London in the Summer

Today was London’s hottest day of the year and I dare say, the hottest day we’ll have this year. Many meetings in the sun have left me a little red. I’ll have my Aussie colour back in no time.

Yesterday was also fantastically sunny and warm. We celebrated with a makeshift BBQ in Hyde Park ft. 5 kinds of cheese, chocolate, crisps and cupcakes. All the C’s of a well rounded summer British diet.

 

The below photo accurately depicts the insanely smokey BBQ in action. It was a beautiful thing. It paired nicely with hoards of pale english bodies all around us in swimmers, making the most of their one sad week of summer.

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I met a man called Marcus in Southbank on Monday. He let me take his picture.

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Normally when someone approaches me and starts talking I’ll walk away or pretend to be on the phone, but I’m trying to be more open to the universe and other such eat, pray, love shit. This now includes being open to strange, barefoot, red wine drinking men at 10am on a Monday morning (sorry mum).

He walked up to me and commented on how stupid all the nearby graduates were to be celebrating years of hard work inevitably leading to nothing but misery and dashed dreams. We had an argument about the merits of graduation and the university process in general. He told me he knew Damien Hirst very well and they had been drunk together many times. He was an artist who had just recently used spray cans to do some kind of secret project around Brick Lane (IS HE BANKSY, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF!?) … I don’t know how true most of his stories were but I enjoyed the wafts of wine on his breath while he told them.

This week I’ve also read and reviewed Emma Gannon’s new book Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online for Collectively. You can read it here. I went a little gonzo but it’s hard not to with this one. A great and relatable book about life online. Do read it if you get the chance.

I’ll be around trying to soak up the sun. You should too.

About Hol Roy (53 Articles)
Feminsit pop culture addict, writing about feminist pop culture.

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