Like usual I was running late ( the phrase “You’ll be late for your own funeral” could have been invented for me) but thankfully this wasn’t mine, this was the funeral of Margaret Thatcher a figure that, depending you listen to, either divided or saved this country. Rushing across Waterloo Bridge I could already see a large police presence and tons and tons of crowd barriers. Whether they were there just for the funeral or were put in place early for the Marathon wasn’t clear. What was clear was that the crowd barrier business looks like something worth getting into. They must make a fortune. Read more
As the popularity of this blog has grown more and more people have been sending me photos taken outside of London. At first I struggled with the concept that there are other places apart from London but after looking at these photos I can confirm that it’s true. There is literally an entire planet out there…honestly. So with that in mind a new international version of this site is being launched next week.
Do you have any funny photos from outside of London that you want to share? Do you live in another city or country and want to show us something funny/weird/cool from your stomping ground?
We’re also looking for submissions of your funny stories from where you live or where you’ve travelled, photo stories from odd places, video content and more. If you think you have something interesting to share about your urban experience then let us know.
Send over any submissions to [email protected] and if they’re funny/weird enough I’ll post them to the new blog.
KNOBISM ART THEFT BANKSY MURAL ALERT!!!! Street artists have been drawn like stencil wielding moths to a big bricky flame by the media attention this Haringey wall has received recently. I’m pleased to see that aside from the usual wry comments on society or the earnest pieces on display here that someone has decided to be truly subversive by painting a big wang on the wall instead. I just wish this had been on the wall when all the news crews had been there.
Spotted ( just now!) by Malcom Croft
Knife crime tragically plagues London and has been blamed on many things including the gang culture, a lack of decent male role models and video games. None of those factors contributed to my brief flirtation with a blade, it was Michael Jackson’s “Bad” that made me tool up with a shank and hit the streets.
I had an interesting friend, still do in fact, called Tom that at one point was totally mad about Michael Jackson. He used to wear the black slip on shoes with white socks, attempt to Moonwalk on slippy surfaces and on occasion wear a black fedora. (He also at one stage thought he was a vampire, so much so that if you made a crucifix sign with your fingers at him he’d cower, turn and hiss at you before fleeing) Read more
A fine example of situationist knobism here. This well placed knob creates a situation where anybody wanting to use this bench whilst waiting for the train has to make the important decision of whether they feel comfortable sitting on a crudely drawn penis or not. Many people would not even think about it and recognise this for exactly what it is – a few squiggles of permanent marker pen. However there is another group entirely who, irrationally and mostly unconsciously, will regard this bench wang as somehow imbued with magical powers and fear that if they sit down it may suddenly spring to life and molest them. These are the same people who if they mistakenly read that old school favourite piece of graffiti “If you read this you are gay”, will actually believe that deep down on a molecular level they have begun a transformation into a homosexual person.
Spotted by Gordon Hodge