London Labour and the London Poor was originally advertised as a "Cyclopoedia" of street life, implying that it was a compendium of facts for dipping into rather than a book to be read from cover to cover. In its final form, it was published in four volumes in 1861-2 – two million words – and there was scarcely a paragraph that did not contain startling information. The popularity of oysters in London meant that "in round numbers" there were 500 million shells to be disposed of every year. An old showman who travelled with performing animals "sometimes had trouble to get lodgings for the bear", even though "Bears is well-behaved enough if they ain't aggravated". While there were some strange omissions – Mayhew included nothing on servants, for example, who by the time of the 1851 census amounted to one in 18 of the population – for the most part he lived up to the billing he gave himself in the work's preface. Part-pioneer and part-anthropologist, he was a … [Read more...] about London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew
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6. An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile by Donall MacAmlaigh (1964) originally appeared in an Irish version (as the inside front cover of the 2018 edition states) and offers an insight into the life of the hundreds of thousands of Irish males who helped to build London from the Victorian period until the end of the 20th century. While MacAmlaigh moved around Britain, his account of his working life demonstrates precarity for a labourer at the lower end of the social scale, as well as the hard work involved, therefore reflecting not simply the lives of other Irishmen but also the reality of labouring for millions of people in the British capital. … [Read more...] about Top 10 books about Londoners
On this, Negrini is reassuring. “There are some great examples of 60s architecture – and there’s some crap stuff. There are treasures we want to maintain, like Lunar House and Apollo House [both by Centre Point architect Richard Seifert]. We don’t want to bulldoze everything like we did in the 60s – we want to embrace the legacy of this place. We’ve already done that with the conservation area of the old town, but the 60s stuff is just important.” The council is also organising a music festival and refurbishing Fairfield Halls. “There is a real issue of public perception of Croydon,” she says. “We are very keen on changing those perceptions, and culture has a big impact on regeneration.” … [Read more...] about The magic of Croydon: is London’s punchline having the last laugh?
I would be greatful if you could arrange some kind of course, that I can also do where I can properly learn Islam and its teachings, and I can prove I don’t carry the extreme views which I might have carried before. I have been inform [sic] there are courses like this, like the Deradicalisation Course which is approved by the home office. I would like to do such a course, so I can prove to the authorities, my family and society in general that I don’t carry the views I had before my arrest and also I can prove that at the time I was immature, and now I am much more mature and want to live my life as a good Muslim abnd also a good citizen of Britain. … [Read more...] about London Bridge attacker said he wanted to be ‘good British citizen’ in letter from prison begging to be deradicalised
Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a groundbreaking new technique to precisely date cooking pots (like the fragment of the one pictured, which here is being prepared for radiocarbon dating) by analysing the microscopic remains of food inside them. Until now, scientists have had to rely on dating the organic matter found inside pots, but the new method has allowed them to date fatty acids left over from food … [Read more...] about Neolithic ‘dirty dishes’ dug up in Shoreditch High Street were used by London’s earliest East Enders who feasted on goat, beef, lamb and dairy products 5,600 years ago, new carbon dating technique reveals