London gets to grips with the ghost of a dead future

London Letter: Return to normal life leaves many feeling unhappy and let down

Shadows are cast across the street in London on Thursday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Shadows are cast across the street in London on Thursday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

It promised to be a fine day but not just yet and it was still pelting down outside as I stood hesitating in the drab, sprawling lobby of my flat block. The porter had a Bach cello suite scraping away in the background behind his desk and I wandered over to ask how everything was going.

“Hell is other people,” he said.

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