Mean Mr. Mustard

April 22nd, 2011 · 97 comments

Abbey Road Studios is a must-see on almost any Beatles aficionado’s tour of London. Once there, a curious sort of tourist delirium seems to take hold. People feel absolutely compelled to recreate the iconic album cover, in the same way that visitors to Pisa just have to get a shot of of themselves holding up the leaning tower.

The only hitch? That famous zebra crossing actually goes across a fully functioning road — one with cars and buses holding people who, one would assume, have better things to do than watch you fiddle with your zoom lens.

Rachel in London was therefore more a little amused to see this note from a fellow local amongst the assorted “I <3 Paul” and “I am the Walrus”-type scrawls that cover the walls near the crossing. ”I love the drawing, as it’s so true,” Rachel says. “It’s just a crossing people!!! It’s not like the Beatles are coming back to see you do this!”

Hey! You need to sort out the way you walk across Abbey Road you ridiculous people. (Yeah! have some respect!)

Interestingly, while the Beatles themselves aren’t likely to be watching, thanks to the existence of the (strangely hypnotic) 24-hour Abbey Road webcam, you can actually watch this idiocy as it happens — over and over and over again.

related: Meanwhile, on Portabello Road

extra credit: Photoclichés.com

FILED UNDER: etiquette · London · most popular notes of 2011 · that's disrespectful · tourists


97 responses so far ↓

  • #1   wonderman

    I am the ugly american, coo coo ca choo

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Quite Contrary

    Let it be. Let it be. Oh, let it be.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   ButMadNNW

    *adds Abbey Road to list of Places to Avoid in London*

    (Not that I had any reason to go anywhere near it, anyway. I don’t like The Beatles.)

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Quite Contrary

    But, seriously for a moment. I would either find a way to not ever have to go through this intersection or be in prison for running over the guy who chose to lay in the middle of it.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Tracey

      Agreed. I just watched a few minutes and I am thinking I would be on high blood pressure medication if that place was on my daily route.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   AuntyBron

      If that were my daily route, I’d find another daily route.

      What is this facination with the Beatles? Half of them are dead and the other half look dead.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Phil

      It’s the music, stupid.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   AuntyBron

      First of all, Phil, that’s AUNTY Stupid to you.

      Second – have you ever noticed that some of their biggest hits have same verse and chorus? They just run through them 2 or 3 times and call it good. Puh-leeze.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   liddy

      wow, you must be right and literally millions of Beatles fans must be wrong….

      Apr 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   AuntyBron

      Well, no, Liddy, that would make not one of millions of Beatle fans.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 10:09 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Nunavut Guy

      One of the ground breaking dynamic bands in history.You should listen to the evolution of their music.It is amazing.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   clumber

      Gotta’ side with Aunty. Can’t stand their tunes. Yeah yeah yeah, groundbreaking, blah blah… there are lots of musicians I can agree are historically significant while still banning them from any playlist in my earshot.

      And your favorite band sucks! /TheOnion

      Apr 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.9   The Elf

      I love the Beatles, but put me on the list of people who would avoid this spot like the plague. Besides, this has got to be on the D list of London attractions. A city like that is so rich in history!

      Apr 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.10   AuntyBron

      Absolutely, Elf. Given the choice of hundreds of sites of historical significance, not to mention cool architecture and the site where four guys walked across a road for their album cover, Abbey Road doesn’t make my hit list.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.11   Canthz_B bang

      On occasion I’d like to take my wife to visit the Tower of London, but she doesn’t like to travel…she needs to be willing to stick her neck out, I tell her. ;-)

      Apr 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.12   Nunavut Guy

      Being a bone head and dinking out a photo that 8 million people before you though was original is really sad.

      The Beatles were really cool though.Man were they fantastic.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.13   Canthz_B bang

      Okay, I’m not big on Beatles music, but I don’t know about “groundbreaking” if we’re talking about the “evolution” of musical forms.
      Seems to me that every form builds upon previously broken ground.
      British Rock stars have often said how they were influenced by American Rock and Roll, Doo Wop and Jazz musicians, that’s a matter of record (excuse the pun).

      Not putting the Beatles down, mind you, but building upon that which already exists (if we give them that) is not the same as “inventing” something new. It’s just a new twist on an old theme.

      Doesn’t make them gods or anything…just really popular musical innovators (like Berry Gordy and the Motown sound), not musical geniuses like Miles Davis with his Julliard School training.
      Just four guys from Liverpool who formed a really successful band then broke up like so many other successful bands have done.

      No more history-changing than Earth, Wind and Fire in that regard, though I’d argue that, if you want to talk about evolution of a band’s music, EW&F’s evolved much more than did that of The Beatles.

