Posted by Peter Ceresole on February 13, 2017 at 04:36:07 user PeterC.
In Reply to: Re: Britain's Lost Waterlands posted by John Nichols on February 12, 2017 at 05:50:18:
Flint -- I was speaking metaphorically -- it is a bad as the 1860's in London
Oh, indeed. I though of it as a splendid conceptual parallel. But not Liptons.
I live in one of the more interesting, liveliest and loveliest bits of London, Peckham (one of the Donald's no-go areas, I think, complete with East End gangster funerals up the road) and it's in Lambeth which in Victorian pre-Bazalgette days was a cholera hot spot, as it drew its water from the Thames directly below the Vauxhall outflow from the City (this is from memory- if anybody wishes to correct the detail, please do).
Now, the water is sweet and cool, much better tasting than it was in the more prosperous South West of London where we used to live.
But I still drink tea from Waitrose Indian Chai bags, with milk, and it reminds me happily of that roadside tea seller in Delhi.
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