Five soggy dogs of uncertain breed, but almost certainly related to one another, sit outside the newsagent in Grove Hill Road, waiting for their owners in the rain. They are black and white, with ears all over the place. When the owners, two men equipped now with bottles, come out of the shop they all make for the Grove, where the dogs go wild, racing and barking and chasing each other.
"It's a soup sandwich", is how Rich Armitage, Colin Powell's Deputy Secretary of State in Washington, describes the inter-departmental rivalry and turf wars in the White House, according to the former British Ambassador Christopher Meyer in his book, DC Confidential .
The sound of raindrops when it hasn't rained for some time.