Posts Tagged ‘public transport


077/2011 culture bus

077/2011 culture bus, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Muddy times, as you can see!

The European Culture Capital year is seen in many different ways in our cityscape. One good marketing strategy is to use public transport as mobile billboards. There are a number of different painting on our town buses. This is one of my favourites – a spiky-haired punk blowing ‘culture’ bubbles, colourful circles being the symbol of our special cultural year.


056/2011 transport

056/2011 transport, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Every 15 minutes, clean, non-stop, efficient trains carry passengers between central London and Gatwick airport. Not having a car when travelling forces one to think about the different options of transport. I was pleased to see the many greener alternatives available in London, in fact many more than in my home town.

First of all, there is the congestion charge – effective since 2003 – which stops many motorists driving into central London, and has really made a difference in the horrendous traffic. This time round, I noticed these new electric hybrid double-deckers, which must be more environmentally-friendly, judging by the text on the side.

Another new initiave were these Barclay’s bikes that you could hire in many places in the centre.

We did most of our exploring on foot, but now it’s time to say good-bye to London once again – till we next meet again.


#42 story beside the road

042/365 story beside the road, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I just had to create a story of these pictures today. I actually went out to take the Daily Shoot wide-angle picture, but then got interested in this boy waiting at the bus stop.

The pictures reminded me of how tough, and sometimes lonely, it is to be a kid in this country, where you are expected to be independent at a very young age. It is a valued national characteristic. This boy – no more than 8-9 years old – was going home from school, on public transport. This is nothing unusual, since working parents’ and their kids’ schedules don’t often coincide. My daughter had to do it, too, although I don’t like it, and I actually feel very sorry for these little commuters, especially on cold and pitch-dark winter mornings. I can imagine how, in some cultures, this might even be regarded as parental neglicence…

There is a special Finnish word, ‘reipas’, for this quality. It is an adjective often used to praise kids, but impossible to translate into English with just one word. The dictionary suggests translations, such as brisk, brave, cheery, breezy, alert, alive… Little children are good when they can demonstrate all these qualities, and not show any weakness, fear, timidity or hesitation. They have got to be especially ‘reipas’ to show off to relatives and friends. What a short carefree childhood they have!


June 2020

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