London Report: Carnaby Street

Mar 1st, 2007, 08:18 AM
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London Report: Carnaby Street

In the early 70s i remember ferreting out Carnaby Street in London and it had an exciting counter-culture flare...a symbol of the times. Interesting off-beat shops, etc.
So a few weeks ago i revisited the street just to see what was there. And there is very little there of interest to the traveler.
Just mainly chain store shops. I did go into Soccer Scene (weird they use the word soccer in London), an emporium hawking soccer stuff and clothing of major teams (even Spurs stuff!)
Upstairs is Rugby Scene, which surprised me because i didn't realize rugby was so popular in England.
Anyway, Carnaby Street may sound exciting but it's not. And even though London street signs with Carnaby Street on them are seen as souvenirs all over the world, the street's name currently is its best claim to fame.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 09:04 AM
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Hi PQ,

> ,,,i didn't realize rugby was so popular in England.<

I believe it was invented there.

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Mar 1st, 2007, 10:16 AM
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yeh, probably in Rugby
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Mar 1st, 2007, 10:45 AM
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Ah, this is a good old pub quiz question.
It seems that a lad at Rugby School called William Webb Ellis was playing football and picked up the ball and ran with it.
All the other lads knocked him down and jumped on him with tackety boots on and the idea caught on.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Did you know that there was a Mary Quant makeup shop on Madison Ave. (NYC), right next to Bally of Switzerland?
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Mar 1st, 2007, 03:17 PM
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In the 20 years or so I've been visiting London Carnaby Street has never been interesting
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Mar 1st, 2007, 03:57 PM
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even in the 70s it was just hype !
 
Mar 1st, 2007, 04:47 PM
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I too like revisiting past haunts but:

Most people under 40 wouldn't even know what Carnaby Street once was or why you went there.

Like visiting the via Veneto in Rome...or Key West and/or Christopher Street in NYC, for gay tourists.

For archaeologists only, nowadays.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 04:52 PM
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There used to be two notorious bars on Christopher St. that I used to frequent with a friend who was into trade--Two Potato and Boots & Saddle. I wonder if they are still popular? I haven't been in either in 10 years. Oh, the memories of falling face first into the gutter on Christopher St. after an all-night drinking binge!

Does anyone remember The Anvil?
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Mar 1st, 2007, 04:55 PM
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>>>>>>
I did go into Soccer Scene (weird they use the word soccer in London),
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it's not unusual. it's used regularly in the press and elsewhere.
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I remember Boots and Saddles. Wasn't the Anvil pretty rough?
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Well, if you didn't end up in the emergency room, you were considered a wallflower.
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