Case files

We sat one morning at Cafe’ Apostrophe enjoying our cups of Cappuccino. It was with amusement that I watched suited businessmen enjoying their plates of hot oats porridge.
On the other side of the street, outside The Royal Court of Justice, legal staff wheeled trolleys of case files. The amount of paperwork lawyers have to go through is staggering.
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The Reading Room

Close to our usual Bloomsbury Hotel is the British Museum. We often pop in for a cup of coffee and a bun in the Cafe’ and than have a short look around. The centre court is occupied by the circular building, that used to house the British Library’s Reading room. Over the years it was used by Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, Mahatma Gandhi, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Vladimir Lenin,Virginia Woolf, H: G: Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle amongst many other notable Persons. It reeked of history. On one visit I was determined to visit it and to find the regular seat of my favourite South African author Lawrence G. Green, but sadly the interior had been gutted to make space for the exhibition of the Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors. There was talks of it eventually being restored to its original glory, but this has sadly not happened.

The Umbrella Shop

When visiting London we like to stay in bloomsbury. After a solid breakfast in our hotel we often walk to the centre passing through Soho. At New Oxford Street we pass “The Umbrella Shop” James Smith & Sons. James Smith & Sons was founded in 1830 in Foubert’s Place. In 1865 it moved to its present place in New Oxford Street and has remained there almost unchanged. Apart from umbrellas, it makes and stocks Gentlemen’s canes and shooting sticks. The Umbrella Shop is known by all the Black Cab drivers, who learn its position as part of “The Knowledge”

The Backyard

My expensive photo gear has been collecting dust. My life has been occupied by other things. The other day I did a short walk in Copenhagen. I do like to take pictures of backyards. I call it “empty Street photography” often the artefacts left by people speaks more of people than pictures of them. It gives the imagination free reign.
I know that many will insist that there must be people in street photos. Let them think what they like. Most of the pictures by one of the early street photographers Eugen Aget had no people in them, but speaks volumes.
Camera Fuji X100S