Tuesday 28 July 2009
adventures close to home
tomorrow is finally take the caught by the river book back to the library day. it's a lovely thing even for the desperately terrified of the countryside and wish that fishing was a bit more about fish spotting than fish hooking bashing and eating homebody type. in a desperate effort to show willing we set off last week on a real life river expedition all packed lunches and sturdy brogues photocopied bits of the valley of the dead cars bit of book and thanking the heavens that the mrs can do directions and maps and paying attention cos at first it looked like everything had been lost to the olympic farce till she bravely led us past 1000litre tubs of hydrochloric acid dumped in the middle of the road to a little gap in the buildings and sunshine and the river.
i think we'd probably missed our best chance by about a quater of a century now that most of the hackney end has been swallowed by stadiums and mile after mile of developers cheap nasty already crumbling wet dreams but there was still someone cleaning out the pool of the old big breakfast house and ducks and the bryant and may matchgirls strike factory through the trees and a nice sit down at three mills's bizarre towers and eventually too the ghost of bow gas works and long lost memorials hiding in the bushes and scrap yards and pylons and deadly battery recycling and flyovers and 'alright darlin' scaffolders and on all the way to the thames and lighthouses and diners. and a river i never really knew was there all these years. cheers chaps.
larry jon wilson - ohoopee river bottomland
roy orbison - river
and there's more - orbison acts! without glasses! has anyone ever seen this?