On the way home, I passed Stepney City Farm. Families from all backgrounds were heading in - some of them were even talking to each other. A little taken aback by this blatant mixing of people from different ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds I asked them if this was a special event or day organised for social cohesion. Weirdly, they seemed genuinely surprised by my question - 'no just a normal Saturday' one of them said. Odd that.
Could it be true? Could this be a real snapshot of Tower Hamlets life or am I mistaken? I was amazed, too, that the streets seemed swept, the bins had been collected and the grass verges were mown. The church was still standing, too, and it didn't have an Islamic flag flying from the tower.
I'll be honest I'm confused. I mean I read the papers and Twitter and they say one thing and then I have my own real, everyday experience and it tells me something else. They both can't be right, surely.