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frozen cyclist solidarity

I cycled to my last rowing practice of the year on Monday evening and noticed something funny at the stop lights. Usually cyclists don't look at each other or speak to each other, but each time I pulled up to a light, there'd be this heart-felt conversation about how cold it was, and this glow of shared communal pain. I'm hoping Stuart gives me a warmer cycling hat for Christmas.

Christmas drinks for us rowing newbies was very cosy, at the Yacht pub next to the club. The instructor grew up as a steel worker in the East End, just across the river. When we plied him with a couple drinks, he was this amazing human history book. The last person I met like that was the guy who works with the letter presses in the Camberwell art college basement. It's an amazing little world down there, tiled in dark reds and greens like an old tube station. He's worked with so many of the greats in British illustration and he retired this year. The college needed the space and decided to get rid of a lot of their letter press equipment, which meant he was leaving on a kind of sad note. I hope they don't get rid of it all entirely.


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Dec. 19th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Nice pic! You are exploring new styles as vigorously as ever! So there ARE cyclists who stop at stop-lights! Good for them, and I'd like to buy every one of you a nice new warm cycling hat as a reward for not riding on the pavements!
Ah, now the Letterpress situation is something I can shed a little light on! At least some of the equipment has definitely survived. Since September it has been a matter of waiting for someone new to be put in charge of it, and apparently someone has finally stepped up to the plate. Letterpress inductions for students are due to get underway sometime soon. (They were promised in November, but the Courses Committee exists in a strange parallel time-zone of its own...)
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad they didn't get rid of all of it! I think they were going to send a lot of the equipment either to London College of Communications or some museum that saves letterpress stuff. I must find out more about that.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Camberwell has plenty of space that it uses really badly (which is not the same as having plenty of space, but you get my drift). Why they would give up the one thing that is different and interesting and adds to the experience of being a student there (and uses about as much space as a large closet) flummoxes me.
BTW I recently found out that Mr. Primarolo's brother is a friend of Stephen's father! They all grew up in Wimbledon together. South London is a small place indeed.
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Very small! Yeah, I think they wanted to turn it into another computer lab, how boring is that! Maybe they had a glimmer of wisdom and changed their minds.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
today and tonite I'm in solidair Mood! 'Cause my nouse, my hands and feet were falling from the freesing!

Dec. 19th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
btw love the style of the bubble mimiking the road!!! :D
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I didn't even think of that, but you're right! Thanks! :-D
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
You have to say!
Yes I just made it so :D
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