.’. Standing Still Guard vs Me .’.

Horse Guards Parade was formerly the site of the Palace of Whitehall’s, where tournaments (including jousting) were held in the time of Henry VIII. But nowdays things are different and I will tell you why. Was a sunny day in London and I decided t…

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Horse Guards Parade was formerly the site of the Palace of Whitehall‘s, where tournaments (including jousting) were held in the time of Henry VIII.

But nowdays things are different and I will tell you why.

Was a sunny day in London and I decided to go “hunting for bootscrappers” in the area of Whitehall/House Guards. Walking around this amazing place I came across to one very old bootscrapper, but unfortunetly it was behind of one of the House Guards “Guard” and one of those that never moves and never talks and just stand still and have to be super patient because of the amount of tourist that loves taking photos with them, that loves making funny faces to them and trying to make them laugh.

Well, even though it was a sunny day, for some reason all the pathetic tourists weren’t around and standing there was the Standing Still Guard and me. So I did what was the right thing to do….I walked towards the Guard with my Cannon ready to go. For some reason it felt like he knew what I was up to. I walked towards him, passed through him and went straight to the old bootscrapper.

And that was when it happen. While I was taking photo of the rusty, old, antique bootscrapper the Standing Still Guard turned towards me and talks:

– Hey, what you doing?

I answered: – Taking photo of the bootscrapper.

– You know that this isn’t the reason of why people comes to Whitehall and The House Guards? Do you know you were suppose to be taking photos of me?

I laughed: – Well, maybe it is the reason of why tourists come over, but it isnt the reason of I came over.

– If you want to you can take a photo with me.

With my eyebrown raised I answered: – Darling, if in 200 years after the change of many kings and queens you still stand here and still being used for the same reason then it will be a good reason for me to come over and take a photo of you. For now, the bootscrapper is more important.

Author: Dani Middleton

I was born in Brazil in 1981 and lived there for 23 years before emigrating to the UK in 2005. I had read about England’s history since a young age however I moved here purely due to the history of London itself. Everything in this city fascinates me; from its parks, pubs and buildings to street names, post boxes and bollards. Watching children “beating the bounds” or the rose ceremony, you can never be tired of London. I love the quirkiness of the little alleys, the secrets of the forgotten architecture and how wonderful it can be to simply turn a corner and suddenly find a whole new world. I have worked in some remarkable places in London: museums, palaces, galleries, archives, even digging for the MoL on the Thames foreshore but I now work for Tower Bridge where, daily, I can see the City from a different point of view. Working for the City, learning its history and stories makes me eager to learn more. London is a flowing, living organism, with the old and new together transforming it every day, but always with its history at your fingertips. One step, an intricate Victorian coal hole; another step, an old Police box; yet another, an office block built seamlessly onto an old roman ruin. I am just a girl, lost in London trying not to find the way out but a way deeper, further inside what makes this city so… special, so… unique, so… me. I am a Londoner.

One thought on “.’. Standing Still Guard vs Me .’.”

  1. He is real and he is the one on the photo. To be honest I did laugh a lot when he said that i should take photo of him and not of the boot scrapper.

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