Notes from the Island

The Island welcomes everybody. Every day many visit and thousands pass close by, though few notice it. It is a place of brief encounters, of buried secrets, of moments glimpsed in rear-view mirrors. A brief pause on a journey. The Island has no border controls, no prisons, no buying and selling. Is it a utopia? Perhaps it could be, a sanctuary of non-interference amidst the surveillance cameras. The Island, London SE14 - much more than just a traffic island on the A2, New Cross Road.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Tram Shelter 1933


Thanks to Clare for noticing this fine picture of the Island in 1933 (from the interesting Exploring 20th Century London site). Seemingly emerging from the now vanished tram shelter is a lamp post which remains there to this day (of which more secrets will be revealed shortly).
http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/server.php?show=conObject.1934

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