Friday, 14 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
I think maybe they should leave it standing as it is, perhaps fasten some hanging baskets from those empty window frames. I shall miss it when it's gone...
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
I live in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. It is a district of striking contrasts, green and leafy with many public parks and some of the grandest houses anywhere in England. These are where the business men, judges and high-fliers live. It also has a very large Asian and West Indian population and these tend to live in concil housing, like myself. It’s a hot issue in the city at the moment.
This is a camp that has been set up on unoccupied land where council housing used to stand. The "squatters" are occupying the land illegally. Like most British cities Birmingham has a shortage of decent, affordable homes in the public sector and this land could be sold to a housing association to develop for just that purpose. However the councillor responsible for housing in the city, John Lines, is refusing, prefering to sell to a potential commercial bidder who will charge higher rents. With 30, 0000 people on the housing waiting list, this is disappointing news. The campsite has been named after the councillor, an obnoxious right winger who has a criminal record for assault and prides himself on his "hard man" image. Shame on the people who voted him into office.
The squatters are moving their base to an as yet undisclosed site somewhere else in the city. They are due to be featured on BBC's "Newsnight" program this Thursday evening, November 11. They are all currently homeless or vulnerably housed. More power to their elbow. I thank them for letting me photograph them and wish them all the best.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
I work in the town of Royal Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire, and spend a great deal of my time there. It is a small, attractive town which became famous for its waters in the nineteenth century when people would come to bathe in the the Pump Rooms, which are now preserved as a museum and the local lending library. The town has many fine Regency buildings, usually painted completely white with black doors and black, wrought iron railings. It has nice parks too, notably Jephson gardens and Victoria Park..
Directly across the road from the Pump Rooms are the Jephson Gardens...
The Hitchman FountainRiver Leam
I still haven't worked out what it's meant to be...
Saturday, 1 November 2008
Attempt to take picture of bronze bull, take 5. No good, someone always getting in the way. Actually I think the toddler in the pushchair adds something to the photo...not sure what though.
People normally take photos of Selfridges from the outside, but it's pretty striking inside too.
I can only enjoy any shopping trip from the slightly surreal perspective of looking at anything but the products on sale...
..except a bull made out of jelly beans(I don't think it's for sale!)