Thing that is amusing me at the moment: the Elephant and Castle shopping centre has now banned hoodies. This probably isn’t funny unless you know the place, which I do, having grown up in the area and been taken along for a Coke float fairly often. It’s a fucking dump, and the management are a joke. They painted the entire place bright pink once, something that was perhaps the worst imaginable thing to do – think of an enormous multistorey concrete block in a busy traffic nexus, bright and I do mean bright pink. (They toned it down to a darker red after a while.)
But anyway, the idea of the Elephant and Castle centre trying to go upmarket at all is funny in a “funny-because-it’s-so-pathetic” way, and them trying to do it by hoodie bandwaggoning has twice the pathetic and therefore twice the funny. Forget about going bloody “upmarket” and getting rid of riff-raff, just make sure the place is clean, has decent shops in and doesn’t hurt anyone’s eyes.