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April 22, 2009



I was wondering about this fascination with "inner city dereliction". It's a romantic inclination, isn't it?

Fabian from Israel

Hi Mick, beautiful pictures, especially the bluebells.
I have a question, if it is not a problem to answer: Is there any difference between North and South of the river in London? For example, North is richer, South is poorer, North is more industrial, south is more residential, etc?

Mick H

Noga - yes I suppose so. Not sure to be honest. I'll think about that one.

Fabian - as a generalisation, South London is the poorer relation. It's a legendary cabbie's response - "nah mate, sorry, don't go south of the river this time of night". The tube - London Underground - is 95% north of the river. It's seen from the north as a vast neglected hinterland. But of course there are plenty of areas in South London, like Dulwich for instance, just as smart as the Hampsteads and Highgates of North London.

Nicole S

Re bluebells: those look like the lovely proper English ones, which are being displaced or hybridised by the Spanish bluebell, the paler variety that spreads like mad in people's gardens, with shorter, flatter blooms. The other way you can tell an English bluebell is that the stalk is not upright but bends over at the top. Just thought someone might be interested.

Mick H

I'm interested! Thanks. Yes, I'm sure these are the English bluebells.

Nicole S

Mick: you're most welcome. By 'flatter' I meant 'fatter'.

Fabian from Israel

Thanks for your answer, Mick.

"The tube - London Underground - is 95% north of the river"

¬°But it is London! How come you don't have the resources?

Mick H

Well....I think there's something about the clay making tunneling difficult. It's not like there's no transport down there though. Plenty of suburban (overground) rail lines, plus buses...

James Hamilton

Yes, the geology of South London is quite different from the North. And whereas the Tube was built to serve existing places in the main, the development of South London came, for the most part, after and as a result of the building of the railways.

Come back in ten years or so, spending cuts permitting, and the imbalance will have been corrected somewhat once current schemes are completed.

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