Monday, December 17

They're tearing down the skull building at the end of the road



on Friday I was on my roof when I saw the skull being bitten off


people go on about it being a big useless eyesore and they're glad it's finally going but I found the building charming - in a creepy sort of way.

When they have totally flattened the 'useless eyesore' a block of  'executive apartments' will rise in it's place they will not be suitable for families or people with badly paid jobs.

Another building down the road used to be an office block, it was empty for years, drunks gathered on the steps to fight. One day the building was unlocked and opened. Without any apparent refurbishment the ground floor became an enormous bar selling pricey beer and cheap food, parties started at noon for no good reason, an art gallery popped up, bands played every night, the upper floors were let out to artists and people who wanted to use the big rooms for meetings, it was crowded with all manner of characters. The drunks that used to gather on the steps came in and earned a drink by collecting glasses, it was chaotic and messy and a lot of fun. Over the last few weeks the artists have been evicted and most of the building will be developed into smart apartments.





I moved to this neighbourhood because of it's weirdness. That skull building was like Lurch from the Addams family, ungainly, huge and instantly recognisable - the arty party office block was our Uncle Fester. The new apartments when they are in place will be as dreary as Brian and Jennifer from The Archers*


*the Archers is the UK's longest running radio drama - a tale of eternally weary, hard-working, beige-wearing country folk

8 comments:

  1. The Skull Building reminds me of Día de Muertos skulls.

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  2. Perhaps Terese and Jeremy will become squatters in the new place.Nobody seems to want them up in Westminster!

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    1. That would be too much - I'd have to sweep out of the country!

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  3. Pray tell, what were you doing on your roof?!
    I hate what they've done to The City of London - I don't think I'd recognise it if I went back.
    Sx

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    1. I was counting the number of chicken bones deposited there by swarms of seagulls

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  4. Gentrification? Everything that people love about an area is changed and becomes just like everywhere else. It really sucks to see vibrant fun communities turn into bland versions of anywhere/anyplace. xoxo

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    1. Exactly Sav, it's very depressing that value is understand only in terms of how much money it generates

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