Looking around

Friday, 23 November 2012 10:21
I’ve been watching a repeat of an interview (on BBC4) with the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who died recently. He wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea but he had interesting things to say about the future. He predicted that the country is about to enter an age of barbarianism and decline. In our deepest Corporal Fraser ‘We’re all doomed’ moments it’s difficult to disagree. But yet. But yet.
I had a lovely walk yesterday, from one end of Oxford Street to the other, up Tottenham Court Road and then down Euston Road to the British Library to have lunch with a couple of my cousins. Let me tell you that bit of London is looking great. Years ago I stopped going to Oxford Street to shop, all those scruffy little shops crammed with tat. Well, things have changed, smartened themselves up and the crowds were out accordingly. So I guess there’s a lesson there….stop working on old, very old conclusions….check things out and find out how they are now. (I had a similar experience at Kings Cross railway station last weekend. Again, I was expecting yet another scruffy hole….but au contraire….)Talking to my husband about this, he reminded me that a lot of things were done for the Olympics. Well, let’s carry on giving three cheers for the Olympics. Their impact cannot be underestimated. My old man and I have decided that in the spring when the weather is warmer we’ll go on a tourist bus trip round town just to find out what has happened to London while we were too busy and preoccupied to notice!
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