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he's getting into it.  are you ?

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we don't know how many lawyers, but just the one stair

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this is a famous auckland landmark.  and for good reason too

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this was in the gutter.  not sure if that's where roland ended up.

but the whole thing made me think of this

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i spotted this chap standing on his own doing some strange dancing at the station.  then he stopped.  but luckily he started again.  then the train came.  the end.

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i spotted my old colleague harry walking down the south bank so i did my classic paparatzi in his face and finally revealed myself from behind the camera.

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readers who have been following funkypancake since the olden days may remember harry from such classics as here and here and here and here

(no harry was harmed in the making of these photos)

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i'm sure this chap was just fishing to get in this photo by standing around in the background.  kezia looks worried

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i had lined myself up to take a picture of this strange wedding shop with it's lose 'A' and this small girl in a spooky cloak floated by.

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just after i'd taken the picture a police car whizzed by, but it didn't stop to arrest me.

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you might need to click on this to appreciate a bit bigger.  which tribe would you be in  ?  hear no evil, smell no evil, see no evil moody dark clothes or brown sandled pastel colour clothes corner ?   i think i'd go sulky to the left.

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no idea what this was about.  i thought the church of the flourescent octopus was good in the background too

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not quite sure what is going on below.  and the tent is a bit out of context in the photo above.

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i went to see the Rodchenko exhibition on friday and was inspired to take this photo.  it was only afterwards i noticed the girls with balloons on the top left.

everyday sights in london town

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this was a half accidental optical illusion.  i was actually trying to take a picture down a gap in the footway to the right, but missed.

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according to the polish taxi driver who picked me up from heathrow to take me back home after my warsaw trip, people in Poland have their wedding photos on a different day to their actual wedding. As a result they are a lot more relaxed and can be more 'set up'. He knew this as he was going back to Poland to get married (today in fact i think)

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when i was in poland last week i got to explore Park Lazienkowski which was lovely

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there were lots of people having their wedding photos which made for a great spectator sport.

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you can see what this place looks like from the sky on google maps

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even as i left there were more pouring in !

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i crossed over the road rather than walk past these two and be given a leaflet. i'm probably not in their target demograph or something.

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the model's boyfriend wasn't quite so sure about this photography lark.
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i'm currently doing a short nightschool course on studio portrait photography with Tony (not big eye). it's very good, and has revealed i'm essentially clueless on proper photography !

i was quite pleased with the photo above though, and the one below isn't bad. the subject is another chap on the course.

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and here we all are randomly photoing
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here's my homage to Going Underground's underground fashion thing. all people showed here allowed me to take their photo.

green hair is SO cool.
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very pointy shoes are cool too.
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this is a bit spooky. this chap is apparently walking in to a lamp post (rather than in to a lamp post)

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these chaps were being mozart-like in vienna to entice tourists in to concerts. they didn't look that bothered though.
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and things looked even worse a day later
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here is preacher dave and preacher steve.
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the mummy game
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the sponge game
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the pegs on a washing line game
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this chap was taking a picture of a litter picker-upper so i took a picture of him taking his pictures to show you. when he had finished photoing i explained that i too took pictures of random objects in the street

"why do you do that ?" he said
"to put on my website, funkypancake.com" i said
"how about you, why do you take pictures like that ?" i said
"because they don't have these kind of litter pickers in India and i've see lots of old people stooping over picking up litter and a device like this would really help them out." he said
"you're reasons are much nobler than mine" i said

and off we both went.

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what with him and the chap on monday i'm beginning to wonder if i'm not fullfilling my full potential

i had a chat with this chap who sat next to me on the tube yesterday afternoon. he'd found the flower you see here on the street and had picked them up and was taking them home.

he asked my opinion of them and we got chatting about street finds and my blog. he gave me a bit of a telling off for not picking up my finds and caring for them ("it would have been better if you had never seen them, than just take a picture and walk away - it's like taking pictures of war victims").

but when i showed him some of the pictures of the stuff i photograph he realised taking some of the things home would be impractical.

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anyway, he said he might be in touch via the website and he said hoped he'd be famous by his picture appearing here. which he probably is now.

so, hello mr flower-man if you're reading !

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two chaps up a cherry picker enjoying the view (cheeky cherry chaps perhaps)

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i think this works better bigger, so click to inspect. it was a lucky across the street shot, but would have been better without the chap in the white jacket.

