Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Regents Canal

The Regents Canal is at the bottom of my road and a favourite route of mine for jogging, largely because it is flat. I think combining running and hills is sheer tomfoolery. There are many sites to distract me from the boredom of a slow trot and I have posted pictures of two of them here. One is an attempt by the council to humanise the Haggerston Estate, which has a poor reputation locally, by displaying huge portraits of residents on the side of the flats, accompanied by the words "I am here". Another, a multi-coloured wall of a warehouse that backs onto the canal, is the work of a Japanese artist Yuko Shiraishi. Both brighten up the area. I was running along the canal last week and a cyclist stopped at the entrance to a tunnel, to let me pass and when I'd run past him I heard a splash. I turned round and he must have been too close to the edge and toppled in. He was so embarrassed as I helped him pull his bike out and then he cycled back home dripping wet and trailing weed.


  1. Hi there, just to let you know the 'i am here' project is not a council initiative but a work by a couple of local artists/filmmakers/residents of Haggerston & Kingsland Estate. If you want to know more about the project please visit www.iamhere.org.uk. Have a nice day!

  2. Dear Anonymous, I didn't realise that. Thanks for letting me know - I love it.