Jon Crispin's Notebook

London Bits and Pieces

Posted in ephemera, Family, Government, History, Jon Crispin, People, Published work, Travel by joncrispin on 09/04/2013

I  always try to be positive when I post here, so I will not say much on the death of Margaret Thatcher.  But here is a link to a great song.  This photograph was taken on 11 November, 1980 on Remembrance Day.  It used to be possible to get pretty close to Number 10.

As I was going through my contact sheets I came across a couple of other shots I have been meaning to post here.

I think this is the English footballer Kevin Keegan outside of Buckingham Palace on 9 November,1982, the day he received his OBE from the Queen.  Anyone out there who can correct me?

And finally, this shot.


This photographed has always gotten to me.  I  have a framed copy above my desk here in my studio.  I was walking through Victoria Station in November of 1983 and saw this child, with an adult who I assume is his father.  A month later the IRA set off a bomb outside of Harrods that killed six and injured 90.  I am not sure why I put the two events together, but the connection of toy guns and real violence seems reasonable to me.

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Pia Massie said, on 09/04/2013 at 2:08 pm

    another great post Jon – you are such an inspiration. so in trying to look up the lyrics for the English Beat song, I found this vid of them performing it, which I thought you might like –

  2. lyndarwh said, on 09/04/2013 at 4:30 pm

    It is kevin keegan. kind regards
    Lynda waterhouse

    • joncrispin said, on 09/04/2013 at 4:33 pm

      Lynda, thanks for the confirmation. He had a reputation for really bad hair, and with the “topper” on I wasn’t sure it was he. Are you a football fan? Who do you support? All the best. Jon

      • lyndarwh said, on 10/04/2013 at 4:14 am

        Ah yes the dreaded mullet hairdo so beloved of footballers at the time – although Kevin had the perm too as well as starring in the dreaded Brut after shave ads! Despite living in London for many years I support my home town Oldham Athletic and my husband has been a lifelong Derby County fan

      • joncrispin said, on 12/04/2013 at 11:52 am

        lynda, thanks for your comments. Last march, my son and I did a tour of some of the lower league grounds in England so he could do research on his senior (college) thesis he called “Sitting Room Only”. He is interested in the change from terraces to all-seaters, so we visited some really small clubs. Wycombe,Scunthorpe,Burton,Brentford,and out to East London for a Dagenham and Redbridge match. Even though I follow Fulham and love the Cottage and he is a ManU supporter, we just love the lower leagues. Best, Jon

  3. Tania said, on 10/04/2013 at 9:30 am

    That last photo gets to me as well. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: