It’s been around since at least 2018, but I only discovered the BBC Sound Effects archive today. It hold clips of pretty much any situation you can think of, including city-specific soundscapes, like those from London.
I’d wager most the sounds Londoners most associate with the city are those of the Underground, but for me, it has to be the Invitation to the Jellicle Ball from Cats. Something about that just screams London.
Will Pearson’s stunning gigapixel panorama short from the top of London’s tallest skyscraper, The Shard. You can make out many parks and the exclusive rooftop gardens most of us never get to see.
We quickly hit pay-dirt and we stop to examine the discovery more closely. Then, much to my dismay, Smith casually tosses aside our find, the sole of a Tudor shoe. “You get blasé,” he says. “You get to see a lot of things over the years. But finds like that do help point you towards other things.
The article is from 2010, by by all accounts, mudlarking on the banks of the Thames continues. You need a permit — currently at £85 a year if you wish to dig beneath the top soil.
Eel Pie Island, near Twickenham, was carved as the river took a detour and forged a parallel path, slicing it from the mainland. Since the 17th Century, when according to a 1635 map there was a bowling alley on the island, it has been a haven for hedonists, music lovers and philanderers.
This place looks like the kind of environment I’d like to retire in.