Ahhhh #Islington : borough of housing dreams, many a cozy restaurant and many of Jessica’s friends (it’s not all useful facts around here, folks.) According to the great Islington Council website, this part of Northeast London was first described by an Anglo-Saxon charter as a “savage place full of ‘the lairs of wild beasts’”. Thankfully for us, the area grew agriculturally and before the industrial revolution, it was providing dairy for much of London. In the 19th century, brick-terraced housing became all the rage and local farmers became brick manufacturers. But the prosperity of the area that had grown since land was given to aristocratic families of Tudor monarchs faded with the arrival of the railway and Islington took a turn for the worse in the 20th century. World War II bombing further disadvantaged the area. As late as 1967, 60% of housing in Islington was multi-occupation (the capital’s highest) with most houses having outdoor WCs and no baths. Fast forward to the current day and a house here could set you back a cool £1m... (this is not meant to send you off in a tailspin of thoughts about gentrification, social capital or city development, but rather to point out how fascinating London history is 😉) #housesofldn#thisislondon
[ all views are welcome 🏤💒🏢 ]
This last week I came across many situations that reminded me of how important it is to listen, and to give different points of view time and attention. Also realised how important it is for us not to hide behind a keyboard or a mobile phone when expressing how we feel and what we think.
Giving time, attention and brains to the world is harder that just reacting to it, but I believe that time and energy pay back by making us all more real and more present.
What are your views?
Have a great weekend 💖
The lovely little alleys of Trastevere 🧡🧡🧡 This was such a perfect base for us from which to explore the city! I cannot recommend it enough for amazing places to eat and drink, and a very convenient position to get to all the must see sites.
OUR 100TH FOLLOWER! Woke up to our 100th follow from @reppinlaos 🙏🏼 Some people might ask why getting followers on an @instagram matters to a social enterprise like us. The more our mission is seen, the more people hear about it, the more people (we hope) will want to be a part of it all. Whether that means they’ll want to follow, or contribute, or take a tor with us! So kop jai to all those who have shared our campaign, contributed, and followed along. 📸 by @ghvphoto
blue, blue waters because i miss the sea
and because @visitscotland has been highlighting the outer hebrides these past few days, so i’d like to take this moment to say that these remote and beautiful islands are in danger of even more limited access to books. the three existing mobile library vans have been reduced to two due to aging vehicles, and with rough winters ahead, the 6-week rotation for mobile visits could stretch even further. there seems to be an imbalance of care for the land versus care for its people
these vans are not just access to books— for some house-bound communities, these visits are the only social contact some residents receive. “it is the poorest, most isolated and the least able in our society who suffer most if [libraries] are gone. so if our society does not care for libraries, then it is not caring for its most vulnerable” — richard popple in ali smith’s “public library”
A California girl from the suburbs, who traded it all in for a life in the city, on the East Coast 🏖🌴➡️🌇🚕 .. Who would have thought! 🤯🤯 .. What a journey this has become! 🙏🏽💙 But please Philly.. Don’t get any colder!!! 😰❄️💨