Dominion Cinema, Southall, London

An illustration of the Dominion Cinema, Southall with a couple meeting outside. Now sadly demolished rather than being preserved. The setting is mid 1940s (the cinema was built in the late thirties) and the advertising posters are all from that period, being: It’s a Wonderful Life and Double Indemnity. The cinema is of a typicalContinue reading “Dominion Cinema, Southall, London”

London Docks and Waterways 1947

I grew up so close to the Thames that it was part of my life. As a teenager I rowed in the tidal reaches in a coxed four and spent one memorable summer working on a tug boat based out of the pool of London. As a student I often ate my lunch on itsContinue reading “London Docks and Waterways 1947”

I was born in black and white

I am a part of that post war, baby boom, privileged generation – except it wasn’t quite like that for everyone. Silver spoons from which to sup were few and far between in the suburban hinterland between North Kent and London. The most common weed on our pavements was wheat, still trying to break throughContinue reading “I was born in black and white”