Never have I been happier to be a cyclist than yesterday when, after Traffic Chaos Brought The Capital To A Standstill (© Evening Standard), I was able to freewheel past the immotile automobiles on the Walworth Road.
It’s nice weather for cycling, although it looks like the Mrs has bought a pup; her bicycle is very pretty to look at, but it has disc brakes which have to be completely removed if you get a flat tyre, as we found to our cost recently. We had to take it to Edwarde’s to be changed. I picked it up yesterday morning, so if you saw a man riding a ladies bike which was obviously too small for him and had a basket on the front, that was probably me. Not definitely — you know Camberwell — but probably.
This morning I cycled to Victoria for a meeting, giving me the chance to whoop my way down Denmark Hill and along the nice, straight, flat Camberwell New Road. I noticed that one of the buildings halfway down (or up, if that’s your preference) Denmark Hill has had a refit and it looks like something big is going to open. At the moment it looks like a bank, but I’d guess from its location that it’s more likely to be a drop-in centre or something. I think somebody mentioned this to me before, but I’ve forgotten what they said.
For any who don’t keep up with news from the SE5Forum Forum, the dilapidated snooker hall is to be demolished and replaced by new homes, and a new snooker hall.
The big news at the moment, obviously, is the new structure on the corner of Camberwell Green, where the toilet used to be. What is to take its place? A memorial, or a new super-toilet? Local tongues, when not quieted with langoustines or lager, speak of nothing else.