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London, then and now

London, then and now

(11:02) Some of the oldest footage of London compared with more recent clips. Arranged by location, 46 shots of classic footage coupled with an inspiring soundtrack.

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London1 London1 (935 days ago)

American troll, no doubt.

You're just gutted we've got pubs twice as old as your country!

There's been a pub on the site of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese since the 1300's.

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American troll, no doubt.

You're just gutted we've got pubs twice as old as your country!

There's been a pub on the site of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese since the 1300's.

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Guest: (935 days ago)

We are not proud of our pubs. We actually had a petition to have them closed down in our area. The way it was done was to create a new law for the area that forced them to close at 11 pm and that put them out of business. Bye, bye. So long and please don't come back.

What kind of twisted country are you when you're proud of the alcoholics there?

If you want progress, the first thing you should do is get rid of those old pubs and replace them with something that contributes to the betterment of the community.

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We are not proud of our pubs. We actually had a petition to have them closed down in our area. The way it was done was to create a new law for the area that forced them to close at 11 pm and that put them out of business. Bye, bye. So long and please don't come back.

What kind of twisted country are you when you're proud of the alcoholics there?

If you want progress, the first thing you should do is get rid of those old pubs and replace them with something that contributes to the betterment of the community.

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London1 London1 (935 days ago)

Yeah, cos going to a pub to socialise = alcoholics.

Better your community by hanging yourself!

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Yeah, cos going to a pub to socialise = alcoholics.

Better your community by hanging yourself!

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Guest: (937 days ago)

Is the purpose of this video to show how little progress London has made in all these years?

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Is the purpose of this video to show how little progress London has made in all these years?

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TheBob TheBob (937 days ago)

Yes - St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London etc - are showing a shocking lack of progress

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Yes - St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London etc - are showing a shocking lack of progress

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Guest: PJG (937 days ago)

So do you think demolishing old buildings with attractive architecture and replacing them with ugly buildings is progress?

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So do you think demolishing old buildings with attractive architecture and replacing them with ugly buildings is progress?

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Guest: (937 days ago)

Progress is moving forward and leaving the past behind. If it requires destroying an old building to make a better and more efficient building, then that's what should be done.

If you look at the overhead view of London, you can see there is very little grass except for the one park. If you take several of the small buildings and turn them into one large building, you can have more ground space for more parks, wider roads, bicycle lanes, side walks, independent shops, etc. That's progress.

Compare London to a city like New York where they are constantly improving the infrastructure instead of keeping it the "ancient city of New York" without any changes for centuries.

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Progress is moving forward and leaving the past behind. If it requires destroying an old building to make a better and more efficient building, then that's what should be done.

If you look at the overhead view of London, you can see there is very little grass except for the one park. If you take several of the small buildings and turn them into one large building, you can have more ground space for more parks, wider roads, bicycle lanes, side walks, independent shops, etc. That's progress.

Compare London to a city like New York where they are constantly improving the infrastructure instead of keeping it the "ancient city of New York" without any changes for centuries.

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Guest: Rufuscz (935 days ago)
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This strikes me as a very shallow viewpoint, and probably a little disingenuous too. Historic features, be they buildings, paintings, or artefacts, have a very real worth to anyone interested in culture. They are often beautiful in their own right, which is important, but they also teach us about our past and give us a sense of belonging.

Let's rip down the Empire State Building, because by current architectural standards it is outdated and an ineffecient use of space. Bulldoze the Capitol because with our current artists and architects we can come up with a 'better' design. Right?

Didn't think so. I know the USA is famous for its disposable culture but I doubt even you would take it that far.

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This strikes me as a very shallow viewpoint, and probably a little disingenuous too. Historic features, be they buildings, paintings, or artefacts, have a very real worth to anyone interested in culture. They are often beautiful in their own right, which is important, but they also teach us about our past and give us a sense of belonging.

Let's rip down the Empire State Building, because by current architectural standards it is outdated and an ineffecient use of space. Bulldoze the Capitol because with our current artists and architects we can come up with a 'better' design. Right?

Didn't think so. I know the USA is famous for its disposable culture but I doubt even you would take it that far.

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Guest: (936 days ago)

Perhaps if you were English you would understand.

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Perhaps if you were English you would understand.

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Guest: (936 days ago)

The English do not like progress? Is that what you're trying to say?

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The English do not like progress? Is that what you're trying to say?

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dananddiana dananddiana (937 days ago)

Depends on your personal opinion of what is attractive and what is ugly. Could be progress or not... All down to the individual.

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Depends on your personal opinion of what is attractive and what is ugly. Could be progress or not... All down to the individual.

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Guest: doofus (937 days ago)

define progress

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define progress

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (937 days ago)

Realising that man made god, not the other way round.

Realising that the roots of our economic troubles are in greedy corporations, not immigrants.

Realising that climate change is by far our biggest problem. No other man-made problem is big enough to make us extinct, not even nuclear war.

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Realising that man made god, not the other way round.

Realising that the roots of our economic troubles are in greedy corporations, not immigrants.

Realising that climate change is by far our biggest problem. No other man-made problem is big enough to make us extinct, not even nuclear war.

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Guest: (936 days ago)

Realising that religion is by far our biggest problem.

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Realising that religion is by far our biggest problem.

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Guest: (937 days ago)

noun

1.a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:

2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc., especially with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.

3. advancement in general.

4. growth or development; continuous improvement:

5. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.

7.forward or onward movement:

8. the forward course of action, events, time, etc.

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noun

1.a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:

2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc., especially with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.

3. advancement in general.

4. growth or development; continuous improvement:

5. the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.

7.forward or onward movement:

8. the forward course of action, events, time, etc.

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