Wednesday 5 September 2012

The World in London

The UK is currently enjoying the Paralympic experience and cheering on our athletes, marvelling at the skill and dedication required to perform so brilliantly against the odds.

Some of my nieces have been fortunate enough to go to venues to watch the events live. Sadly, I am back at work and unable to go, but I am grateful for my Olympic memories which continued with the big screen in Vicky Park.

Victoria Park is in the East End of London, close to the Olympic Park at one end and my family at the other. The day after our stadium experience, Gill, myself and the lads wandered over there to join in the activities and watch the men's 200m final on the big screen.

We walked the long way round because Gill wanted to show us this...

These hoardings were around the Live Nation Site within Vicky Park and show 204 people, each of whom lives in our capital city, but originates from one of the 204 countries competing in London 2012.

The portraits have been photographed over the past three years by a team of 204 photographers, British and international, established and emerging.

According to the website, 

The World in London celebrates London as a place where individuals from all over the world live side by side, each of them contributing to make London the unique city it is.

These are just a few samples.

'Exile'; an anonymous figure from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea reminds us that there are problems, even within nations competing in the Olympic Games.

If you would like to see the whole collection and read about some of the people whose pictures appear on this hoarding, click here.


  1. So many wonderful things go on in London don't they? I no longer go as I live a long distance away and find the day too tiring, but I do miss the buzz.

  2. I didn't see that but it looks very interesting. The whole Olympic/Paralympic thing has had some such positive results, far more than I expected really.

  3. What a super great idea....
    I keep reading comments in the news where they say, that London did it right and I must agree.
    Congrats, I wasn't even there and I loved every minute I watched.
    Even if it was horrible NBC coverage !

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Wow, what a cool idea with all those portraits. Will definitely check out the link. I love the angle you got on the wall.
    Tina @ Life is Good

  5. This is astounding. What a wonderful idea & presentation. THIS I'd really love to have seen.