105,141. London 1971: ‘But when you’re black and British there is a constant struggle to understand who you really are. We are the children of the colonies who built this empire on the backs of their empire.’ (London & Black Culture) Guerrilla I, Sky Atlantic 2017
105,142. ‘Today we are reading from Dhari’s own book, memoirs of his struggle, The Dragon Will Fly.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. Marcus
105,143. ‘This growing police brutality is exactly why we need to keep fighting for Dhari’s appeal.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. meeting of black citizens
105,144. ‘The National Front is the Nazi Front!’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. protesters
105,145. ‘You’re soldiers now.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid.
105,433. ‘Meanwhile, police raids continue across London in the search for the gunmen and their accomplices. (London & Black Culture) Guerrilla II, news
105,434. ‘Down with radicals, up with elevated blacks.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. black activist
105,435. ‘Today marks the first day of a London visit by Rhodesian diplomats who are expecting to be residing for the next week at Rhodesia House. The purpose of their trip is a meeting with the controversial controversial Monday Club, vocal supporters of the Monday Club.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. news
105,712. The Dragon Will Fly Black Unity Now. (London & Black Culture) Guerrilla III, protest mural
105,713. ‘I’m the one who gave you your voice. I wrote your book.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. Marcus
105,714. ‘This is Marcus Hill. I’m going to read a declaration of a state of war.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid.
106,028. ‘If you want to avoid the police, you should bomb them.’ (London & Black Culture) Guerrilla IV, bird
106,029. ‘We’re the black army faction.’ (London & Black Culture) ibid. bloke
106,327. If you want to give your life give it, don’t waste it. (London & Black Culture) Guerrilla V, Marcus
106,328. Black Power battle with Police: Ministers call for calm following night of black violence: Last night, Britain came under attack. And yet, unlike previous battles, the enemy is not abroad … (London & Black Culture) ibid. Express news article
106,658. There are no black leaders. There’s nobody in charge of us. (London & Black Culture) Guerrilla VI, black woman
106,659. You want me as the face of your movement? (London & Black Culture) ibid. Elba
106,660. You can’t win unless you’re about something. (London & Black Culture) ibid. informant to rozzer
106,339. It was the biggest police manhunt in a generation. Four men who wanted to kill as many people as they could and were prepared to die in order to do it. (London & Bomb & Terrorism) Real Crime with Mark Austin s8e8: Bombers on the Run, ITV 2009
106,340. 21st July 2005: four suicide bombers are on the run. (London & Bomb & Terrorism) ibid.
106,341. The hunt was on now for a fifth terrorism on the run. (London & Bomb & Terrorism) ibid.
109,788. Winter in the suburbs of London. It’s late, people are tucked up, or watching David Attenborough on the tele. There’s a migration going on here too. The last bus does its rounds. The old residents of this place are looking to reclaim the streets. Fallow deer are stepping in a world where is nothing is quite natural. (Animal & London) Natural World s30e14: Unnatural History of London, BBC 2012
109,789. There are other mass migrations and alien invasions, a world most of us never see … This is the real urban jungle. (Animal & London) ibid.
109,790. This seal can escape to the Thames should she choose to do so but prefers to stay [Billingsgate fish market] … ‘What she likes most are the squid’ … ‘salmon and trout.’ (Animal & London & Seal) ibid.
109,791. Hedgehogs have it tougher than most. (Animal & London) ibid.
109,792. To the ferel pidgeon, the streets of London are paved with gold. (Animal & London) ibid.
109,793. Foxes and ferel cats migrate through the City seeking their fortunes. (Animal & London) ibid.
109,794. Train-riding pigeons: Is this a new kind of evolution? (Animals & London) ibid.
120,388. The pelicans have been here since 1664. (Animals & London) ibid.
109,795. At dusk wave after wave of parakeets can build to a roost of over 6,000 birds. (Animals & London) ibid.
109,796. There are now three separate colonies of scorpion living in London. (Animals & London) ibid.
109,797. There is a certain magical stretch of the Thames in London that was at the centre of an 18th century cultural movement that changed our British landscapes for ever. At the heart of it was a fascination with the ancient concept of arcadia, where man and nature lived in perfect pastoral harmony. A radical group of writers and arists completely overturned the idea of what comprised a beautiful landscape. (Art & London) Janina Ramirez & John Bailey, In Search of Arcadia, BBC 2017
109,798. (Art & London) Et In Arcadia Ego: Nicholas Poussin 1638. ibid.
