A carrier bag full of small metal canisters dumped into a gutter from a passing car (not the car in the photo, as it happens) – the remnants of another good night out in the Outer Suburbs.

So what is this?  The canisters contained laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and, in the image below, here is their provenance – their “official” use is for whipping cream to float on coffee etc, and laughing gas is also still used as an anaesthetic in dentistry and childbirth.  But all over the UK, although not on sale to kids aged under 18, those same kids and many others use the laughing gas to get a brief high.  The kids puncture the cylinders, release the gas into a balloon (a deflated blue balloon can be seen in the third image), and inhale it.  I’m told that its often used by kids too young to buy booze.

So, a good night out in the Outer Suburbs: stock up with cylinders and balloons (and probably booze and ciggies too – as in the third image down with its empty cider and ciggy packaging), drive to somewhere not too much in the public eye and have a good time >>> and toss the bag of used canisters etc out of the car on the way home.  But the image below was taken at a bus stop: the revellers were waiting for a bus, or perhaps just sitting in the bus shelter, beside a main road, in the middle of the night.

I’m not being at all judgemental here, laughing gas is not for me but I do after all very much enjoy getting highs via alcohol.  That our society considers booze legal, perhaps because it has been enjoyed/used for millennia, is not a central argument to me.  Laughing gas is thought to be mainly harmless, although I recall seeing details of a person with very serious side effects on TV recently.

Oh and the feet in the final image are … now just how did Mick Jagger so succinctly put it? … “Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste …” …


There are earlier Good Night Out images here: 1 2 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto each image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it.

Technique: TG-5; flash in the second image; Lightroom; south Bristol; autumn and winter 2018/9.





About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS 70 – A GOOD NIGHT OUT 3

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Well done, Adrian, sorry I can’t say the same for whomever discarded all that trash. I appreciate your even-handed non-judgmental approach….the shoes look comfy….


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, non-judgemental; there are many ways in which I am judgemental, especially for some of the ways in which this country is run, but these youngsters are doing their thing, while under far, far more pressures than I ever experienced at their age.

      LOL!!! and the shoes >>> I do 6 mile “strolls”, I’m overweight and my legs and feet are not the best (have I just put you off your breakfast?), so the shoes HAVE TO be comfy!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  2. Meanderer says:

    I didn’t know the canisters looked like that. I’ll be looking around for them now – although there aren’t many youngsters around here – mainly old duffers like me or young families 🙂


  3. Seriously! Is anyone getting high on life these days?!?! Am I being judgmental? I guess so. Sorry. Handsome kickers on you toes there, bud. Stay high on the beauty of booze. In moderation. 🤣😅🤣 P. S. The canisters are a pretty shade of blue, though. 🤷🏼‍♀️


  4. paula graham says:

    This trend is everywhere, shocking sad and bad. Parents…teach your children manners!


  5. These nitrous oxide cylinders increasingly litter the city streets here in Sheffield. Whether or not the use of the gas for recreation is harmful the cylinders are most definitely a blight on our streets and also due to their shape a trip/slip hazard. People are so reckless in disposing of their recreational fixes, be it chewing gum, sweet wrappers, beer cans, nitrous oxide canisters and cigarettes! Like yourself I’ll not judge someone for what they do with their time and money but I don’t want to witness their discarded rubbish on the streets.
    Alcohol is as you note a socially acceptable drug and I remember years ago Stuart Cosgrove did a TV series about illegal highs and he also made mention in each episode of legally addictive drugs like alcohol and coffee. I liked that he did this, as any debate around drugs and understanding addiction needs to look at the broader picture and often that can start with aspects of our own lives.
    I enjoyed todays blog post. Food for thought and a tidy pair of shoes 🙂
    Mr C

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad you like this, Mr C; interesting to hear about Sheffield, I suppose these canisters are countrywide now. I don’t aim to make these social posts a central theme, but the booze cans/bottles, the vandalism and the canisters appear time after time on my walks through the suburbs.

      And a tidy pair of shoes, eh? Well, probably my tidiest bit … Thanks for your thoughts. Adrian 🙂

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