In the shopping arcade called Victoria Place a number of owls including a snowy owl and a barn owl sit on perches. A couple of keepers look after them. Children take it turns to stroke one of them. They seem very much at home and not a bit surprised at their surroundings. Perhaps it is because they have at some point in their lives been rescued by The Tomar Owl Sanctuary, a charity dedicated to the rescue, recovery and eventual release of owls and other birds. A surprise in a temple of commerce.
A woman with earphones performs exercises bending and rotating her torso beside a bench in The Grove, to the sound of music which only she can hear.