Saturday, July 09, 2005

Blitz spirit.

So, the Somerstown Festival Of Cultures took place this weekend after all, just yards from the police barriers, bomb debris, and the giant "Trust us, you really don't want to see what's behind this" screen the police had erected around Tavistock Square.

As sublimely wonderful as ever, this year's highlight was seeing ladies in burkhas politely clapping a display of riverdancing.

The world's media were there - maybe drawn in by the sheer wonder of it all, perhaps by the cheap indian food, or the catholic stall outside the Dar-Al-Hikma bookshop (sadly not jam this year, but a tombola - top prize: some lucozade)... But I suspect the gentlemen of the press were actually drawn in by the helter skelter, offering the children of the street an unrivalled peek over the screens into the bomb site.

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