Monday, 6 April 2009

Believe it or not.....

Regular British police blog readers will have seen many photographs and much comment and personal viewpoints regarding the policing of the G20 demonstrations last week. It cost millions to police and thousands of police officers were involved from across the UK. Not just from the Metropolitan Police but those who were sent to the capital on mutual aid. There were also those left behind to police their own cities and towns with diminished numbers - life goes on regardless, but policing freedom is expensive and this country of ours has a mere 136,000 officers to look after over 65 million of us plebs. As a minor diversion from last week and of the earlier posts of the violent clashes outside the Israeli Embassy a couple of months ago, I thought I'd post up a few pics I took with my mobile phone on Saturday. This is a nice little spot in London where, if your feet are hot and tired, you can paddle in an oasis of tranquility and Victorian splendour, not 5 minutes walk from Harrods, not 200 paces from the busy Brompton Road. It doesn't get much more `London` than this. Yet no traffic will you hear. Cost? Nothing. Value? Priceless. Oh, and a meal at The Star of India, what a day.

4 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

You should have said you were coming down - I would have been more than happy to take tea with you. Or bought you a pint of Pride..!

Blue Eyes said...

In reply to your main point: it is amazing how localised these things are. On Wednesday I had to run an errand not far from where it was all kicking off in the City. Unless you had been reading the news you would not have known anything was happening a few streets away. It was just a normal spring day.

powdergirl said...

Well, that's just beautiful ! Very nice of you of you to post some contrast pictures HD.
My niece is living in the heart of London and I'd begun to worry a bit about her choice.
Hah, I'll have to visit her and have a look at that lovely spot, maybe twiddle my toes is the pool!

Hogday said...

Tell her to just stroll through the main entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum and walk straight ahead and out the far doors. And take her sandwitches and a flask! A great lunch spot (and free entry).