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Lindsay Razaq: Green beans, supermarket tantrums and why we all need to be a bit nicer to each other

Posted On: 17 Sep 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Lindsay Razaq: Green beans, supermarket tantrums and why we all need to be a bit nicer to each other

One of the allotment regulars waves to me as I push my daughter's buggy up the steep hill to our flat.
He's saying something too, but we're on opposite sides of the road and I can't hear for the traffic rushing past in between. Then I realise he's beckoning me, and cross over.
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Lindsay Razaq.
“Do you cook with French beans?” he asks. “I've got some just ready to be picked. Would you like them?”
After establishing he's got enough for his own family, I accept his invitation to have a look round his plot, while he cuts off the beans, as well as a large bunch of kale and several tomatoes.
As he works, we have a chat, surrounded by vegetable plants, sunflowers and even grapevines. As reliable as Maya's 5am wake up call, he's in the allotments most weekdays. I've waved to him on countless occasions, both from the path that runs next to the site and our balcony. This is the first time we've spoken, however.
Originally from Jamaica, Errol moved to London when he was 11 and has been here ever since. He's...

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