: http://www.southbanklondon.com/

Naked Protesters

I was wandering around London, and I came across this protest by the critical mass people.... they want to encourage cycle riding and less car use. You can see more pictures in my album..... "Naked Protesters"



If you say Big Ben, this clock tower springs to mind... a pedant is likely to point out that the Big Ben refers to the bell inside.... BONG, BONG, BONG...

To me it is the sound of the bell and the clock tower together... its an icon representing the triumph of the civic over the monarchist, the building itself is the re-invention of the gothic in the industrial age, whilst ancient parts of the old Palace of Westminster.

To the left of the clock tower on this picture is Portcullis House.

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