April 9th - This… this, it’s remarkable.
I was shooting along the towpath, in the part of Spaghetti Junction where there’s a covered, cavernous tunnel over the canal. It’s dark under there; and eerie. It can be a little scary - there is no electric light there, and the only daylight is from the portals and small, irregular metre-square apertures in the roof, that let in shafts of sunlight. It’s a very odd, otherworldly spot.
I cycle through here generally without stopping. But today, a patch of yellow caught my eye in the admitted beam of light.
I stopped. I backed up. I stood, open mouthed.
Hundreds, possibly more than a thousand daffodils in small jars. Each with water in, in the circle of light. Decaying, gone over. Placed with what must have been care, it would have taken a large effort to get them and the jars to that spot. It’s not accessible. It would have perhaps taken a boat… or some climbing. But why? Was it art? Obsessiveness?
I was captivated. The pictures don’t do it justice. It’s stunning.
When I got home, I looked at the pictures. I puzzled over them. I asked twitter: twitter knew. Thanks to @nebolland, @kenofski, @brumcyclist and @cybrum who enlightened me.
It turns out it’s art. It was carried out by artist, art world enfant terrible and extraordinary publicist Bill Drummond, once of the KLF.
You can say what you like, that had a massive impact on me. That was bloody genius. I have total respect for it.
Predictive text tells me this is at least the second time I’ve used ‘End of the Line’ as a title. Can’t remember the other occasions.
I could talk about where this is but that’s self evident.
What really caught my eye was the Camp Coffee advert. I remember the liquid coffee bottle well but no recollection of what it actually tasted like. A good thing maybe ?
Chasewater, a set on Flickr.Strange goings on at Chasewater today. Most of the people you can see are either actors or fireman involved in an exercise to simulate a chemical leakage incident. If you look closely enough there is a ‘body’ in the water.
Bleeding London, a set on Flickr.Check out ‘Bleeding London’ if you live in London or visit regularly.
UFO at Leamington Assembly. Most of them well over sixty but still well and truly firing on all four cylinders ..
March 22nd - There’s been a death locally. The victim will not be mourned, although being viciously cut down by a diamond blade. Cyclists, pushchair wranglers and normal-width people throughout the area who walk this way will know what I’m talking about.
The post that had for years pointlessly stopped even the narrowest bikes and people getting though the gap at the foot of Anglesey Basin without a struggle, has finally been cut down.
It served no purpose - access to motorbikes either side of it was always possible. It just existed as a royal pain in the arse, and I was hugely irritated that the metre high steel post filled with concrete survived the dam works.
Someone, somewhere has finally cut the bloody thing down. I’ve vowed to do so many a time, but never been quite motivated enough.
My thanks to the executioner, you have done the community a great service.