Eros

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Eros6pm in Leicester Square, Westminster, London

England feels crowded compared to the NW US,   even compared to New York.   People brush against you as you pass them on the pavements,   the tube staircases,   mounting and dismounting the trains.   The tube stations are warm and muggy laced with the stench of sweat,   and its only April.

Sidewalk person-to-person collision avoidance weaving is required, not optional.     Here in Leicester square,  Alfred Gilbert’s statue of Eros has his own space above the crowds  on the originally much maligned  Shafetsbury memorial fountain from where he threatens passers-by with a dose of love, intended as a representation of christian charity.

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5 bits of lovely banter on “Eros”

  1. Rob writes:

    Call me slow but from this angle this is the first time I’ve even thought
    that Eros’ arrow could have been aimed at a passerby. In the present
    case, coming out of “39 Steps” or, what, a Tottenham supporter
    (Lillywhites)? Lucky sods.

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  2. Bux writes:

    awwww I wish I had gotten today’s anti-spam word yesterday….it’s STOPCOCK haha.

    I loved this blog entry, I used to work in Leicester Square and pass eros daily – great memories.

    Rob’s right, I thought exactly the same thing when seeing this picture – it does look like one of those passers by is in his line of sight(seeing).

    Bux x

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  3. Madame Defarge writes:

    I try to avoid Leicester Square at the best of times and Trafalgar Square is even worse. I wonder how many people notice the statue of Eros as they bustle pass.

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  4. Kevin writes:

    I admire your ability to get the photo. I can’t escape quick enough to take a picture.

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  5. Oranjepan writes:

    Up until the sixties I’m told this used to be where to pick up down-at-heel actresses working as street-walkers and eros was a warning about the risks of stds. Christian charity or christian morality perhaps? All this changed with the era of free love, but it’s before my time so can offer no confirmation.

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