Lucky for me I was off on the Friday when Axel was here. He came with me to the tiniest little hairdressers on Hackney Rd where a cut costs £10 and the hairdressers speak the thickest Cockney accent and the customers are artsy or drunk or family. It is real and understated and I love it.
It was still the best flat in the best house in town. We even knocked on the door but as the prices have rocketed I doubt there are still poor, unemployed youths living there now.
Instead we walked down to Victoria Park which is vibrant and hot and gorgeous. We bought focaccias from a bakery and had a picnic. A man plays filmic music on his guitar and every story we tell gets super dramatic with a soundtrack.
Huge lumps of time have passed since we became friends. We shared a house, took people’s virginities, dealt with a friend’s alcoholism, moved countries, broke the law together, fell out and didn’t speak, and made up again. He is damn fine that young man, and these hours on a blanket in an east london park made my heart ache of missing having him in my life.
Five hours and a trip to Universal Music Group in Earl’s Court we meet up with this gentleman in Soho.
Time for pints!
So happy that we are such good friends once again.
All of a sudden we have to rush to a fancy restaurant aka takeout mcdonald’s on the tube. Keep it classy, you know.
We were in fact in a rush to Brixton Academy. I’ve made a new best friend and his name is Niclas and he works at Universal Music and gives me free tickets to gigs. This night we were lucky enough to get to go and see Lorde!
And boy, I was well impressed. One of the most intelligent (and crazy young) artist we have nowadays. She danced like a dragon and spoke truly to her audience about her life and fame and that all girls should just have each others back and pursue their dreams. And it makes me so ecstatic to have girls and women like her doing what they want, and not giving a fuck. I’m 22 and I sat there, feeling inspired, like things are possible. Super aware, and oh damn she sure can sing! The show gave me shivers.
Late that night Daniel and I went back east to have more pints with Axel, Kajsa and Mikey. The warm summer winds swept through the pub windows, only cooling off our sizzling skin. There were only bare legs and the leather jackets were thrown on our chairs. When the pub shut, the darkness of the night swallowed us as we walked back home.