In 1888, Jack the Ripper murdered and severely mutilated 5 prostitutes in Whitechapel, London. During our month in the UK and Ireland, we spent quite a bit of time in Whitechapel, which turned out to be one of my favourite areas in London.

I saw this graffiti (top of page) on a dark street showing a futuristic Ripper. Of course, in 2040, there will be as many android prostitutes as human and the Ripper is tearing out wire and components. No blood, but still, lots of suffering and mess on the part of the robot. But what really got me about this graffiti, and there were many other similar street art examples here, that showed the uncomfortable truth about social conscience. The only thing missing in this example is someone making a selfie with a smartphone.

This is the first time I’ve visited the UK and Ireland and I have to say that all my preconceptions were totally destroyed on this trip. The beer is cold (except for the hand-pumped ale in some pubs, which I’d never experienced before). The food is very good, and I didn’t have even one kipper and certainly no haggis. And the women seem very “hot”. And I won’t go any further than that!

So, as with all my photo blogs, as I hope you have seen, I leave out the postcards, and just try to show you how the place felt to me. This first blog is London, and there will be more London later.

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Street art in Whitechapel

Regent’s canal

Regent’s canal

Barge home in Regent’s canal. The “Ocean Endeavour” will come later.

Window art in barge at Regent’s canal

Regent’s canal

The site of one of Jack the Ripper’s murders.

The site of one of Jack the Ripper’s murders.

Jack?

We had breakfast here every morning.

Abbey Road

Camden Market

Camden Market

Camden Town

Camden Town

Camden Town

Camden Town – yes, photographers often get the finger.

Keith?

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