London Life
2020-09-29 21:10:50 (UTC)

David Attenborough film

We'd booked a couple of days in Littlehaven, prior to the holiday we won, staying the other side of Horsham. We got a direct train from St Pancras, and cycled through some very boring suburban bungalows with open front gardens, each with a car in.

We unlocked and locked the front door of our hired home with difficulty, but after taking our bikes round the back and unlocking the back door, we were unable to lock it again without leaving the key in, on the inside. We phoned the owner who said it sometimes "played up".

After a trip to the Co-op, where Jack got lots of reduced items while I was queuing to get in after parking my bike, we cobbled together a meal then set out to Horsham, aiming to go via a park but, even better, we went through a wood. This one had dried-up streams with cycle-friendly wooden bridges.

After a diversion through a field, which let to more suburbia, we ride along a quiet road to Horsham. The town was much nicer than expected: two of the central streets consisted of attractive buildings dating back hundreds of years, and the church was built in the 13th century.

We got a "meatless meat ball" then went into the Everyman cinema, which was a large building with a wide bar on the first floor. The film - on show today only - was David Attenborough's take on how wildlife had diminished during his 68-year career, due to mankind's activities, while the climate had worsened. There wasn't much I wasn't already aware of, but I hope it will have an impact. It was annoying that he referred to his many epic television series, all captioned with on-screen title and year, without it once mentioning the BBC, who also provided much of the footage. This new film being funded by a USA company.

The television had every regional channel, from STV to BBC London. Watched Newsnight, on which the PM himself was unable to explain the current Covid restrictions. Presenter Emily looked good though, in a red mini-dress and stack-heeled ankle boots.