But NOT right now. It is not itself (and, of course, we all know why).
I love this city – my home for nearly half a century. Normally so tolerant and accepting, there is now an edge of suspicion. We are forced to be unwelcoming – I do understand why we turn away tourists at the station. There are unsettling incidents – I don’t understand why we need three police ( two clearly NOT socially distanced!) to move on one lone adult sitting by himself on a deserted sea front….we are not talking Bank Holiday crowds here…
I think of myself as a very law-abiding citizen. But I have never felt more like marching onto the (totally empty) beach and sitting down on the pebbles. Just because.
I won’t. I’ll watch the sea from my windows. I’ll be grateful for the private gardens we are so privileged to access.
And look forward to this!