Month: June 2015

Lost city: St Augustines

I miss this, every time I buy a pork pie or a can of beans in the deep end of Spar I miss it. The cheap hot chocolate, the stinging eyes and the freezing water, those weird “no bombing, no petting…” signs. A post war development, not perhaps the most attractive building by our strangely skewed modern standards, but not ugly either and beautiful by association for many Norwich and Norfolk residents whose childhoods were at least partly spent here splashing about, the high arched windows filled with bluey light at night were a vast reverse temporally dislocated improvement...

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Ghosts: London blitz aerial maps

An iconic image from one German Heinkel III bomber showing another over Rotherhithe, the Surrey Commercial and West India Docks and Isle of Dogs to the right. Credit original: Southwark Library collection. 1940. CC Fair Use Wikipedia. Two German Dornier 17 bombers fly over south-east London on the first day of the Blitz, 7 September 1940. This marked on some sites as Beckton Gas Works on fire, clearly not as it’s to the east, it may well have been on fire, but it’s not in the picture. This is the Royal Albert Dock. Again first day of the raids...

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Hidden history: Myths – Tombland, Norwich and the Plague

It’s odd where you end up in conversations, the same is true in a digital landscape as it is in an analogue one. In between the pictures of cats, the videos of fat people falling over and the flux of skulking, trolling and pixel-fist-waving/bumping that goes on in our inflatable social media lives conversations rear up about all sorts of things at all sorts of times, which is one of the reasons why I like it. One night as the part-timers and early-risers headed off to make Ovaltine and brush their teeth. A straggling series of tweets; moans, disparate...

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