The broader picture: In the sky at night
Sunday 08 August 1999
Jourdan was brought up in west London. As a teenager, he used to go to the Scala cinema in King's Cross to watch the all-night bill, and at dawn would drive home over the Westway. "If you timed the lights right on Marylebone Road," he recalls, "you could be doing a ton by the time you hit the top of the incline and the first aerial section. On the flat, rushing past rooftops and the monolithic cluster of tower blocks, you sensed the first light of daybreak behind you as you punched westwards. For a few miles and brief minutes you slipped out of the urban system through a road-construction engineering loophole and really made your getaway."
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