Posted on October 27, 2021 at 3:45 AM
Murf labours under the misapprehension that each of the 22 “proper” boozers (as opposed to wine bars, Turkish false-wall harems and IRA shebeens) of the Holloway Road is a doorway to an alternate universe – one where everything’s fine. They all seem the same to me, but I’m killing time so, safe in the knowledge that Arsenal are playing away, leaving the pubs free of Henry-sniffers, Pires-lickers, I pretend-reluctantly agree. At least there’s something to celebrate this dismal day: the papers are full of the funeral and subsequent death of Tony Parsons.
-From "Hatful of Holloway", published in the "Down the Angel and Up Holloway" anthology (Pulp Books 2006), and one of the stories in Mark Piggott's fiction/non-fiction collection "Militant Factions" available in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.