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Wire [Apr. 13th, 2008|10:56 am]
Tony Grist


The wire they've used to enclose our back alley- and turn it into a space that only residents can access- is the same wire they use on the "peace lines" in Northern Ireland to separate the Catholic and Protestant estates.  I learned  this from a documentary I watched the other day. "Look," I said to Ailz, "They've got our wire."  Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness may be so happy in one another's company these days that they've been nicknamed the Chuckle Brothers but their constituents are still throwing stones and Molotov coctails and need to be kept apart. It's state of the art wire, tough, tightly meshed, with kinks in the sheer face of it designed to make it hard to climb.

It's good to know we're so well protected.

I used to use the alley as a short-cut to the shops.  You clambered up the grassy bank on the far side and you were on Meldrum Street and halfway there. The grassy bank is now inaccessible and I no longer use the local shops as much as I did.  The alley may be safe, but what's it for?  The residents' kids could play ball in it if they wanted, but they don't; they prefer the much wider road at the front. A grungey public thoroughfare where people (mainly teenagers) went to do things they didn't want to be seen doing has been turned into a spick-and-span private space that no-one uses. It's tidier than it was, also a little eerie. It would make a nice setting for a ghost story.
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[User Picture]From: glitzfrau
2008-04-13 11:47 am (UTC)
It is! It is exactly the same! I saw your photo and was instantly transported back to Derry!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-04-13 12:57 pm (UTC)
If I were younger I'd have a go at climbing it.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2008-04-13 05:13 pm (UTC)
It's tidier than it was, also a little eerie. It would make a nice setting for a ghost story.

Especially the way you photograph it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-04-13 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

The more I tilted the more oppressive it became.
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From: manfalling
2008-04-14 10:19 am (UTC)
Seems like those kinks would help with climbing- offer more foot-holds. Hmm.

Just got done writing part of a story where a little kid is trying to climb a ten foot wall. I wonder if the bonfire kids will be climbing back in to try and burn plastic in the guinnell again.

Do you know how to turn RSS feeds on in your blog Dad?
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From: manfalling
2008-04-14 10:30 am (UTC)
ah no worries i found it, subscribed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-04-14 04:24 pm (UTC)
The kinks are clearly part of a well thought out design.

But I bet you'd be over in a jiffy- no problems!


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[User Picture]From: nancytoday
2008-04-14 03:28 pm (UTC)
lol, You're too funny. So you can't access the alley with a gate? What a bummer!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-04-14 04:18 pm (UTC)
There are gates, but they're kept locked. We've got a key somewhere but I've never got into the habit of carrying it.
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