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Poor old lions. No wonder they look fed up. Trafalgar Square is now the venue for naff pop concerts and sports events which are projected onto huge screens. As well as weekly protests etc. it's no longer the friendly family and tourist attraction it used to be. Sad
(BTW, I prefer V2 but V1 went better with my grumble as it had more background rubbish in it. Smile)

And while I'm on my soapbox, has anyone seen the travesty which is the new Cutty Sark? It's now surrounded by an ugly glass building so you can't see the underneath of the ship unless you go inside, and which of course also houses a gift shop. And rather than be able to get uninterruped views of the Thames, three flamin' greasy hamburger joints and the like have been plonked right on the riverside in front of the ship. They've totally ruined the area. Well, that's my opinion anyway.

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2012 - 10:26 AM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Fings ain't wot they used to be
Username:SlowSong SlowSong
Uploaded:22 Jun 2012 - 11:23 AM
Tags:General, Just flamin' fed up with the way London's going, Landscape / travel, London, Photo journalism, Tourism
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franken Plus Member 133638 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 11:47 AM

Version 2 for me. I'm not in London very often but I can relate to what you're saying as things like this appear to be happening everywhere!


nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 12:04 PM

V2 works better for me!

pamelajean Critique Team 9930 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1756 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 12:34 PM

You've a right to get onto your soapbox, Chris, maybe you could organise a protest in Trafalgar Square to complain about what goes on thereWink?????
Still, you managed to get some shots of the fed-up looking lions, and fine shots they are.
Reminds me of my last visit to The Victory at Portsmouth when there was scaffolding and sheets across her stern gallery, and all I could shoot were the side ends. Then, to cap it all, her figurehead had been removed, suffering from significant rot, and will be replaced by a replicaSad . So sad.

rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 12:35 PM

Have to agree Chris ( haven't seen the Cutty Sark yet ) how do these vendors ( I use the term lightly !! ) get licences. Any way like your to the point angles !!

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 1:06 PM

good old london ... never is complacent
keeps us all on our toes/ or in your case soap box.
aata Chris

woolybill1 Plus Member 9woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 1:09 PM

I am entirely on your side, Chris. Your interpretation of the lions' mood is undoubtedly correct.
I have never visited the Cutty Sark; now I probably never shall. I suppose it is now designated the Cutty Sark Experience, the killer concept in my eyes.
Next year I hope to visit HMS Belfast - unless that has been turned into an Experience, of course . . .

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8791 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1276 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 1:32 PM

Amen. Amen. I'll have to watch myself or I'll be up on my soap box. Particularly about naff pop concerts.
It's not just your end of the country. The big reception at Alnwick Castle for the Olympic Torch arriving in the County was an opportunity to celebrate local culture. We could have had Northumbrian pipes, school bands. Instead we had an hour of non-stop advertising thinly camouflaged as bargain-basement children's entertainment...

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 1:55 PM

I agree about Trafalgar Square Chris! When I was in London a week or so ago I had planned to do a bit of street photography there as it's been a fruitful place for me, but no - as you say, the whole area has been ringed off by horrid metal fences. It is a complete eyesore now! I don't know about the Cutty Sark as I haven't been there for years - but I can imagine the horror from your description!
PS Grrrrrrr!

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TJC63  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 2:13 PM

Caged Lions spring to mind! I agree whole heartedly with your comments... Parliament Square is another location spoilt by constant protest... very sad.

CaroleS  5289 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 2:55 PM

I really agree, what a shame some of the classic views are now eclipsedSad Two good images.

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 2:56 PM

I wouldn't know London if I ever went back there, Chris, what with all the new buildings, glad to remember it as it was Smile Carol

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 3:40 PM

I know what you mean Chris.
Edinburgh is ''ruined'' during the Festival with the
amount of tat and crap that is going on !!
Last year a boatload of illegal immigrants landed at Leith Docks from Pakistan.
They lasted only an hour before they begged the ships captain to take them back home again !!

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 3:53 PM

I could join you on your soapbox, too, Chris! And you're right, fings ain't what they used to be!
At one time you could wander freely around the Abbey at Whitby, where I was last week, and although the whole area is surrounded by a fairly high wall, there were gateways to allow you into the site for free. Then someone in their wisdom decided to block the whole thing off, renovate a derelict building outside the walls, and convert it into a Visitor Centre, which have to pay to go into to gain access to the Abbey! Sad
Anyway, off my soapbox now - this lion of yours doesn't look to happy about the whole thing, does he?!! Wink
Trev Smile

pascalg Plus Member 837 forum postspascalg vcard France
22 Jun 2012 - 4:14 PM

prefer #1
fine capture!

jonwebber  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 4:38 PM

Make room on that box for me please!

SlowSong Plus Member 75489 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 5:12 PM

Glad I'm not being Mrs Grumpy on my own, but what a shame everything goes the way of cheap tat. But once the cat's out of the bag, as they say ..... SadSadSad

Cor  6 Belgium
22 Jun 2012 - 6:32 PM

I do not know this place.So V2 for me *****

posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2012 - 6:58 PM

I'd swap with a lion for a day...get my head nicely polished for free....I am with you on that soapbox....everything is going the same way. V2 is my choice


22 Jun 2012 - 7:44 PM

i,m a London black cabbie. so i know what you mean! i,m sick of it to. V1 for me. Steve.


Can't really comment on TS as not on my radar.. Like the profile of the lion in V2

Last Modified By Michaela_Solway at 22 Jun 2012 - 9:12 PM
RysiekJan Plus Member 9184 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 - 9:51 PM

Like the way you've included the grey skies, adds a sombre mood to the images.


VivienO  5 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 - 11:12 PM

Full of interest. Love the grey and blue tones

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 6:50 AM

It does one good to get on your soapbox now and again but there seems to be ever more reasons to do so! Well composed blend here of the ancient and modern.


Ade_Osman  124521 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 11:12 AM

Anything to get you to part with your hard earned pennies........I'm just glad I live out in the sticks!
I had a chance to go to a premier event at the Olympics on a freebie, the only downside was I had to find accommodation......Not that I'd have gone anyway, I can't stick having to go to London on any day, but to try and find somewhere to kip & park was a complete joke!


Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 3:11 PM

Completely agree with you here Chris, a real 'bumma' like the two images to convey the message
and go for V2 as a little more like the London I love to visit...but staying clear until those ''games'' are done with
then will book myself a night up there and enjoy two days

KingBee Plus Member 9429 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2012 - 3:32 PM

You should see Edinburgh. Tat City.



ChiliMan Plus Member 9135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2012 - 5:34 PM

Yep...V2 is the handsomer shot but V1 definitely highlights the cause of the grumble better. And I wouldn't even call it a grumble. Yours is a very justified BAH, Chris. It's such a shame when iconic things and places are forced succumb to tat. When class gets overshadowed by crass.


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