The benefit of being ManFlu’s latest victim?
I get to watch hours of BBC iPlayer on my laptop in bed.
It’s a plague pit that was once just outside the city walls. And now it’s a children’s playground!
And if you’re stalking me or have been in the area for some other reason (yeah right) you’ll know that it’s a small playground too. That pit must be hella deep. You can see why the council didn’t install a sand pit and a digger.
I wish I could stress just how near I’m talking. My view is a mass grave. Though that’s still less creepy than telling people your view is a children’s playground.
London is weird. (And awesome.)
Oh, and I think I might have just put my finger on why my corner of town feels so “ghosty” (as opposed to “haunted”. It’s a different thing. Don’t look at me like that.)
What I find interesting is that you can pick up individual animal spirits -something I vaguely recall Austin Osman Spare mentioning about his childhood- at the nearby Smithfield Market (as well as a couple of witches and heretics who were burned there) but -so far at least- no plague victims. Still, they didn’t exactly die there. They were dumped there.
Although, statistically, at least one out of that ten thousand was bound to have been thrown in whilst still alive. Yuk.
All this time I thought my offices were interesting because -as you can see on the left- they are next to Hercule Poirot’s apartment. Which they are.
I don’t watch the show because he is so boring he gives me nightmares. As does Tintin. Must be something about the Belgians. But I am assured that those are the very digs.
In honour of this grisly revelation, if I go to a Halloween thing this year, Plague Doctor will be my costume of choice. And seeing as it’s unlikely we’ll be at the same event, feel free to steal the idea. It looks awesome.
The lesson in this discovery?
You can complain about ManFlu up to a certain point. And then you have to stop.
Because it could be worse.
Speaking of ghosts, bask in this awesomeness. And it’s about an hour’s walk from my house! Hello Saturday plans.