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Beacon of Excellence!

By Ericsamson
I recall a time, not so very long ago, when it was fashionable in government, administrative, and managerial circles to bang on about 'beacons of excellence'. In the face of such egregious twaddle my cynical flippancy kicks in before I go into a voluntary coma. However, as we made for the National Gallery last Saturday I had an epiphany (embarrassing in public but one tries to style these things out). This remarkable gentleman embodied the very essence of that hitherto ridiculous notion and demonstrated what a beacon of excellence really is. Plenty of umpah umpah but naturally reticent about sticking it up one's jumper. Just as well. The sign by his right foot declares his act to be a 'Tribute to the Gracious Memory of Queen Elizabeth II'. Happy and glorious stuff indeed!
Many thanks for the very kind responses to 'Lattice Pray' and especial thanks to Colin for his award. PM on its way ... honest guv!

Tags: Street National gallery Flames Trafalger square Silly Sunday Euphonium

Voters: AllistairK, Chinga, Alan_Baseley and 41 more

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25 Sep 2022 10:50PM
Flamin' 'eck!

That's wonderful Graham Grin

Love it.


25 Sep 2022 10:54PM
What's he been drinking??!!??
No wonder he's wearing gloves!!
A great find and capture, Graham.

HobbitDave Plus
14 10 10 England
25 Sep 2022 11:20PM
He’s been at the methylated spirits again!! ‘Ooooh mama he’s. too hot to handle’ sort of music. Looks like he too will have an epiphany when the bottom brass curve heats up and scorches his trousers! Sort of Hendrix with a Tuba style visual.

Dave 🙂
richmowil Plus
14 505 3 England
25 Sep 2022 11:53PM
Great spot and image Graham.
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
26 Sep 2022 12:07AM
I photographed a piper in Edinburgh with flames come out his three drones on his bagpipes. They must be playing the same tune, hot music? Well captured, Graham, and nicely presented.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2022 7:25AM
The way the face is hidden - it immediately reminded me of Magritte's green tomato. Pure surrealism. And the angle is the photographer's choice... Smile
saltireblue Plus
12 13.5k 83 Norway
26 Sep 2022 8:17AM
Is he somebody's old flame, discarded like a moth-eaten old cardigan?
26 Sep 2022 8:49AM

Quote:And the angle is the photographer's choice...

Given the crowds generally and not least the tight cluster of bemused and amused admirers he was attracting this was the only angle I could get! Mind you, I must admit to be being pleased with the effect!. 🤣 Thanks for the Magritte link ... that hadn't occurred to me! 😀
Many thanks for the gong ... oh happy day! ... will PM later.
26 Sep 2022 9:09AM
Love it Graham, well someone had to go one better than candle in the wind didn't they!
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2022 9:18AM
Hot stuff to be found on the streets of London! Brilliant ... and love your blurb.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1974 England
26 Sep 2022 12:10PM
His 'beaconicity' (yes, they did use that word. Send them to the Tower, say I) shines out!
26 Sep 2022 12:24PM
'Beaconicity' ???!!!??? Really ??? !!! Well, that one passed me by - and I can't say I'm sorry.
AŁ$0les! 🥴🙃
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1974 England
26 Sep 2022 12:35PM
It was in the era of banning the term 'brainstorm' - on the grounds that it might be upsetting for people with mental issues.

Sometimes, people set themselves up for being rubbished. (That's a throwaway line...)
26 Sep 2022 1:03PM

Quote:Sometimes, people set themselves up for being rubbished. (That's a throwaway line...)

Splendid ... keep 'em coming! 🤣
12 5.7k 130 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2022 1:51PM
Extreme heartburn one suggests. Great point of view and capture and one stuffed with hundreds of possible narratives or one-liners.

Regards Nathan
mistere Plus
9 23 7 England
26 Sep 2022 1:58PM
Had me confused there for a while. He has a very unusual barbeque but for
the life of me I couldn't see any Bacon. Blush
All is well now though, I re-read the title.
Old faithful and his gas powered youphoneyermon.
Splendidly bonkers SmileSmile QE2 would be amused.
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
26 Sep 2022 3:25PM
Reminds me of Rene Magritte. I love his work, and I love this, Graham, a flaming brilliant find! 😃👍
Trev 😀
Fefe Plus
11 82 49 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2022 3:43PM
He will have lots of bookings to play in the front rooms of the land, come November when we are all freezing to high heaven......

I can see a profile of a face in that brass instrument, actually there is two if you invert it, either way they are both looking a bit miserable.
Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
26 Sep 2022 8:13PM
He's a regular on the Southbank . . .
26 Sep 2022 8:33PM

Quote:He's a regular on the Southbank . . .

Many thanks for this - nice to have some insider knowledge! 🙂
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2022 11:08PM
Excellent image...
Isabel GrinGrin
28 Sep 2022 10:12AM
Excellent, Graham.

John Smile
Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2022 5:01PM
Lolling in a hospital bed is probably not the
best place to view this. Far too much gas ⛽️ around.
Peter GrinGrin

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