Census kinda dude (what do they call that here?) came by today and I was able to proclaim my status as a British citizen for the first time! Then I registered to vote.
Oh, the power!
Except of course I always live in places where my vote is rather incidental. I still cast a ballot in Seattle, for instance, but that city is so progressive (with a sincere and bombastic devotion to retaining military dollars and encouraging assorted sinister industries - oh, hometown! The contradictions!) it hardly matters.
Life in Hackney will, I suspect, be similar in outline. My new place is in the historic heartland of the Nonconformists. It is hard to imagine this neighbourhood ever flipping into a Tory stronghold.
I'm still in the honeymoon phase but so far I love this shambolic, sarcastic city more than any place I have ever lived. And it only took 39 years to get here...