Today on Sunday Stills the topic is ‘Urban’.

As far as I’m concerned, you cannot get more urban than the centre of London or on the Isle of Dogs (IOD) in London’s East End. East London was where I grew up, but I left it when I was 33 and it’s not mine anymore because it is now unrecognisable as far as I’m concerned. The IOD has changed rather dramatically in fifty years too, from the quiet streets where I learned to drive and where my school had its playing field, to thousands of eye-wateringly expensive riverside flats. I’m not sure the changes to my hometown are for the better.

Below you’ll see some photos of London that I took when we visited the London Eye. The last 3 are what the IOD looks like now. We often rented a flat at Anchorage Point when we went to the West End for a show or to the High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park. Where Anchorage Point is now were little Victorian terraced houses and a pub, The Pride of London, on the other side of the street.

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