      Again, no disrespect intended…I know how devoted Beatles fans can be and do not wish to offend anyone with my point of view on the matter.
      I just never thought they were all that, and still don’t.

      Some have even accused them of being Communist-Socialists based upon the lyric “imagine no possessions
      I wonder if you can
      no need for greed or hunger
      in a brotherhood of man
      imagine all the people
      sharing all the world…”

      But I wouldn’t. It’s just a dream in my opinion, not given much thought.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.14   Canthz_B bang

      Shoot!! I used a moderated word while editing the above post. :-(

      Had to do with:

      “imagine no possessions
      I wonder if you can
      no need for greed or hunger
      in a brotherhood of man
      imagine all the people
      sharing all the world…”

      Veterans of the site can guess what it was… :-)

      Apr 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.15   Nunavut Guy

      Imagine………just imagine.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.16   XanderG

      Technically, Imagine wasn’t the Beatles it was John Lennon doing his solo thing

      Apr 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.17   Canthz_B bang

      Technically, in 1963 Lennon opened the Beatles song “I’ll Get You” with the verse “Imagine I’m in love with you, it’s easy ’cause I know”.

      Guilt by association. A time honored, all-American tradition. ;-)

      Apr 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.18   FeRD bang

      Team nobody who got suckered into re-hashing the decades-old discussion of why the Beatles’ music is so popular/good!

      I mean, I didn’t read the whole thing, but a music discussion in the PANotes comments section sounds like the perfect place to solve this once and for all. I’m sure there were some insightful and salient points made that have never been brought up before, and much new ground was covered.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.19   Canthz_B bang

      No worries, FeRD. My wad is spent on the subject. I just don’t know enough about it I’m afraid. :-)

      Apr 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   kate the great

    Ah, I remember visiting this place while on a pub crawl in London. There’s a pic somewhere of me flashing my boobs at the camera in that crosswalk. Good times.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Nunavut Guy

      Well that depends on how nice a rack you have.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   AuntyBron

      Put those things away before you hurt someone, Kate.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Vik

    How will I ever get ANYTHING done EVER again now that I have the link to that live cam???
    Must.Watch.CrazyPeople!!

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Sarah

    Wow, that IS strangely hypnotic! And I only had to watch for about three minutes before some people tried it!

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      I opened up the camera page right onto some people trying it. There were 7 people – if you’re going to do it, get 4 people, dress like ‘em (bare feet, beards, and all) and go for it. This webcam *is* strangely hypnotic. I can’t stop looking!

      Apr 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Nunavut Guy

      Check out the rotisserie chicken channel for more great action.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 3:55 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   The Elf

      Not before lunch!

      Apr 26, 2011 at 6:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   El Jefe

    Never been to the UK so this might be a stupid question….

    Why are the lines all crooked?

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   clever name

      Cuz not everything is like it is where you live :D

      Apr 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Quite Contrary

      They’re driving on the wrong side of the road. Oh, wait…

      Apr 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   G bang

      “not everything is like it is where you live” doesn’t actually answer the question.

      Where I live, the lines are straight because it’s the most efficient way to put them down. If they’re not straight, it follows that there’s probably a reason. What is the reason?

      Apr 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   David Walters

      The zig-zag lines are either side of the crossing and mark a section of road where parking and overtaking is forbidden.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   Caitlin S

      Thank you, Mr. Walters. A helpful answer! That’s actually a good idea for the roads because some people drive like idiots when they aren’t aware there’s a crosswalk coming up, especially in my crosswalk-heavy college town.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   AuntyBron

      A friend of mine and I were visiting in Toronto and went driving with a native. My friend, who was driving, said, “What do those wavy lines mean?” The native said “Go! Go! Go!!”

      Not helpful. Just sayin’

      Apr 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   Canthz_B bang

      See, this is good to know. I’m used to straight lines along the sides and in the middle of straight streets and on a curve having the lines curve as the road does.

      Without the above info, I’d have just assumed that Andy Capp had finally gotten a job!

      Apr 23, 2011 at 2:29 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   The Elf

      It also draws your attention to the crossing, like rumble strips warn you that you are drifting off the highway. Not a bad idea, really.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   Nunavut Guy

      Cross walks are part of the natural selection process.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 4:01 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.10   Canthz_B bang

      Not according to the comments on the next note! LOL

      Apr 26, 2011 at 4:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   taosaur

    Adding to the chaos, those jagged lines seem to indicate it’s a “fishtail wildly” zone :S

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Adriana

    Anyone who has ever had to live in a tourist trap shares this same pain.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   shwo! bang

    Why must they do it in the road?

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Jimmy James

      Because they mistakenly believe that no one will be watching them?

      Apr 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   TickleMyBambo

      Hey Shwo! Why don’t we do it on the road?

