Where London Comes to Life

A bit of a bold claim by the London Evening Standard.   

I'm not sure that you can call these guys news vendors, as they don't actually sell anything:  the Evening Standard is a free newspaper.

We were in London today to visit "The Great British Seaside"  exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.  This is a hugely enjoyable and entertaining exhibition of photographs by four great British photographers - Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts, celebrating the British love of the seaside.  It is a great record of typical seaside scenes, filled with humour.  The activities haven't changed a great deal over the years covered (from the 1960s to the present), but the clothing certainly has.  (You no longer expect to see long overcoats and trilbys on the beach.)

The exhibition continues until the end of the month and is highly recommended.

(One little comment: apart from the photographs by Simon Roberts and the very recent photographs by Martin Parr, very few of the images had level horizons.  I'm sure club judges would criticise them for that, but the value and interest of the stories and scenes captured far outweigh this minor "fault".)

While in Greenwich, I spotted people trying to capture a glimpse of the hull of the Cutty Sark through the darkened glass of the museum windows (see extra).  I think the restricted view is intended to tempt you to pay for entry and see the ship properly.

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