Friday, 13th December 2013

by Joshua Gaskell

In an Anglo-Saxon charter of 959, what is now Oxford Street was described as thære wide here stræt. The wide street – what a joke! I’ve actually started quite to enjoy cycling along it, but the trick is to embrace how comically narrow it is; to look upon the traffic as a perpetually motional piece of surrealist art. The Champs-Élysées is eight lanes, but Europe’s busiest shopping street is two buses wide? Yeah right, and the Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, came whiffling through the tulgey wood.