Notes from the Island

The Island welcomes everybody. Every day many visit and thousands pass close by, though few notice it. It is a place of brief encounters, of buried secrets, of moments glimpsed in rear-view mirrors. A brief pause on a journey. The Island has no border controls, no prisons, no buying and selling. Is it a utopia? Perhaps it could be, a sanctuary of non-interference amidst the surveillance cameras. The Island, London SE14 - much more than just a traffic island on the A2, New Cross Road.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Midsummer Flora

The island's flora is mainly to be found in its 31 flower boxes. The unobservant may imagine that these just grow and change by themselves, but in fact they are regularly replaced with ready potted flowers. Earlier in the spring, daffodils were in bloom, to be replaced by pansies. Last week, after a few days empty, these new boxes appeared.



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