July 04, 2007
TOURIST OR TERR-RIST?
Is it me? I became a one man terrorist alert in the West End today. Walking up Whitehall with my hood up and an odd shaped guitar under my arm in the back of my mind I was kind of half wondering how long it would take to be aprehended. If I had stuck to my original plan of changing onto the Central line at Bond St I might have caused less vexation.
I managed to walk up to Denmark st, buy a nut (pictured below) for my "Weapon of Mass Destruction", meet my ex on the corner of Oxford st and then go back down Charing Cross rd to sit in a coffee shop for about 45 minutes before a red BMW Police car pulled up as we sheltered from the rain at Cambridge Circus Theatre.
As soon as I saw them stop I knew they were coming over. They saw I had clocked them and reached in for their machine guns just in case, although the "item of suspicion" was leant against a wall.
"You took your time!" I said.
"You caused a few people a lot of worries mate.."
They were pretty cool and didn't even want to open the bag. They ran a name check which came out clear.
"What sort of music do you play?" asked one.
"Sort of Psychedelic Space rock..?"
"Oh you'd like Buckethead then.."
I laughed and said I'd like to film him with his hand on his H&K talking about Buckethead.
"He's got all the albums..he listens to them back at the station" one of the others added.
"I buy parts off ebay and build my own guitars."
The two talkative guys I couldn't really see using a machine gun in anger, but the third, quieter one seemed more like an ex-marine. He gave me my Stop and Search form as a souvenir.
If I was doing a Terr-rist test run I couldn't have timed it any better as I bumped into Hajj when I got off the train on the way home.
"You can't blame them really can you?" he laughed.
I've rarely walked along a road with Hajj, only having met him outside Fisnbury park mosque or at his house. A lot of people stare from one to the other. He invited me to a Cypriot community centre for a game of pool tommorow.
"They are all really angry."
"Why?" I said, expecting news of Muslims being harrased or arrested maybe.
"The smoking ban." he said. "They are all annoyed with having to smoke outside."
Hajj told me he was a mean pool player. I'll find out tomorow.