I was at an event last year and they were talking about strong communities and I said: “Wait a minute, wait a minute!” I said, “What do you mean when you talk about strong – communities aren’t strong. I’d rather talk about contented communities, happy communities, communities working together rather than strong communities.
“Strong communities you find when they meet adversity. Just look at Manchester this week. The whole community sort of banded together about a week after the two policewomen had been shot. That’s a sign of a strong community.” But I says “Heaven forbid that we’ve got to depend on adversity all the time.”
The picture tells us a story and when you hear the expression “They’ve got a lived-in face” – you can imagine what they’ve done. Some of it can bring me almost to tears or sympathetic – make you feel sympathetic towards them. It’s generally in the face itself.