Sunday 16 December 2007

Watching and waiting - # 324

You will have noticed that I don't normally show people or lively street scenes. I find them notoriously hard to do, and for some reason (at least for me) they often don't seem to "work" and so I don't attempt them. I think it also has something to do with the nature of English streets and the way an English crowd "poses" itself. But I won't blame my lack skill onto others.

Nevertheless, here they are. The English squad of the British Isles....British Subjects, Citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland...........not a lot of people know that, and indeed, very few British actually know it. They haven't a clue these days what they are, and so the Government suddenly embarks on a tortuous and controversial process of trying to explain and instill "Britishness". This is totally the fault of successive Governments and people who should have known better who have failed ensure that this particular aspect of identity was nurtured and cared for. (Well, that's my opinion....but let's not get too upset about it).'s good to be British, it's a privilege.


  1. I tend not to take too many photos of people either, unless they are doing something in particular. I guess it's another trait of being British, not invading someone else's privacy.

  2. I think it's also a question of "privacy". There may even be some legal aspects... but I presume that you can take picture of people on public places in most countries. I tried recently to take some metro (underground, subway...) pictures and got a warning via a loudspeaker (TV camera, Big Brother watches...) that this should be forbidden! Can you take pictures on the quay, but not in the waggons...?

  3. Peter - that's scary. And stupid. Photographers are much more likely to record something that will help against terrorism than vice-versa

  4. I agree with Richard but a part that I also ever thought that to be British it's a privilege and you probably do't know how hardly I would be British especially in past.

    Well by you to all my British friends let me wish you a ver very Merry Christmas.