208 pages including 160+ images
Size: 234mm x 156mm
Many were appalled at the idea of London hosting the Olympics, saying it was a waste of money that could be better spent on the NHS; others quite liked the thought of a new park and pool. Many argued that putting surface-to-air missiles on tower blocks in Leytonstone and Bow could escalate the long-simmering distrust between Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets into full-blown inter-borough warfare; others were just secretly glad they could now listen to The Archers on FM without the pirates cutting in. Many â€“ though not that many â€“ fretted that some of the ley lines being dug up had been there since the days of King Lud; others were more troubled by the removal of the Oyster card reader from platform 3 at Greenwich station to prevent milling. And while many had to deal with the very worst of the predicted nightmares â€“ the one in which Dizzee Rascal chases them down Eastway with a giant foam hand â€“ others grew strangely keen to join drunken celebrations in Londonâ€™s Gabonese quarter, or to debate the subtleties of taekwondo till long past their stop.
True to the spirit of Smoke: a London Peculiar magazine, From the Slopes of Olympus to the Banks of the Lea is a compendium of words and images inspired by Londonâ€™s reaction to all that happened in the years between the city being awarded the Games and the ceremonial burning of Bradley Wigginsâ€™ sideburns â€“ and to some of what happened after. It contains very little running, jumping or splashing, but does feature cough syrup made out of rose petals gathered from a sunken barge, drunk men in Leyton pubs mooning over ponytailed Czech Amazons, and the melancholy song of a lateâ€‘night dustman.