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The groundwater diaries

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A comic and surreal view of London's hidden waterways. Over the last 150 years, most of the tributaries of the River Thames have been buried beneath concrete and brick. Tim Bradford invites you to take a walk with him along the routes of these forgotten rivers. Join him on a flight of imagination and fantasy back to a time when London was green meadows and rolling hills, dotted with babbling brooks infested with pigs' intestines, dead dogs and floating corpses. Yet this is much more than a historical view of London. For it is London seen through the disarmingly left of centre world view of Tim Bradford, a man deeply in love with our capital, who sees just as much fascination and culture in a modern-day group of Albanian Patrick Swayze Lookalike Ladyboys of Haringay as he does in the historical derivation of the area's name. And the journey is interspersed with the author's unique philosophy on such life and death matters as jazz, football, Dickens and jellied eels and some trivial concerns such as capitalism, politics, death and dreams. The Groundwater Diaries is a book for lovers of London who are also endlessly frustrated by the city, an alternative travel guide focussing on those aspects of London you didn't know you knew about and on those quirks you thought only you knew of. Thus we have ruminations on the Raynes Park model railway shop or the legendary late night police bar in Smithfield.Complete with the cartoons and maps that are Tim Bradford's trademark, this is a vastly entertaining, wildly amusing tour through a not so familiar terrain.

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Author(s):
Bradford, Tim
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0007130848
ISBN-13:
9780007130849
Number of pages:
450
Publisher:
Flamingo

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A comic and surreal view of London's hidden waterways. Over the last 150 years, most of the tributaries of the River Thames have been buried beneath concrete and brick. Tim Bradford invites you to take a walk with him along the routes of these forgotten rivers. Join him on a flight of imagination and fantasy back to a time when London was green meadows and rolling hills, dotted with babbling brooks infested with pigs' intestines, dead dogs and floating corpses. Yet this is much more than a historical view of London. For it is London seen through the disarmingly left of centre world view of Tim Bradford, a man deeply in love with our capital, who sees just as much fascination and culture in a modern-day group of Albanian Patrick Swayze Lookalike Ladyboys of Haringay as he does in the historical derivation of the area's name. And the journey is interspersed with the author's unique philosophy on such life and death matters as jazz, football, Dickens and jellied eels and some trivial concerns such as capitalism, politics, death and dreams. The Groundwater Diaries is a book for lovers of London who are also endlessly frustrated by the city, an alternative travel guide focussing on those aspects of London you didn't know you knew about and on those quirks you thought only you knew of. Thus we have ruminations on the Raynes Park model railway shop or the legendary late night police bar in Smithfield.Complete with the cartoons and maps that are Tim Bradford's trademark, this is a vastly entertaining, wildly amusing tour through a not so familiar terrain.

Author(s):
Bradford, Tim
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0007130848
ISBN-13:
9780007130849
Number of pages:
450
Publisher:
Flamingo

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