On Friday August 31, 2012, I attended a protest in Triton Square, just north of Euston Road, outside the offices of Atos Healthcare, the multinational company that is running the government’s vile review process for disabled people, which is designed to find them fit for work when they are not. See the Flickr set here.
Afterwards, as part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, I took the opportunity to take photographs as I travelled through Fitzrovia to Oxford Street, where I met my wife and my son for a visit to HMV in search of DVDs and CDs, and then, afterwards, to take photos of Oxford Street, and then to visit Trafalgar Square, where a screen had been set up for the Paralympic Games. I then crossed the river on the Hungerford Bridge, taking photos from the elevated walkway beside Charing Cross station, and on to the Southbank Centre. The previous Flickr sets are here and here.
This is a familiar route, and one that, in various ways, I have undertaken since I first came to live in London 27 years ago, having worked, at various times, in Fitzrovia and off Tottenham Court Road, and I recall, without too much effort, hanging out in Soho, catching night buses to Brixton from Trafalgar Square after attending gigs in north London, drinking in Gordon’s Wine Bar, and dancing in Heaven, under Charing Cross station at psychedelic nights in the early 1990s. That’s all behind me now, of course, and in recent years I’ve been more familiar with Charing Cross station, and trains to Brockley via London Bridge, and numerous sunny days on the South Bank, my favourite place to meet visitors to London, and surely one of the greatest public river fronts in the world.
I hope you enjoy these glimpses of central London, and that you’ll join me for further journeys around London in the near future. I have so many photo sets from the last two months to make available that I’m trying to post new photos on a daily basis, although that schedule is, of course, dependent on whether or not there are important developments in relation to Guantánamo and the “war on terror,” or the parlous state of political life in Britain under the dreadful Tory-led coalition government.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
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