Fairytale of Greenwich

Season’s greetings from Fairyland!

Well, actually, it’s the Tate & Lyle factory (formerly Amylum) taken by Stevie with one of those starry filters which makes it look a whole lot better than I’ve ever seen it.

It’s possibly the last Christmas that we’ll see this particular sight – the place is allegedly closing down. I guess there aren’t going to be that many residents who will mourn the extraordinary repertoire of odours that it pumps out (like Revels, really – you never know which one you’re going to get…) but it will be much missed by the poor sods who actually rely on it for work.

I find myself wondering what will happen to this part of the river – one of the only industrial wharves left in this stretch, which, if memory serves, Ken had announced needed to stay industrial. But things have changed, and who can tell what will happen now. Ther’s still a lot of industry there – we don’t tend to think about it much, but it’s a big bit of land – a walk round the Thames Path proves that, with much interesting stuff going on. Some bits of the path still remind me of something out of The Long Good Friday.

Will it be cleaned up and turned into flats? More of those million-quid Canary-Wharf-style pads that The Standard reckons City guys are selling-up more quickly than any area of the market? Or will it just quietly crumble and moulder away as fewer and fewer people use the Thames Path because the Lovells’ Wharf development makes it look like it’s closed…

But that’s for another day. Today, I’m celebrating the joyous marriage of a few brake lights, street lamps, office strip-lighting – and a star filter. And, of course, the relationship between the Dome and a couple of puddles…

While I’m on the subject of Art around the A102M, if you have six minutes going begging, take a peek at the curiously compulsive film/animation Bus Stop by multi-media artist Christophe Bruchansky, shot in much the same place and possibly much the same time as Stevie’s pics. Not much actually happens – but that seems to be rather the point…

Art, if not industry, thrives on the Peninsula…


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