Spurgeon's General Warning: Neighborhoods of London



True Story: I’m an Anglophile. I blame it on extensive childhood viewing of assorted Disney classics like Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, as well as a true dork’s affinity for deep Western history. Naturally, London is my favorite city in the world: It’s got a river and cobblestones and fishmongers, and there are plaques commemorating assorted historical tragedies/executions all over the damn place. It’s pretty diverse, too. There are beautiful people from all over the world living there, and every neighborhood is different in its own special way (imagine several dozen 37206s that do not take themselves too seriously and also have buildings more than 70 years old). Today I’m going to learn you some facts about a few places around London, and share a few more True Stories associated with them.

Pulp, “Mile End”

Compelling Wikipedia Sentence: “In May 2007 during building work, a live World War II bomb weighing 200 kg was found north of Mile End station near Grove and Roman Roads.”

True Story: I once agreed to look at a flat in the area, and when I met the guy at the station he wanted me to get in his car and drive there. I believe I said something along the lines of “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me” and walked away. Total waste of an afternoon, but at least I was not murdered. (Street Smartz!)

Good Shoes, “Morden”

Compelling Wikipedia Sentence: “Ethelstan the Etheling, son of Ethelred the Unready, left ‘land at Mordune’ to the abbey of Christ and St. Peter in his will of 1015, which became the site of the first Saxon parish church of St Lawrence.” Ethelred is my favorite pre-Norman Conquest ruler, based solely on his derpy portrait. Look at that dork! Haha.

True Story: I had to go to a government building in Morden (had to make like three changes) to get my National Insurance Card, which I think means I’m still entitled some of that sweet, sweet socialist medicine should the need ever arise.

The Clash, “Guns of Brixton”

Compelling Wikipedia Sentence: “The Brixton Pound was launched on 17 September 2009 by Transition Town Brixton. The Brixton Pound is a local currency that is available as an alternative to the pound sterling […] The Brixton Pound aims to boost the local economy and build a mutual support system amongst independent businesses by tying local shoppers to local shops and by encouraging local shops to source goods and services locally.” FUKKIN WEIRD

True Story: I went to an indie-pop dance night in Brixton once. Almost positive this song was played.

Madness, “Primrose Hill”

Compelling Wikipedia Sentence: “In October 1678 Primrose Hill was the scene of the mysterious murder of Edmund Berry Godfrey, and in 1792 the radical Unitarian poet and antiquarian Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams) organised here the first meeting of Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain.”

True Story: I have never been to Primrose Hill.

Do you have any memories associated with London? What is your favorite song about London? What is your favorite thing about London? Do you remember the London Olympics? Who is the prettiest/handsomest Londoner you can think of? Or let’s talk a little about Michael Caine.

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