Friday 8th May 2020
Back in the day, the city calling. Offering up its coolness and grit, but a clean grit. That something in the air where anything’s possible.
And before all that pesky adulthood and reality, responsibilities, history.
Sun’s out, guns out.
Clapham Common busy as always, the temperature hitting 24C at about 3pm. All along the way people strolling, queueing outside the few shops. The usual keep-fitters skipping and cartwheeling but vastly outnumbered by sunbathers and picnics.
PC Plod nowhere to be seen, but the signs everywhere, littering the flat surfaces.
A big no-no the outdoor gyms, now unsightly.
Looking like exotic, unreachable zoo animals, or edgy art.
The bandstand also (apparently the biggest in London), uglified as if to barricade there being nothing to see, nope. Rightly so, it’d be a prime vector from the sun.
The park caff fully open, and suspiciously looking to provide picnic fodder. A queue in and out, with almost a carnival atmosphere surrounding it.
Everywhere else nature returning. Although the parks now more used, quietude still to be found.
Once upon a time a ranger house, or public loos disguised as a wee cottage, pun intended. Looks like the mfing future.
The surrounding streets their own bubble in a quiet decay.
For so many a meaning lost without selling, buying, shopping.
I’ve no idea if that circus ever got there.
The ice cream shop does a roaring trade, and the closest thing to a break we can get. The queue snakes round the corner and down the street, with each punter looking a little embarrassed.
Today’s meant to be the first day of summer, traditionally the windows open, the radios blaring, the lawns littered with bodies and streets drunken. Instead a furtive atmosphere like a held note -fun is not to be had but if so, surreptitiously.
Tomorrow will be Saturday, and even hotter. It’ll happen then.