Magazine article The Spectator

Now and Then

Magazine article The Spectator

Now and Then

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H.V. MORTON'S collection of essays The Heart of London was published in 1925. His London is compared with that of today:

As we crawled through the fog I watched his taut concentration, admired his judgment as he executed a circling movement round a candidate for suicide, as he jammed on the brakes within a yard of a halted motor-car... and as he shot ahead past a less speedy driver.

Such is the speed of today's traffic through central London that you would struggle to use a bus as an aid to your suicide. But the drivers (no longer all `bulky figures' - H.V. Morton wrote before sexual equality in the job market) still steer their living cargoes to safety.

He may not possess the social charm of the old horse-omnibus driver... He is a more solemn character. Bus drivers still lag behind their black cab counterparts in verbosity. London travellers, though, are often glad of that.

What of those passengers? Inside the well-lit and almost pleasant omnibus a young man, wearing his Sunday hat, and a young girl, completely Sundayfied, sat holding hands as they pretended to read a newspaper. …

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