Not having been out and about around London much of late I realise how much I miss pootling round [though actually not that slow nor completely without purpose] and viddying all that a constantly changing city has to offer. Spotted today in the Whitechapel/Old Street area.
I had to double take on this one at the end of Petticoat Lane, in a largely Muslim area. For a moment I assumed it said ‘Sharia Coke’, which I thought most peculiar. And the Hindu sahasra [thousand] from the devotional scripture mentioning a thousand names for a god, but I am surely reading too much into it. The city is changing so rapidly I fear much of interest, which is in no way protected, will be lost. Certainly in the east end the rough edges are the most vibrant. As soon as things become too gentrified they become of little interest. Unfortunately in a commerce driven world that is bound to happen most of the time. I was disappointed to see that what I had thought [should know better by now] was a brilliant new addition to the east end’s creative urban landscape, was nought but a temporary PR grabbing stunt? A giant beach ball atop the Latitude building; now demolished and being transformed into The White Collar Factory. I guess the new occupants think they are being funky/cool with that moniker but I can’t think of anything more corporate in feel. A factory turning out starched collars? The Silicon Roundabout is already passé.