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Red, white and blue

I’m sure it wont have escaped your notice (especially if you’re in GB right now) that jubilee fever is in full swing! That’s why there’s rain forecast. D’oh.

oxford street, london - jubilee (polaroid)

Look at Oxford Street – pretty, huh! I was actually splap bang in the middle of the road taking this (hence the dodgy composition) – and was very nearly squished by a big red bus. That scared the pants off me so I tried another from the side of the road (see below), I was still a bit shaky so nipped into Starbucks for a calming cappuccino. Plus two extra shots. I know!

more of oxford street, london - jubilee (polaroid)

The union jack flag has had many negative connotations over the years so it’s good to see it being claimed back by ordinary people, whatever their background, and far, far away from the nasty grabbing  hands of the racist bastards ultra right-wing. For all my lifetime if you flew a union jack flag people immediately labelled you as the aforementioned, now they just think you’ve splashed out on some pretty bunting from M&S. Much better!

stratford, london - jubilee band (polaroid)

Anyway, I’m a great lover of shared experiences (and parties) so happily joined in with the whole experience of the pre-jubilee build-up going on in London. Especially as it tended towards eating lots of Victoria sponge cake (shouldn’t we rename this an Elizabeth sponge now)? And of course an having extra day off work!

Happy jubilee, peeps!

All photos taken with Polaroid SX-70 and 600 film

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  • Reply
    Life with Kaishon
    2 June 2012 at 21:23

    It is a very beautiful flag for certain!

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    4 June 2012 at 09:28

    I’m kind of glad to see the flag being reclaimed too but still can’t quite get the “nationalist” over-tones out of my mind. Unfortunately, I think the… what did you call them? …the racist bastards have ruined it for me for good. Still, your pictures look very 1970s and therefore pre-UKIP (or whathever they call themselves now – I’ve been out of the country for a while). And somehow that helps my brain (or my “brian” as I just typed) acknowledge them as being really rather lovely.

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    11 June 2012 at 16:48

    I can picture you taking that top photo. I dont think I would have been brave enough to go for it, the buses in London are scary!

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