Thursday, October 09, 2008
Fin De Siecle?
Lunch with an old friend who works in Canary Wharf. There may well be a crisis here but people don't seem to be panicking. Not so much 'brother can you spare a dime' as 'sister is there a table at Smolensky's?' (There wasn't) Driven underground to a burger joint we discussed the events of the last few days. The Lehman's collapse had created 'a weird atmosphere' he confided, but people were making the best of things. And that does seem to be the collective feeling in London; out last night in the West End crowds of people standing with drinks outside the pubs, hardly a table to be had at some restaurants; this recession, while existing in every technical sense, hasn't hit the capital's streets just yet.