09 May 2007

Leftovers

When I first came to Britain, as a student, in 1978, the scars of the Second World War were still in plain view. "Bombsites" were the playgrounds of inner-city youth. Shelters still stood in people's back yards. Then, when I moved here in the mid 1980s, you'd hear every other year or so about traffic problems caused by the discovery of an unexploded bomb. I think the last one in London was in the mid 1990s. Occasionally, a note would crop up in the newspaper about a farmer uncovering some weapon of war on the Continent. However, it's worth remembering that there are other places to find relics of the war.

2 comments:

Ross Mahoney said...

You can still find some odd relics lying about. Have a look at this post on Dan Todman's site of a T-34/85 in London.

Zebra Tank

Jill said...

Last year some builders deepening the basement in a building in Brick Lane, London (very near the City) found what appeared to be an unexploded WWII bomb and the whole area was cordoned off for several blocks.