Fings ain't wot they used to be

By SlowSong
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.

Tags: Photo journalism London General Tourism Landscape and travel Just flamin fed up with the way Londons going

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franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 11:47AM
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!


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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
22 Jun 2012 12:04PM
V2 works better for me!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1994 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 12:34PM
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
14 8 8 England
22 Jun 2012 12:35PM
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 9 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 1:06PM
good old london ... never is complacent
keeps us all on our toes/ or in your case soap box.
aata Chris
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 1:09PM
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 Plus
11 1.2k 1870 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 1:32PM
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
8 207 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 1:55PM
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!
TJC63 6 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 2:13PM
Caged Lions spring to mind! I agree whole heartedly with your comments... Parliament Square is another location spoilt by constant protest... very sad.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 2:55PM
I really agree, what a shame some of the classic views are now eclipsedSad Two good images.
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
22 Jun 2012 2:56PM
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 10 3 8 Scotland
22 Jun 2012 3:40PM
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
9 12 12 England
22 Jun 2012 3:53PM
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
10 37 France
22 Jun 2012 4:14PM
prefer #1
fine capture!
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 4:38PM
Make room on that box for me please!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
22 Jun 2012 5:12PM
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 9 Belgium
22 Jun 2012 6:32PM
I do not know this place.So V2 for me *****
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 6:58PM
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 7:44PM
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
22 Jun 2012 9:51PM
Like the way you've included the grey skies, adds a sombre mood to the images.

VivienO 8 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2012 11:12PM
Full of interest. Love the grey and blue tones
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
23 Jun 2012 6:50AM
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 14 4.5k 36 England
23 Jun 2012 11:12AM
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
8 22 17 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 3:11PM
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
11 527 2 Scotland
23 Jun 2012 3:32PM
You should see Edinburgh. Tat City.


ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Jun 2012 5:34PM
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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