Thursday 22 February 2018 5.37pm
John C wrote:
I was just thinking, years ago around here, you would always see loads of bread off cuts in the streets, loads of people fed the birds, there was always a "catwoman" about too, she would leave tins of opened (obviously) cat food for the strays, never saw no rats though and that's with all the bomb sites/dumps around too.
If we have a rat problem, it's because of all the food outlets in the area, which I enjoy, nothing else.
Ah, the good old days. When little Gertrude Lawrence danced to the music of the barrel organ and fed off fish-heads picked up from the gutters in Kennington.
Ahhh the sweary teacher. You wouldn't understand. We had it good, and before us they had it better. Now we're going backwards. I despair.
No, boroughonian - I'm afraid don't remember the 'good old days'. There was a war on when I was born, I grew up in east London in the 1950s, somehow missed out on 'flower power' in the 1960s, and was too busy working for the next 40 years to notice whether the days were particularly good or bad. But it's left me healthier, better housed, better clothed, better fed and better educated than my parents and their parents were. And it all started with the socialist legislation of the post-War Labour government. In spite of all the efforts of Mad Margaret Thatcher and the gaggle of incompetent imitators who have followed her in government I'm still optimistic - at least about my own life. If I despair it's for the young and for future generations; there are certainly a lot of things wrong with society today. If I have a particular concern it's that it was people of my age who voted in such large numbers for Brexit. My father always assumed that education would solve all our problems - after all, he said, no properly educated person could be foolish enough to vote Tory. Sadly, state education after the War seems to have bred a generation of people many of whom were idiotic enough to vote for Brexit. Perhaps that's where nostalgia for the good old days leads you.
I really should learn to label my less serious comments with 'JOKE'. If you got the Gertrude Lawrence reference you should know that her claim to have danced to the barrel-organ and 'gnawed kippers' heads in the gutter' was apparently something she put on to impress American journalists with her poverty-stricken working-class origins (which wasn't true).
PS - I don't get the reference to 'the sweary (?) teacher' - if you mean me, sorry, but I've never been a teacher.
PPS - apologies, James, but this is a long way off-subject. Whatever happened to the pigeons?