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Hubert has been living here for forty years; now I need him to remind me of a girl's name

By John Berger   March 2005

The borough of Islington has, during the last twenty-five years, become fashionable. In the 1950s and 1960s, the name Islington, when pronounced in central London or in the northwestern suburbs, conjured up a remote and faintly suspect district. It is interesting to note how poor and therefore uneasy districts, even when they are geographically near a city centre, are pushed, in the imagination of those who are prospering, further away than they really are. Harlem in New York is an obvious example. For Londoners today Islington is far closer than it used to be.

When it was still remote, forty…

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