112,738. Just very simple people like me who started off as a farm girl in Africa end up living in Mayfair. Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair, BBC 2015, resident
112,739. Mayfair contains more intelligence and human ability, to say nothing of wealth and beauty, than the world has ever collected before in one space. ibid. Sydney Smith 1771-1845
112,740. I do pinch myself when I remember I come from Essex … It is like a village. ibid. resident
112,741. You have two-thirds of the world’s luxury brands, and the other third are now battling over every shop that becomes available. ibid.
112,742. It is the space and the rent - that is the problem of our time. ibid. tailor
113,299. London: 15 million visitors a year. Scam City s2e8: London
113,300. That perfume seller on Oxford Street … always claims he’s having a closing down sale … They’re not even the perfumes he was advertising. ibid.
113,301. One of its oldest problems: pickpockets. ibid.
113,302. Hoxton: phone snatching gangs have been targeting the area. ibid.
113,303. Soho’s sex clubs and bars have a history of fleecing tourists which goes back hundreds of years. ibid.
113,304. Clip joints: first signs – doormen built like tanks. ibid.
113,305. Suddenly I start to see these Chinese herbal shops in a new light. ibid.
114,789. Since the 60s news from the City has mattered to more and more people. Between St Paul’s and Tower Bridge lies the City of London and its marketplaces. No-one makes anything here except money. For this is capitalism’s heart: one square mile of offices, typewriters and telephones. (Stocks & Market & London) Inside Story: The Market, BBC 1976
114,790. Banks: there are over 250 of them in the City. (Stocks & Market & London) ibid.
114,791. ‘The largest foreign exchange market in the world.’ (Stocks & Market & London) ibid.
114,792. At the heart of non-life insurance are men of substance called Lloyds of London. A Lloyds underwriter makes his living from betting you your disaster won’t happen. If it does, the underwriter who’s put his name to the risk must pay out down to the shirt on his back. (Stocks & Market & London & Insurance) ibid.
114,793. Every day the discount houses scour the banks for idle money. (Stocks & Market & London) ibid.
114,794. The health of the market is monitored with a morbid precision. (Stocks & Market & London) ibid.
114,795. ‘It’s a battle zone.’ (Market & London & Fish) Inside Story: Fish Tales, BBC 1999, trader
114,796. Billingsgate in the heart of London’s East End is the country’s largest inland fish market. For over a thousand years it’s been home to generations of nocturnal fish devotees whose unique passion for selling fish still flourishes today. (Market & London & Fish) ibid.
114,797. Market life starts around midnight but selling can’t start until five. (Market & London & Fish) ibid.
114,798. To move fish around the market you have to be a specially licensed porter. There are 100 permanent porters and 20 casuals. Casuals turn up on the off-chance of a day’s work. (Market & London & Fish) ibid.
119,179. London is just smoke and trouble, Thomas. (Gangsters & London) Peaky Blinders s2e1, Esme
119,289. ‘Once upon a time it [tower] was a symbol of hope, hope or a better life.’ Before Grenfell: A Hidden History, BBC 2018, resident
119,290. For some Grenfell tower is more than just a ruin everyone’s seen on the news. Before the fire, you might have thought of Kensington as simply the wealthiest place in Britain … The gap between the richest residents and the poorest is wider here than anywhere else in the country. ibid.
119,291. Grenfell tower stand in north Kensington, the poorest part of the borough, in an area called Notting Dale. ibid.
91,986. London in the 60s was a magical place. The old class barriers had been swept aside and if you wanted it bad enough, anything was possible. It was our time. By the mid-60s the Krays had become the criminal overlords of London. The great and the good flocked to their west-end clubs. They had become celebrities. (GBH Films & London) Fall of the Krays 2016 starring Simon Cotton & Kevin Leslie & Josh Myers & James Hepburn & Dan Parr & George Webster & Alexa Morden & Adrian Bouchet & Martin Ross et al, director Zachary Adler
119,292. South Kensington was one of the last remaining strongholds of the aristocratic classes who still needed servants. ibid.
119,293. 30,000 homes were bombed in Kensington by the Nazis. ibid.
119,294. By the 1980s the reputation of the Lancaster West estate and council estates everywhere was suffering. ibid.
119,285. More and more of the houses were restored to their Victorian glory. ibid.