The Fox of Fitzrovia has been tracked down — six months after an appeal in Fitzrovia News. As our picture shows, the crafty mammal made an appearance after out-foxing our reporter on several occasions.
Who are you looking at? A dog and fox face each other through the railings in Fitzroy Square. Photo: Night Prowler.
Several months ago, the slinky omnivore paused in silhouette beneath the iconic road sign for Fitzroy Square. This famous landmark has been visited over the years by George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas and many more. Our reporter held his breath, framed the fox and the Fitzrovia Sign and pressed the button. But a technical error meant the whole scene went unrecorded and the animal slipped away, according to reports, smiling.
So, after many weeks on the trail, finally the beast made its reappearance and this time was snapped by our photographer.
What you may ask is whatness? It’s everything that makes a place unique and while the word may be new to me the concept is not. The quiddity of a place has intrigued travelers for millennium and was the focus of an article “London’s Odd and Empty Corners” by Guy Trebay in the travel section of the Sunday New York Times several weeks ago.
Trebay, on a frenzied visit to London, a city he finds endlessly fascinating, explores those peculiar and quirky places that can be found in no other location, the “little spaces, odd corners and crooked byways” that are “woven into the city’s texture, in its arcades, its shoulder-wide alleys, odd terraces, house museums and specialty shops; secreted between and beside and atop and sometimes even within the big marquee attractions, hidden right there in plain sight.” London, he observes, is…
Well no, actually, it’s a torrent of water pouring off the roof of a block of flats that is creating a lake.
Water is pouring off the roof above the black plastic bags
It’s not clear from the photo, but from the pavement you can see a constant downpour. It’s what the water industry would call ‘full flow’.
If it’s not raining why is the pavement wet?
A real water feature.
And despite the scaffolding that has been there for several weeks, there are no signs of any doing anything to stench the flow.
People living inside the block are donning wet gear to get in and out of their building. Delivery people are dodging the downpour.
The back story
Hanson Street is no stranger to scaffolding and building work. In 2015 a major works programme managed by City West Homes and Axis shrouded seven blocks of flats in scaffolding for nine months. Works are still not officially complete a year later. However, this time, it must be said, City West are not responsible for the scaffolding or the water cascade.