For Sherry. Five things you can do in my home town. Scratched my head a little; what’s my home town? Is it Kingsbury, London NW9? Or is it London Town? No matter, I’ll do both.
Enjoy Thai iced coffee whilst people-watching at Oriental City, NW London.
(Taken with cameraphone)
Five things you can do in London NW9:
And In London Town:
A young family of four on the top deck of the 79 bus the other day. The conversation started by the not-quite-teenage young boy who had obviously just learned about the Periodic Table of Elements at school. His younger sister, perhaps not quite 8 years old sitting next to him:
Oh, to be young again.
It’s not very pleasant to come across them when out and about in London. Especially not when you do so in your own neighbourhood:
Not very nice to see this sort of sign practically on your own doorstep.
(Taken with cameraphone in my local North West London High Street.)
Some time back Londonist referred to them as “murder boards” – although in my case above it’s not a murder as such. That was when there was talk that the Metropolitan Police were going to scrap them because they caused too much public anxiety. As far as I’m aware there seem to be more of them than ever. Perhaps it is a sign of the times. Perhaps so. Because a little bit of digging around the website of my local London Borough Council (Brent) provides some clue as to the state of behaviour on the streets round here. It does make very disturbing reading:
From Police witness appeals for last week: Woman manages to bite the hand of a hoodie who attacked her. 17 year old gets beat up by 15 hoodies who steal his Nokia 8310 mobile phone.
From the week before: Pizza delivery guy gets gashed in face by hoodies who stole his Nokia 6280 mobile phone. Young Spanish tourist had her rucksack stolen, in it were loads of money, camcorders etc. Italian tourist gets punched after having had a tomato thrown at him and demanding his mobile phone. Teenager on bus gets punched in face by hoodies who stole his Nokia 6230 mobile phone. Bloke gets punched and kicked by gang who stole his Apple iPod and cash. A man caught up in a “large” disturbance in Ealing Road area will lose his arm after enduring serious injuries – numerous weapons, baseball bats, sword, axe, recovered by Police.
Today was the first day of of the Autumn term for many primary school children in London. And predictably, the traffic levels on the roads spiked considerably as many parents ushered their kids to school in their cars and MPVs during the rush hour. The last 6 weeks of summer-holiday heaven for car-commuters has come to an end. And although I try to avoid driving to work if I can, today (for specific reasons) I had little choice but to join the school-day traffic on my way to work. So it’s kind of nice when, as you’re sitting there in a traffic jam in the suburbs, to notice that not every parent is unnecessarily clogging up the roads taking their kids to school, and walking them to school instead.
Nice to see some parents walking to school instead of driving …
(Taken with cameraphone whilst stuck in a traffic jam in Greenford West London.)
I have to admit there are many people who also have no choice but to drive their kids to school, but since I live practically next door to a bunch of schools myself, I have personally witnessed too many who do so, who really do not need to. (Sigh.)