Thursday, 2 April 2009

G20 protest protection

Day two of G20 protests in the City of London, and another day of misjudged casualwear by the bankers and financial types. Like the adoption of a dodgy pair of Diesel jeans is going to persuade the mighty unwashed that you're actually one of them.

Now a hoodie, that's a different matter. Wonderful garment, the hoodie. On a Sunday morning while the coffee's brewing it becomes a cosy friend, something to snuggle up in while still bleary eyed. But in the urban jungle it can take on a totally different demeanor. It says 'youthful, streetwise,' and in SAS black with the hood up, it says 'come and have a go if you think you're hard enough.'

I wore my black zip fronted Acronym hoodie to work yesterday. Not because of any fear of attack, but because it seemed the right weather - mild, with an outside chance of rain.

I garnered confused looks. A shirt and trousers with a hoodie isn't a frequent sight. Was I a crusty or a hard working member of society? In my hoodie disguise I could have done a day at work and quite comfortably infiltrated the ranks of anarchy at the Bank had I so wished, and nobody would have batted an eyelid.

Now imagine the confusion if the entire workforce of the City had turned out in a hoodie. The crusties wouldn't have known who to direct their spittle at. Chaos would have reigned and some might even have ended up at work. There's a thought.

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