The underground train is a stifling capsule of wilting passengers, staring mute into the clammy air.
A slim, elegant woman in a long, floaty dress, large, ugly feet restrained by thin, strappy sandals. Her big toe gross, like a giant’s thumb-
Stepping out on to the platform; a surge of cool air pursues us through the rounded tunnels.
Heedless, purposeful travellers walk between us, barge into us or stand in the way, intent on their tiny screens.
Throngs on the shady side of Bond Street-a forest of smooth, bare legs in the shortest of buttock-skimming denim shorts.
I grimace when I spot my baggy knees reflected in the mirrors of the hotel lobby as I await the lift.
We are the ‘Out of Towners’-Jack Lemmon and his wife-I am a tourist in a city where I lived for years-aeons ago-
The restaurant terrace overhung by subway tracks-trains squealing by overhead, their wheels grinding as they round the bend, counteracting conversation; the waiter beams and his lips form a question, soundless in the train’s passing hubbub.
Shoppers clutching bags-Dolce e Gabbana, Liberty’s, Reiss-
The gift stalls crammed with a million items no one could want-Union Jack mugs, fridge magnets, Tee shirts, metal models of Big Ben, Buck House in a snowstorm.
I fall exhausted on to the soft, white sheets in the air conditioned room-am asleep in seconds.
When I wake I am sixty years of age…