yasserbooley

Day 2 in hind-sight

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

Peace and Blessings be with you.

 

I have an obligation to take care of…
This is for everybody in Cape Town on the 9th May 2009.  Weeam is performing, and she’s not alone…. !!  So if you are in the Mother City, go!!! , not only will you be supporting her, but you’ll be attending an event that will go down in history!!! 

The gig NOT to miss!!

The gig NOT to miss!!

check out http://www.shamanic.co.za for more details about Weaam and Nafia’s production company in Cape  Town…

Otherwise… a day of portraits , people and political protests about rightly sums up this particular day, if not necessarily in the correct order, which happened to be last week and Wednesday. Right now I am nestled in the incredibly beautiful English countryside in Suffolk, sitting in the bay windows of a beautiful old family house in Snape, but more about that when I get to it, which to my calculations could be next week sometime. 

coffee around the corner from Newington Green

coffee around the corner from Newington Green

The day started off with good friends and a cup of coffee around the corner from Newington green, at a very interesting venue that I would like to revisit. The building is occupied b a variety of artists, with a coffee shop venue beneath, perfect!

 

London Bus...

London Bus...

which is what we did next, to Liverpool Str. Station . I only realised when I had a look at this photo again that the Driver of this particular bus had a beard bested only by Santa Claus , and that yes, he was Muslim. This made me think about the complex realities underlying the “us & them “  rhetoric of the stereotype constructing machinery, especially in countries where the lines between “us & them” blur, as it does in the United Kingdom.

Abdul...

Abdul...

I had a preconception that people in big bustling cities are not necessarily friendly, and I am glad that at least in this instance I proved myself wrong. We ended up sitting opposite each other, I motioned to him if it was okay to take a picture, and he motioned back, so I did. 

Liverpool Street Station

Liverpool Street Station

At this stage I am sure there are more than a few South Africans recollecting stories, or remembering good food joints close to this tube station or that train station. 

The Underground...

The Underground...

Did you know that (like the chappies bubblegum wrapper starts) , work for the London Underground started in 1863???  It is quite a daunting thought is it not, being 4 stories under the surface, and then having buildings going up another ten at the same time? 

Subterranean by design...

Subterranean by design...

How much time, how many hours, or what percent of our time in a day do we have to spend in one or another of the tube stations before we are classified subterranean? 

Credit Crunched...

Credit Crunched...

2 minutes walk from  Tottenham Court  Rd tube station, just after Jessop’s (the camera/photography people) we encountered our first evidence of the “credit crunch” in the form of this business whose windows were covered with news paper from the inside. I wonder if the person who did this saw the article on the paper stuck to the front door? the title of the article reads “Britain cannot afford to throw money at crisis”

The Arab Press Center...

The Arab Press Center...

One of the buildings we passed was the Arab Press Center , most of the building is covered in mirrors, which makes for interesting images.

Time-out...

Time-out...

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city on a spring afternoon one can find a beautiful place to rest against a tree. 

Outside St. Martins Church....

Outside St. Martins Church....

“Stop rape, mass murder and occupation” is what the entire banner reads.  a group of people had gathered on the stairs of St. Martin’s Church at Trafalgar Square to show support for the people of Haiti and Sri Lanka.

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some of the people gathered there had been protesting for a long time…

 

Riga from Tibet...

Riga from Tibet...

Riga’s been in the UK for 36years, that’s 3 years longer than I have thus far lived. A kindly enough woman who got into trouble with one of the Sri Lankan protesters because she had a small board pointing out the fact that the Sri Lankan Government are Buddhists.

The aim of the day...

The aim of the day...

eventually we managed to reach the National portrait Gallery. Then we relaxed for a little on Trafalgar Square with the ever watchful Nelson, that sign of the Great British Empire standing vigil.

 

Admiral Nelson i presume...

Admiral Nelson i presume...

and so ends Day 2 in hindsight.

 

Salaam

 

Yasser

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  1. Wow , Yasser , that looks like a great London day – when the sun shines , i’s such a great city. Love your blog!
    Ed

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