Friday, 17 August 2018
A conservative estimate of distance traveled in these shoes since the summer of 2011 is completely astonishing to me: it works out at 3,500 miles plus.
In other words, traveling in a straight line from London, in that time these shoes would have taken me to (for example) the Democratic Republic of Congo, or South Sudan, or Ethiopia; to SE Iran, or Afghanistan, or central Kazakhstan, or to the banks of the Ob River in Novosibirsk, Siberia; as the crow flies, dammit, these shoes have been as far as New Jersey.
Another two pairs, and another 14 years, and we'll get to Sydney ...
Thanks, co-travelers, you've been brilliant.
Thursday, 16 August 2018
'A tea time drunk weaving his way down Old Compton Street in the blinding sun stops me, and with a smile says, "Son, I want to give you two shillings".
I was quite taken aback as my hand was already in my pocket fumbling for change.
He gave me the two shillings. I thanked him and he said, "Good day".
"It is", I said. "All sunlight".
From Derek Jarman's Modern Nature, entry for 29 April 1990