Posts Tagged With: London

Funky Brixton

If you follow this blog, you probably do it wearing sunglasses. I’d put them on now, if I were you…

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Brixton market robot tiles

Emerging from the Tube station, the first big surprise is that the street is real. When Eddy Grant sang ‘We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue,’ he was referring to the Brixton riots of 1981. I was only 14 years old, and although I watched Britain burning on the television, I later failed to make a connection with the song, or the widespread hatred for Continue reading

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Humorous shop sign brixton

Update: I think I should mention that this is a sign that I saw in Brixton Market during my recent adventure in London and not the result of my own drunken bawdy mischief. I thought it was so cute I had to take a picture! LOL, as the digital generation are so fond of saying.

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London’s Buzzing

mustard fields  First Class Virgin Trains
London Road Sign  Green Park Tube Sign

I took a Virgin train to London, speeding through the yellow fields of the Home Counties to the West End. Butterflies always start to flutter in my stomach around Watford Junction as the farmland is replaced by proud Edwardian townhouses backing onto the tracks, and in places you can still see the blackened Dickensian underbelly of the old Victorian city. A quick flash of history, and suddenly Euston – the station that welcomes me to my native south.  The excitement is instant: the people, the noise, the buzz…

Tube Station Street sign  Union Jack
Vintage-London-Bus  big ben clock face

Cool Britannia!

 

The whole of London is red, white and blue! You would never guess that up until recently, any overt display of national pride in Britain was associated with political extremism. Fortunately we’ve reclaimed our identity with the double whammy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic games. It’s OK to wave The Union Jack again, and believe me, everyone’s waving them. It’s been called the Union Jack since 1600 and I think the word Jack has a certain swagger to it, representing the British character: a cheeky kind of resilience, a spark of tenacity beneath our famous reserve. You might hear some apologists calling it the Union Flag, but quite why anyone would want to snip away part of our heritage when the Torch has only just arrived is beyond me.

You’re going to be seeing an awful lot of Union Jacks over the next few months, wherever you are in the world.

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Instagrams: Part 3

Instagram Buddhist prayer wheel

Buddhist Prayer Wheel

instagram molly house garden manchester

The roof garden at The Molly House

Instagram Fyg cafe coffe cup manchester

Coffee cup, Fyg Cafe

Instagram Tardis police box london

The Tardis, Kensington Olympia, London

Instagram Euston Station enamel sign

Euston Station, London

Instagram kitchen vegetables

The Vibes kitchen

The Vibes desk instagram

The Vibes desk

Check out Instagrams Part 1 here
and Instagrams Part 2 here
also The Best of The Vibes in pictures here

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Neon London

Ed's Diner neon sign london

Cafe illuminated sign london

Singin' in the Rain West End London Neon Sign

Bar Italia Soho London Neon Sign

Liberty's London neon sign

Wizard of Oz London West End Neon Sign

Palladium Theatre neon Sign London West EndOn my recent trip to London, I managed to grab some shots around Soho and the West End. Theatre Land is currently booming, with increasingly lavish productions competing with each other. This part of the city has the most character, and sitting in a Soho cafe, you can watch the world go by. All life is here, and Old Compton Street is almost like a film set, bustling with extras and rickshaws.

There is an urgency here, to see and be seen. I just wandered round casually taking pictures, and spotting celebrities. David Walliams strategically positioning himself under a spotlight with a leggy blonde outside the Palace Theatre, and Ian Brown trying to look mean and hard while waiting for a bus. Things must be going well if he’s getting the bus! No wonder the Stone Roses are reforming, so they can all afford Day Savers…

From Ed’s diner to Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar, this is a melting pot, embracing diversity from Chinatown to Oxford Street. There is still an air of notoriety and a sense that anything could happen. Eulogised by Marc Almond and mentioned in Brecht’s Mack the Knife, Soho retains some of the romance of the sixties when gangsters owned most of the property and Carnaby Street was buzzing just round the corner.

Ronnie Scott's London Neon Sign

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