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Hyde Park is a Grade I-listed major park in Central London. It is the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. The park is divided by the Serpentine and the Long Water.
Go for the speakers, stay for the ice cream. I had my first Twister in ages from a seller just outside the park. It was served at the ideal temperature and there was a bin provided for my wrapper. I would have put the stick in too but I'd walked back in to the park by then. I only give it 4/5 because of all the roads.
Great experience to watch people expressing themselves without inhibitions. Some people were talking from the fringes of society, other people had interesting things to say. There is something for everyone. Hyde park always makes for a good day out.
An interesting experience. Arrived at 1ish and stayed for a few hours. Haven't experienced anything like this before. Worth the visit.
If you don’t have enough irritation and bullsh*t in your life, why not take a walk to Speaker’s Corner and absorb some of someone else’s!!! If you like to have your political, religious or moral values loudly invalidated by someone with a double digit IQ, this is the place for you. Do you sometimes worry that none of your views have any relationship with reality? Fear not!! No reason or logic required, no mental stability required, and no personal hygiene required. Just come along, stand on a box and scream your flat-earth conspiracy theory at people all day long. Remember to follow the Speaker’s Corner rule; he who is the loudest, and speaks over the most people aggressively, is right.
Met lots of old friends & lots of interesting folk. I struggled with the concept of a person wanting to explain some topic & being instantly shouted down or heckled by a crowd of rent a mob types. Apart from that it was good to find other people who had a different point of view to my own & for them to explain patiently their beliefs or teachings.
Funny the "free speech" corner is only open on Sundays. I've heard that in England and parts of Europe you can be arrested for saying certain "unpopular" or "uncivil" things. Heresy is one of the things that the US fought and is why freedom of speech is ingrained in our Bill of Rights. Guess this is a modern version of heresy. Last time I visited London I didn't know SC was a Sunday thing. I was disappointed I missed it. I love a lively debate. We are planning a two-week trip next year and I will make a point to be there on Sunday. I love the concept. I encourage the open and free exchange of ideas. I especially look forward to bringing an American (patriot, gun loving, capitalist) perspective and exchanging ideas. Even in so called free America, the universities that should be incubators for debate and free exchange are more authoritarian than North Korea or China. Ironic that I'll have to go to England to have an open exchange. "God save the Queen!" Or as we'd say in the new politically correct America, "Save the Queen!" See you next year!
Jim Hughes: I had a great debate with a Muslim terrorist. I was the only non Muslim in the entire gathering. There were actually moments when it got a little scary. It was a heated discussion. I I was from the USA and it was right after the Muslim terrorists had taken down our World Trade Centers Towers in New York. I could tell the Muslims in the crowd did not like me and were hanging on every word of the debate. Of course their speaker on the box was very elegant, but dead wrong, and could not justify what their colleagues did to our country. He tried to convince his crowd that President Bush was responsible for crashing the planes into our own buildings and killing so many Americans. I started pushing him for proof of course, he had none. He knew he was lying. And he wasn’t skilled enough to look believable. So he dropped all effort he was making to come across as charismatic and smart and just started using all those 4-letter words that losers resort to when the realize they are losing the debate.
Back in Hyde park after several years. Great to see people discussing and debating each other in the park. At 5pm I found several different small groups of people deep in calm civil chatter. Wasn't always clear who the speakers were they seemed to have been off their pedestal.
This is one of the best places I know to watch mainly men argue. They argue about things they believe, mainly religion it is very funny. This time I watched from an expensive deck chair, make sure you pay the official attendant there is at least one unofficial one getting money and not giving a ticket in return! I enjoyed the couple of hours I spent watching human behaviour!