Saturday, 6 July 2013

The short but substantial man with the unruly hair, the sun visor...

The short but substantial man with the unruly hair, sun visor, T-shirt, cargo shorts—keys attached to belt—and steel toe-capped boots says “Hello, Kevin” as I pass. He props an old glass panelled front door up against the cellar doorway of the Working Men’s Club. I’ve got no idea how he knows my name. 

On the edge of the moor, at the end-terrace with the imitation stone grotesques on the garden wall, the imitation leaded lights in the windows and the imitation wood front door, Mrs Dyson’s bathrobe has blown from the rotary washing line, over the wall and onto the windscreen of the red Ferrari 348 that is parked in the road.

Around the corner, an indiscrete dope deal is taking place; a young man wearing a snapback baseball cap has double parked his hatchback adjacent to another young man wearing a snapback baseball cap in a different hatchback. They exchange small packages through open windows. After a couple of minutes, the double parked young-man-in-a-baseball-cap pulls up to the kerb, gets out of his hatchback and into the other man’s passenger seat where the two of them share a very strong smelling joint together.

I knock at the door of a house on Kinder Avenue and a large woman with a big grey overgrown bob, old fashioned tortoiseshell glasses, airforce blue overcoat (it's 25ºC), American Tan tights and a brand new pair of electric pink Nike trainers shouts from the garden next door that there's nobody at home. She says “I know they’ll be back around teatime because that’s their cat”, and she points to a ginger and white cat on the other side of the road.