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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I have to thank the RMT for deciding to strike, as it's rekindled my urge to wander semi-randomly through the streets of London on my way home. This week's walking led me into Brompton Cemetery, which is firmly fenced off from the surrounding (posh) neighbourhood. As soon as you enter it, the curtain of silence slams shut behind you. The heavy traffic just a few metres from the entrance sounds miles away. It is quiet and empty here. Well, except for all the dead people, of course.

When I walk in the evenings in London, most of the people I see are men. They don't have bags of groceries, they're not talking into phones, and they haven't just finished running, like most of the women. Their walking doesn't seem to have a purpose. They either don't look at me or they stare openly. They carry a restless energy with them that I can feel from across the road, even the older ones.

It occurs to me as I leave the cemetery that from this ravaged gravestone, I now know more about this man than I do about the hundreds of living ones I have just encountered.

Sunset
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[User Picture]From: thirdbird
2009-06-18 13:01 (UTC)
I love the lighting in these photos. Amazing.
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From: pbristow
2009-06-18 18:21 (UTC)
Photos by nanila; Lighting by God. =;o}
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-18 21:57 (UTC)
No no. Lighting by the Sun interacting with the atmosphere.
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From: pbristow
2009-06-18 22:29 (UTC)
Ah, gottya.

And photos by the interaction of photons with spectrum-specific photoelectric materials, connected to a mass-produced DSP chip and RAM.

We can credit the artist or the process, but let's at least be consistent...
=>:o?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-18 21:58 (UTC)
I just happened to pop in there at the right time to take these. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2009-06-18 17:28 (UTC)
This may sound odd, but I really like it in there. Nice and quiet, and well suited as part of a rambling walk.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-18 21:59 (UTC)
It's incredibly calming after the busyness of Brompton Road, isn't it.
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From: pbristow
2009-06-18 18:23 (UTC)
"It is quiet and empty here. Well, except for all the dead people, of course."

...And some nights, *those* guys just *won't shut up*!

(Or is it just me they do that to?)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-18 22:11 (UTC)
Is there any correlation between these incidents and your beer consumption?
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From: pbristow
2009-06-18 22:33 (UTC)
I'm not sure. I'd need to do a double-blind study to get a reliable judgement on that. Hang on... [TIES A HANKY ROUND EYES; THEN ANOTHER ONE OVER THE TOP; PICKS UP NEAREST SIX PACK (WITH SURPRISINGLY LITTLE FUMBLING) AND HEADS (APPROXIMATELY) TOWARD THE GRAVEYARD]


Edited at 2009-06-18 10:43 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2009-06-18 18:25 (UTC)
Holy crap, these are awesome pictures. I desperately need to forward this to morbidloren - do you mind?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-18 22:09 (UTC)
I don't mind. Am chuffed you think highly of them, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-06-19 00:41 (UTC)
i really like these, especially the first one.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-19 06:43 (UTC)
Thank you. That's my favourite, too.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2009-06-19 03:23 (UTC)
These are absolutely gorgeous. I can't stop looking at them.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-19 06:49 (UTC)
Thank you. I didn't spend all that much time composing them. That's my rule when I walk: shoot fast. If I can't get it right in under a minute, I delete and move on. It works fairly well and keeps the volume down.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-06-19 14:06 (UTC)
Freaky guys. Some guys make me nervous going past. I was surrounded by a group of neds in a lane once and they leered threateningly as I walked through. It was pretty horrible.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-06-22 18:07 (UTC)
I really don't understand how people get pleasure out of behaving that way. Isn't intimidating a woman walking alone a bit like shooting fish in a barrel?
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-06-22 21:53 (UTC)
Yeah, but these people are weird. We can't understand what goes on in their heads. I used to think everyone was fundamentally the same when it comes down to decency and morals and stuff, then I learned that they're not and it is impossible to understand some people.
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