Sunday, May 24th 2015
We took things easy today, spending our time mainly at home.
We did go to Camden Town, though. The reason for this was that our local Sainsbury’s store in Liverpool Road (Islington) has really gone downhill in recent months. Common items are frequently missing from he shelves, not just on one occasion but for weeks at a time. I was becoming increasingly frustrated at not finding the things I needed. There is a bigger branch of Sainsbury’s in Camden Road (Camden Town) and we thought we would try it out so see if it is any better. In short, not much. It too seems to have been infected with empty shelf syndrome. I am beginning to wonder whether whether this firm is on its way out, doing a Woolworth’s, so to speak. Time will tell, and in the meantime we are thinking of shopping elsewhere.
We also looked around for somewhere to have breakfast. In the old days, we often came to Camden Town and had breakfast at Cafe Solo who did a very good vegetarian breakfast (see, for example, Breakfast and some books). Solo went through a number of incarnations but now seems to have finally disappeared. In its place in Inverness Street is a cafe restaurant called The Bayou Soul. It turned out to be quite good so we might well return.
While in Camden Town, we saw some street art and duly photographed it. (There is much more of it in Camden Town than this, of course, but this has to do for today.)
This large-scale portrait is signed by Irony. It is a fine piece of work with a professional finish. I will look out for more art by this artist. The work is untitled.
Next to it was this even larger art work. There is no title (that is common in street art) and no artist’s signature. It seems to represent sound, as a coloured band, is going from the mouth of the face on the right to the ear of the face on the left. the faces themselves look as if they come from Ancient Greek statues or busts.
In the evening we decided to have a late lunch or early supper out. We’ve been to the Turkish bar restaurant called Gallipoli several times for a vegetarian breakfast. We thought we’d have look at the menu for our evening meal. We found a vegetarian meze that filled the bill (and us) nicely. I’ve already photographed the interior of Gallipoli from the front looking back, so here’s picture looking in the opposite direction. I always have to be careful not to hit the lamps with my head!