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Old England and the Brave New World

by 5ocietyx

New England Banksy

New England public house, Brentford. Pissing Policeman by the elusive Banksy

The area around Brentford Docks used to be known as ‘Old England’. It has seen 3 battles involving colourful historical characters such as Julius Caesar and King Canute.

In more recent times, Banksy has been fond of using the west London town as a canvas for his artistic statements. J.M.W. Turner once lived in Brentford behind the High Street.

Its not a race by Banksy, Brentford

‘Its not a race’ by the elusive Banksy, Brentford

Lucozade sign, Brentford

Lucozade sign, Brentford

Recently, the iconic Lucozade sign has returned, not to the exact same spot as the original building has been knocked down but it looks very similar to what it did before. It was once suggested that the lights would be stored in Gunnersbury Park museum, the former country pile of N.M. Rothschild, and a modernized version would be installed instead. On this occasion however, the Kingston Zodiac, a vast holographic star-temple embedded into the landscape of west London and the outskirts of Surrey, decided to keep the legacy-code intact and just drag and drop it to a nearby memory address space of The Matrix.

Does the mythical return of this local landmark and much-loved treasure transcend not only advertising but art itself?

The eternally pouring magic bottle that ‘replaces lost energy’ almost takes on grail-like dimensions considering its proximity to Osterley Park, the sign of Aquarius as well as the grail in the Kingston Zodiac.

But it is the synchro-mystical connection to Orwell’s 1984, set in London, that intrigues us the most especially as his once tutor at Eton, Aldous Huxley set scenes from Brave New World in Brentford too which we’ll come to next.

‘It struck him that the man’s whole life was playing a part, and that he felt it to be dangerous to drop his assumed personality even for a moment. O’Brien took the decanter by the neck and filled up the glasses with a dark-red liquid. It aroused in Winston dim memories of something seen long ago on a wall or a hoarding — a vast bottle composed of electric lights which seemed to move up and down and pour its contents into a glass. Seen from the top the stuff looked almost black, but in the decanter it gleamed like a ruby. It had a sour-sweet smell. He saw Julia pick up her glass and sniff at it with frank curiosity.’

‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’, George Orwell

Sky Television Studios, Sion Hill, Brentford

Sky Television Studios, Syon Hill, Brentford

‘On their way back to London they stopped at the Television Corporation’s factory at Brentford.’

Brave New World’, Aldous Huxley

There is a rumour that the currently vacant Gillette building will be turned into a television studio, presumably by Sky who are based a stone’s throw away. West London and the outskirts have a rich cinematic and televisual history what with studios in Ealing, Twickenham, Isleworth, Brentford, Teddington, Pinewood, Wood Lane, White City, Chiswick and Shepperton.

Neither the “vast bottle composed of electric lights which seemed to move up and down and pour its contents into a glass” or the “Television Corporation’s factory at Brentford” existed when the Dystopian duo of English literature wrote their works.

Both are seen as prophets of the modern times, particularly Orwell. Huxley is suspected by some as laying out the blue-print rather than a warning of the eugenics based social-engineering the elites had planned that as an insider and a Huxley he was privy to. Doubts have also been raised about Orwell’s motives too considering his tutelage at Eton by Huxley.

We don’t tend to go along with these conspiracy theories regarding Orwell and the fact that Eric Blair died in near poverty on a remote Scottish island while he laboured to finish his seminal timeless classic on totalitarianism is an indication of his intention.

He was a patriotic socialist who saw the Loony Left and their mind-controlling speech-codes that inverted reality and stunted free thought a mile away.  His pen-name of George also hints strongly towards England’s patron saint whose origin goes back thousands of years.

In our view Orwell loved England and its people as well as those of other nations. He got shot in the throat fighting in the Spanish Civil War. He was a war correspondent for the BBC chronicling Nazi and Soviet atrocities. He held the British Empire to account. By way of his novel 1984 he gave the world the key to understanding and neutralizing fascism and defeating the New World Order. His antidote is embedded in the culture and language of the English-speaking peoples and has been translated into dozens of other languages. It essentially boils down to knowing your enemy.

Orwell and Huxley were not the only famous writers to be attracted to Brentford. Everyone from Milton to Shakespeare and Dickens to Johnson, have been fascinated by the area basing some of the most famous works in English literature in the town and immediate surrounds.

Agatha Christie once lived in Brentford and in more recent times ’50 Shades of Grey’ author  E.L James lived in Clifden Road.

But as we shall discuss in subsequent posts, Brentford holds a special place in the Canon of English literature that far surpasses the fame of James’ ‘mummy-porn’ genre.

Brentford

Brentford

Golden Mile, Brentford

Golden Mile, Brentford

Brentford monument

Brentford monument

Brentford monument

Brentford monument

Brentford monument

Brentford monument

New England public house

New England public house

Brent Lea, Brentford

Brent Lea, Brentford

Brent Lea Lavatories, Brentford

Brent Lea Lavatories, Brentford

Cricket on Kew Green

Cricket on Kew Green

The Lucozade sign, Brentford, 1984 and the Holy Grail

by 5ocietyx

lucozade-ad-Brentford

Recently, the iconic Art Deco Lucozade sign has returned to Brentford, not to the exact same spot as the original building has been demolished but it looks very much like it did before. It was once suggested that the lights would be stored in Gunnersbury Park museum and a modernised updated version would be installed instead. On this occasion the Kingston Zodiac decided to keep the legacy code intact and just drag and drop it to a nearby memory address space.

Best viewed at night when the lights are more visible, it serves as an unofficial marker that says you will soon be entering London proper (depending on congestion on the A4).

