Quiet, Rebellious, Underground, Deserted

London, Reading & Writing, The Arts

Three to watch out for – how many more volumes can there be on the world below London? Peter Ackroyd goes further back into the past and gives us his spin on the subject. There’s a decent countercultural history of London, but I still prefer Time Out’s old paperback of agitprop, which captures the time because it was produced then.

And why did no-one think of this before? A look at London’s best places for calmness and reflection – the parks have always been plentiful, but quiet is increasingly hard to come by since the city filled up with tourists.Old film footage (from the 80s!) shows London still half empty.

Check out Look At Life’s Piccadilly Circus below to see just how empty Piccadilly Circus was in the 60s – the short was meant to be pointing out what a crazy, bustling place it was!

3 comments on “Quiet, Rebellious, Underground, Deserted”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    So it was filmed in 1965, eh? Judging by Doctor Zhivago. Loved it.
    “Balham, Gateway to the South. Where the lights flash amber and red, amber, green and back to amber again.” They must have seen this series.

  2. Vickie Farrar says:

    …and placed in time also by a poster for Michael Caine in “Funeral in Berlin.” What a fun film, I must say. And, gee, did you see all the men dashing off to work in bowler hats? NOT! I wonder if that misperception (previously noted by you in another entry) came from our obsessed TV watching of “The Avengers” with Macnee and Rigg?

  3. Joyce says:

    He said that all Londoners come here at least once a week? We didn’t! Plus they had TWO men working as cleaners, TWO! That’s chaos indeed.

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