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London morning

Thunder and rain pelting down signalled by a cool breeze through the window. So welcome!

Determined to like London again,I went for a wander yesterday morning... the idea was to just follow my feet. I took the first bus that stopped for me down into Woolwich, passing a particularly grim looking funfair on the Common. This was the one advocated to me last year by an urchin, who took pity on me and the drooping flowers I carried for a friend. You pay a flat fee for this funfair, which includes Europe's largest travelling theme park, and then you can have as many rides as you like. I can't help wondering if the boy was  wrong... maybe going on the rides is free but you have to pay if you want to leave. I didn't approach it; it had the unmistakeable menace of Cthulhu country even in bright sunshine. I found myself at the Thames Barrier, which looked serene and lovely, passing some Elfrida Rathbone society mosaic and finding myself facing a series of water inlets full of loitering koi carp. Cormorants, swans and gulls relaxed on the water, and a tall ship sailed by. And that was all.

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