It is sweeter to wander with the wretched and outcasts than to sit crowned with roses at the banquets of the rich
Elisee Reclus

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ruinist Let Out For The Day Again

On the prowl in Kennington SE11 for the site of Burgundia, the free autonomous zone established in the great film Passport to Pimlico (1949), we came across this impressive street sign at the far end of the former liberated zone (now built over with the China Walk council estate).

Happily we also came across this jaunty street sign nearby in a kind-of stretched or compressed Playbill typeface. Right up our street. We mused on the choice of Playbill as some kind of historical resonance with all the penny gaffs and music halls that had been a great part of that local area. Juxon St crosses Lambeth Walk, home of the famous dance made famous by Lupino Lane the film 'Me and My Girl' (1939). Just up the road in the newly rejigged estate in Lambeth Walk is Lupino House. More of these great street signs can be found around the older parts of that estate as we presume they were the standard for the estate signage. Top ho!

The Ruinist rarely enjoys al fresco but the spring heat brought it out in us. Two Portuguese chocolate milks and natas kept us going (as usual) around our regular tour of Vauxhall with it's fat rabbits and noisy black sheep in the City Farm.

1 comment:

elvis said...

i took a nice pic of that lovely Juxon Street sign, i wanted to make a screen print of it.
yum to choco leche & tarts!!