This is part of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) which is a campaign a to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. At least that is what the website says. However, based on conversations that day, there were groups that were there to campaign against the dependency of petrol and also celebrating humanity.
London happens to be one of the major cities participating in this global event and I can see it growing in the upcoming years as there are many other UK cities participating. This years turnout was a success according to the press with thousands navigating through the streets of london and other major cities.
Other countries where such rides are organised includes Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, America, Canada and Hungary. If you are interested, check out their website as it may be occuring in your hometown.
Anyone with a bike can participate and you don't have to bare all. Do what you are comfortable with as they have a Bare As You Dare policy. It is common for the participants to paint their body with messages.
As I was in the starting point of the event, I felt uncomfortable when everyone started to undress around me. A bit of a culture shock but it is always healthly to be out of your comfort zone once in a while. They all felt so confident, comfortable and did not mind people taking pictures and some even encouraged it. Look at the picture below, she draw attention to herself first.
I have to salute the participants for bearing it all. Not something that I am prepared to do. Some went all out with elaborate head gears, body paint and costumes.
If you need more info of this event, click here for the UK mini site.
As a conclusion, this is a surefire way to gather interests and spread a message. It would be things such as my blog post and word of mouth that would create the awareness of this campaign. As for will I change my ways after being there. I am proud to say I don't use a car when I am in the UK and rely on public transport all the time. It is a different story when I am back in Malaysia occassionally :). Well that's all for this weekend. I will be away in Amsterdam for work the whole of next week. Take care!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
It has been weeks since I ventured out during the weekend and I had many reasons to go to London, so I force myself out to visit a Thai Buddhist Temple in Wimbledon. Buddhapadipada Thai Temple is the first Thai Temple in the United Kingdom.
I got to know about this place from an episode of Gordon Ramsay's show of best local restaurants competition. In one of the episodes, it was Thai food.
I did not take any pictures inside the main shrine as a sign of respect. The next time you are here, please pay close attention to the detailed murals on the walls and ceilings. You will see a Thai Airways flight and I believe Vincent Van Gogh.
The grounds boasts a meditation garden and also cabins to house classes.
I did not see any monks around as I was hoping to get some holy water blessing.
If you wish to visit this place, all you need to do is get yourself to Wimbledon Station which is one of the many last stops on the District Line. From there you can take bus 93 and alight at Parkside Avenue. It is a very short walk then to Callone Road where the temple is. There are quite a lot of signs.
There was a signal failure when I arrive and I have to alight at Wimbledon Park instead. It took me roughly 30 mins by foot from here.
Till my next post! Take care...