Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Monday 10 November 2014

And round it comes again....

Gog and Magog, legendary guardians of the City
The Lord Mayor's Show, that is. This year's vantage point wasn't so ideal once the latecomers turned up and stood in front with their cameras (and sometimes umbrellas) raised, which means there are no photos of the pomp of the Lord Mayor's Coach and all the flunkeys, but that's all been discussed here before, on more than one occasion.

But the usual mixture of civic pride,  community spirit and historical reminiscence was on display: to add to the traditional robes for the liveried companies and City officers, there were several reminders of both the First and Second World Wars, and an advance warning that next year will be the bicentenary of Waterloo.

If I hadn't been too mean to buy a programme, I'd probably have known why there was an owl leading some soldiers - and fish on Segways; and where else would you expect to see a flying pig?

But be that as it may, as ever, as well as the procession, there were fireworks in the evening (and then it really rained):


  1. I'm sure I should have been to this event before... but I haven't. I am a bit fair weather... too much rain this time of year!

  2. Gog & Magog - ! I had no idea ... Next to all that biblical associations always Gregor GOG "pops up" in my head, der Erzvagabund of the 20th century.

  3. We live and learn, eh? I'd never heard of Gregor Gog, thanks for the reference.