... there has been some kind of serious accident on the New Kent Road and the whole road has been shut off (since at least 9pm).
I've just been across the road to get some Diet Coke and it's like a different world - no cars and lots of people about - far more than usual. Everyone was being friendly and talking to everyone else - not about the accident - about the weather, the new M&S at the garage - basically, just chatting.
It was odd - nice, but odd. I always find it quite friendly round here, but hadn't realised before how much effect the road has on people, in so far as being a barrier that makes everyone keep to themselves - the whole London thing.