Wednesday, June 27, 2012

London Calling at Tower Bridge

Today they unveiled the 'Olympic Rings' at Tower Bridge. Nearby on the south side of the river by City Hall there's a Joe Strummer phone box art installation. 

The phone box is one of a number across London as part of the BT ArtBox campaign, each decorated by a different artist.  Later in the year they will be auctioned to raise money for Childline. The Joe Strummer one is entitled 'London Calling' and was decorated by the photographer Peter Anderson (who I believe took the pictures of Joe Strummer used in the phone box).

'London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing...

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river'

What would Joe have made of the Olympics spectacle? Who knows? I'm sure though he would have approved of some buskers nearby. 

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