I take quite a few photos of pubs which are now closed - ie, shut down, closed for good, gone forever.
It started with pictures of particularly interestingly abandoned or derelict buildings - like this one:
the ex-Victoria, Charlton, London.
the back of which looks like this:
Its hard to imagine this one not remaining closed.
This photographic habit of mine has grown in the light of what seems to be a trend - the demise of the great British local.
the ex-crown & shuttle, just off Brick Lane, London
the Village Blacksmith, Charlton, London & the Mitre, Islington, London.
The Prince of Orange, Ipswich
As my collection of photos grew, I even thought of starting a Flickr group. Only to discover - of course! - that there is already more than one group devoted to this theme.
the ex-Thames, Greenwich & "Safa House" (don't know what it was as a pub) Deptford.
This (below) is a pub we sometimes used to visit in school lunch breaks. No, not to drink - they used to do market research on ice-cream - free ice cream, in return for evaluation of the relative creaminess, tastiness .. of various samples.
The ex-Rising Sun, Catford, London
The ex-George, Catford & The ex-Green Man, Bromley - both London
The ex-Old Friends, Greenwich
Fear ye not, however. There is still an abundance of pubs in old Blighty, many of them good and should any of you ever visit, I would be more than happy to buy you a drink in one of them.
More happily 'Closed' - my bureau.
this fairly recent post has a picture of the heaps of assorted "stuff" which used to make the bureau un-shuttable and the drawers inaccessible.
And here it is now, after lots of sorting and lots of filing and lots and lots and lots of shredding
I read/heard somewhere that we in the UK have more shredders per capita than anywhere else in Europe. I wonder what that says about us.
When I'm finished working at my newly spacious bureau, or writing, or sitting and feeling smug - I can close it like this: