So it was definitely time to return to visit them after a long absence and the acquittal of an activist arrested on spurious charges at an earlier demo. Cricket were most definitely dismayed that this attempt at intimidation failed and to see us back, letting shoppers and tourists know about the blood on the shop’s hands. The police took longer to arrive than usual, the shop evidently having misplaced the piece of paper with Officer 8008’s direct phone number, thinking they wouldn’t need it again. Two cop cars blocked the street in time-honoured fashion, while the occupants failed in their attempt to limit our numbers and were stumped by their failure to locate a designated spokesman.
The great English weather failed to dampen the spirits of those assembled, who know the sun never shines on Mathew St in any weather (the permanent coldness possibly emanating from the dark heart of Cricket) and don't expect a warm reception from Justine Mills and her staff. We will be back (with scarves & gloves if necessary!) until they stop supporting the barbaric fur trade and join the 21st Century (although many of the fashions displayed in their window suggest a timewarp back to 1975).