The Commissioner’s launch – with flag
We took a boat trip on the River Thames.
We were in the Commissioner’s launch. It was all very English – or perhaps I should say ‘British’: when we were near the Thames flood barrier we had tea and digestive biscuits. As we sipped our tea we looked up at a glum grey sky. The river, too, was grey – so grey that it might have been moved to hang itself.
The tea was served in beautiful white china cups – with saucers for added elegance.
Note: The Commissioner’s launch, the flag of which features in the photograph, is in the service of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan police.
Football pitch – without the players
As I passed the deserted football pitch I imagined the players and their supporters and I imagined all their passion – the love and hate – the firing range of feeling – and I thought of Freud’s remark:
“It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive manifestations of their aggressiveness.”
As I walked on, now accompanied by the ghosts of footballers, the phantoms of a thousand crowds, I thought of the strange delights of camaraderie …
Note: The quote is taken from Sigmund Freud in: ‘Civilisation and its discontents‘, Chapter 5
Project Belgrano: The lady in blue
‘Hello. Oh, for heaven’s sake: a wrong number.‘
Note: The photograph shows Nadege Adlam as Margaret Thatcher (or someone rather like her) in the play ‘Project Belgrano‘. The photograph was taken by an in-house photographer at the Rich Mix Arts Centre, Autumn 2014.
Nadege Adlam in ‘Project Belgrano’
‘You can’t survive as an island alone …’
[Note: The photograph was taken by an in-house photographer during the performance at Rich Mix, London of ‘Project Belgrano’, a play by Nadege Adlam and Paul Mauch.]