We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them in the air!
Famous words by Winston Churchill still echo in today’s Europe.
Deptford is ready for the alien invasion. The blockade at port Calle to keep the aliens from the shores of Britain is going reasonable well (I managed somehow to slip through) and now Mayor Boris declared to protect all the roof access by installing wire mesh on all flat roofs in the city. Deptford was one of the first to go with the program and ‘Ben Pimlott building’ is prime example.
Fortunately most of Deptford is still old, no flat roofs, so only few structures had to be retrofitted. This building from 2005 by Alsop Architects contains Visual, digital art studios and something called ‘Centre for Cognition, Culture and Computation’ (CCC&C), which would be of special interest to North African and middle east aliens.
The ‘scribble sculpture’ as it is called was actually part of the building and is constructed from 229 separate pieces of steel bars. William Alsop is a innovative architect and is also responsible for Art College building in Toronto.
An old postcard from the late 1940’s, received from my Deptford friend Joseph, when he just crossed the Channel and rented a small 10’x 10′ dark room in the Inn. He was of course freezing in the so called English summer, but the heating required a Shilling to be put in the slot.
The shower down the corridor was also coin operated, so he would used the bucket in the yard. At least beer was cheap in those good old days. He was working in the ‘Deptford Royal Dockyards’, where majority of Deptford men was slavering. The dockyard (renamed Convoys) closed around 1975 leaving him penniless. He opened a Fish and Chips stand on High Street (using Thames River fish only) a prospered. Most of his customer died slowly from the heavy metal content of the fish, but on the bright site, he always got new customers. As Deptford gentrified, he said the heck with tradition and started a ‘Joshi Sushi’ (using the same source for the fish). He now owns the New Cross Inn and several houses in the neighbourhood. The moral of the story? Fish is good for you! Interestingly, Deptford population steadily declined after 1975….
The Marquis of Granby is traditional Irish pub. It serves Guinness and of course selection of other beers. I just had a peak in after I took the photo. Bit dark, moderately busy, football on screens.
John Manners, Eton educated Marquis of Granby, was an 18th-century army general. His drinking and gambling was well known, so naming a pub after him makes sense and he would be pleased. There was a pub on this spot since 1760, but this building is here from 1868. This intersection is in the heart and historical origin of Deptford. If you do not like this one, do not worry; there is a pub just down the street ‘The Royal Albert’ (1848) or the ‘New Cross Inn’ (1675?). The rumours of DEATH of the English pub have been greatly exaggerated.
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