Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Bloody Tower



David writes…



And the hapless soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down palace walls.


The memory aorta ruptured and that pair of lines haemorrhaged from it as soon as the bloodbath (and the ejaculation) came into view.

They’re the concluding lines of the third stanza of the greatest poem ever written about London.

A month later I’m still wondering. Were the “decision makers” aware of the connection? Did they have any idea what they were opening up to view? That power is engorged with blood, wallowing in it.

That they were turning the searing words of the most radical Londoner of them all into an unforgettable – and unforgivable – image.

Nothing else to say. How could there be? What else is there to say?

Apart from: here’s the poem. And when you look again at the image maybe reflect on this: the lone living being in this view of the red sea-girt Tower of London is an archer. See him? He’s high up on the palace wall. About to loose an arrow into the gore.



London
By William Blake

I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow.
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every Man,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear

How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every blackning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls

But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born Infant’s tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse






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Monday, 1 September 2014

In & Around London: Spotting London walks with London Walks

Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.


Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.












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Sunday, 31 August 2014

The London Nightly Photoblog 31:08:14

That's it for August…



… The London Nightly Photoblog will return in November…







A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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Walk of the Week


Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.


You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.


But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…






A SOHO SAUNTER

Top of the morning to you 10.15 am on Fridays from Leicester Square Tube, exit 1 (meet by Wyndham's Theatre)

The brush that painted London sober, sombre and genteel missed Soho. What a delightful hotch-potch the place is. A graceful old square and courtyards and passages that burrow unpredictably between the streets...and everything humming with life. Shutters going up and flower boxes being watered, freshly baked bread carried into restaurants, waiters in white aprons serving Turkish coffee at sidewalk cafes, Chinatown bestirring itself, the colour and clamour of Berwick Street market (if it weren't for the Cockney accents you'd think you were in a Morroccan souk). What a tonic!

The Soho Saunter Walk takes place every Friday morning at 10.15 am.


Leicester Square Tube is on the Piccadilly and Northern Lines



A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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