79,773. Destruction and ruin have haunted this city. A Picture of London, BBC 2012
79,774. It’s true character lies in its unplanned chaotic nature. London has burned many times across the centuries. ibid.
79,775. The Great Fire of London burned for seven days. Over 13,000 buildings were destroyed. ibid.
79,776. Wren would create the first dome to be seen in London. ibid.
79,777. The Georgian London of Bloomsbury and Soho would be the definition of urban elegance for the age. ibid.
79,778. Around Covent Garden Market grew up a world of theatres, brothels and coffee houses that attracted writers and artists. Urban life in the raw was to become the subject matter of art. ibid.
79,779. Hogarth was the first artist to see the streets of London as theatre. ibid.
79,780. Monet v Marx: two very different pictures of London. ibid.
79,781. London’s Docks: at the turn of the twentieth century the busiest most important port on the planet. ibid.
79,782. Over the last half century London has become a city of towers. ibid.
79,783. What if anything is the sound of London? Jules Holland: London Calling, BBC 2012
79,784. Bells told an illiterate population everything. ibid.
79,785. The streets of London have always been paved with buskers. ibid.
79,786. The Blues as sung in English – and extraordinarily some of the songs began here in London before they crossed the Atlantic. ibid.
79,787. Soho was now dancing to its own version of jazz, calypso and Latin American rhythms. ibid.
79,788. One of the many British Blues bands formed in sixties London was Manfred Mann fronted by singer Paul Jones. ibid.
79,789. Jamaican music in the form of blue-beat, ska and later Reggae became an important fixture in the city’s soundscape. ibid.
79,790. The impeccable attack of Ian Dury. ibid.
79,791. All Set For Festival: London’s South Bank exhibition is ready to show the world what Britain can do. Pathe News 1951
79,782. The South Bank exhibition: Britain’s proof to a doubting world that she still leads in science and discovery draws to a close. ibid.
79,783. At dawn Londoners come oozing out of the ground, tired and red-eyed and sleepy, the fires are dying down. I saw them turn into their own street to see if their house was still standing. Edward R Murrow, CBS radio reporter 1940
79,784. I was moving through the terrain of inner urban sprawl, a geography of sensory deprivation, a zone of duel carriageways and petrol stations, business parks, and sign posts to Heathrow, CCTV cameras crouched over warehouse gates, the traffic signals presided like small-minded deities over their deserted crossroads; the entire defenceless landscape was waiting for a crime to be committed. J G Ballard, Kingdom Come 2006
79,785. When one talks of the Thames Docks beauty is a vain word. But romance has lived too long upon this river not to have thrown a mantle of glamour upon its banks. Joseph Conrad 1906
79,786. The Thames is so wonderful because the mist is always changing its shapes and colours, always making its light mysterious. Arthur Symonds 1909
79,790. In 1870 there were three hundred music halls in London alone. Roy Hudd
79,791. A brash confident city. Danny Baker
79,792. From the beginning Londoners were convinced that this was a deliberate attack. And from the very beginning they wanted to know whodunnit. (London & Fire) Adrian Tinniswood, author By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London
79,793. Fires were breaking out all over London in separate incidents. (London & Fire) ibid.
79,794. Here by permission of Heaven, Hell broke loose on this protestant city from the malice of barbarous papists whose fire are not yet quenched. (London & Fire) The Monument original inscription
79,796. London is one of the most enchanting places I’ve ever been on this planet. Don Johnson
79,797. In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea. John Osborne
79,798. I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day. Walter Besant
79,799. The world can never be in the state of right order, strong government, and good influence unless London is truly and literally established as its capital. Kedar Joshi
79,800. Thames, the most loved of all the Ocean’s sons,
By his own sire, to his embraces runs,
Hasting to pay its tribute to the Sea,
Like mortal life to meet eternity John Denham, Cooper’s Hill 1642
31,163. The Thames became an open sewer. The newspapers dubbed the crisis The Great Stink. (England & Great Britain & Thames) Jeremy Paxman, The Victorians: Painting The Town: Their Story in Pictures
65,516. Within thirty minutes the boat will be run down by larger vessel, and fifty-one young people will die needlessly. The sinking of the Marchioness was the UK’s worst river disaster in over fifty years. (Boat & London) Marchioness: Party Boat Disaster, Channnel 5 2014
65,517. For centuries there had been accidents on the River. (Boat & London) ibid.
65,518. The Bowbelle struck The Marchioness from behind. (Boat & London) ibid.
79,802. London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady. London Bridge Is Falling Down
79,804. The streets of London are paved with gold. Proverb
79,803. Crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure. (London & Crowd) Edward Gibbon 1737-94, Memoirs of My Life ch5
79,806. London in 1886: then the largest city in human history and the centre of the known world. The Secret History of our Streets I: Deptford High Street, BBC 2012
79,807. Charles Booth, Victorian London’s social explorer. Booth produced a series of pioneering maps that colour-coded the streets of his London according to the ever shifting class of its residents. ibid.
79,808. The story of Deptford High Street is a story of how it lost both its wealth and the community which had given it life. ibid.
79,809. Post-war prosperity rejuvenates Deptford. ibid.
79,810. They make a propaganda film arguing for the destruction of nineteenth century London: Deptford 1943. ibid.