Oh! that I were a T---d, a T---d,
Hid in this secret Place,
That I might see my Betsy's A----,
Though she sh--t me in my Face.
(Written under this in a Woman's Hand)
'Tis Pity but you had your Wish, E. W.
Boghouse (public toilet) poetry from 18th century london.
posted by Kickstart70
on Jun 26, 2005 -
The first issue
of the comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
was released yesterday. Mr. Gaiman is credited as a "consultant." So far, the story is fairly intact, but it's the visual element that deviates from the novel--characters look nothing like they were described, and don't even resemble the old BBC miniseries
. And for someone accustomed to the phenomenal artwork seen in most of Gaiman's previous graphic novels (which included several adaptations of his short stories), Neverwhere
seems downright bland. If a feature film follows in the same vein as this adaptation, will Gaiman pull an Alan Moore and refuse all royalties
? (Go easy on me; it's my first post.)
posted by Saellys
on Jun 23, 2005 -
The London Underground is home to some of the most interesting, weird
and fun adverts, which have been tailored to the fact that they have huge posters that passengers are often looking at for minutes at a time while waiting. In Copywriting goes Underground, they challenged ad agencies to write an ad which had at least 50 words in it. Some are crap, but some are pretty innovative - check them out
posted by adrianhon
on Jun 21, 2005 -
I had always wondered why Jim Henson did The Muppet Show
in England, after years of successful collaboration with The Children's Television Network
in NYC. As a then 9-year old, I felt a kind of betrayal that I couldn't exactly put my finger on. As some little punk kid, what did I know about the financing of entertainment?This analysis of The Jim Henson Co. as a globe-trotting band of gypsies goes a long way to explain the oddness of The Muppet Show
and the change in tone that resulted when the puppets moved from Sesame Street
to Lew Grade's London soundstages.
posted by vhsiv
on May 6, 2005 -
The Way We See It
is a fairly new photo site where each week a group of photographers visit and capture a different part of London in their own style, with frequently impressive results
posted by chill
on Mar 3, 2005 -
is the Australian husband and wife team of Gary and Paula Constant. On the 1st of August, 2004, they left London from Trafalgar square to walk to Cape Town in South Africa. It is a distance of over 10,500 miles, and has been four years in the planning.
posted by thebwit
on Feb 28, 2005 -
Pinhole photographs of London and New York
"I am walking London Underground's Circle Line. On the tube it ordinarily it takes a little over an hour. I'll be doing it on foot, taking slow pinhole photographs, between two stations at a time." Plenty of other stuff on the site
posted by carter
on Feb 8, 2005 -
Jack the Ripper: the most complete online resource.
A wealth of information, from scanned letters purportedly sent by the killer, to contemporary police reports, to recent scholarship and discussion, articles about Victorian London, social history, and dissertations. To my mind the most interesting of all are the detailed biographies
of the victims, which give a glimpse of the difficult life experienced by working-class Londoners, especially women, during the mid 19th century.
Note: The site has been mentioned here before, but only in the context of two discussions about Patricia Cornwell's book claiming that the murders were committed by artist Walter Sickert (1
). Some images NSFW.
posted by jokeefe
on Nov 11, 2004 -
London's Natural History Museum's subsite on Hair
has some interesting movies and games.
posted by dobbs
on Sep 3, 2004 -
A new newspaper for London.
The first edition of The Line
comes out today - apparently, despite its size, the UK capitol lacked an independent paper until now (please feel free to correct this if it is wrong). It's still thin, but does provide an interesting alternative look at issues both local
posted by jb
on Sep 1, 2004 -
The story of "St. James Infirmary."
You thought it was a piece of old New Orleans? Turns out St. James Hospital was in London (and treated lepers), and the song goes back at least to the 18th century (though it used to be sung to the tune of "Streets of Laredo"). Rob Walker's Letter From New Orleans #13 describes the results of his obsessive researches. If you have more info, he wants to hear from you! (Via Wordorigins
, a site any word lover should know.)
posted by languagehat
on Jun 11, 2004 -
A gently melancholy collection of photographs of abandoned shops, hospitals, housing estates, public lavatories, and much more. See also Britannia Moribundia
, on the national obsession with dinginess and decay. This is where England most truly excels: in all the characterful shabbiness of its drizzled parks, soiled launderettes, frayed tailors, abject chemists .. and cowed solitary cafes.
posted by verstegan
on Apr 16, 2004 -
Kat Jungnickel is is blogging her experiences travelling in London on the 73 Bus
posted by anastasiav
on Apr 8, 2004 -
seems quite a positive thing. Weird what some people have to say about it though.
posted by ed\26h
on Mar 18, 2004 -
for conspiracists with time on their hands... But can square-jawed MeFites figure out what happened here?
Remember, Captain Scarlet is indestructible...
posted by klaatu
on Jan 5, 2004 -
Pick your poison: highbrow
(virtual tour of 10 Downing Street), or lowbrow
(virtual tour of the White House). Hint: one of these is funny.
posted by taz
on Oct 25, 2003 -
but few people catalog the fragments of conversation that they overhear. This guy
travels on the London Underground
regularly...and posts some of those one sided exchanges that make you wonder what the hell people are talking about.
(its my first FPP - play nice...)
posted by mattr
on Aug 25, 2003 -
- Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of the European no-frills airline Easyjet, is planning to open Easycinema, the first of what he hopes to be a no-frills theater chain, in Britain (the London suburb of Milton Keynes) on Friday. All ticket buying will be conducted on the Internet (there will be no box office at the theater); tickets must be printed out at home; early buyers can purchase tickets for as little as $.35, while tickets purchased on the day of the screenings will cost $8.00; there will be no concession counter, no trailers, no ads. In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Easycinema claimed that movie distributors representing the majors have balked at providing new releases or even quality second-runs.
posted by suprfli
on May 26, 2003 -
Trying to avoid the traffic in London? Try BBC's JamCams
. The only problem is they're all down for maintenace
today. Just like they were last May 1st. And the year before that. Nothing wrong with scheduled maintenance.
Except today is the day of the annual MayDay anti-capitalism marches
. The last lot of maintenance was planned for protest days
too. Last year Fujitsu
webcam of Trafalgar Square ended up pointing at the sky halfway during the protest. Anyone want to place bets on how long this webcam of trafalgar square
lasts before it's plug gets pulled?
posted by twine42
on May 1, 2003 -