Sunday, September 9, 2012
The strobe effect and the red soled shoes.
September 7th 2012. The first sighting of a Christmas window display. Harrods at the airport offering Christmas Teddy Bears. An American grandmother buying three. Her harassed husband looks on with eyes that say : ' Please don't do this Mildred. It's gonna be no fun dragging these on the flight to Chicago '. She wanders off, laden down but happy. Another victory of product placement over practicality.
The airport bookstore offering Christmas reading. Robert Caro's wonderful biography of LBJ . Unputdownable - if that's a word. The best thing I've read all year. Probably the best thing I've read in a decade. On the other side of the aisle Joachim Fests tenderly entertaining childhood reminiscences.
The couple from Idaho want to stay in the flat in London for another six months. Possibly another year. They've had a royal wedding, a Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and now the Paralympics to keep them busy . While they chat away Angus wonders if they're Idahoans or Idahans. He notices a photograph of their family standing in front of a very large Cadillac SUV. The SUV has a license plate with the words '' Famous Potatoes " written across it. Angus is tempted to crack a joke but quickly thinks better of it. The wife doesn't like the new carpet in the hallway. She says it has a ' strobe ' effect as she walks to the lift.
The inner child in Angus make him run down the corridor to see if he can get the strobe effect to work. It doesn't. Must be an Idahan thing. A woman comes out of an apartment down the hall to see a middle aged man in a suit hurtling , head down , towards the elevator . She quickly retreats back inside.
At the Prada store on Bond Street a pair of gentlemans shoes. Red soles and red toes. Who would wear such alarming things ? Perhaps they are popular with people in the light entertainment industry. Life never ceases to amaze.