Wednesday, 13 July 2011
13 Wish Road
Right now I'm 90% of the way through a fiction novel, THIRTEEN, set in Brighton & Hove, written by Sebastian Beaumont. In the novel a depressed taxi driver picks up a ride on a weekly basis from 13 Wish Road. Things happen to him related to this address which are either part of his insanity or supernatural. It's a key part of the book when he finds that 13 does not exist, in the real world there is only 11a.
A few days ago on a mission to buy some fish (long story....), I for the first time ever in Brighton asked a bus driver where to get off a bus in order to get to a destination - Hove Lagoon. I was carrying the book. The reply, out of the blue, was Wish Road. Since this was the sort of absurd occurrence that would happen in the book, I asked him to repeat it. I heard correctly, "Wish Road".
I had assumed that the street was fictitious, but no..... I walked down Wish Road, just as the taxi driver in the book had driven down it, expecting to find 13. But it was not there, there was only 11a.....
11 Wish Road is the house on the right, next door to 13.... I mean 11a Wish Road.
The additional weird coincidence here is that about a year ago, when I lived in London, I did a commercial shoot in 11 Wish Road, completely unaware of the significance of its neighbour, because at the time I was not reading the book. (I did not even know the name of the street because I was taken there by the client.)
It would be obtrusive to show images from that shoot here, but I have used them in my commercial portfolio. And now I've finished the book it's good to see..... no, I won't say, that would spoil it for you.