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Sacrifice in Postman’s Park

Postman’s Park on a week day afternoon in February. Impressions: Hidden between buildings in central London.  Surprising, secluded, quiet.  Dull day.  Silent, stationary digger and orange fencing for the ‘improvement’ works.  Heroic self sacrifice tributes told in heartbreaking one line stories.  Stories that haunt.  A man feeding a squirrel, a woman on crutches.  Pile of gravestones, …

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Lake at Kew Gardens

Standing Still in Wintry Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens on a week day morning in January. Impressions: Babies, so many babies, and toddlers and maternity leave mothers.  Retired women in colourful accessories – rainbow leg warmers, leopard print hat, furry pink gloves.  A friendly and curious robin follows me.  Steaming manure, frost in the shade, deep winter colours, strong shadows, brilliant light, blinding …

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Mile End Park, Neglect and Attention

Mile End Park on a week day afternoon in December. Impressions: Distant sirens.  Flourishing arts, eco pavilion, wild life and wild plants.  Canal and narrow boats.  Drizzle and wet grass.  Hipsters, headphones, phone conversations, student halls, cyclists, dogs.  Stagnant water, lurid green algae, floating cans and a pair of fat rats. Question:  The dead green water used …

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Altab Ali Park and Shelter

Altab Ali Park on a week day late morning in October. Impressions: “The shade of my tree is offered to those who come and go fleetingly” from a Bengali poem.  Remains of the Whitechapel white chapel.  Fragments of historical decoration.  East London cultures.  Pigeons feasting on bread.  Cigarette butts.  Smokers.  Beer bottle tops.  Man sleeping on …

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Battersea Park and a Long Lost Friend

Battersea Park on a week day afternoon in October. Impressions: Groomed fancy leadless dogs.  Many busy squirrels.  Parakeets.  Sub tropical plants.  Mediterranean plants.  Hidden sculptures.  Decorative fountains.  Quiet.  Restorative.  Surprising.  Wide walkways.  Wide water.  Reflections.  Bright algae.  Ducks.  Geese.  Heron.  Windy pathways.  Deep with trees. Question:  Walking, talking and laughing with a friend I haven’t …

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West Ham Park and Letting Go

  West Ham Park on a late midday October morning. Impressions: Birds. Robin. Pigeons. Magpies.  So many squirrels.  Gaudy flowers.  Berries.  Fiery leaves.  Green, yellow, orange, red.  Falling leaves.  Fallen acorns and conkers.  Peace.  Beauty.  Names scratched into trees.  Prams.  Hoodies.  Headscarves.  Uniformed school boys learning outside.  Running and yelling.  Footballing kids in high vis …

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Green Park and Change

Green Park on a weekday lunchtime in October. Impressions: Green grass and green trees.  Red berries.  Blue sky.  Orange leaves.  Autumn sun and summer breeze.  Joggers.  Tourists.  Memorial.  Buckingham Palace.  Fountain.  Photos taken on mobile phones.  Deck chairs.  Push chairs.  Tai chi.  Rounders.  School trip.  Lost teddy bear. Question:  Today Green Park is suspended between …

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Berkeley Square and Restrictions

Berkeley Square on a week day lunchtime in October. Impressions: Encircled by traffic.  Walls of benches.  Scavenging pigeons (no nightingales).  Suspended parking.  Restricted areas.  Pink and white flowers.  Workmen.  Workers.  Lunching. A group sleeping on the sunny grass.  Phone box stuffed with bedding. Question:  Are there rules or restrictions for people spending time with you? …

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