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the chap in the 2nd floor window looked like he was out of a spy movie. so i took this photo very stealthily
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i walked up a hill in edinburgh yesterday afternoon just before sunset and got this nice silouhette of a person. he took the same kind of picture for the person ahead of him and so it goes on.
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the south bank is the new covent garden for buskers. this chap was particular energetic and made me laugh.
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click to get a better view of this one

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i tried to do this in 'a style' but i don't think it worked. great models though !



the sun hadn't risen by the time i left the house. a sure sign winter is on the way. getting to london early is great though as there's hardly anyone about.

one place i always see people is in this church entrance. outside-livers ('tramps' doesn't sound right) spend the night there and are often waking up to a new day as i walk past.

yesterday i noticed they'd even constructed a cardboard wall to create a private bed area. the white socks resting on the top particularly appealed.

earlier this week they had their newspapers delivered too i noticed. a pile of big issues turned up on a lorry for them to sell

this tourist was very happy for me to take a picture of him wearing two pairs of glasses. especially after i explained that i too often wear two pairs.


here's a scarey picture of three people all with strange red hair

it's potentially dangerous stuff this photography you know

isn't that just typcial, you go to a restaurant and everyone ends up wearing the same clothes. except they aren't quite the same are they readers.

can you put people in to pears ? can you put animals in oranges ? i don't think so.


i used to wear a coat like this. but i wore black skintight jeans with mine rather than red flares as seen here.

that's how i knew it wasn't me when i saw this person walk by in Brussels Grand Place.

here is a man dressed up as summer:

he had quite an effect on people around him. click this picture for a big version to see people's expressions:

what is it with seaside resorts and goths ? there's always loads of them milling around dressed in black and looking moody.

goths always make me smile. i used to be one but i wasn't very good because i was always smiling. i couldn't help it. we all looked so funny.

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this chap was busking on the streets of kings lynn a few days back. his guitar didn't have many strings and the ones it did weren't in tune. luckily he wasn't singing.

i can see myself taking this kind of role in years to come.


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i'd planned to go for my last long walk before the marathon in windsor park on saturday. unfortunately the pope's funeral meant Prince Charles moved his wedding to saturday and my walk got off to a very slow start as i battled through the crowds.

i decided to make the most of the event and get a few pictures.

here are some of the wedding watchers

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the big crowd

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enthusiastic salesmen
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father and son (this pictures says more about british society than any other i've taken i think !)

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this lady had a point to make. either that or she was 20-odd years late for Charles' last marriage.

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in Winchester we walked past a lady dressed like a tap. "that's got to be the worst job in the world" i thought to myself. until i spotted this chap standing next to her.

he's dressed as a toilet (and you can see tappy behind him in the big version)


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sometimes photos look better from the wrong side.


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this person looked way to cool to be in the middle of London's business centre. but what do i know.


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shortly after i took the photo this beefeater suddenly shot up to heaven.


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it's a job. but i imagine you're not allowed much creativity.

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it's amazing what you don't quite see when you walk through london parks at a very early hour.

this picture matched my eyes.

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it's a wooden man with a flourescent jacket. looks like he can be turned upsway down to get a negative version of himself.

very strange.

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here's a photo i've been saving since july. it's my christmas gift to you dear reader.

this couple very kindly let me take their photo in a scottish shopping centre. i suspect they might get asked this a lot as they instantly struck up this catalogue model pose.

they belong to the Clan Colquhoun (i wrote this down so i wouldn't forget) and were totally lovely people !

they made me smile and i hope they do the same to you on this jolliest of days.


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i tend to walk a bit faster than other people, especially on the way to or from the station.

in the morning there's usually not many people about but in the evening i sometime verge on the edge of pavement rage when i get stuck behind a group of wide-walkers with big bags (especially when i've timed my 38 minutes walk to get a specific train).

this evening i got stuck behind a pirate. but instead of getting angry i decided to ask if i could take a photo. so here it is.

there's a moral here (somewhere). And it's good to know pirates aren't as scary as they used to be.

i think they've been on a government pirate integration program.

and yes, i did miss my train.

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here is a waiter man in a bar.

we challenged him to a three way game of paper, scissors, stone. Although we didn't realise at the time.
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his prize for winning was letting him use my camera to take this photo of my work colleagues. note the appearance of long lost sara (once known as lady with cakes):
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this lady let me take a picture of her collecting money for phab. I don't often give money to street collectors as you can never be too sure where the money will end up.

But i made an exception for her as she looked fantastic, was really jolly, and was representing a good charity.

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i saw the scooby doo movie on sunday night. walking behind this lady rushing for my train i became convinced it was scooby in disguise.

as i went past i stole a glance. it wasn't.

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esther has a book called What Do People Do All Day?. it's very good and makes you wonder ... what people do all day.

our friends heather and clive run a professional chauffeur company called Executive Direct and transport people all over the place. clive was particularly excited this morning to tell me all about his new car, which seems more like a luxury ocean liner than a taxi.

i used to have a picture of it here, but i removed it for copyright reasons (related to archiving)

these two ladies had exactly the same clothes, and hair and backpacks and shoes and were walking in sync with each other.

unfortunately too many cars were in the way and i only got a clear shot when they turned the corner.

how strange it would be to have an identical twin.

