Saturday, 4 July 2009

A Photo Tour around my Hood.

There's been alot of shit going down in our neighbourhood lately. People have been congregating; some with musical instruments, others with knitting. Folk have been sighted drinking, singing and even reading books. Kids have been dancing on the playground. Some have been painting pictures on walls. There's been a heady smell of incense on the breeze. There's talk of the kids growing lavender on the school balconies. Some mornings there have even been sections of the school yard cordoned off with police tape in an attempt to identify the pervasive, recurrent menace that stalks our hood. The boys in blue are out in squadrons on these sultry evenings and frisky weekends.

Today I decided to head over and see what all the fuss was about. My daughter attends a 'Saturday school' which, from what I've heard, is quite possibly a fervid breeding ground for radical extremists. Armed with my EOS 400D, I followed the 'Possy' out from the school gates and into the park.

This is what I saw:
Girls walking outside the school. (Click on the image to see the clandestine herbs being grown upon the roofs)..

Hhmm...looks like there might be a bit of 'gathering' coming together here..

And look - is that vandalism I see before me?

Even the girls are at it!

Note: Mention of 'Bombs'

'Ello Ello!'..Looks like someone's about to have some fun!

I don't suppose anyone's thought to do the 'risk assessment'?...
A potential 'accident involving trousers' in the making, me thinks...

Check out the RUN DMC T-shirt (below)!! This is taking me back to my Yoof! If only you could hear the Old Skool Hip Hop being played here.
(Although in our day we carried the entire PA on one shoulder)! Dude, that shrug is just way too nonchalant!

Definitely something dodgy going down with that handshake..

Dude with dark-complexion and dreads skirting the crowd.....can only be pushing crack on the kids.

This is the 'play hut' where they hand-out free orange squash and biscuits after school. There's someone playing a guitar and singing 'Redemption Song' just around the corner!

And so I come to the end of my little tour around the mean streets of S7. I haven't caught them in any of the frames (apparently it's illegal to do so now) but there were 3 cops on foot to the left, 2 on bikes to the right and another 3 in a car parked on the street behind. All that to patrol a bunch of school kids and their bros.


  1. Is it still legal to say 'bloody filf'?


  2. Actually, just remembered - the Newark slang when I was there was Rozzers and Villains! How quaint!

  3. damnit ... I keep forgetting to be here. Will.Try.Harder x

  4. bah depressing end to ace post. I photo'd said filf with nary a hint of an asbo at G20, although I was a mere speck on a horizon black with a thousand telephoto lenses.