Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mayor's Question Time

Yesterday I spent the morning sketching at London’s City Hall, during the Mayor’s Question Time.  The building, which sits near Tower Bridge, looks like a giant crash helmet and is the home to the Mayor and the Greater London Assembly.  

A walkway spirals round inside the building leading you from the entrance to the Chamber where Question Time takes place.  The assembly members are arranged in a horseshoe shape on the purple carpet with 
the Mayor, Boris Johnson in the centre.  

Boris is regarded as one of Britain’s more eccentric politicians with his trademark floppy hair, a penchant for speaking Latin and a passion for Wiff-Waff - that’s table tennis to you and me.  As he was quite a way away  and sitting behind a little desk, I just tried to just capture some of his gestures.

It was a very civilised affair – quite different from the boisterous atmosphere I expected after watching debates from the House of Commons.  There was quite a lot of laughter from the public gallery at various points as the Mayor answered questions in his own inimitable style.

The next Mayor’s Question Time is at 10.00am on Wednesday 17 October 2012 in the Chamber,
 City Hall, London.

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