A Canary Wharf Kind Of ChristmasDecember 21, 2011
Christmas is coming and like the rest of commercial London, Canary Wharf, my diamond in the rough that is Tower Hamlets, is working hard to look festive, and hopefully lighten your wallet. Here’s how.
They have Trees festooned with twinkly lights.
They have the outdoor winter ice rink, now in its 7th year, delighting city workers and civilians alike.
Confronted with these seasonal cues, your internal soundtrack will have kicked in. Can you hear the gentle rhythmic jingle of the sleigh bells and the stirring violins tugging at the heartstrings? You’re feeling pretty good now, aren’t you? The shopping mall is looking particularly festive, with its beautiful tall trees decorated with baubles and ribbons: a vision of red and gold. They are truly things of beauty.
But if you look closer, dear reader, this is what you’ll find:
That little burgundy tag is the needle abruptly ripping through your soundtrack of bonhomie, bringing it to a shuddering halt. Talk about shining a Maglite onto magic and ruining it. That image says everything about surveillance Britain in general and the culture of Canary Wharf in particular. Enjoy yourself, but not too much, ‘cos we’re watching you.