Friday, March 30, 2007

Tuesday 7th May 1935

In the evening – town again –

I had dinner with old friends, at the Strand Palace. Wandered in the streets. Crowded, gay, but far more sedate. A dance band orchestra was playing in Regent Street. In the Mall, I cheered a crowd of hardy revellers. “Hail! Hurray!” Singing people in Trafalgar Square…

But the unique Carnival spirit had diminished. It was, indeed, too unique to last more than a night. Came down again by the midnight train.


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