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  • Sofia Jayne

Tell it how it is: A life in the flats

For Calvin, life has been rough, but the flats have always been a place of community.


It takes a while to finish my interview with Calvin. He cancels or pushes back the time we’ve arranged to meet so many times that I have to admit, I nearly gave up on him.

For the third interview, we finally get to meet in person. Calvin arrives late on a stolen motorbike. We make a stop at the supermarket where he buys a pack of Winfield Blue, a bottle of Coke and a Fanta, and of course, a red lighter. He always buys red because red “is a gangster ass colour”.


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