The eternally pouring magic bottle that ‘replaces lost energy’ into a glass almost takes on grail-like dimensions considering its proximity to Osterley Park, the sign of Aquarius as well as the holy grail of the Kingston Zodiac.

But it is the synchromystical connection to Orwell’s 1984, set in London, that intrigues us the most, especially as his once tutor at Eton, Aldous Huxley set scenes from Brave New World in Brentford too which we’ll come to next in a separate post.

Although the Lucozade sign had yet to be built when Eric Blair finished his seminal masterpiece, we feel in synchromystical terms linear time-frames become somewhat irrelevant when tapping into the timeless realms of mysticism as we sense Orwell had knowingly or unknowingly done. Particularly so with regards to 1984 where dates and history had been confused by The Party.

‘It struck him that the man’s whole life was playing a part, and that he felt it to be dangerous to drop his assumed personality even for a moment. O’Brien took the decanter by the neck and filled up the glasses with a dark-red liquid. It aroused in Winston dim memories of something seen long ago on a wall or a hoarding — a vast bottle composed of electric lights which seemed to move up and down and pour its contents into a glass. Seen from the top the stuff looked almost black, but in the decanter it gleamed like a ruby. It had a sour-sweet smell. He saw Julia pick up her glass and sniff at it with frank curiosity.’

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

Osterley Park: The Holy Grail

by 5ocietyx

Osterley Park lake

Osterley Park lake

According to Mary Caine’s Kingston Zodiac, Osterley Park forms the sign of Aquarius equating it with the phoenix-eagle, or waterpot, cauldron or grail.

“The earliest Chaldean sign for Aquarius was simply a water-pot. But crested bird, Cauldron and Grail all symbolise much the same idea; rebirth on a higher octave. Crested eagles, phoenixes and even peacocks sometimes appeared on Roman and early Christian tombstones; the crest signifying where the spirit escaped from the body. Just as the old or dead were plunged into the legendary cauldron and were revived, so the phoenix rose from its own ashes with the new year.”

Map of Osterley overlay on Aquarius of the Kingston Zodiac

Map of Osterley overlay on Aquarius of the Kingston Zodiac

As you enter the park through its front gates and walk up the tree-lined Alameda you instantly become aware of its rejuvenating qualities and peacefulness. On a summer’s day a breeze whistles through the towering row of trees before you reach the lake which forms the phoenix’s left leg.

A royal legend that adds intrigue to the zodiac theory is the story of how Edward III gave Osterley to a man called Fawkener on condition that he rode round it annually with a falcon on his wrist. This appears to be an example of nominative determinism.

Osterley Park crop field

Osterley Park crop field

Caine also links ‘Kew Garden’s heaven‘ with the ‘man-made hell of Brentford’ and ‘Syon House’s heavenly gates‘ with Osterley’s Easter Resurrection.

‘Three adjacent signs here stamp Man’s evolutionary journey on the landscape – from primal innocence through bitter experience to final illumination.’

The 5ociety concurs with Caine’s theory on the origin of the place-name ‘Oster-ley’ associating it with the goddess Ostara as well as the Great West ley-line that becomes the ‘A30 ley-line’. The Piccadilly line runs through Osterley and according to Alfred Watkins and a book called London’s Ley Lines – Pathways of Enlightenment’ is itself a ley-line that runs parallel to the Great West Road at this juncture.

Stone eagle guarding Osterley House

Stone eagle guarding Osterley House

Two eagles stand guard over the en-trance to Osterley House and an aviary once existed nearby in the park that housed among other creatures, the gold pheasant and bald eagle that are both associated with the phoenix.

Horace Walpole of Strawberry Hill remarked on Osterley House

“Oh, the palace of palaces! And yet a palace sans crown, sans coronet, but such expense! Such taste! Such profusion! The old house I have often seen, which was built by Sir Thomas Gresham; but it is so improved and enriched that all the Percies and Seymores of Syon must die with envy.”

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

He was less enamoured with the park itself labelling it ‘the ugliest spot in the universe’. Anyone who visits Osterley Park today will probably think the opposite especially if they venture into the gardens to the rear of the house which contain a Robert Adams Orangery and Temple of Pan and is one of the most idyllic corners of England but sadly the National Trust has in recent years placed a paywall at its en-trance.  Among its other natural wonders are a sacred grove of rhododendrons, a walled garden and mature cedars.

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

Nevertheless, the common man, a theme of Aquarius, can still wander freely along the lake and through another copse of mature cedars beside Osterley House adorned by its dreamy wisteria like a jewelled necklace and can still enter the gardens for a few pounds.

If you are early enough and fortunate you can see the sight of a swan using the lake as a runway before taking flight signifying the freedom and majesty the Holy Grail of Osterley heralds for one and all.

Swan, Osterley Park

Swan, Osterley Park

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, the largest Sikh temple in Europe viewed from Osterley Park

St Mary's church from Osterley Park

St Mary’s church steeple from Osterley Park

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

sacred rhododendron grove Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

golden lake, Osterley Park

golden lake, Osterley Park

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Robert Adams Orangery, Osterley Park

Swan, Osterley Park

Swan, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adam Orangery, Osterley Park

Stone eagle looks to the north guarding Osterley House

Stone eagle looks to the north guarding Osterley House

Robert Adams Orangery, Osterley Park

Robert Adams Orangery, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Lake, Osterley Park

Lake, Osterley Park

Temple of Pan-Osterley Park

Temple of Pan, Osterley Park

Crop field-Osterley Park

Crop field, Osterley Park

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