Winter is icummen in, Lhude sing Goddamm*.

Of course, if we look at the calendar, it’s been with us for some time now… but, until recently, you wouldn’t have known it. Flowers sprouting up and trees budding out in bloom, it’s as if it was really Spring!

Until this past week.

BOOM!

A little blast of air showed up (“Beast of the East?” Seriously?) and dumped Serious Winter on most of Europe and the UK went crazy with the sudden appearance of cold temperatures and lots of white stuff on everything.

Londoners, and the tourists therein, were scrambling to deal with this seemingly new phenomenon.

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I was amused by the response… I think my friends in Scotland were suffering from the temperatures more than down here… still…

Not all were deterred: witness these brave souls…

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No café racers here…
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Requisite folding bike rider photograph

I haven’t seen so much down gear since I left Alaska and you’d think that Canada Goose was a local brand in this town.

Fur, both fake and otherwise, was much in evidence, too.

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Burrrrrrrrrberry!

Or enjoying the scenery…

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But some of us were getting some work done… Isaia is a young Israeli photographer, shooting film. We got in to a great discussion about it as he was using one of my favorite little 35mm SLRs, the Olympus OM-1.

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Film rocks, too!

Keep up the good work!

The Tube was a great equalizer, although we were all worrying about impending delays and cancellations.

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(I loved her cut… really wanted to get more photos… )

Friday was Holi, so I’m going to close with some local color…

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The local market in Southall
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One of the clothing store windows
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Billboard

 

So, until next time, a bientôt!

*https://genius.com/Ezra-pound-ancient-music-annotated

 

 

Author: alfonsoelsabio

Citoyen du monde: Photographer, librarian/archivist/academic, musician, and writer... I've lived in, or visited, every state in the US except South Dakota and Hawaii.