land of the kings

London is a lot of things, but it is not spontaneous. Yesterday was different. We went for a walk round London Fields and Dalston. People were camping out till late in the evening. In Dalston we encountered the mother of all Street Parties. There were literally hundreds of people packed into one or two streets. But it was such an impromptu party that it had no music. No DJ. Crowds shouted at apartments nearby to play some music. Anything. Then at last when they did, it was God save the Queen. This got a decidedly mixed reception from the crowd. Britishness, Englishness, such a complicated thing! We were reminded earlier in the day when an eccentrically dressed woman in front of Buckingham Palace was asked why she went through all the trouble. Well, its just to get together and have fun, and to be British, "Its not that bad to be British is it?", she lamented. We guess not.  
 

East End Street Parties

 

East End Street Parties

 

THE couple

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