Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown

By Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Publication by way of Bishop-Stall, Shaughnessy

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By Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

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I ever move quiet—yeah-hmm—then you gotta fear. i'm going quiet and that i get depressed, or the wrong way round, it’s cyclical, i believe. I’m going to construct a activities bar down here—you in? lets make a killing in the summer. I’m gonna faucet into that billboard in the market, hmm-yee, for a few actual energy, and we’ll have chilly beer and soccer at the tube. Whatya imagine? ” If one have been to target every one person a part of Les—his lengthy, silver hair, the fuzzy white moustache, his jester’s hat with bells on it, the ragged multicoloured jean jacket and pants, the way in which he walks, with this stocky, bowlegged, lackadaisical but overconfident strut, the way in which he talks with out a breath—he might sound a piece unappealing.

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