It’s amazing what you can do if you don’t have to.

Head still buzzing, still feeling vague, I spend some of the day typefacing, some of it slaving under the Yoke of the Evil Emperor Tim, some of it guitaring but most of it searching out local history on the internet.

I’m trying out search engines that aren’t Google, essentially, including Vivisimo and Teoma, putting in local buzzwords and coming up with all sorts of history.

Firstly, I find Greenwood’s Map of London 1827, The MOTCO image database, including several maps from 1746 to 1862; John Snow’s Epedemiological Map of London 1859; Underground History – Disused Stations on London’s Underground and London’s Abandoned Tube Stations; The Wrong Side of the River: London’s disreputable South Bank in the sixteenth and seventeenth century; Collage: An image database containing 20,000 works from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery London. On this last I think that I find a picture of my living room window from 1813, but then on reassessment it might be a completely different window from round the corner.

It’s amazing what you can do if you don’t have to. I wasn’t up to too much work, because I still can’t concentrate. However just drifting around looking at things that are just interesting is perfectly possible.