      Apr 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Vulpis

      Sadder still, they do it *because* they think someone will be watching, and have this delusion that it’s somehow ‘cool’ to look like the Beatles while being a hazardous obstruction to traffic (ignoring the fact that those videos *always* have the section of road cordoned off for safety, and any cars seen are *meant* to be there).

      Apr 23, 2011 at 12:30 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   unsatisfied

      no one will be watching us…..

      ….except for those who are watching the webcam.

      Apr 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Jimmy James

    I like to imagine this is the first and easiest picture to collect on a whole Beatles Photo Scavenger Hunt. Some aren’t too difficult, but most would prove daunting for a Day Tripper.
    Easy:
    Strawberry Fields
    Kansas City

    Medium:
    In the Sky, With Diamonds
    In a Yellow Submarine

    Expert:
    Back in the U.S.S.R. (No, Russia does not count.)
    Across the Universe
    Here, There, and Everywhere

    Apr 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   AuntyBron

      And they call themselves fans. Honestly!

      Apr 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   ligercorn

    So pedestrian.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Sue B

    In the UK it is illegal for drivers to park on the road where the zig zag lines are painted. This is to ensure that the pedestrians view of oncoming traffic is not obscured.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Canthz_B bang

      Sure…as if they can see anything through pea soup fog and past open bumbershoots. :-)

      Apr 23, 2011 at 2:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   QBALL

    I want a picture of me taking a picture of the PA note scrawled on the wall, THAT would be awesome!

    Apr 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   TickleMyBambo

      Thanks to the Beatles, Abbey Road has become a natural magnet for idiots to folk and hopefully get ran over by oncoming traffic. I’d hate to see what kind of pure madness the entrance of The Dakota Building must attracting.

      Apr 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Canthz_B bang

      Those people are probably a bunch of “Lennonists”!!
      “McCartneyism” has succeeded in getting rid of many of them though.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 2:53 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Mrs.Beasley bang

    Oh, no! According to this sketch PAUL IS DEAD!!

    Apr 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Meta

      Only if you read it backwards!

      Apr 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   clumber

      ’tis it a correct use of irony to mention that he may end up being the last one alive?

      I beseech the definition/usage expertians.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   Canthz_B bang

      Hang in there, Ringo. I have you in our office pool!

      Apr 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Nunavut Guy

      Okay,that was really funny.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   park rose

      He means it literally. There’s an octopus down there too.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 8:04 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   Canthz_B bang

      Only you, rose…only you! ♥ :lol:

      Apr 24, 2011 at 11:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   FeRD bang

      @clumber: It’ll be pretty ironic if he ends up outliving all the others, considering the place the message “Paul is dead” occupies in Beatles history! Absolutely.

      It isn’t particularly anything to point out that possible future irony at this time. (Well, except perhaps accurate and insightful. It is both of these things.)

      Apr 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Nan

    As if the original album cover (and album) weren’t stupid enough….now suckers are trying to see how much lamer they can be. If they started charging money to get a photo taken here, even *more* people would be lining up to do it.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Deon

    Gosh, lots of humorless cranky people here. Why do any of you care whether other people get a laugh out of visiting this intersection? How does it affect you, harm you, bother you at all? I’d much rather hang with the crazies crossing the road than with the cranks posting here.

    Apr 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   wright1

      Deon, to quote a nameless master: “This is the internet; all the happy people are in sports bars.”

      Apr 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   Vulpis

      Oh, it probably doesn’t harm most of us. The people trying to use the intersection for it’s intended purpose *as* an intersection, especially the ones who narrowly avoid running over the idiot *laying down* because they can’t see them? That’s more of an issue…

      Apr 23, 2011 at 12:33 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   park rose

      As Nan said, suckers are trying to see how much lamer they can be. Self-destructive tendencies abound.

      Apr 24, 2011 at 8:07 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    I must confess to never having been a Beatles fan…I wasn’t allowed to buy a copy of The White Album. :lol:

    Apr 23, 2011 at 3:05 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Nunavut Guy

      Well you could have listened to a few tracks at the Woolco lunch counter.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 6:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   The Elf

      But, as a bonus, you get the double pack Spinal Tap’s Smell The Glove and Metallica’s Black Album for free.

      Apr 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   Canthz_B bang

      Wouldn’t have been a bonus in my neighborhood. Unless a swift ass-kicking is considered a bonus! ROTFL

      Apr 24, 2011 at 11:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   FeRD bang

      Depends how much that ass needs kickin’!

      Apr 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   Canthz_B bang

      LOL, immediately if I’d have been blasting Metallica from my boombox back in my old ‘hood (yeah, I had one…STOP JUDGING ME!!), that’s for sure. They don’t sound much like the Ohio Players. :lol:

      Apr 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Ali

    First the iDaft thing, now this camera… show me more ways to enjoy wasting time!

