Luka's descriptions of the countryside and country people in this thread are brilliant.
Just walking around Marylebone today wondering who are these people who can afford to live in Marylebone? With their 4x4 Bentleys and Porsches.
I was thinking reading these that although I find it hard/impossible to understand Luka's poetry when I read his prose his genius comes through loud and clear. Probably comes so easily to him that he dismissed it contemptuously. Sad!
I'm living out in the semi country atm. Can confirm it's fucking boring and on bad weather days very bleak. But then there are nice sunny days where I can see the ridge of the Chilterns on the horizon in its variegated autumnal colours and the sky is huge and spectacular. Still doesn't seem like adequate compensation for not having an IMAX and a modern art museum and 50,000 bars.
one thing i don't like about the city is that there's too much too see sometimes. i have this habit of looking at every object and every face even if it's just for a microsecond so what happens when i'm walking a busy square or a busy road is my eyes move in all directions and i can't focus on anything and it's very exhausting. another thing that i don't like about the city that it's very hard to see the horizon.
if I hadn’t met my other half I’d already be somewhere along the west coast of Ireland, miles from anyone.
i find cities uniquely stressful places, they lost their appeal decades ago. Yes there’s all that culture and community services can thrive with adequate funding, but their civic purpose seems either a) residential or b) commercial. One hope for a post lockdown realignment of civic common sense would be to open cities up to their non commercial potential, but have no personal idea how that might be overcome and/or achieved.