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Down-and-Out in Wells

Down-and-Out in Wells

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  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Sep 2016, 01:14
A lovely discreet composition.

It is a sad indictment that our current laws and regulations have led to so many people to becoming homeless.

The way the rules work I can't see it getting any better.
Lisl: I am with you entirely on this, Cherie. I also saw in Wells a lady living in a doorway with all her belongings in bags - she looked like a fixture
A not uncommon sight here either, I'm sad to say. Sympathetically taken, Elisabeth.
Lisl: Thank you, Frank. There are sadly more homeless in Bath than here
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Sep 2016, 03:31
Down, but probably not out, Lisl.
Lisl: No probably not, Ray - I used to work in the Night Selter in Bath and the clients were very lively
C'est triste de voir ça.
Lisl: Very sad, Martine
And a patch of sun....could be worse... Very nice image, Lisl
Lisl: And by the Bishop's Palace (where the Bishop still lives) - perhaps he is treated kindly, Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Sep 2016, 06:32
Just the tip of an unseen iceberg Lisl
Lisl: We see such a lot of this in Bath, Chris
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Sep 2016, 07:03
Oh, a poor, homeless person, but he might enjoy the sun. I know where you took this picture (with Ginnie).
Lisl: You are right, Philine. He may be content - some people prefer to live outside
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Sep 2016, 07:37
Not what one would expect to see in Wells. A true contrast with what aI consider to be an affluent area. I like the sunlight.
Lisl: One of two homeless people I saw that day. I rememeber a traveller telling me once that he chose to busk in Wells as the people there were very generous
It gets harder as the winter draws on. In a supposedly wealthy and civilised country no one should need to be sleeping rough
Lisl: It's one of our country's main disgraces, Bill
It is a sad unfortunately more and more common situation. Beautiful light
Lisl: It shouldn't happen, but a few even prefer to live outdoors, Marie, thank you
He has chosen a lovely spot by the water though it is sad he needs to.
Lisl: And near the Bishop's Palace, where perhaps they look after him
  • Hugh D Soar
  • Eng;land)
  • 30 Sep 2016, 10:30
An all too frequent sight; a sad reflection of today's egoistic, self-concerned Society.
Lisl: It is, and they are usually scorned as well
I think others have already said what needs to be said about these poor homeless people on our streets but I do like it that you have treated this man sympathetically rather than stick a camera right up his nose like some pro photographers do!
Lisl: I wouldn't like to do that, and this opportunity arose naturally
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Sep 2016, 13:34
The subject of being down and out, always leaves me in many minds. The reason being, that there are people homeless because of tragic events and there are those who are just happy to wallow. And then you have the druggies, who seldom were forced to become addicted, but nevertheless need help. And so on. Here in Africa, one runs the danger of becoming too used to the plight (becoming callous), as you see so many on a daily base. Beggars, sellers of trinkets, etc hang around every intersection of note. It is illegal yes, but most of the time it is harmless.

The day, we put our dustbins out to be emptied, the bins are visited by a number operators with their carts. They go through the contents of the bin and sort usable stuff out of your rubbish. Glass, paper, plastics etc are collected and sold to recyclers. In the end, half of what you have put out - gets taken by the municipal service.

All of this is in part a sign of modern society. Simply put - my father's degree contains less complexity than mine, which in turn is less complex than those of my offspring. The same happens to school syllabi. People left school at the start of secondary and made a living in my father's time, some of my school mates left school half-way through secondary and is making a living. Young people nowadays HAVE to complete secondary, or they have no chance of a job/career. The catch pool of 'labour' is so small ...

In a way, the average IQ of the homeless increase a little, every year. In a way, it all can't just go on and on, indefinitely.
Lisl: I used to work in the local homeless shelter and met many men who had lost their homes through divorce, Louis, something people don't often think about
la réalité de notre monde! amitiés
Lisl: A very sad reality. Good day to you, jean pierre
it's sad how we allow this to happen Lisl... it's a dramatic image...
some people prefer this way of life... during the Canadian winters we make sure that they are brought into shelters when the temperature drops below -20C at night....petersmile
Lisl: There are people in Bath whom I know will not want to be taken in. I suspect this gentleman in the picture may well be of that mind
Nice place, but nowhere's nice to be down and out!
Lisl: Not int he winter, Tom
A sad commentary indeed...
Lisl: It is, but this man looked well organised, I thought
A sad photograph nicely shot.
Lisl: Thank you, Michael - I felt he was enjoying the sunshine

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