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, May 05, 2008

The Face of New Cross

The supposed face on Mars is well known, but what about the face of the New Cross Island? For just as those rocks on Mars look vaguely human so too does the Island resemble a face in this image taken from a satellite in space. Specifically a woman's face, with the road markings extending from the island forming a kind of headdress of the kind worn by nuns. And is she winking?
In my view this is evidence only of the capacity of the human imagination to project meaning on to a random universe, but other theories are welcome - perhaps she is signalling to the mothership in preparation for the alien landing in the New Cross Road. Or perhaps it is an image of Maleficent, Mistress of All Evil in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Island 1910

Trams gather at the Island in around 1910, note there is actually a statue of a deer above the White Hart pub. From the Ideal Homes website.


London elections

A poignant moment on The Island this morning, this leaflet washed up on our shores featuring Ken Livingstone the outgoing Mayor of London. Although The Island is an autonomous republic, we have always enjoyed amicable relations with our neighbour, London. News reaches us that the new Mayor is an invader from an old tribe, the Etonians, who have plundered the city on many occasions. The Island doesn't have an army, but its partisans are on full alert.


On the island there are three cages which cover the entrances to the long-closed toilets. For some reason, the urban debris that accumulates inside them always seems to include drinking vessels.

Today these included the following tins: Stella (2), Skol Super, Tennent's super, Diet coke, Tizer, Coca Cola, Dr Pepper (2), Red Bull and Fosters. Bottles included Strathmore still water, Oasis summer fruits, Evian and Guiness and there were two Ribena cartons.

Perhaps these are all liquid offerings to the spirits of this crossroads.

May Day Greetings

May Day greetings from The Island Pansies