Being Beta

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Moments of zen

Saturday 16 September 2006

"Everyone's good. Hope you're feeling really zen and having a lovely weekend xx"

1. Walking past the newly redeveloped (and yes, soulless, characterless) Spitalfields, Wilco's Radio Cure came on the iPod, and it seemed an apposite summary of what had been lost: cleanliness and brightness had won out again, and it was wrong.

2. Moments later, crossing Commerical Road, George Galloway (and attractive dark haired lady in passenger seat) pulled up in a red Mercedes convertable, E series (I think), C reg plate. Those libel victories just keep on giving.

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4. Crossing Consort Road at the slight bend, to be greeted by the sight of a queue almost 100 long to see No 15 and 1/2 as part of Open House weekend. Apart from the instinctive peel of laughter that followed (I was there as M had been allocated that when she volunteered the week before), two thoughst sprang to mind: a) the way to get people to see contemporary architecture is quite simple - just make sure that there's been a prominent sunday supplement style sheet spread the previous weekend; b) Open House is almost the perfect form of recreation for the English, combining as it does walking, queuing, snooping and property.



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