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Buy the brand
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Buy the brand

I went to a seminar, at the London School of Economics, called, “London,  fractured identity or collection of neighbourhoods?” Steve Latham Organised by a new group called Citydiplo, it claimed to be discussion of local neighbourhood branding in London. The apparent question was whether London had a unified brand, or whether […]

Urban art scene
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Urban art scene

Before Christmas, we went to a small gig in a pop-up shop on our local high street. The shop had been set up as part of an attempt to re-invigorate the neighbourhood. . Steve Latham . Another one had also opened up further along the shop-fronts. Both were artistic endeavours, […]

Consumer culture
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Consumer culture

When we were busy, and had money, we got in the habit of ordering our groceries on the net and having it delivered by van. Many of the supermarkets do this now. Steve Latham It’s an additional £5 for the delivery. But we didn’t consider it a lot to pay, […]

No sex please…
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No sex please…

“No Sex Please we’re British” was a West End theatrical farce, lampooning the shy, inhibited attitudes of the British to sex.– – Steve Latham . Today that production seems like history. We British are not noticeably reticent when it comes to talking about, or having sex. The media eagerly describe […]

My city of ruin
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My city of ruin

St. Augustine’s “City of God” was occasioned by the fall of Rome. In his mind, however, this expanded into a rumination about the history of civilisation. . Steve Latham The city is always fallen, always falling. The city is always changing, but that surely does not necessarily entail a falling. […]