To start off the week, I have an important announcement. The iconic skatepark in London’s Southback Centre is going to be destroyed for the sake of yet another commercial shopping complex. (yes, this is the skatepark from the Sherlock episode, ‘The Blind Banker.’) This is the heart of London skate culture so please spread the word and save the Southbank skatepark by signing this petition at Change.orgto protect the history, the legacy and the future of skateboarders and skateculture.
All around the world, the library stands as one of the truest symbols of a progressive civilization. That’s why, at times of political repression, religious intolerance, social regression and descent into barbarism, books have been burnt and censored and access to libraries denied.
This amazing picture from WW2, showing people using a half-demolished library, says everything that needs to be said.
And during the week in which a man who is closing all the libraries chose to spend my money and yours on an extravagant funeral for the woman who said “there is no society”, to me this image of hope seems especially poignant.
The Nazis knew what they were doing when they bombed this library. But the public saved it. They saved it because they knew very well what a library represents.