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How to upstage a street performer

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We were strolling through Covent Garden today, checking out the street performers, when the unicyclist stopped her act. A few metres away, 100s of naked cyclists were riding by. It was the World Naked Bike Ride to protest car culture. A few years ago, a friend complained about a similar event arguing 'what about the children?' The children? Well, they were watching it with me. Griff refused to leave ... at first anyway.
14th Jun 2008, 18:56   | tags:,,

nige says:

hahaha. these are absolutely superb!

14th Jun 2008, 18:59

The third shot is all kinds of awesome. National Geographic awesome. I'd HL it if I were sure it wouldn't cause trouble with the admins and ISP...

So are all the hints of people dipping into bags and pockets to grab cameras and phones.

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14th Jun 2008, 19:02

OCD Sprocket says:

"squeeze me" ha ha ha ha ha

14th Jun 2008, 20:37

OCD Sprocket says:

M - good show, i think it's hilarious

14th Jun 2008, 22:06

Caine says:

Great shots! I've never met a sprog who minded naked.

14th Jun 2008, 22:42

taniwha says:

Thanks all.

Definitely, a hugely photographed event with a good third taking photos and even those at the back holding cameras overhead snapping away randomly. It was a little like a nudie paparazzi scene without the hassling and with quite a jolly vibe.

It was pretty jaw dropping really. I imagine taking an outer-space alien-eye view of it, watching members of the human race engaged in genocide, exploitation and cruelty and then another group strips off to ride around on bikes while bystanders cheer. It doesn't redeem us but in a weird way makes it all a variation on a crazy theme. If I was the alien I would focus my telescope with fascinated puzzlement ... and as an earthling, make sure I always have my camera with me.

15th Jun 2008, 09:10

540air says:

That's terrific although I don't think I'd be brave enough to give it a go :)

15th Jun 2008, 16:20

i'm with 540 on this one. the idea is great, and with such large numbers participating, it leaves the "powers that be" fairly powerless to stop it. It is something in which I should really participate, but I just couldn't.

15th Jun 2008, 20:20

taniwha says:

some went clothed. Would you have done it then? (even then, I'm not sure I would)

15th Jun 2008, 20:24

PrincessJun says:

fantastic!

15th Jun 2008, 21:11

Dhamaka says:

ah yes, the annual naked cycling... thought about going there for the photo ops but I've so much on at the moment

16th Jun 2008, 06:59

billion says:

the second one is a classic, although the cute girl in the middle background catches my eye more than the nakedness...

16th Jun 2008, 09:20

taniwha says:

Billion - you know, looking back I think I should have spent more time capturing the reactions of the bystanders. They were just as interesting.

16th Jun 2008, 09:24

FilbertFox says:

just think of the chaffing!

18th Jun 2008, 12:24

itchymoblog says:

Oh, this is awesome! How fab. I read about it but nowhere had I seen pictures!

18th Jun 2008, 18:39

taniwha says:

It did make me see the button-down Brit.s in a new life. Both cyclists and bystanders seemed to be enjoying the whole scene

19th Jun 2008, 08:08

woody says:

late to the party...again

find the attitude of hoodie boy in shot 2 an indictment (?) of teenship. Whatever that means

27th Jun 2008, 19:17