You'd have to have a hard heart not to be moved by the graffiti that's sprung up on the flank wall of KwikFit - where else! - on Gordon House Road in Gospel Oak.
I don't know whether it's a tale of unrequited love - or just a manufactured street drama ... but I'm curious ...
So, in an elegant blue cursive script, which can't be all that easy with spray paint, the initial graffiti reads: 'A public display of deep affection: I [heart sign] you Mind body, Soul & Kids Lets find the Magic path Luke x'. And no, this isn't from the tenth chapter of the Gospel according to Luke!
So come on, this is quite something - a declaration of a love that will never be exhaust-ed (geddit!??), an affection that cannot be punctured, an amour that will never go flat, a romance that requires no rebalancing, a relationship with no need of a respray ...
The love ditty seems to be addressed - what do you reckon? - to Loo ... which doesn't feel right, and is not the normal way of spelling the short form of Louise (maybe that explains the response, who knows) -
The rejoinder - from 'Loo' or otherwise - is in a bold feminist pink. And it is certainly succinct: 'NO!' - though there is a pink heart sign tagged on, so perhaps all is not lost.
We have no more hope of solving this riddle than working out the 'HOPE' mystery which is another Gospel Oak enigma - but then riddles without a solution are always the most intriguing.
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