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I don’t know whether it’s a cultural thing that I was born with, but I love the colour RED, especially as a stark contrast against black and white. So, when the opportunity arose through one of the Blogging 201 assignments to buddy up with another RED aficionado, I jumped at the chance!
Inspired by my blogging buddy’s amazing RED photos, I’m planning to stick to RED images for my 5 for Friday posts this month, until I leave on my trip to Germany (I hope you’ll come with me on my adventure!). To tie in with our theme this week, here are a few photos of London featuring the colour RED. And when you’re done, do hop on over to my RED buddy’s blog, Red and Found – you won’t regret it!
1. Phone home
This, to me, is the quintessential shot of London. Yes, even more so than Big Ben or the red double decker bus. I don’t know why, I just love the look of these telephone booths. I would love to have one in my garden! Unfortunately, they’re not always so great in real life, being often grimy and not smelling too good inside. Taking a photo in one can be slightly tricky, too, as believe it or not, there may be someone who wants to use one to make a phone call. Yes, really! At least when I lived in the UK about 10 years ago, this was the case. Now with everyone owning a mobile phone, I wonder whether these will one day become a thing of the past.
2. Royal Mail
I guess the tall pillar postboxes are still necessary for dropping parcels, but I also wonder whether these smaller post boxes will cease to exist in future. Who writes letters these days anyway? Err… I do! Call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing more thrilling than getting a letter in the mail. Much more exciting than email, don’t you think? Or a postcard. In fact, want a postcard from my next adventure? Then (1) like my TravellingOmnomnivore Facebook page, (2) share my page on your Timeline, and (3) send me a private message on my TravellingOmnomnivore Facebook page with your address, and I’ll send you some love this Christmas.
I wonder how many people stand awkwardly next to these guards for photos each day, or try to link arms with them, talk to them, or in my case at the grand ol’ age of about 5, try to tell jokes to make them laugh? I wear my emotions on my sleeve, and therefore think that what they do, standing there so stoically, is pretty tough. So here’s props to the Beefeaters of London!
4. Red door
With its often grey skies and mostly black uniform, London can sometimes feel slightly drab. When I was living there, I often felt like I stood out like a sore thumb with my pink umbrella amidst a sea of black ones. Luckily, it’s quite easy to find pops of colour here and there. I love the brightly coloured doors on many London homes, especially the red ones (of course!) I think they look all the more inviting against the black and grey backdrop. While we’re on the subject of pops of colour on houses, don’t forget to look out for the blue plaques studded all over the city, indicating places where famous people once lived.
5. Tube it
OK, so this isn’t strictly a red photo, but I felt the Tube sign just looked wrong without the blue stripe. I know the London Underground cops a lot of flak, but I actually think that, for a city of that size and history, it runs fairly efficiently most of the time. I’ve always travelled all around London by Tube, and just looking at the sign brings back happy memories of my explorations and that tinny voice reminding us all to “Mind the gap.”
Where else in London is RED a prominent feature? I know the bus is an obvious one. So obvious, in fact, that believe it or not, I couldn’t find a good photo of one in my collection! They must have seemed too common for me to deign to photograph them! Oh how I regret it now! What else can you think of?
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