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#OutofOfficeQuotes 17: "There isn't much shade round the stadium..."

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

“There isn’t much shade round the stadium but plenty of water: canals, rivers, overflows, weirs, rivulets, ponds, lakes, reservoirs, linked by rickety lattices of foot-bridges and warped pipes. Steam, smoke and dust rise from ruptured outlets, while planes from London City split the sky where police helicopters hover like Afghan drones.

Trains for faraway Richmond thunder over ancient brick bridges, beneath which derelict pubs and nests of shambling terraces rub alongside warehouses of modern goods: bathroom fittings, car supplies, organic mush. Lost Russian builders wander in packs wearing orange jackets and hard helmets, puzzled newcomers waiting for vans that never show up, dwarfed by overhanging tower blocks and mountains of gravel...”


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