Friday 23 December 2005 10.42am
Why why why why and why again has Borough Market
not painted it's shiny no-longer-quite-so-new extension in the same lovely green colour that adorns the rest of the market???!
Instead, it remains in that ridiculously unfinished looking silver, a look that screams: Don't pay too much attention to me because I'm just an primer.
You've now got a fully functioning Market unit, complete with overpriced posh restaurant upstairs - and all housed in this still unfinished looking building!
For years I looked at it and tried to find an explanation for the delay. My favourite stab at explaining was that the particular shade of green was incredibly hard to get hold of.
But now it seems this IS the final look. Unbelievable! And yet all too believable in this country, where so many buildings seem to remain in an unfinished looking state. What is it with the culture here that just can't be bothered to finish a job, preferring instead to go awol on an infinite tea break??
I'll give you another classic example from our locale: Sometime in the late 90s a new apartment block was built on Clink Street
, all very expensive dwellings. Shortly after completion, one of the street level windows was broken. TO THIS DAY IT REMAINS UNREPLACED BUT INSTEAD BORDED UP WITH AN UGLY WHITE BOARD!
What is up with that???????