We know that there is mass poverty in the developing world but as the gap forever widens between the wealthy and the poor, even in the UK the standard of living for some is below basic.
The royal borough of Windsor in Berkshire would be considered an affluent area with it’s most famouse resident being Elizabeth II, here I came across a man too intoxicated to speak and with all his worldly belongings in a black bin bag beside him. The church provided shelter from the elements and perhaps some comfort, although I am not sure if he was trying to pray even though his gestures seemed that way.
Recently in the news we have seen medical aid taken to communities in the USA unable to afford private health care and recent statistics from UNICEF show that 25% of South Eastern European children live in absolute poverty. Companies are still laying off staff with the highest jobless rate being Latvia with 22.8% and second is Spain at 19.5%
Well I have finally got around to re editing these how they were originally intended to be so here they are. There are a number of protests around the world at any one time and quite often the subject is Palestine. Like many other places unfortunately the the area is forever on the edge of stability leading to the suffering of people on all sides.
This particular series is from a protest march which took place in London. The event was mainly peaceful with a small amount of disturbances later that evening.
With the middle east region dominating the news for several decades, peace in the area still seems a long way off but this is only because of the interest of governments and not always because of the peoples hostility to one another.
Here are some images of day to day life in Tripoli, Libya
Most of the photos are from around the Leptis Magna ruins or from around the medina although there are also a couple from outside the tripoli area including a few from the desert town Ghadames on the edge of the sahara. There is a gallery of colour images from this region on the main website.
In January 2010 the whole of the UK was covered in a thick blanket of snow which brought the country to it’s knees. The public transport systems failed, schools were shut for days and roads came to a standstill ( some motorists were stranded in their cars for hours ) . Local authorities started running out of salt and grit and had little or no snow plowing equipment and even the channel tunnel was disrupted, all over the country there were stories of stranded shoppers sleeping in shopping malls and temperatures plummeted to record lows of minus 22 Celsius…