Where Did Everybody Go?

Bryant and May, London

So the ‘Black Hole Of Calcutta’ scenario painted by the press, with zillions of peeps all crammed into the city unable to breathe, failed to materialise thanks to redirects away from the centre.

Only it was too successful, and now the place is the quietest it has been for years. I’ll be hitting town today and taking advantage of the space-filled stores and galleries. And planting a few copies of the new book about in unlikely places while I’m there.

I can’t host a treasure hunt this week as I’ve received fewer copies than usual and don’t have many spares. But as usual there will be a handful out there…I feel like a Roman burying household objects in the groundwork of my property as a votive offering!

5 comments on “Where Did Everybody Go?”

  1. Andy says:

    Indeed, eerily quiet. The main roads and tourist venues are busy enough but off those you half expect to see the the odd zombie or triffid come shambling around the corner.

  2. Lulu says:

    From the work of a marvelous photographer in Cambridge, this could be the red and white dress worn by Theo’s first victim in Bryant & May – Off the Rails:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ziW8rfFwxos/T9pVHBEa6CI/AAAAAAAAAMQ/sPSivbMrBIE/s640/P1070745.JPG

    I’m afraid that I’m reading these terrific books faster than you can produce them, Mr. Fowler. The most enjoyable reading I’ve done in years…. Thank you.

  3. Wayne says:

    Lovely shot that it reminds me of Sunday mornings on route to work…. All those years ago. Oh and by the way the nice at Amazon have already delivered my new B & M… Looking forward to getting into the Invisible Code later today….

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    @ Wayne: Rubbing it in, are you? Well, we’re still anticipating, which is okay. A new Bryant & May is like looking forward to Christmas and even for the controlled reader is soon over until next year.

  5. snowy says:

    According to today’s lunchtime snooze programme, all the japanese tourists that would have gone to the Lake District, have either stayed at home or gone to “the running, jumping and standing still show”.

    So room prices up in the Lakes dropped like a stone, leading to a huge rush of people from “That London” deciding to take refuge there for the duration.

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