man and dog on the jubilee walkway, bankside

Bankside, South Bank, London — Spring 1989

‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read’

— Groucho Marx, comedian

I used to go walking along the south bank of the Thames along the Silver Jubilee Walkway (1977). Then, it was a pleasant, quiet place to be. Now, it’s part of the Jubilee Walkway and it’s nose to tail with tourists.

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jubilee walkway 1
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This bench was right in front of the disused Bankside power station. That became Tate Modern and you’re lucky now if you can find anywhere to sit down, let alone read in peace.

The man and dog wouldn’t look out of place in Tate Modern. As an exhibit, I mean. Neither of them moved while I took photos. Perhaps if the bench was still there, so would they be.