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A Dickensian Christmas in the City

A Christmas Carol is a famous novel in which Charles Dickens infused an humanitarian message of peace and mercy, against greed and social injustice. Set on a cold and rainy London at Christmas Eve, the story plays on the contrast … Continue reading

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Street of ink on a red guide

“Who could sit upon anything in Fleet-street during the busy hours of the day, and not be dazed and deafened by two immense processions, one ever tending westward with the sun, the other ever tending eastward from the sun, both … Continue reading

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S P B Mais and the English Countryside

“The cry of the age is for distraction. Now,  distraction is precisely what we do not want…”  – S P B Mais, “It isn’t far from London”, p. 18 “It isn’t far from London”, a 1930 witty and trilling work by Stuart Petre … Continue reading

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A London walk in W. G. Sebald’s footsteps

“Imperceptibly, the day had begun drawing to a close as Austerlitz talked, and the light was already fading when we left the house in Alderney Street together to walk a little way out of town, along the Mile End Road … Continue reading

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Ghost Streets of London

“Old London is vanishing fast… Every day as we go to business, we see some fresh eruption of modernity… Ghosts walk the London streets, if you know where to look for them.” – Howard Marshall, 1937. Housmans is an independent … Continue reading

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E.V.Lucas, traveller and wanderer

“The more i wander about London the less wanderable in, for a stranger, does it seem to be…” E.V. Lucas – A Wanderer in London, Chapter II. Edward Verrall Lucas has been a versatile English writer and editor, who, in … Continue reading

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Flora Londinensis at The Guildhall Library

When naming the City, one thinks about palaces and modern skyscrapers, where stressed employees, busy making money, are trapped in the gears of global finance, and streets are teeming with cars and pedestrians, all in a hurry. Yet, this area is very old and not … Continue reading

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