Central London

October 29, 2007 at 12:03 pm (1)


A blue shark, pictured last week, is the last thing you expect to encounter in the streets of London. This was on display at James Knight of Mayfair’s Notting Hill Gate branch; fishmongers to the Queen, apparently.

The shark, of course, is an apt metaphor for city life, but capitalism cannot be harpooned so easily. A few days later, the poor animal was less of an attraction, consigned to the sides of the window display, half its body lobbed off. Still, its jaws provided fascination for a little schoolgirl I spotted poking it.

This week at I was driving in Piccadilly Circus (our Times Square) and was distracted by one of the lights there.

The Oxford definition of McJob was on display — (“an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects, esp. one created by the expansion of the service sector”). McDonald’s response began with the words “we beg to differ”. By this point I had skipped a red and had to concentrate on the road. But imagine a big company like that being hurt by a word. McJob. McJob. McJob! That’ll piss them off.

Anyway, this squirrel’s not bothered, in a church square off Kensington Hight Street I caught it feasting on French fries.


And here’s it is close-up, taken without zoom.


Around the corner, there was pest control.



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