Brixton Electric (Ritzy) Winterlights switch-on malarkey I saw the most extraordinary sight earlier. At the Brixton Road/Coldharbour Lane crossroads was waiting that Victorian-style horse-drawn hearse that you see occasionally -- a very high, glass sided black carriage with the drivers in black frock coats and hats and two perfectly matched jet black horses with long black plumes on their heads, looking as though they have just driven up out of the underworld. Amazing. And coming across the road at the crossing directly in front of them is a gaggle of stiltwalkers -- two of them costumed to look as though they were riding extremely unruly, huge pink flamingoes. They had been going around doing this comical emu-style routine but fortunately spotted the horses in time, as one of them was looking pretty spooked. Anyway, it was one of those jaw dropping Brixton moments. As for the Electric-sponsored Winterlights thingy, as well as street walkers, jugglers (where is NVP when you need him?) and kids' entertainers, they have got some sort of special guest in Windrush Square and are switching the lights on at 6.30. I dare say I shall pop out to see it. But I really can't understand why they didn't do it at the weekend. Seems odd to do it on a Wednesday, especially as Weds is Brixton's comparatively dead early closing day. Also, I had no idea this was going on until I was accosted by jugglers earlier, so it doesn't seem to have been very well publicised.