Last night I got one of my occasional ‘Don’t be scared Frank’ messages. Don’t Panic.
This goes back to Ilford days but expanding on it. MJ has touched on this as well in her articles. Jenny also went into a large hospital one night and there was no one in the building.
The lights are on but no one’s home. From Background People to Background Houses.
Recently, I have noticed in the houses close to where I live there is very little activity. So I took a trip in both senses of the word into Reigate. I decided to see if there were any oddities in the houses as I walked down.
I probably passed about 400 or so houses on the way down. And something very freaky jumped out at me. In none of the houses was there any activity from within. The occasional window was open and light on but I didn’t see one person or any sign of movement actually within the houses. On the way I passed a fire station and a community centre and still the same.
I didn’t see anyone opening a window or sitting on a sofa or drinking a cup of coffee in the houses. Or a cat looking out the window. Absolutely nothing. I passed a couple of workmen in a driveway and this added to the trip sensation.
Us In A Bus. Urban Space.
Once I got into town the shops had people in them but on the way back, I thought I would recheck and again in about 400 buildings absolutely no human activity. There were parked cars outside but inside nothing.
This follows on from a curiosity that I’ve pondered over. Once I get into town I pass a series of buildings which have business plaques on the outside but again no activity within. I’ve noticed this for some years. The buildings have car parks and I’ve occasionally seen people in the car parks but no activity that I would expect from business premises.
Opposite the buildings in the pics, there is a big building called The Observatory which is run by a large corporate company.
The name has always piqued my interest and I thought I would pop in on a pretext and get a feel for it. In the car park there were a few people milling round and in the reception area there were three people including the receptionist. I asked the receptionist for directions. After I left I had a good look around the building and the best way of putting it is that the activity within didn’t match up with the large size of the building.
Are the lights really on if no one sees them ?