This is a blog about life behind scaffolding in Hanson Street, London, W1. My aim is to create an online record of an external and internal refurbishment contract that affects residents living in a number of properties in Hanson Street. I want to keep an accurate record of events. In my experience, after a few weeks or even after a few days, it becomes very hard to remember what happened, and when. Contract S163 seems likely to go on for quite some time.
Living in semi-darkness at the height of the best London summer for years plays strange tricks with the mind.
The darkness, the dirt and the waiting, are straight out of Gogol. Or is it Dostoyevsky or possibly Bulgakov? Whatever. What can a ‘little man’ do to combat the ‘big people’ who have arranged to have our block of flats wrapped in green netting? The cats who live across the road are watching and smiling.
My neighbours and I are literally existing behind bars. And yet we hardly discuss it. It’s an urban narrative that is probably quite common.
Rather than continue to spend hours writing emails to which there will be no logical reply, I decided to start a blog as therapy. Maybe it will be entertaining.
I have a sense that this thing could drag on for months. I want to have a granular record of the waiting…