The view from my new Essex Rd (Islington) morning haunt just before 9am
Yesterday morning I called into the Greenpeace HQ, Canonbury Villas, close by, hoping to have a chat about Greenpeace anti-fracking actions only to be told that most of the office staff were outside the Shell Building on the South Bank. So I hopped on the bike for the downhill ride to the Thames at Blackfriars.
To quote the Greenpeace flyer to this brilliant pop-up photographic show which appeared with no warning as the soul-destroying Shell employees were trailing into this massive edifice of planet-destroying capitalism:
‘These striking images are testament to the extraordinary bravery of these ordinary people. Gazprom playes a critical role in the illegal arrest and ongoing detention of the Arctic 30.
As Russia’s biggest company, its influence over the Arctic 3o’s fate is significant. Gazprom is relying on Shell to be its key partner in the Arctic, and so Shell wields considerable influence too.
Shell must do everything in its power to pressure Gazprom to use its influence to free the Arctic 30. We’re calling on Shell to break off its disastrous joint venture with Gazprom to drill in the Arctic.’
This is Justin – charming musical Greenpeace worker who was my highly informed companion in the chill.
The police wisely stayed away until around 3pm
In all my theatre years I never saw such a well-drilled get-out
All packed on to the truck in ten minutes flat
leaving me with busker’s view of Thames as the sun sank into the chill factor