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my ‘on the way to work’ free stuff haul

my ‘on the way to work’ free stuff haul

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Exiting Victoria Station and walking along Victoria Street in the morning is beginning to resemble the bit in Airplane when Kramer (wrong week to quite smoking) enters the terminal to be accosted by various religious groups and people trying to give him stuff which he beats out of the way.

For example, today I got a fortune cookie in which I could win a flight to Hong Kong, a flyer for the new Michael Moore film by a girl dressed as a nurse who said ‘call in sick’ when she gave it too me. And a new men’s mag thing by, erm, a guy in a cap, that I only took because it’s got heroes on the cover.

There was also a giant Miami Dolphins NFL player in the station itself, but I wasn’t entirely sure what they were marketing… trips to Florida maybe?

Man on the line at Clapham Junction

Man on the track at Clapham Junction

After taking this picture I was told ‘not to look this way’ buy a member of Southern rail staff. ‘Why’ I said. ‘It’s the rules’. ‘Who’s rules?’ I asked ‘You can’t stop us from looking’. I slowly began to move away. Moments later the female British Transport Police office third from the left in the photo felt the need to cross over the tracks from the other platform to challenge me. ‘Do you think it’s right to take pictures of a dying man, who’s probably not going to make it?’ ‘Well I am a photographer and work for the media’ I replied. At that her much bigger colleague moved in as well as the two Southern rail staff and I was ‘encouraged’ to move away. Just look at those firemen, what are they doing if not ‘rubbernecking’?

Was I right to take it? I think so. If only to highlight the exemplary work of the emergency services in trying to save the mans life. I was speaking to another passenger who said that he’d been told that the guy had been drunk, stumbling around on the platform, and then fallen on to the live rail. So be careful after you’ve had a few. I honestly hope he pulls through.

Fresh in my mind was the recent story of photographer Alan Lodge who came a cropper with the law while photographing an armed robbery. The irony of the case was that Lodge helped draft the guidelines used by the Police for dealing with the press. There’s more on Alan’s blog here The whole public/private debate is at a critical stage right now. See my notes on a talk given by media lawyer Rupert Grey at the BAPLA picture buyers fair for more on the subject.

It seems we live in an age when Pete Doherty can get away with possessing class A drugs for the umpteenth time but people can’t take photographs.

Litter – bugs – me

Today I got on the 09:27 Watford Junction train from Clapham Junction, and sit down to read the Metro and listen to my iPod. The guy sat on the table opposite is eating a pastry and drinking a coffee. When we get to Olympia, I get up slowly, as does he. I let him go first into the isle to which he says ‘thanks’.

I tap him on the shoulder and say, ‘are you going to take your rubbish?’ as he’s just left the cup and scrunched up bag on the table, ‘no’ he says, ‘so you’re just going to leave it there?’ ‘yeah’ he says and moves to get off the train ‘what a dick’ I say loudly. The rest of the sheep like passengers shuffle off the train and don’t say anything. He was a smart looking 40-something in shirt and trousers and with a briefcase, you expect it off kids but not older professional people. What sort of a fucked up world are we living in when people eat organic muffin’s and skinny lattes and then litter the place? Litter really pisses me off, especially when there’s a bin on the train.

It looks even worse on some bits of the tube.

In other news… Anyone want to run the BBC homepage?! Perks include sitting next to me and standard un-competitive BBC salary (remember, you’ll do it for the luuurve). Closing date 6th August.

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