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Free Hugs

December 29th, 2007 - London, England

 

This is hardly a ground-breakingly original subject, I admit : at the time of posting, a search on the tag "free hugs" brought back 7959 results. But I went through several pages and found that the vast majority either showed people forlornly holding up their "FREE HUGS" signs as passers by looked on with bemusement or disdain, or people gingerly patting each other on the back as if they're slightly surprised at themselves for having dared to indulge in such a gesture in public. Certainly, none of them showed the exuberance of the woman above, who literally took a running jump into the arms of her delighted hugger. I only hope he doesn't have a bad back.

 

And I can't helping thinking that the Experienced Guide may have missed a trick.

 

This photograph was blogged here on July 10th, 2008. Thanks, Ruth !!

 

Then on November 8th, 2009 something extraordinary seems to have happened - I'm not sure who picked up on it first, but suddenly I had several hundred hits, many, though not all, from the twitterverse. Ryan Carson, founder of Carsonified, announced he was going to be using the image in a forthcoming talk he's giving, but beyond that I really don't know where the hits are coming from. Anyone who'd care to leave a comment to say where they came here from would be much appreciated.

 

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Taken on December 29, 2007