15th February 2004
Kenwood House, London NW3 7JR
As Those That Know These Things are not slow to point out, London, compared to most other major cities, is blessed with a considerable amount of (mostly) public green spaces; and no matter where you are in the capital (well, except maybe Islington) you’re never far away from a large open space in which to exercise your pet, or your toddler.
Camden, on the other hand, has loads of it – admittedly most of that is Hampstead Heath – where, because of the aforementioned toddler exercising necessity [not ours, of course, otherwise this project would be nothing but sensitively edited images of parks full of children and/or dogs letting off steam] we find ourselves on this bright but chilly mid-february afternoon [look – there’re daffodils out already!].
As you can see, Kenwood House and its environs aren’t at their most popular this time of year, but then given the vastness of the Heath, there could be thousands of people spread out around us for all we know. At least it allows the little’uns the freedom to charge off spontaneously without precipitating a major panic – who needs the countryside, eh?
On top of that, there’s the opportunity to demonstrate one’s favourite Kelly Smith moment without the fear of inadvertently taking someone out in the process. Although everyone’s keeping a safe distance nevertheless.
And it’s encouraging to come across another example of women’s football being taken seriously – though, to be honest, we’re really looking at this level of performance, as opposed to this. Pity Alison Moyet’s a Southend supporter, though….