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, July 17, 2006

Everything here is free


There is no buying and selling on the Island. As a contribution towards extending this non-economy, free distribution was initiated on Saturday with the arrival of two boxes marked 'everything here is free, please help yourself'. By the end of the afternoon, books, cds and clothes had been taken by visitors to the Island, who even now may be settling down to read works by William Burroughs, Roddy Doyle or Homer while listening to Ce Ce Peniston's 'Finally' or Dusty Springfield's 'Tupelo Honey'. Perhaps they preferred some Ladytron, New York Dolls or Handsome Family with a smattering of Afro-Celt Sound System, or are practicing moves from a yoga book in their new summer short-sleeved shirt... We hope that the Island anti-market will re-emerge periodically, with others coming down to give it all away.

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