The Following article by Matthew Sweet appeared in the Observer Magazine on 30th October 2011. It's certainly a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of The Savoy (and other London hotels) and experiences on the Strand during the second world war.
Composed by Michael Caines, runner-up of the Cosmo Davenport-Hines Poetry Prize.
Your three islands
You lose your language in the church:
A stillness island, traffic-bordered. Read more »
I came on this march as a member of the Wandsworth Stop the war coalition.
I am angry about the way the war in Iraq was instigated. Read more »
I worked as a messenger boy for 6 months in the 60s for a solicitor called H M Garland-Wells in Norfolk Street (which no longer exists) off the Strand. I knew at the time that H M or Herbert Monty as he was known was keen on cricket but only recently discovered that before becoming a solicitor he was Captain for Surrey in 1939. During WW2 the name Garland-Wells was used as an informal code for General Montgomery in North Africa. Allegedly, this couldn't be deciphered by the German codebreakers!
Albert Einstein wrote 'I don't know what weapons will be used in World War 3 but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones', and it feels to some extent we are already at that point. Protest marches now almost always have an element of violence - on the morning of the last one I stood at Holborn and watched as masses of young people, tagged almost on the end of an afterthought, all wearing black, disguised in balaclavas - what was their intent? For a generation brought up with cameras everywhere - was this a day out or a more serious event? Read more »
Strandlines Archives afternoon brought together the various communities we are currently working with: The Connection, a homeless support centre at St Martins; Age UK Westminster; Peabody Wild Street Estate; and St Martins Older Congregation. Members of the recently formed Strandlines Cabinet of Artists also attended; also other interested individuals living/working in the Strand area. Whilst stories from the different communities are placed in close proximity on the website, it was wonderful to see the community realised in one room. Thank you to everyone who attended! Read more »
Photograph of Zoology laboratory with Professor Mackinnon at King’s College London during World War Two
King's College London Archives (Ref: K/PH6/4/20), 6 October 1943, black and white photograph taken by Hulton Press Ltd for ‘Picture Post’, depicting Prof Doris L Mackinnon, Professor of Zoology, talking to a student in the Zoology Hons. Laboratory.
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