Summer’s End: The Thames Festival


The Thames has an illustrious history of hosting pageants, and it’s good to see that this is celebrated again with the Thames Festival, although being at another event that night (also on the Thames) somehow I contrived to both be there and miss it, thanks to the convoluted way in which the river folds back on itself. Here’s one spot in the Night Carnival, which had a rather pagan feel, London being a godless (or rather multi-deitied) city.

Oh, and there was some woman floating down the river playing a flute – maybe she was just enjoying herself and not part of the event. I did see a lot of blokes dressed as drum majorettes earlier, but we tend to seize any chance to behave oddly or get up in drag. Sorry, it’s a London thing.

5 comments on “Summer’s End: The Thames Festival”

  1. helen Martin says:

    So we were told the Embankment along the Thames was a nice quiet place to avoid crowds. Obviously the mayor heard we were coming and invited half a million of his closest friends to greet us after we had ‘done’ the Tower & Tower Bridge. I have nevfer been in such crowds in my life! Thank heaven for The Anchor and a nice cup of tea! Great event, though.

  2. Steve says:

    actually nothing to do with this post other than occurring to me after reading the words “behaving oddly”……
    It would be nice if you had a forum here, or some way for those of us who care to to show that we can behave just as oddly as you. The ability to post interesting stuff in other words. Of course you’d need to look it over and make sure it wasn’t, er, TOO odd….but I think a lot of us (there are many lurkers) would enjoy that.

  3. I.A.M. says:

    How odd. I thought that Chris was only providing this blog for my Mother and I to rabbit on about London minutia. You mean there’s other of you out there? Saints preserve us!

  4. Steve says:

    Oh please. He tells everyone it’s “Just for you”. He doesn’t mean to mislead, he just can’t help trying to make us all feel special.

  5. I.A.M. says:

    But… he said I was the only one… [begins to weep] Mother warned me… [sobs]

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