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I’ve been meaning to post this picture for a long time. When Shelley and I were in London this summer, we stayed in an area called Southwark, just down from Waterloo station on Stamford. This area has, for at least 200 years, been one of the several “hoods” of London, and despite their efforts to revitalize it (with museums and art galleries and festivals), it still (because of its proximity to Waterloo station) sports a stunning number of homeless people.

Anyway, Shelley and I were out roaming around after I’d finished my work at the British Library for that day, and she said “Oh, I want to show you something!” and dragged me round the IMAX theatre and down one of the subways to show me this:

You have to keep in mind that this is, literally, just down the way from a fancy schmancy art gallery, and a mere stone’s throw from the Thames.

I hadn’t thought about it for a while, until today when I was writing about the seedier sections of London in my dissertation.

That’s what happens when you write about prostitutes in the 19th century, I suppose.

Here’s a larger version of (sorry, I only have 640×480) the picture, yours for the taking….

And, by the way, a very public thanks to Mike and all the other folks at Z-List, all of whom have been very nice and helpful and funny and kind and thoughtful and groovy and sweet and cool and articulate and funny and witty and just generally full of goody-goodness.

You should check them out.

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Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:01 am

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