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What goes in the margins?

The picture is of a door in Norwich, a door that never opens, in one of those back-of-the-tapestry corners behind the prettier Georgian facades. The kind of corner where outcrops of untenanted buildings sprout buddleia and toadflax, and where the vents of cooker hoods and boilers puff harmlessly on the air.

Cities don’t like a vacuum, even when they’re in the margins. Corners like this fill up with all kinds of things, and ten years ago the blank canvas of this unused door filled with flyers, graffiti, messages from the city to the city. It’s where business cards went after phone boxes lost their charm. A pre-web version, if you like, of a blogspot.

(Thought I’d save you the trouble of seeing where I was going with this).

This is where you’ll find me, wielding words and push-pins, sharing news, views, local events, book reviews and other miscellany. Those moved to comment are welcome, and so are those who prefer to read and move on. And let me not detain a moment longer those who swore they’d never read a blog, much less write one.


© Photo B. Hutchinson

3 Responses to "Marginalia"

  1. Barry says:

    Nice palimpsest.

  2. Emma says:

    Where was the mad door? No longer exists?

  3. indi says:

    Gorn, I’m afraid. It was on Pottergate at the back of an old disused factory building that was demolished a few years back, and new housing built on the site.

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