Thursday, October 05, 2006

A New York state of mind

I would caution to say that most New Yorkers know of or have literally heard plaid bike man. For years he has been riding around the city blasting Frank Sinatra music from the stereo taped on the back of his bike. What you can't see from this picture are the photos of women splattered on his deconstructed Boombox. A New Yorker like no other.

And before I skip town for the weekend to join bike man in NYC, I can't help but ask who would be London's icon? Is it fiery, megaphone preacher, "Don't be a sinner - be a winner" Phil Howard? Who incidentally was slapped with an ASBO last May which is really why Oxford Street is said to have lost its soul. Or would it have to be Brian Haw the permanent peace protester at Parliament Square? And we are talking people here so, for this once, Topshop doesn't count.

The bloglines are open...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely peace man

he is brilliant

what dedication

what a life to remember

11:58 am  
Anonymous Ella said...

Sinner man is cool but can get angry and aggressive

Shopping on oxford street is definitely more peaceful without him and guilt free

Would have to go with brian haw

11:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would have to be mayor KEN, NO?

12:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a cockney cabbie

12:04 pm  
Anonymous max said...

If not Ken, then sinner-winner man every time. Here's why.

12:08 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Agree sinner winner man every time

Ken is an embarassment. London can do better than that.

12:11 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

I once had to sit next to the sinner or winner guy on a three hour train journey....that was tiring...

And he didn't even remember me a week later...

He has retruned from his asbo banishment - now usually based at Picadilly Circus.

And I shook Brian Haw's hand last week when I bumped into him at the Westminster Courts where he was fighting the system.

No Slicker, my celebrity spots are not quite as glamorous as yours....

12:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly sinner-winner man is not allowed onto oxford street for another year. If only Nike Town would go the same way.

Would give him the vote CS.

Saw him by hammersmith apollo last week

12:15 pm  
Anonymous Deborah said...

Banksy? I know he is from Bristol but he has painted the capital more thana nyone else?

12:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the announcer at covent garden tube station lifts

12:28 pm  
Anonymous Tom said...

I am loving this guy's plaid on plain ensemble

A character indeed

Not sure London has a comparable one Slicker

12:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

London can't compare to the Big Apple

6:13 pm  
Blogger Minerva Jane said...

jeez--suing someone for saying you're going to burn in hell? wouldn't make it one month in the deep south, now would they?

10:13 pm  
Blogger Gareth said...

Sinner - winner man, oh please. His absence has made Oxford Street just that bit more bareable.

10:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love sinner winner man

London's only chance

Safe trip City Slicker

3:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love sinner winner man

London's only chance

Safe trip City Slicker

3:15 am  
Blogger Monique said...

I agree
'be a winner not a sinner' guy wins
he was even outside of a beastie boys concert we went to a few years ago - freaky!

10:20 am  
Blogger Chris said...

Sinner - winner is a freak. I don't object to religion, but object to being sunject to diatribes. I don't stand on Oxford Street trying to 'recruit' gays.....

10:55 am  
Anonymous dawnbysea said...

Banksy gets my vote

Ken is a moron

Get back safe CS :-)

12:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac Goldsmith anyone

12:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come home city slicker

2:01 pm  

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