During this Coronavirus lockdown I haven’t really wanted to do too much other than what I’ve been doing, i.e., writing. My normal work has been disrupted so much that there’s no business coming in, so my writing has been uninterrupted The Brittle Sea is completed and published.
But there has been one overriding desire that we have wanted to fulfil and that is to drive to Dhekelia, about half an hour away and visit the Lambros restaurant and take away for fish and chips. Yep, call me a limey or whatever, but you can’t beat eating that good old staple of a British diet, battered cod and chips. Sat in the car, looking out to sea and crunching on a piece of battered cod was brilliant last Friday… though it was a little disconcerting.
Lambros were allowed to do a take-away service so it seemed like a good idea. It was fine, as the roads were quiet. But when I got to Dhekelia, oh boy was it empty. The two car parks, large enough for around 60 cars was empty. The restaurant was obviously closed and the takeaway manned by two people. I ordered and was served at once and and I left to eat in the car.
It was like a scene out of Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach. Shute’s masterful and powerful novel has been a bestseller for decades after publication in the 1950s. His vision of a post-apocalyptic world is chilling. In the film of the same name, there is a scene where the crew of a US submarine visit San Francisco to find the source of a mysterious radio message. The shocking scenes are just of empty streets, no carnage of death, just shot after shot of empty streets.
Sitting, on that deserted Cypriot beach on a hot and sunny day, a beach that would normally be packed with people, with not a soul around was a chilling experience and one I will never forget.
Copyright © Tom Kane 2020
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