Roshan waves goodbye to the Community Gardens.
Political discussions here at the gardens have to be pretty hushed. Especially as they’re all lefties and I’m a right winger. I remember our most awkward conversation was weeding a bed of flowers surrounded by liberals commenting about how Jeremy Clarkson voted Remain. They were shocked that the “right wing nutjob” Clarkson wouldn’t back Leave. I kept my mouth shut as I voted Leave and am a staunch Brexiteer. It would’ve intimidated them if I opened my mouth!
My real highlight of my gardens experience was contributing to last year’s Green Hustle. That was me being interviewed about the environmental concerns that the gardens address for an climate change section of the yearly Hockley Hustle that hits the Hockley area every summer Holidays. I was on camera being interviewed by a lovely, handsome mixed race man and fat as a house with a triple chin. I mumbled a load of rubbish, to be honest, about how the gardens are an inner-city green oasis (they are) and how good they are for the environment. I thought I was pretty bad and flunked it, but the staff thought I represented the gardens brilliantly. I guess it’s good to hear things from other ears.
Along with film and politics, the dream would be to write a weekly gardening column for one of the major papers. I’d need to really brush up on my gardening knowledge about crops, plants and vegetables for that, but it’s a goal. And my allotment will be the beginning of that goal.
Freelance film critic, journalist and writer based in Nottingham, UK. Specialises in cinema.
Roshan's Top 5 Films of the Week
1. The Last Duel
2. Everybody's Talking About Jamie (on Amazon Prime)
3. Help (on All4)
4. The Green Knight (on Amazon Prime)
5. The Alpinist
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