Monthly Archives: June 2011

global village

It must be chucking-out time at the Fridge. There’s a sudden spill of exuberance out onto the pavement. Two early-risers waiting for a bus look on blankly as a happy raggle-taggle of black youths disperses down Brixton Hill. It’s 4.48 … Continue reading

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meantime

I’m waiting for the sun, here on the Royal Steps. They’re slippery and fringed with weed. Behind me stands the Royal Naval College, its twin domes overlooking a grassy quadrangle. A pair of ornamental gates front on to the river … Continue reading

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fish on friday

The Billingsgate clock that hangs above the central aisle says it’s 4.40. Or because it’s an old-fashioned clock perhaps it should say twenty to five. A white round face with black roman numerals is repeated on four sides of a … Continue reading

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popping out to the bank

Today I’m walking towards the rising sun. After daybreak, I’ll keep going. I’m crossing the city from where I live in Chiswick, heading east. The hour before 5.00 always seems to possess its own special magic. Everyone’s asleep in their … Continue reading

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dawnwatch

Hyde Park opens at 5.00 but the padlocks are already off and I’m through the gate at 4.40 this morning. There’s a chill in the air today. What was a clear sky looks to be clouding over. I cross the … Continue reading

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wood and clay will wash away

I make it to London Bridge just in time. Sunrise today is at 4.46, creeping earlier still. I was away last week so I haven’t been out for a few days and the change is noticeable. The sky is perfectly … Continue reading

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