    Sadly, it’s 7pm over there and apparently people don’t like recreating the cover at this time.

    Wait, NOPE! They just did it! Oh god, I can’t stop watching now.

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Ishie

    That *is* hypnotic. Four minutes to Beatles-walk (though they waited a long time for traffic to clear), despite being 9:30 PM over there.

    I’ve walked by the Dakota several times. People there, but not really more obnoxious than any of the other areas. Strawberry Fields draws a lot nearby. I think they scope the Dakota and hang out at Strawberry Fields.

    I’ve also been to Dallas; there’s an X on the street where Kennedy was shot, and it’s a pretty busy road. LOTS of running out to it in between cars for pictures. Yikes. Thought we were going to have a picture of someone getting hit.

    Apr 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   The Elf

      I’ve been to the book depository. You can’t sit in the actual sniper’s nest, but you can get close. Everyone, including me, tries to figure out if they could have made that shot. Then they check out the grassy knoll and run out into the street for pictures. I skipped those because I had a plane to catch. They made for pretty good imaginary targets though!

      Apr 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Nunavut Guy

      You know that all of this is being recorded,eh?

      Apr 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   Canthz_B bang

      Things to do in Memphis, TN:

      See if you too can line up a shot at a balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

      Things to do in Orlando, FL:

      Get off an actual shot, and plug Mickey at 1000 yds. from your perch on Space Mountain.

      Morbid fun for the whole family!

      Apr 24, 2011 at 4:49 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Mischa

    Literally 5 seconds after I turned that webcam on someone did it. Not there are huge amounts of crowds on either end, just standing their, waiting their turn to recreate the cover. I don’t think anyone is even legitimately crossing the road. This one pair of idiots has crossed it about 7 times now.

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    Okay that is awesome. I was hypnotized by waiting to see a vehicle run over a posing pedestrian. Didn’t happen, but if it had, I’d have been all “Team Vehicle!”

    Apr 24, 2011 at 11:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Nunavut Guy

    Has anyone seen my empathy?I swear that I had it a minute ago.

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   FeRD bang

    Aw, I don’t get to play! “THIS STREAM IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC”.

    I don’t know if that’s just because it’s 4:45am local time, of if we’ve somehow slashdotted the webcam.

    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Susan

    Funny, but yes if it happened all the time to me, I would be quite annoyed!

    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Julia

    It’s not even the same crossing on the album.

    Apr 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   FeRD bang

      Yes, how dare they have repainted & repaved the street in, what, over forty years?!? No respect for history, the English.

      Apr 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   Chic

      Even more sadly, it seems to me that Julia simply couldn’t process the reverse image.

      Apr 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   FeRD bang

      Shhhh. I was trying to ease her into it, Chic. You know, like you would with a sleepwalker… or Bruce Willis.

      Apr 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   olive

    It was definitely destined to be a tourist trap :)

    Apr 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Lily

    Abbey road webcam?! The internet is filled with all sorts of delights!! :D

    Also, is that note signed by someone whose actual name is “Xanthe?” How cool is that?!?

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Xanthe

      Yes I am Xanthe and this is really surreal because I was actually there with my friend as a Beatles fan and we just meant if you’re going to pose on Abbey Road do it properly like you at least know WHY you are posing.

      Pose like the Beatles instead of a mindless idiot!

      Xanthe x

      May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   Serenity

    Wow. It’s 4:30 on a friday afternoon here in the UK, so people are trying to get home from work – not the best time to be playing in the traffic.

    It’s kind of sad that most of the cars don’t stop at the zebra crossing. I’d guess those are locals who’ve been held up by tourists larking about on that crossing too many times. Must be a pain if you’re legitimately trying to cross the road.

    May 6, 2011 at 10:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   sarah

    doesn’t that graffiti mean to respect the beatles and pose correctly and not with all the wavey arms business?

    May 22, 2011 at 9:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Xanthe

    I WROTE THIS.

    Someone just sent me the link on tumblr saying ‘is that you?’ and actually I love ‘The Beatles’ I wanted people to pose like they did on the album if they were going to pose at all. I felt like half the tourists didn’t actually know why they were there!

    The sign was supposed to basically say ‘Hey! You’re doing it wrong!’

    And me and my friend wrote a whole bunch of cliche song lyrics too (she did ‘A Day in the Life’ and I did ‘And I Love Her’ I seem to remmeber)

    Anyway I can prove it, here’s a video of us on the day complaining about the way tourists were crossing the road: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiSQ1DYYpqE&feature=channel_video_title

    Xanthe x

    May 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   bannie

    Over here in the USA, the pedestrians do have “the right of way,” but–in my California experience–we do pause and look before we cross a road. These people don’t even take a breath or glance around!

    May 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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