Saturday in the Park
Story and photos by Tom Weber
I know 10 Downing Street is around here somewhere.
youre reading this post and on that side of The Pond attending
the London 2012 Olympics, lucky you and your turf accountant, too; or
as the MPs inside Westminster Hall would exclaim, Brilliant!
If, however, youre one of the 6.5 billion or so not in attendance,
hang with me anyway and file this note away for future reference.
Is it look left or look right?
I guess Ill know the answer
IF I make it across the street.
Heres an inexpensive tourist idea to keep you
focused in between relays on the track and in the
water. Im talking about a self-designed photo shoot to the largest
grass area in Central London,
not too far from the winners of gold, silver and bronze; and those now
agonizing, or soon to be, with defeat.
The Royal Parks
Now, why is everyone calling me govnor?
Ive never run for office before.
Our photo-shoot destination is The Regents Park
(TRP) actually Londoners drop the The and just call
it Regents Park the greenest spot in all of Central London
and one of The Royal Parks.
It was King Henry VIII who appropriated TRP for his
personal hunting ground beasts, not women and a place
for his horses to stretch their legs. If the "Hankster" were
around today, he wouldnt even recognize it the stylish
and well-manicured gardens, parents and their kids taking a leisurely
stroll, joggers of all speeds racing by, loads of sports fields at The
Hub waiting to be booked, restaurants, cafes, an open-air theatre
and the world-class London Zoo.
L Mind the gap, I mean grass. R Is
that a tea rose?
Its summertime. A Saturday in the park. Just a
bit more than a fortnight past the colonialists Fourth
Flowers of every color are in full bloom. Fountains
have all been buffed, polished and pigeon residue removed. Ducks and
swans have landed safely and quack and splash in the small lakes and
ponds that dot the landscape. And, best of all, most of the gray gloom
has lifted, at least for a while.
L Look, thats one of the swans the
blokes writing about. R Not much in there, just a few bob.
What do you say we (me, virtually because IM NOT
THERE) take off the lens cap, meander around and take a few shots? Okay
Five hours later -- which is way more than twice
the time itll take to run the Olympic marathon -- and included
consuming a large plate of bangers
and mash along with a few pints of Fullers London Pride,
heres some of what we shot:
(The) Regents Park Everything you
need to know is just one click away at: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park.
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