Nothing’s Too Good For Ordinary People
The spandrels should shine as beautifully as the hair of a beautiful young girl in the summer sunshine. (Lubetkin, on the Finsbury Health Centre)
Water bottle story
The garden was full of people eating their lunches, enjoying the early spring sunshine. She held the bottle of water in her hand and walked in looking for a place to sit. There was a young man occupying half a bench, she sat on the other half. The young man was talking on his phone. The conversation seemed quite intense. He got up and walked off not wishing to be overheard.
She suddenly felt very thirsty again. She got out the bottle of water and tried to open it, the cap wouldn’t budge. She turned to the man who was now sitting on the other half of the bench.
“Excuse me. Can you help me with this bottle, I can’t open it.”
Years later he asked her. “Did you do that on purpose that business with the water?”
“No I really couldn’t open it and I was suddenly incredibly thirsty. I didn’t even actually look at you till you were holding the bottle.”
He opened the bottle with difficulty and handed it back to her.
She looked at him for the first time and thought he looked kind, like someone who would understand.
Gray’s Inn Gardens
Adult members of the public may use the gardens between the hours of twelve thirty and two thirty
They may use the law
At their own risk
No children allowed then, but one little
girl runs across the grass
all the same.
Arrowheads of light in her hair
Nobody moves her on
Nobody takes responsibility
Freer love here than in a playground.