Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lagniappe: Finishing What the Luftwaffe Started

In the 1960s the planning department of the London County Council, whose unofficial motto was Finishing What the Luftwaffe Started, decided that what London really needed was a series of orbital motorways driven through its heart.
Ben Aaronovitch, Moon Over Soho
I've been rereading this series and especially enjoying the architectural comments and the details about police work that the author includes.

One of the most unexpected elements of P.C. Grant's character in the Rivers of London series is his continual disapproval of a lot of modern architecture. There's a reason that comes to light eventually but it is funny. And pretty accurate as far as I can tell.


  1. ...and it works the other way round, too. You only have to look at Cologne or Siegen in Germany to see, that the postwar architects finished the jobs of the RAF or the US Air Force.

    1. Architects have a LOT to answer for, no matter what their nationality! :-D