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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

March 30, 2006

Dubrovnik Appreciation

Just Jane's pictures of Dubrovnik caused a stray thought to wander into my mind.

What would jolly old England look like, eh? If we hadn't been bombed to buggery in the second world war? Was the general sense that the whole place had to be rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s responsible for the worst excesses of Town Council Road Improvements etc (qv. Dunstable, which looked quite nice until the mid-60s).

I'll always associate the name Cricklewood with prefab houses, because when I was growing up, you could still see them from the train (from Luton into London). Which I guess means that there really were whole swathes of the country flattened by bombing, which created a general culture of Demolition and Improvement in the name of Modernity.

But somewhere (in another parallel universe) is there an England that still looks more or less how it looked in the 1930s? Probably not.

4 Comments:

  • I often think back to how the countryside must've looked before the enclosure act.

    Lots of parts of Europe are still like that aren't they, where its ok pretty much to walk where you like so long as you respect the land and don't do any damage.

    You'd be surprised to at how many species of animals became extinct (or at least very uncommon) during the 50s/60s never-had-it-so-goodness.

    The 1950s seem to me to be when this country became modern. When the people became modern too.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 5:31 am  

  • Actually, thinking back on this, when I went to Dunwich in Suffolk it felt as though I was going back in time.

    The last couple of miles on the road there felt like travelling through a Hammer House of Horrow scene in which you have to stop for directions, and the mist is rolling around and there's just a one eyed farm hand by the roadside who tells you, "if I were you sir I'd be turning back the way you came on a night like this."

    I suppose its because the place is sinking into the sea, so it has no value and has therefore never been developed.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 9:32 am  

  • Hammer House of Horror even.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 9:33 am  

  • I think I just found my new blog name...

    By Blogger Hammer, at 5:58 pm  

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