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on 17 December 2014
Eric Arthur Blairs description of being down and out on/ in BOTH Paris and London, is a evocative, powerful image of a life most of us, thankfully could never dream of, however, sad to say in this day and age, we are seeing a return of the type, substitute tramps for Romanians and other eastern European people, who come here to seek work but fail to find it, however
Social authority ensures that life is not as bad today as those described I'm Orwells book.
I first read this book over 30 years ago, and on 're-reading"ita lot of it came straight BACK to me--memory is subjective, where I put my glasses or keys often eludes me.
Orwell, whilst having a relatively comfortable life actually did work for a while as a plonguer in Paris,and went on the road as a tramp for a while,some things don't change MUCH, paddys account of sleeping on the Embankment"you don't get many benches there, and they are soon taken,try to get to sleep as soon as possible,as the noise of the trains and dem flashing lights make it nearly impossible to get any"this tale has a certain resonance with anyone trying to sleep at Gatwick north terminal, or Stansted airport,awaiting a very early morning flight, jobsworth, come round at 4am to wake juan up, not that sleep is possible, the clattering wheels of suitcases ensure this.
Pity Orwell is not around to rewrite down and out with a modern twist--onward to Wigan Pier
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