"The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore."
Stephen Fry (via nigelbruce)
i can’t wait wait wait until i move back to england. i mean, it’s going to be a few years and i’ll have a lot of hard work and fun (mostly hard work) in between, but it’s nice to know that i feel a sense of belonging somewhere. i’m just so terribly impaaatient
"Hampstead Heath! Glory of London! Where Keats walked and Jarman fucked, where Orwell exercised his weakened lungs and Constable never failed to find something holy."
Zadie Smith, from On Beauty
"I loved them as poets love the poetry
that kills them, as drowned sailors the sea."
"The Schooner Flight" - Derek Walcott
Definitely in my top 5 favourite shops (Taken with Instagram at Lambs Conduit Street)
I love this shop.
On the Tube’s 150th Anniversary, a Look at Famous London Underground Posters |The Lure of the Underground, by Alfred Leete
"Yet, like the sea and the gallows, London refuses nobody."
peter ackroyd, london: the biography
Sad, because London is no longer a 45-minute train ride away.