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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Enjoying reading "Real England" by Paul Kingsnorth, which has an accompanying BLOG, which I'm of course very much in favour of...There are some very good sections in the book for geographers.
One I read last night is in Chapter 6 of the book, and features the Queen's Market in Upton Park, London

"Saving the market is not just about money, it's about our culture, and our culture is priceless"

Poet Benjamin Zephaniah on Queen's Market

This is a market which has been in operation for many decades, and has a remarkable cosmopolitan feel to it. The market apparently hasn't had a lot of investment in recent years, but has now been made available to a redevelopment firm called St. Modwen.
This has not gone down well with all of the traders, some of whom fear that the rents will be increased once the development has finished.
There is a website to help keep the market: FRIENDS OF QUEEN'S MARKET

Image by Adrian Arbib from http://www.friendsofqueensmarket.org.uk/

The website has a range of excellent resources which would help students to appreciate the issues.
There is an obvious connection with a certain other event which is happening in E. London in 2012...

Also check out the GAMES MONITOR website... (a new find...)

Plenty of information at the local COUNCIL SITE (including maps and plans)

A nice article in the LONDONPAPER.

Also check out this interesting INDYMEDIA article.

The website of the developer: ST MODWEN.

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At 6:46 PM, Blogger Miss Ellis said...

I'm also enjoying reading this at the moment - although some of it is rather miserable!

Hadn't seen the blog though - thank you for pointing that out.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger GeoBlogs said...

Which bits are miserable Miss E ?
(and don't say all of it...)

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Miss Ellis said...

l@sI guess the general theme of traditions and English culture being eroded - but I do like the fact that there are glimmers of hope offered with the stories of the people keen to hang on to their village pub/market/farm, etc. - and who are prepared to do all they can to hang on to what are clearly very important parts of their lives.


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