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Filipino healthcare workers and supporters protesting against derogatory xenophobic articles published by the Daily mail. Outside the Daily Mail's HQ, Northcliffe House, London.

I joined Filipino healthcare workers yesterday protesting outside the London HQ of the Daily Mail, after that newspaper published a derogatory, xenophobic article about Filipino nurse recruitment to the UK.
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O2 / Millennium Dome. London.
The venue. Renamed after its current sponsor but I still think of it as the Millennium Dome. I last visited it when it was a shiny new rather eccentric white elephant of a previous government. It's faded a bit now, like me, and its neo-modernist forms are almost weather-beaten enough to pass as actual decayed 1960s modernism. There is a newer cable car over the Thames next to it, which has also proved a commercial white elephant. I couldn't resist it, of course. So, with a few hours to spare I crossed over industrial wastelands and the old Golden Syrup factory to what used to be docklands and is now a sterile, expensive housing estate, mostly devoid of people. It made me feel sad. An experiment in wealth attraction that has failed to attract anything other than wealth. I rode back over to the Dome in search of human life and found it heaving with 20,000 fellow Monty Python fans queuing for food and beer, and giant neo-Victorian Terry Gilliam sets. Yes! Then it began.....
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Southwark cathedral, London, viewed from the Shard.

An afternoon well spent within a small area around London Bridge railway station.
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London photo fair. 26/02/2012

My first visit to the London Photo Fair today. Lots of dealers from all over Europe, especially France and Belgium. Some really impressive stuff on offer but mostly out of my price range. What do people do with large, fragile old photos costing hundreds of pounds, exactly? I suppose if I was a rich man I'd have a room full of them in filing cabinets. I came across a fascinating album of German marines in China in the 1910s. The dealer quoted me "twenty fifty" which quite surprised me and I prepared to hand over the cash. "No, two thousand and fifty" he clarified. He found that very entertaining. I told him I would save up.

Luckily, there were a few cartes de visite in the under-£5 bracket that I was able to afford. I like the floppy child and the woman with the huge bustle especially.....

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