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Old England and the Brave New World

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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

Orwell and Hayes

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Orwell-Hayes

Eric Blair at the Hawthorns High School in Hayes (courtesy of London Historians Blog)

George Orwell, who adopted this pseudonym while living in Hayes, lived and worked in 1932-3 as a schoolmaster at The Hawthorns High School for Boys, situated on Church Road. The school has since closed and is now known as The Fountain House Hotel. Despite returning several times, Orwell was characteristically acerbic about his time in Hayes, camouflaging it lightly as West Bletchley in Coming Up for Air, as Southbridge in A Clergyman’s Daughter, and joking in a letter to author/friend Frank Jellinek:

Hayes . . . is one of the most godforsaken places I have ever struck. The population seems to be entirely made up of clerks who frequent tin-roofed chapels on Sundays and for the rest bolt themselves within doors

Sources:
London Historians Blog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayes,_Hillingdon

#OpBBC engaged: infowars.bbc.gov.uk: Political Warfare Executive

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George Orwell at the BBC

George Orwell @ the BBC (note the black hexagon)

During World War II, the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) was a British clandestine body created to produce and disseminate both white and black propaganda, with the aim of damaging enemy morale and sustaining the morale of the Occupied countries.

The Executive was formed in August 1941, reporting to the Foreign Office. The staff came mostly from SO1, which had been until then the propaganda arm of the Special Operations Executive. The organisation was governed by a committee initially comprising among others Anthony Eden (Foreign Secretary), Brendan Bracken (Minister of Information) and Hugh Dalton (Minister of Economic Warfare) (they were more forthright in those days).

PWE included staff from the Ministry of Information, the propaganda elements of the Special Operations Executive, and from the BBC. Its main headquarters was at Woburn Abbey with London offices at the BBC’s Bush House. As the Political Warfare Executive was a secret department when dealing with the outside world PWE used the cover-name ‘Political Intelligence Department’ (PID).

After D-Day most of PWE’s white propaganda staff transferred to the Psychological Warfare Division (PWD/SHAEF) of SHAEF.

At the end of World War II PWE were tasked with the re-education of German Prisoners of War. As with different types of propaganda, PWE used the same ‘white’, ‘grey’, and ‘black’ classifications for German POWs. Prisoners classed as ‘black’ were considered dangerous ardent Nazis, with anti-Nazis classed as ‘white’ and regular non-political soldiers classed as ‘grey’.

Hacking terms such as white-hats, black-hats and grey-hats use the same classification system even if the terminology has been turned on its head in our Orwellian existence where black is white and white is black. Aaron Barr of HBGary infamy is an example of this.

Sir Hugh Carleton Greene was a British journalist and television executive. He was the Director-General of the BBC from 1960―1969, and is generally credited with modernising an organisation that had fallen behind in the wake of the launch of ITV in 1955.

From 1941, Greene also helped to smooth the relationship between the BBC and the PWE whose goals were somewhat at odds (the BBC strove for accurate, unbiased journalism whereas the PWE was largely concerned with propaganda).

Bush House

In his novel 1984, Orwell named Room 101 after a conference room at Bush House where he used to sit through tedious meetings. When one of the possible original room 101s at the BBC was due to be demolished, a plaster cast was made by artist Rachel Whiteread for posterity.

Orwell worked in Bush House between 1941 and 1943 and the building is said to have given him the idea, when writing 1984, both for the nightmarish Room 101 and the almost equally awful canteen at the Ministry of Truth.

Bush House was used by many celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, for his broadcasts to Russia. This was Britain’s mouth-piece to the world.

As with most if not all  institutions, the BBC has elements of good and bad. Honest journalists and even writers of the calibre of Orwell were up against and compromised by agents of the Political Warfare Executive which says it all really.

Truth is the first casualty of war and in a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act..

The World Service vacated the premises in the summer of 2012.

Anonymous message to the BBC

Anonymous message to the BBC

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_Warfare_Executive
http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/emerson00/pwe_1.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/orwell

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