El Vinos, remembered

November 29, 2015

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The Reclaim the Night march along Fleet Street last night ran past the formerly notorious El Vinos wine bar, and has led me to dig out these pics from 1978.  In the olden days the bar refused to serve women. It was a meeting place for that deadly combination of lawyers and journalists, and women trying to find a way into those areas were seriously disadvantaged by not being able to join the chaps’ club. A court case for discrimination was lost the first time round – the day after that, an instant response team was arranged. With no phones and a bit of running about, 50-odd women in male attire visited El Vinos and demanded to be served.  Many of the customers slid away through the back door. The chapesses did share a glass or two before leaving by the front door, promising to be  back.

Report of the court case here and here.

Reclaim the Night 2015

November 29, 2015

Quick first edit of the Reclaim the Night March 2015 through London.  Will  go back to sort the colour balance,  later.

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and a video:

I thought I could smell burning.

November 22, 2015

So I was nicely settling down to watch The Bridge, vague smell of burning that I thought was the women upstairs smoking, when the blue lights went past….   the church at the end of the road had a bit of an issue with its boiler.  Nobody hurt.



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