Esoteric London

No. 1052: Whymark Avenue, N22

Posted in Crime and Punishment, Graffiti, London Types by esotericlondon on March 11, 2014

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Whymark Avenue, London, N22. Photo ©RogerDean 2013

Gaslight and Daylight, With Some London Scenes They Shine Upon – George Augustus Sala, 1859:

It is plain to me that a thief must live somewhere. He is a man like the rest of us. His head has a cranium, an os frontis, a cerebellum, and an occiput, although it be covered by a fur cap, and decorated with Newgate ‘aggerwators,’ instead of a shovel hat or a velvet cap with pearls and strawberry leaves. He is a ragged, deboshed, vicious, depraved, forsaken, hopeless vagabond; but he has a heart, and liver, and lungs: he feels the summer’s sun and the winter’s ice. If you prick him, he bleeds; if you beat him, he cries out; if you hang him, he chokes; if you tickle him, he laughs. He requires rest, food, shelter—not that I say he deserves them, but he must have them—as well as the best of citizens and ratepayers. Ferocity, dishonesty, are not the normal state. A lion cannot be always roaring, a bear cannot be always hugging […].