Interactive Issue


Although the wind has lessened, it is still not conducive to clearing up. In addition to the breakages,

Burnt begonia 1Burnt begonia 2

this is what windburn can do, for example to the leaves and blooms of a begonia.

We did water all the containers and dead head many roses. Perhaps we will be able to do repair work tomorrow.

This morning I scanned the last few of the 1984 London Transport Photographic Competition colour negatives.

Young woman reading on platform 1984

I hope this young woman was not so engrossed in her magazine as to miss her train. Much research has gone into public signage since the 1960s. I believe the station name Battersea Park is in Gill Sans font, considered to be easiest to read on the move.

Boy and girl kicking cans 1984Boy kicking can 1984

Somewhat out of sequence, here are two more shots of the budding footballers kicking cans in Tooting High Street. I wonder if the lad still sports an earring?

Now, back to transport. It would seem to be a good idea, when in a bus station, such as Victoria, to ask a bus driver for directions. This isn’t necessarily so. I enjoyed speculating about the conversation that ensued when two young women did just that. Perhaps you would like to join me, and suggest suitable captions to this sequence.

Bus driver giving directions 1 1984


Bus driver giving directions 2 1984


Bus driver giving directions 3 1984


Bus driver giving directions 4 1984


Bus driver giving directions 5 1984


Bus driver giving directions 6 1984


Flower stall 1 1984

This flower stall is long gone from the station precinct. Having paused for his photograph,

Flower stall 2 1984

the young male customer may well have said to the stall-holder: ‘Smile, you are on camera’. Or………?

Bus Inspector and pedestrian 1984

Is this weary looking traveller attempting to glean information from the bus inspector seeking the relevant information from his breast pocket? What do you think?

This evening we dined on succulent chicken Kiev, creamy mashed potatoes, new potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and green beans; followed by strawberry tart and cream. Neither of us imbibed.

65 responses to “Interactive Issue”

  1. I agree with Cynthia. Such interesting photography of slices of life to look back and ponder upon. Good luck with the repairs for the garden. I am not sure I ever heard about windburn before. We always learn a lot from your posts 🙂

  2. Dude, we need chocolate.
    How about Choconut? They have cronuts that are almost the size and density of a human head.
    Do they have chocolate cream pie?
    No, but they have delicious hot chocolate that’s topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkles.
    Can you give us directions before we faint from lack of chocolate?
    Follow the direction of my finger.

  3. PHOTO 1 – Hey pretty girls. I am hiding my Hitler mustache so you won’t be afraid to talk to me.
    PHOTO 2 – Just kidding – Look! I don’t even have mustache!
    PHOTO 3 – I can sing like Pavarotti, though. LAAAAAA
    PHOTO 4 – Thank you, thank you.
    PHOTO 5 – But sir, we were just looking for the bus stop.
    PHOTO 6 – Oh, it’s up there. I’ll be there in a few minutes. See you then.

  4. It is so sad to hear about the damage to the garden we watched to grow. We need to put your property under a dome. (oops, maybe that’s a bit too much Stephen King- like, eh?)

  5. What a shame about the wind. We too had wind–a haboob last night. That is a major dust storm (if you don’t know) that blankets the city. Our yard was spared from the worst of the damage, but the air inside the house even tasted like dirt! Dinner sounds delicious!!!

  6. Sorry about your blooms and all…you seem to get a fair amount of stormy weather. I enjoyed your city photos–the young boy playing with the can reminded me of our neighborhood fun with Kick the Can way back when… and the bus driver and the young women–you know there is a whole story there in my head! The flower stall scenes are lovely–we have a few on the streets here. A good post.

  7. All the more reason to appreciate those perfect blooms that you’d captured in the past. I feel for you but we must be philosophical.

    There’s an interesting series of animated images – If you’d taken a video we might try to lip read for caption but I’m on sick leave and the creative juices have run dry. 🙁

  8. That final shot reminded me of On the Buses. The British television that ended up being broadcast in Canada and America ( on PBS and TVO) created quite an interesting media construction of British society. 🙂

  9. In the last photo the traveller seems to be behind the bus inspector and still walking forward. I imagine if the traveller had made a verbal query and had received a reply, he would be closer to the camera? What do you think? I suppose there are 2 ways of looking at the photo i.e. the bus inspector had moved a few steps closer to the camera and then decided to put away whatever he had taken out of his inner pocket.
    Of course, the inspector and traveller could be merely strangers on the street and have no connection at all 🙂

    Just as… the scene of a crime, 20 witnesses might give 20 completely different descriptions of what happened and what the perpetrator looked like.

  10. The typeface isn’t Gill Sans: more like Helvetica. A version similar to Gill Sans, created by ?Robert ?Johnson, who worked with [Eric] Gill (possibly in Ditchling, Sussex, but maybe nearer London at that stage), was commissioned, or at least debuted, on London Underground in about 1916. Not sure which face came first, but they’re clearly from the same stock.
    Caption of the 1st photo: “Hey, girls! Don’t look now, but there’s a fuzzy, ghostly bloke right behind you”.
    At which point I run out of inspiration.
    I knew what a haboob was I read my Biggles books as a kid, you see [they were littered with native words, to give them a quasi-authenticity. Did you ever notice how, whenever characters in fiction engage with someone foreign to them, the foreigner speak the “hero”‘s language really well, all except for the simple words like “Yes”, “No”, and various insults and stuff. These were the bits of a foreign language we used to learn FIRST, when I was at school. Strange, huh?  🙂 ]

  11. You kindly confirmed for me the other day where Victoria station is, so I’m guessing the driver said something like, “Yeah, Liz is down that way. Big house on the left. Can’t miss it.”

  12. I loved the menu for dinner chicken Kiev, creamy mashed potatoes, new potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and green beans; followed by strawberry tart and cream. Again… must I say.. flawless pictures speaking for themselves… Loved it

  13. With a dinner like that, who needs to imbibe? 😉 Hope the gardens perk up after that dratted wind storm. Lovely street pictures of the comings and goings of people.

  14. No time now to think of captions, but I think it’s a really great idea! At one point the man looks a bit angry (to me) so I was trying to think of a story, but then, I realized I’d better get to work!

  15. Sorry to read about the wind storm Derrick and damage done – knowing you both, it will be in good order before too long. Love the photos of the flower stall, so classic and the weary traveler.

  16. I liked the sequence of the bus driver photographs but the one where the young women’s hair and profiles showed was my favorite of the set.
    I liked the flower stall proprietor and the handsome customer, they seem like out of a movie scene. Reminds me of the earlier era song s, “Georgie Girl” or “Hey, Jude.”

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