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it's that time of year when new students have to do comedy things to prove they are new. here are a couple of rugby teams taped together in groups of four climbing up the stairs.

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this lady sells newspapers outside St Paul's Tube Station (why did Saint Paul need his own Tube Station ? Stations of the cross or something maybe).

anwyay, i'd seen her picture on another website recently so i mentioned this to her and she said in a really giggly voice "ooooh, i'm famous" !

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here is a strange chap/lady in a window i saw last night. i didn't go closer because i was slightly too scared.

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a friend is someone you can lean on.

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here is steve. we had lunch today and it was very good. so there.

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remember trolley man ? i haven't seen him for a while, but did this morning thanks to my decision to walk a different way this morning. i saw the man himself with a few trolleys, but here are a few other trolleys he had lined up around adjacent streets.

i love the fact there's a massive table on the one on the left:
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and this one is good enough to be a desktop picture. so click on it and help yourself !

these people pointed at me as i walked by so i took a photo of them enjoying looking at me. so we were all happy (though i was a little paranoid afterwards)

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the US and UK have a special relationship. so our politicians tell us.

here it is in practice. takes up a lot of space on the bench don't they ?

as a result of their 'special relationship' members of the public can't relax.

these chaps are made of chocolate. just like the real ones. churchill was renown for melting in front of a hot fire on winter's evening.

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it was the hurst horse show and contry fair this afternoon. bit wet but lots of fun. one of my favourite bits was this lady who did a turn dancing with her dog to lo-fi music over the tannoy system. it was quite remarkable.

but you would have guessed that to look at her.

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this lady was selling knives in a reputable department store so i don't think she was diddling people. But she was really funny to listen to. Partly her accent but mostly her patter.

she opened her pitch by saying "these are the world's most advertised knives" and along the way cut a chunk out of her bread board and the end off a hammer.

"these knives stay sharp forever, so you'll never have to buy another one" and then a few minutes later, "Buy one today and i'll give you two more for free, and i'll even throw in 2 other knives".

So, like i only need one of these for the rest of my life, but you are going to give me 5 ? Needless to say we didn't buy any, but i did enjoy the show !

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i spotted a lovely little old lady with a massive white hat on walking on the opposite side of the road. she looked so sweet i thought i should take her photo.

unfortunately on my first attempt my camera wasn't in focus and on my second attempt a bus turned up and a taxi drove by. a second later she was on the bus and long gone.

but you get the idea.

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after the car boot sale we went to the Southern Counties Game Fair. there were some fantastic characters there.

this bloke was watching his steam engines:
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and this bloke was poking a pack of beagles with a stick:
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here is elvis. he's a famous local character in the town of reading. he's also a really nice chap (despite being convinced he's elvis). when i used to live in reading town i used to take him to nighclubs with my friend paul and we all had a fantastic time !

here he is doing an elvis pose for the website

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what was i saying about the pixie people the other day (see comments) ? As soon as you believe they are there you start seeing them.

today was no exception. here is a pixie girl doing some shopping with a tin man in dungarees and a man in a skirt.

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this man is selling peacock feathers in tottenham court road. he doesn't speak much but did allow me to take his photo for the website for 50p.

moments before i'd seen a business man wearing a black cloak and an eye patch looking very bizarre. the two people passed within a few centimetres of each other and i half expected them to explode and/or suddenly disappear.

but they didn't. which is lucky. otherwise i wouldn't have got this picture for you.

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following the classic who is brother edd ? entry of a few days back, here is a Who Is Tony ? entry.

Tony often leaves comments. He's not Big Eye Tony. That's a different one.

This Tony comes round to our house with his family and looks a bit like Bill Gates. tony is a man and is married to his wife and has two girls aged the same as our two. so that's four things we have in common (note - i am married to my wife not his).

Here he is playing jane's guitar whilst listening to The Strokes' debut album. he hadn't heard their music (or album) before and so what he played did not resemble the music he heard. it was in the right key however.

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this tony also plays jenga (actually our poor copy version from a high street store, but some concept)

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this tony is also a very good friend. to celebrate this friendship we give each other (the same) ballerina pen holder each birthday/christmas.

so there we have it. a very quick summary of tony.

you may be wondering who brother edd is. well he's my brother and his name is edd. esther calls him brother edd too which is quite funny (in the same way that kezia calling me dave is quite funny).

here is esther and edd both wearing the blue wig. esther looks very shifty. brother edd looks normal.

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i've decided to take pictures of people in london who look interesting (with their permission).

here is my first person who has eyes like flies.

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