The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Abandoned Places #12

Truman Hanbury Buxton & Co Ltd Pub
(London/Charlton, UK)


Marshall P. Smith said...

I simply Love these places!

Wellwynder said...

It evidently survived a lot longer than its neigbours, as it would originally have been joined to terraced houses on each end. A lot of London pubs were left standing after everything around them was demolished, and went on trading successfuly for years. Time evidently ran out eventually for this one, though.

tristan said...

it is in wandsworth road and has been restored ... i will photograph it tomorrow on my way home from

swac said...

How far is Wandsworth Road from Mornington Crescent?

tristan said...

i'm still blushing !

Cinebeats said...

That's too bad Tristan! I was happy to know it was being restored since it's a beautiful building.

Truman Hanbury Buxton & Co Ltd Pub is (or was?) a London brewery that had a lot of pubs so it's easy to understand the mix-up.