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Occupy London 27/11/2011

November 28, 2011

Will try and post some visuals tomorrow – but for now, a brief update.  Yesterday, sitting in the library/uni. tent telling the guy from the press team about the amazing critical mass of cyclists (around 3pm) there was a great roaring sound outside on the road – and lo! this time it was bikers (motor bikes), stopping and revving, and again we were filled with – well this time it felt like power. We and they cheered, and a couple of bewildered policeman stood about for 10 minutes or so, and then, I guess, they ‘had a word’ and the bikers indicated a willingness to move on – traffic now being backed up in both directions, but, guess what, there was a handy pedestrian crossing just in front of them so , we ambled back and forth across the crossing. Eventually one of the policemen, on the opposite side of the road to me, clearly indicated he was having no more of this kind of nonsense, and our little spontaneous bit of action ceased.  It was great fun while it lasted.  Thank you bikers!

In complete contrast at 3pm this afternoon a group of Quakers arrived and held a meeting for worship on the steps of St. Paul’s. Completely silent, and gathering more as the minutes went by, it was moving and memorable.  Thank you Friends !

Part way through meeting for worship a friend arrived and stood just behind me. It was good to have her there, and to show her something of the occupation on a rather fragmented afternoon,

By 5pm spirits were lifted with a stand-up comedy turn by Benjamin Crellin – a New Zealand guy I’d never heard of , good, hard-hitting stuff, he’s been likened to Lenny Bruce. Lucky us – from Alan Bennett to Benjamin Crellin, you never know who’s going to turn up.

Back in the library, after a drink at the pub, there’s a sudden flurry. A van had turned up with more bookshelves, a sofa, and lots of books. By the time I left, after countless worthwhile conversations to accompany the refurbishment, the library looked like a comfortable ‘gentlemans” club, people were watching a film about Ireland in Tent City Uni. , and the occupation felt safe and sound.

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