I thought it was time. I’d tried to avoid it for so long, but of course it kept intruding. A trespasser. It dominates a cluster of new buildings. I have photos but now I can hardly tell which one is which. When you try to see inside sometimes you only see yourself.
yes, that’s it. They’re trying to be anonymous. This place screams at you from all over central London then when you get close it goes coy. (Maybe the Kardashians are at home? Privacy is the only thing celebs like as much as publicity.) Round the back, or is it the front, you see this:
It’s beyond satire. Here’s another one, it has a name:
Yes, it’s alto. It’s tall. It also has a shy, mysterious, intimidating foyer, with alliums:
It was a baffling half hour for the dog. Hot, too. On one side of this tower is the label ‘alto’ and on another it says, as you can see, South Bank Tower, So maybe they don’t know what it’s called, and they’re just waiting for a nickname, like, I don’t know, Ozymandias Lodge maybe. Nearby is this one:
It gives you a little info. I looked up the names.
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I can’t remember what else it said on their websites, except that one of them, or maybe all of them are very excited about the next football world cup in Qatar. And they’re all LGBTQ ready.
There are still some little treasures to be seen, here and there. I took this photo through the window of a train in Paddington station: