The half-educated and the progressive—I attach no political meaning to the term—delight in their present environment, and care not to inquire too deeply into the origin of things; the study of evolution and development is outside their sphere; but yet, as Dean Church once wisely said, "In our eagerness for improvement it concerns us to be on our guard against the temptation of thinking that we can have the fruit or the flower, and yet destroy the root....
Coal-pits, blasting furnaces, factories, and railways have converted once smiling landscapes and pretty villages into an inferno of black smoke, hideous mounds of ashes, huge mills with lofty chimneys belching forth clouds of smoke that kills vegetation and covers the leaves of trees and plants with exhalations.
I remember attending at Oxford a lecture delivered by the late Mr. He produced a charming drawing by Turner of a beautiful old bridge spanning a clear stream, the banks of which were clad with trees and foliage.
But it was the herald of the doom of the old-world England.
Highways and coaching roads, canals and rivers, were abandoned and deserted.
But if you want to go cruising, there are a few precautions you need to take – to keep it sexy, to avoid being mugged or attacked and to avoid any problems with the police or the public.
Sex in public places is not necessarily illegal, so long as other people who might be offended cannot see you and are unaware that you are having sex.
We wish to describe with pen and pencil those features of England which are gradually disappearing, and to preserve the memory of them.
It may be said that we have begun our quest too late; that so much has already vanished that it is hardly worth while to record what is left.
Cruising in public places has been part of gay life for centuries.
Men of all different kinds, including many that you might never meet on the gay scene, converge at cruising spots – and all with the same aim in mind.
The old coachmen, once lords of the road, ended their days in the poorhouse, and steam, almighty steam, ruled everywhere.