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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1936

This England — An Illustrative Cross-Section Of Imperial Life

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This England

An Illustrative Cross-Section Of Imperial Life


His Grace the Duke of Devonshire must have a Shooting-box when he comes into the country for a day or so—

ruined abbey

and naturally there is a ruined Abbey nearby in his beautiful grounds. 'Twas ever thus.

farmer's house

Whilst the farmer has his "quaint" home almost on the road. "So attractive, my dear," and. of course, he has no sewage, no bath, and no electric light.


In the towns one lives like this if one is able to afford such luxurious apartments. (90,000 unemployed in Liverpool.)

town houses

Otherwise one lives like this—like Mr. Average Imperial Englishman.

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If one is an Insurance Company or even a Shipping Company, one can do this sort of thing provided Mexico doesn't repudiate. (300,000 unemployed in Lancashire.)


But as one is NOT an Insurance Company one shops with Mrs. Average Englishwoman. It is true that dust and petrol are in the air, but one learns to forget those things with Imperial high-mindedness.

village inn

Still, it does pall sometimes, so one goes to the village inn out in a rural district and owned by a powerful company:—naturally.


But to get to the inn one generally passes thru' a "quaint" village such as this. And noticing a castle on the hill, one goes up.


A Ruined Castle.

—This England! J.N.S.