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October 25, 2002

Not exactly grey...

There's a stretch on the westbound North Circular, either just before or just after the Wembley Ikea, I can't remember which, where - on a grey autumn day - everything becomes a shade of orangey-red or muddy green. And you're suddenly aware that there's absolutely no blue anywhere.

And it becomes just shocking wherever it appears.

A tiny flash on a sign hinting that "M1" is this way, a truck-drivers t-shirt reflected in his side mirror, a non-conforming bagel shop...they just become almost painful to look at as your brain has got used to trying to put blue in where none existed.

Posted by Tom Dolan at October 25, 2002 11:14 PM

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As someone who has only recently started visiting the Wembley IKEA, I can confirm that its immediate environment is possibly the most soul-destroying place on earth - second only to Hemel Hempstead (where I had the misfortune to live for three years). Awful. Worse still, when I've travelled there I've had to go by bus - in fact, the 112 from Ealing, which is also the worst bus service in the world. Cheerful, huh?

This is Kate Adie, reporting from Brent Park, for Blatant Optimism.

Posted by: Vaughan at October 26, 2002 10:46 AM

Whenever I read in my New Age books that everything is a matter of perspective and that we choose good and bad, beautiful and ugly I think of that stretch of the North Circular and think - "naaaa bollocks - that's ugly"

Posted by: Euan at October 27, 2002 08:27 AM

Try having that bloody great tescos next to ikea as your corner shop.

It's a weird sodium orange by night.

Posted by: Kim at May 8, 2003 04:55 PM

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