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IF WE STOP (15) // Zahra Dallilah & Julie Tomlin

In a series of numbered written dialogues Call Centre correspondents Zahra Dallilah and Julie Tomlin respond to their own prompt: If we stop: Flourishing. Nourishment. Lockdown.



Yeah fuck it let's do it

Let's party like it's 1999

Can't believe we lasted four months indoors I'm sick of the sight of these walls

I know man, I can't wait to have a dance

Like it's nineteen fucking ninety-nine

Memba why they partied like that back then?


Should we get a drink for the road tho?

Also Tash and her mate with the funny 'tache are picking up dyu want in?

God it's good to be going out again

Yeah, fucking is

They're saying we'll end up going back in soon tho

'Local lockdowns' this time

All winter long

Yeahhhh I heard that, better get it in while the getting’s good then innit

Yeah zackly, that bar up by the roundabout is open again

Should we go there

Yeah Tash's lot are gonna meet us at the spot so let's defs get a few bevs in first.

They're not gonna survive this, are they?

What, the spot by the roundabout?

Fuck no they're done for

I went to see Babette. She’s decided to pack it in. She’s been surprised by how emotional people have been, didn’t realise how much her place meant to people. (“I suppose it’s like when you have people round to dinner, or throw a party, you never get to appreciate it in the same way,” she says)

Better get in there while we still can then innit

That's what I'm saying

That's why they partied like that in 1999



End of the world

Looks like they were only 20 years too early

So fucking right mate

You got my wallet?

Yeah, let's go

Image: Andrew Wilson


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