Diary: CHI's mural puts fear into nosy neighbours

There's that curious mixture of excitement and fear you get when you find out that you're going to get new neighbours.

Just ask Christine Walker how she felt when she found out that Martin Bowley was buying a house next to hers. (Although admittedly the place in question was next to her chateau in the south of France and it would probably be fairer to say that they had adjoining land.)

But a whole neighbourhood can go down with the arrival of, say, a family of eight screaming, snotty- nosed children and their foulmouthed chain-smoking mother. Or, even worse, an ad agency.

So residents of Fitzrovia, who already have to put up with Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, were a little concerned when they found that new tenants by the names of Clemmow, Hornby and Inge were moving to Rathbone Street.

Their fears deepened when they peered through the windows of the building to see giant murals of the three partners adorning the walls, even the furniture had moved in.

With egos like these, they assumed, they would have the neighbours from hell. But we're happy to tell them that the murals were put up before Christmas for Clemmow Hornby Inge's party and are not a permanent fixture.

So no need to move on just yet.


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