THIS PART OF THE PORTOBELLO ROAD ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF MY GOOD FRIEND ANDY LEACH WHO, IN A FIT OF MADNESS, GAVE AWAY ALL HIS POSSESSIONS AND RAN NAKED DOWN THE STREET, SHOUTING: 'SHAME ON YOU!' NO ONE BATTED AN EYELID, BUT I HAD A BIT OF A CHORTLE AND POINTED A LOT. THE PICTURE ON THE LEFT IS LIFTED FROM A BLOODRUNNERS EPISODE CALLED '24 HOUR SVENDONALDS'. IT WAS AN HOMAGE TO 'BRAZIL', A BRILLIANT MOVIE BY TERRY GILLIAM FROM THAT ERA [AND FEATURING IN MY TOP TEN MOVIES OF ALL TIME].  ABOUT A MONTH LATER I RECEIVED A PARCEL FROM HIS P.A. WITH A THANK YOU LETTER SIGNED BY HIM AND A 'BRAZIL' T-SHIRT! COOL HUH?
HE SHOULD GO ON MY LIST OF THINGS THAT HAVE INSPIRED ME OVER THE YEARS.

OH NO! THE GROVE CAFE HAS CLOSED TOO! APPARENTLY ONE MAN NOW OWNS MOST OF THE STREET, AND IS SYSTEMATICALLY HIKING UP THE RENTS UNTIL ONLY CHAIN STORES CAN AFFORD THE PRICES.