Pictured: Photos of the Week from the Christian Science Monitor 6/26/17

The following is a trio of images that caught my imagination for their quality and content. Coincidentally they also happen to be from my native land.

A member of the emergency services works inside the Grenfell apartment tower block in North Kensington, London, on June 17. Hannah McKay/Reuters.

A member of the emergency services works inside the Grenfell apartment tower block in North Kensington, London, on June 17. Hannah McKay/Reuters.

A Christian women gives a Muslim man flowers on June 19 as they gather close to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. A van was driven into pedestrians near the north London mosque, leaving one man dead and eight injured. John Stillwell/PA/AP.

A Christian women gives a Muslim man flowers on June 19 as they gather close to the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London. A van was driven into pedestrians near the north London mosque, leaving one man dead and eight injured. John Stillwell/PA/AP.

Women pose for photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race in Ascot, England, on June 20. Alastair Grant/AP.

Women pose for photographers on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race in Ascot, England, on June 20. Alastair Grant/AP.

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Pictured: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy following 14 hour filibuster on gun control

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (c.) collects himself as members of his staff catch up with him in a hall after he ended a 14-hour filibuster in the hopes of pressuring the US Senate to take action on gun control measures at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. Via Christian Science Monitor.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) (c.) collects himself as members of his staff catch up with him in a hall after he ended a 14-hour filibuster in the hopes of pressuring the US Senate to take action on gun control measures at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters. Via Christian Science Monitor.

On June 15, 2016, in the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, launched a filibuster in the United States Senate, promising to hold the floor “for as long as I can” or until Congress acts on gun control legislation.

Murphy formally yielded the floor, ending the filibuster, at 2:11 a.m. EDT the following day, after 14 hours and 50 minutes. The entire 14-hour and 50-minute filibuster, was broadcast by C-SPAN.

One year ago, what has changed?

Updated 11:47 am.

Pictured: Joel Meyerowitz’s groundbreaking street photography on exhibition in London

LONDON — A new exhibition of Joel Meyerowitz’s groundbreaking street photography traces his fascinating evolution from black and white (‘back there’) to colour (‘obvious’). Of the examples given here is my selection.

New York, 1968 In 1968, a solo exhibition of his photographs was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, including this one.

New York, 1968
In 1968, a solo exhibition of his photographs was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, including this one.

Photograph: all photographs © Joel Meyerowitz courtesy Beetles + Huxle.

Joel Meyerowitz spent his early days shooting in black and white on the streets of New York alongside Garry Winogrand and Tony Ray-Jones. Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour 1962-1978 is at Beetles+Huxley, London, until 24th June.

Pictured: World Naked Bike Ride comes to London

LONDON (June 11, 2017) — Hundreds stripped off as the World Naked Bike Ride hit London this weekend, aimed at encouraging a ‘vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world’.

World Naked Bike Ride participants, June 11, 2017, in London.

World Naked Bike Ride participants, June 11, 2017, in London.

World Naked Bike Ride participants, June 11, 2017, in London.

World Naked Bike Ride participants, June 11, 2017, in London.

World Naked Bike Ride participants, June 11, 2017, in London.

World Naked Bike Ride participants, June 11, 2017, in London.

I can’t imagine Americans ever doing anything like this. I miss England.

Pictured: Peru’s annual Clown Day parade

On May 25, 2017, in Lima, Peru, professional clowns used their annual Clown Day parade to honour their colleague Tony Perejil on the 30th anniversary of his death. He was known as the Clown of the Poor because he performed in impoverished neighbourhoods to which he donated a portion of his proceeds.

Here are my fab four top fave images. Source: The Guardian. Aren’t they great?

1.

Hundreds of professional clowns dressed in colourful costumes, wigs and face paint marched through the streets of Lima. Photograph: Guadalupe Pardo / Reuters.

Hundreds of professional clowns dressed in colourful costumes, wigs and face paint marched through the streets of Lima. Photograph: Guadalupe Pardo / Reuters.

2.

Not waving but clowning - a winged participant takes to the streets. Photograph: Ernesto Arias / EPA.

Not waving but clowning — a winged participant takes to the streets. Photograph: Ernesto Arias / EPA.

3.

The clowns are asking the Peruvian congress to nominate May 25 as a National Clown Day. Photograph: Guadalupe Pardo / Reuters.

The clowns are asking the Peruvian congress to nominate May 25 as a National Clown Day.
Photograph: Guadalupe Pardo / Reuters.

4.

A pair of clown performing for the camera. Clowning around. Photograph: Martin Mejia / AP.

A pair of clowns perform for the camera. Photograph: Martin Mejia / AP.

Pictured: A wander through Old Tbilisi

The buildings of Old Tbilisi, the Georgian capital’s historic quarter, for centuries reflected the city’s rule by Mongols, Arabs, Turks and Russians.

Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. (Reuters)

Photography by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters as noted.

A front door of an old house is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters)

A front door of an old house is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters)

An old house under restoration is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

An old house under restoration is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Iron stairs and wooden balconies are seen in a courtyard in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Iron stairs and wooden balconies are seen in a courtyard in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A front door of an old house is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A front door of an old house is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Wooden stairs and balconies are seen in a courtyard in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Wooden stairs and balconies are seen in a courtyard in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 6, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A front door of an old house is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A front door of an old house is seen in the old town, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2017. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

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Pictured: All the tea in China

After the process of making Longjing tea, Wang Yuebao shows the tea boxes that she sells. Roman Pilipey/EPA. More images below.

After the process of making Longjing tea, Wang Yuebao shows the tea boxes that she sells. Roman Pilipey/EPA. More images below.

Photographic artist Roman Pilipey who captured these images has created an amazing visual for us. Viewing them makes you feel as if you have been there. All the tea in China in pictures. Published by The Guardian.

All the tea in China

According to a legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. Today China is the world’s biggest tea producer, producing 2.43m tonnes last year. The tea industry in China employs around 80 million people as both farmers and pickers, and in sales.

Employs 80 million people. That’s a lot of people. — VGrF

Image Credit

Roman Pilipey/EPA. Friday 2 June 2017 03.08 EDT.

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