I've always preferred the cheaper end of the Monopoly board - Whitechapel High Street and The Angel have much more appeal that Park Lane and Bond Street. To judge from the piece in today's Guardian celebrating the board game's 75th anniversary, the historian Jerry White agrees.
He makes a connection that had escaped me, the 'Water Works' as the New River Head in no-longer-so-cheap Clerkenwell. Well, of course.
And I also discover that the model for Monopoly was 'The Landlord's Game', devised in 1904 by an Illinois-born woman follower of the land taxer Henry George. Those of you who delve into the depths of this site may know that it was Henry George's followers who coined that marvellous political anthem The Land Song.
If I add that The Angel (£100 for the Monopoly player) is the setting for Alexander Baron's novel 'Rosie Hogarth', I've somehow managed to get several of my pet enthusiasms in a single blog.
Happy New Year!
Simple things give such pleasure.
The Hornbeam outside my house is wonderfully beautiful. Some trees delight by the surprise of their design. With the Hornbeam, it's the symmetry that demands attention.
And the snow gives an added elegance to the image.
Samira took the photo.
Parakeets on Hampstead Heath - LindaH - Creative Commons
Walking on Hampstead Heath this afternoon, the raucous, high pitched shrieks of ring-necked parakeets were the defining sound.
There were islands of ice on the ponds - some of the footpaths were awash with mud - not the sort of weather you associate with parrots.
If globalisation has taken Coca Cola to every corner of the earth, the parakeets seems to be part of the couterflow. And to be honest, I prefer the parakeets.
... is the name of a really nice London blog looked after by Peter Watts - do give it a try. The 'great wen' was Cobbett's unflattering term for London - a city which he reviled. Peter Watts uses it in a more affectionate manner - and his site has recent postings about subjects from Eeel Pie Island's role in the rise of RnB, to the Russian tank that sits on a patch of wasteland in Bermond
Andrew Whitehead's blog
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