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School Dinners? Dog’s Breakfast

Argyll and Bute council have formally responded to the stushie over the Never Seconds blog.

Before we move on to their response, let’s consider a thoughtful and informed reaction to the ban on VEG taking photos of her lunch and posting them on her blog, by professional photographer Paul Clarke.

Paul Clarke wrote:

Quite sensibly, many non-public locations carry with them restrictions on photography. I very much imagine that schools fall into this category (let’s do the full public/private/who-paid-for-it space analysis another day, hey?). If I, as a photographer – even one visiting my kids – walked in during a normal school day and started firing off shots, even if they weren’t of children, I’d be very likely to be hauled up for it.

And I think that’s ok. A general presumption that “everywhere is ok for a photo” might satisfy some people’s urges for blanket transparency, but there’s no doubt that it would change the character of some spaces that we’d previously thought of as “reserved” in some way. (School as a “child reserve” – there’s a thought.)

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SPUC Off! Keep Abortion Free, Safe, and Legal

SPUC off [SPUC supporter in photo on right asked to be removed, saying he was 15, and I agreed: see comments.]

About quarter to 12, my oldest friend, who’d been staring at the SPUC Edinburgh protesters across the road, turned to me. “You know, I remember us demo’ing for this in the 1980s. And in the 1990s. Now it’s 2012. And we still have to do it?”


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