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Margaret Thatcher's Funeral, St. Paul's, London - 17th April 2013

The era of Maggie Thatcher covered pretty much Nosher's entire academic and formative life, from the age of 12 up to the end of polytechnic, and just beyond to 23. Obviously, Polytechnic is where it's more-or-less compulsory to be "anti Stuff", even if Nosher's political involvement was mostly working for the student magazine Fly and photographing student demos against various Thatcherite policies. The funeral happens to be taking place about 200 metres away from the usual cycle route from Liverpool Street station to work, the roads are all closed anyway and - seeing as it's unlikely we will see a politician worthy of a state funeral for several more generations - it was an opportunity too good to miss. And so it was that Nosher bunks off work for 50 minutes to observe the proceedings from the south side of St. Paul's Cathedral.

next album: Chesterfield and the Twisty Spire, Derbyshire - 19th April 2013
previous album: A Very Random Norwich Day, and The BBs at Laxfield, Norfolk and Suffolk - 13th April 2013

2013 The increasingly-derelict A Senger building

The increasingly-derelict A Senger building

2013 The edge of the Crossrail development in Stratford

The edge of the Crossrail development in Stratford

2013 A new railway viaduct is built

A new railway viaduct is built

2013 More concrete construction

More concrete construction

2013 Major construction on the Stratford Crossrail site

Major construction on the Stratford Crossrail site

2013 Silver tags on a railway bridge

Silver tags on a railway bridge

2013 More new graffiti on the trackside

More new graffiti on the trackside

2013 The eerie sight of a car-free Cannon Street

The eerie sight of a car-free Cannon Street

2013 A military type and a rozzer, on Cannon Street

A military type and a rozzer, on Cannon Street

2013 The world's media is in attendance

The world's media is in attendance

2013 A heavily-armed Land Rover unit drives up to check everything's OK

A heavily-armed Land Rover unit drives up to check everything's OK

2013 A City of London Rozzer, in ceremonial uniform

A City of London Rozzer, in ceremonial uniform

2013 A small protest is occuring

A small protest is occuring

2013 Someone stands around with a creepy Thatcher mask on

Someone stands around with a creepy Thatcher mask on

2013 More political masks

More political masks

2013 A protester is interviewed

A protester is interviewed

2013 The anti-Thatcherites are quizzed by a student

The anti-Thatcherites are quizzed by a student

2013 Photographers are everywhere

Photographers are everywhere

2013 The view around St. Paul's

The view around St. Paul's

2013 The flag-draped coffin stops just outside the west steps of St. Paul's

The flag-draped coffin stops just outside the west steps of St. Paul's

2013 The gun carriage and coffin heads up to St. Paul's

The gun carriage and coffin heads up to St. Paul's

2013 The scene on St. Paul's Churchyard

The scene on St. Paul's Churchyard

2013 The clock of St. Paul's shows it's nearly time (11am)

The clock of St. Paul's shows it's nearly time (11am)

2013 A Met sergeant and an RAF type

A Met sergeant and an RAF type

2013 The band heads back down St. Paul's Churchyard

The band heads back down St. Paul's Churchyard

2013 Another military band in Bearskins

Another military band in Bearskins

2013 Bikes are pressed in to service as a vantage point

Bikes are pressed in to service as a vantage point

2013 St. Paul's Churchyard

St. Paul's Churchyard

2013 The crowds dissipate after the funeral service begins inside St. Paul's

The crowds dissipate after the funeral service begins inside St. Paul's

2013 The continuing protest, with a yellow coffin

The continuing protest, with a yellow coffin

2013 More interviewing

More interviewing

2013 Military types hang around on a traffic island

Military types hang around on a traffic island

2013 A soldier points

A soldier points

2013 The corner of Cannon Street and New Change

The corner of Cannon Street and New Change

2013 Temporary barricades have been put up all around St. Paul's

Temporary barricades have been put up all around St. Paul's

2013 Cannon Street and St. Paul's

Cannon Street and St. Paul's

2013 Heading back up Cannon Street

Heading back up Cannon Street

2013 When Nosher gets to work, the office is deserted

When Nosher gets to work, the office is deserted

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The increasingly-derelict A Senger building