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stepping onto the Airship set

This morning I cycled up the north side of the Thames, crossed Tower Bridge and sat in the crook of the big iron anchor there to write another episode of Vern and Lettuce. Then I did this little sketch here of these retro-futuristic riverside flats that Stuart and I call 'the Jetson buildings', but I didn't finish it because it was time to go have coffee with Dave and Ellen and that sounded much more exciting.

Ever since I moved to London, I've loved Shad Thames, the area just east of Tower Bridge on the south bank. Then I had double interest in it when I found out tozocomic lives there. He's moving shortly to another part of London, but I really wanted to see a Shad Thames flat before he left, so ellenlindner and I went to see him this morning. It was such a nice, quiet, clean, boy flat, and we very happily swamped it with female chatter. I am sure that Dave is too polite to tell us he took a quiet paracetamol after we left.

He has an amazing view from his balcony and as I was hoping, it looks just like Johnson's house from Airship. Hurrah!


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Oct. 8th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Hiya Sarah,
It was awesome seeing you guys today! Thanks very much to you and Dave for the copy of The Airship...I enjoyed reading it as I got sunburned (at least I think I am) on the bus ride home.
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!
Oct. 8th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
It was great to see you, too! :-)
Oct. 8th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I should have pulled up the blind so you can see the balcony more clearly.
Slightly distressed to discove my legs are as stringy as Johnson's.
Oct. 8th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Or you could try to think of it more positively, that they're good enough to deserve their own panel. ;-)
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Oct. 8th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I like all of it, I can't think of a part of the Thames that isn't interesting somehow. Different parts of the river to set different moods, perhaps. But that area you mention is very interesting.

I recently read a book by Melanie McGrath called 'Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir' which was full of fascinating stories of that area (and more toward Poplar) from the middle of the last century. Such as a girl who has all her teeth pulled in a back room at the butcher's on her 17th birthday so she'll be more eligible to marry (no dentist bills). Or the story about a pleasure ferry that sank near where half the city's sewers let out, and 400-something people died of poisoning even before they could drown. A lot of things have happened around there.
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