intro b4kxstp
dunghill or game
an absolute rake
suburban wits
charles dickens
the banality of the sublime
maps b4kxstp
rural middlesex

beforekxstp1.0: click here  -buy-



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suburban wits; macaroni mash-up; greater expectations click here
b>kxstp: adventures in virtual
reality in year 2030
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dunghill or game?   click here -buy-


Charles Dickens, the St Pancras  forger &
the semantic web
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Three hundred years ago, King’s Cross St Pancras was a rural area of highly productive hay meadows and pasture, of hedgerows, copses and unimproved riverine marshland.

Situated on the very skirts of London, a local population of little more than one hundred men, women and children dwelt in a few farmhouses and tenement cottages, while citizens seeking recreation in the fields were served with refreshments in roadside petty inns and in alehouses and taverns standing by the field paths.

The location also of one of the country’s oldest sites of Christian worship (the St Pancras Old Church), over the following century several resorts developed into famous pleasure gardens, the once remote farming settlements connected by rows of newly built houses.

The King's Cross itself was a brick and builders’ compo statue of George IV surmounting a monumental plinth, erected in 1830 to honour the Royal House of Hanover following the death of the monarch.

It was built at a crossroads at the centre of what by then had grown to become the suburban village of Battle Bridge, so named from a medieval single brick arch over which the Gray’s Inn Lane from Holborn to Highgate had crossed a small Thames tributary, the River Fleet.

The statue and name change were an attempt at rebranding, the new suburb blighted by the development of back streets of poor quality housing and the growth of noxious industries serving a rapidly expanding metropolis.

Proving little more than an obstruction to traffic, however, after just a very few years the monument was knocked down; but the name stuck.

The account of the transformation of the district, from frontrunner of the agricultural revolution and bucolic retreat for the Citizens to an insalubrious if bustling urban quarter, tells the story of the early development of our modern world.

Through its growing population’s and its institutions’ close connections to London (to both the City and the West End) and via the London docks to the furthest corners of the globe, Battle Bridge/ King’s Cross provides a microcosm through which to explore the early development of many features of our everyday lives and popular culture.

The mid-C19 development of the King’s Cross and the St Pancras railway termini having confirmed the district's marginalized and transient character, KXStP is now at a well-advanced stage of a comprehensive, multi-billion pound regeneration.

Situated today at the heart of London, with a local resident population the size of a substantial town, as well as its business and educational facilities and national and international travel links the area is home to the St Pancras British Library, the King's Place media and cultural hub, ateliers and galleries, clubs, bars and concert venues, theatres and dance studios; eateries, public squares, trees, grass and even a natural pond for swimming.

The rapidly developing King’s Cross Central (KXC) commercial, residential and cultural quarter on the former Railway Lands behind the mainline termini hosts the new premises of the Central St Martin's campus of the University of the Arts, with the Aga Khan Islamic cultural and educational hub and Parisbas UK bank in construction while the building and occupation of a new  HQ for Google UK has now commenced.

And just north of the British Library-based Alan Turing Institute for Data Science, opposite the platforms of the St Pancras International terminal and amid a newly declared Knowledge Quarter (comprising a cluster of 35 world-renowned academic, scientific and medical organisations situated within a one-mile radius of King’s Cross) the multi-million pound Francis Crick Institute will bring together leading academics, doctors, engineers, computer experts etc in cutting edge C21 medical research.


'local history for
a globalised world'

Welcome to the history portal that looks forwards in time as well as backwards: b> & b4.

You will find texts, data, images, maps, links, ideas, memes, poetry, visions… There’s free stuff to read on line or download, and some stuff that  will have to be paid for (I’ve a life, two pcs and a mobile to support).

For the time being, the ebooks absolute rake and dunghill or game? are only available in kindle computer/ smartphone/ tablet format..

b4kxstp1: (before kings cross st pancras) kin, kith & strangers in the fields of london is available  in print on demand and pdf versions.

Two parts of beyondkxstp: adventures in virtual reality in the year 2030, (earth and airwill be published next year in a free e.novel edition, with plans to  monetise it at a later date: so, enjoy the online prevue now, and then remember to download it 'while stocks last!'

A 'future historical' account of the early-C20th, drawing on real histories and historical characters featured in this website, b>kxstp describes a near future serviced by a cloud-based 'wow', or web of webs, and by all-pervasive virtual, augmented, and telemetric realities.

It is a hyper-connected future dominated by big science, by big data and 'big brains', in which massive simulation engines are fuelled by neural metanets of individual human brain/ nervous systems, such developments having resulted from the hyper-acceleration of artificial intelligence/ ai3 technologies.

The most advanced ai.tecs are regulated by GAIA, the Global Artificial Intelligences Agency, its duties including oversight of rigorously (and sometimes not so rigorously) controlled e.quants: evolving quasi autonomous neural technology systems...

Please treat the site as an on line e.book or virtual reading room: a mash up of fiction and non-fiction accessible from any of its pages. Just keep following the internal and external links... but, when directed to some other fascinating web site, please don't forget to return here!

        'a worm's eye 
       view of history'

A link for a free download of the kindle reader app for your computer/ smartphone/ tablet available here.

Information about pdf files is available here, and includes a link to the free adobe e.reader for PCs and tablets, used to read  ebooks and also to access some of the links in this website.

 “To see a World in a Grain of Sand
   And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
   Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
   And Eternity in an hour.”
   Auguries of   Innocence

   William  Blake

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