In which we start where we stopped on Day 1, at St Mary’s in Willesden.
Where we travel
- the nearby Neasden Temple, where I wonder what you’re supposed to do as a visitor (jump to 6 mins 30 secs in the video below); then shut my eyes and make up my best guess;
- Harlesden, so-called “no-go zone” (16 mins 40 secs);
- Wormwood Scrubs (20 mins);
- Grenfell Tower (22 mins); and finish at
- St Marks Place, where there was once, but is no longer, a church (28 mins 39 secs).
- where I was born, and what my mother could see through the hospital window;
- what even is a “no-go zone”;
- how I laid eyes on Grenfell every day of my early life but never gave it a thought;
- the strangeness of “walking” on Google Streetview through landscape that changes abruptly from autumnal to springlike; and
- that some of the locations were photographed long before anybody had even heard of Covid-19.
The video (highlights)
The video (in full)
Because this is a virtual pilgrimage, I also pop outside to get some exercise. This afternoon, despite the bright sunshine, it was flippin’ cold, in fact my fingers went numb holding the dog lead.
Spectators: this is live on Facebook every weekday in April, 14.30 to 15.15 UK time.
Participants: get in touch if you’d like to join me “on camera” (via Zoom). This would be a lot more fun. Don’t be shy.