has been in the news I see. The other day the
government announced plans to allow households to
rent out a single parking space on their driveways without first seeking
planning permission, ‘provided there is
no public nuisance to neighbours, or other substantive concerns.’ On the same
day, some poor soul died in a
punch-up over a disabled parking space at a supermarket.
I’ve been on me hols, and I took this picture. Not being much of a holiday
person – let alone a poolside lounger – I don’t know if its’ message is familiar
'we hereby inform that our pool attendant will collect the towels standing in the loungers that are reserved but no occupied.'
it does suggest an exquisite parable of territory-based relations with the not-quite-anonymous
symbolic claiming of unoccupied space; and an intervention from authorities who
undoubtedly will not be able to police their own decree.
a study to be done, of the extent to which the people who use towels to claim poolside
loungers behave in a similar way when it comes to parking spaces. I weep for their
stunted, shrivelled mentalities.