London Calling (November 2019)


A weekend of mist, dirty bagels and Egyptian artefacts in London.

I absolutely always see a wedding photo shoot when I’m away somewhere.

Dinner in a wonderful Indian vegetarian restaurant in Queensbury. I’m not vegetarian but this all tasted absolutely delicious, even though I had very little idea what most of it was. Beautiful murals on the walls, too.

More delicious food - Roger’s 80th birthday celebrations in Barnet. The nightmare of sorting out the bill was yet to come.

Excellent artistic work by Bunny and Trixie. Though Roger may wonder somewhat about the dead bit.

Another pint of Guinness, please.

Walking home to the tube station in Barnet, I passed this man dressed in medieval costume with what looked like a sword in his belt. A tour guide? Or a ghost?

Having had a very unsatisfying day, photographically, on Saturday - I took hardly a shot - I woke up on Sunday morning to find parts of the city wreathed in mist, and some great photo ops, especially in the City, with the tops of the towers lost in the fog.

It really was quite eerie and a little dystopian, especially as it was Sunday morning and everything was very quiet.

Window cleaning - dangerously - in the East End. It‘s Health-and-Safety not gone mad.

Waiting for my dirty bagel (whatever that is) in Spitalfields market. I liked the way they melted the cheese, almost a performance art. It was absolutely delicious and incredibly messy to eat; most of it ended up on the floor.

An exhibition in the Museum of London about The Clash’s  famous London Calling album, released 40 years ago.

This is the actual bass guitar smashed by Paul Simonon in the famous photograph on the cover of London Calling. As someone commented, it’s presented almost like it’s in a reliquary.

It’s fascinating that the photographer, Pennie Smith, didn’t like the photograph at all, because of its technical imperfections, yet it’s gone on to become one of the most iconic music photographs of all time.

The original lyric sheet for “The Guns of Brixton”. Not sure that ”Brick Maria” really works.

On my final morning I went to the wonderful Tutankhamun exhibition in the Saatchi gallery. There was a long wait, and it was very crowded, but it was absolutely worth it to see all these amazing artefacts.

This isn’t the famous ceremonial mask - that not allowed to be moved from Cairo - but it’s a miniature coffin, based on it, that held the king’s liver.

Amazing colours and details in these wooden statues.

This fan, made of wood covered with gold, shows the king hunting ostriches. The fan originally had ostrich feathers attached to it.

A ceremonial shield depicting King Tutankhamun killing a lion.

I loved these colourful ornaments.

This guardian statue in the tomb was life-size. It was covered with a black resin, possibly to make it like a representation of the God Osiris, who was often depicted as black because of his association with the fertility of the land. The eyes are made from obsidian.

This wonderful detail on a gold shrine shows the king pouring a perfumed liquid into the queen‘s hand.

I came away seriously impressed by the craftsmanship in these artefacts. For my next trip I think it may be Cairo Calling ...

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