I spent almost the whole of Saturday night, right up until 5.00am, reading the rest of W F Hermans’ gripping wartime thriller, The Darkroom of Damocles. That’s my excuse at least. Other people – a little down the street from me – were outside, burning and looting, as you can see on this video.
This is the street I usually do my shopping on – when, at least, I can’t be bothered to walk to Crouch End (and, to be honest, I can often be bothered to walk to Crouch End, since – as you may guess – it’s an infinitely nicer place). That H&M, by the way, that you see being looted: it used to be a big bookshop, but they closed it down a few years ago (because no one in the area can read). Clearly, if it had remained a bookshop, it wouldn’t have got looted.