“There are so many people on the streets,” said the lady sitting next to me in the car. “They all seem to be doing nothing but sitting around. Perhaps in Northern countries people sit doing nothing inside.”


Diary Saturday 10th September, 1994: Because life is lived not within the house, but without, on the streets, there is much directionlessness. The wandering and pottering around the house is here a wandering and pottering long the streets. Everyybody is outside. This does not necessarily make people more lazy despite the apprearance of so much sedentary action. It just makes an endemic directionlessness visible where otherwise it is neatly hidden in houses. Civilisation consists in hiding things.


Eliot: Choruses from the Rock: We would build the beginning and the end of this street. We build the meaning.