London’s Summer Madness Part 1


In any other European city it would be welcome – in France or Spain, summer sun usually means fine outdoor dining, fountains and aircooled rooms. Not in London, which descends into an urban death-rattle of heat, sweat and filth. Tube cooling never appeared, Oxford Street is looking especially unappealing now that the council has stuck pointless, lurid yellow markers all over it, and there’s so much blackened chewing gum on the pavements that the street looks like it’s leopard-skin.
However, there are the usual summer wierdnesses – kangaroos are cropping up, the only memorable thing about them being the giant warnings on their sides (presumably they’re advertising something, now that bits of the city’s parks are rented out to companies flogging stuff every summer) and there are pianos appearing throughout the capital labelled ‘Play Me’, like something from Alice In Wonderland.

3 comments on “London’s Summer Madness Part 1”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    How wonderful that pianos show up out of nowhere! Is this an annual oddity?

    Is one right that this is in Bloomsbury Square Gardens or in Russell Square Gardens?

  2. admin says:

    It’s Soho Square. I was tempted to climb on the roo.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    I would imagine that the kangaroos are part of something that has hit North America over the last few years. One city had cows, Toronto had moose, and in Vancouver we have had orcas, bears, and this year it seems to be eagles in flight. Artists are asked to decorate the otherwise blank animals and the resultant art pieces are auctioned off to benefit various charities. I have seen the pieces in the rotundas of various buildings, sometimes very appropriate. I wish I knew who got the bear decked out as a carpenter in overalls with tools in the belt loops or the orca that was painted with book shelves on which were books with titles altered to suit a whale library (except for Moby Dick, of course, which didn’t need changing.) If the kangaroos are fibreglass it would account for the climbing ban, but what child pays attention to that?

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