A street in London's Battersea, with Battersea Power Station at the far end, circa 1980.

A street in London's Battersea, with Battersea Power Station at the far end, circa 1980.

Miners strike = not enough coal for the electricity power stations = 3 day working week to save the power = reduced income. Those long dark evenings playing cards by candlelight. Taking the dinner to cook in the neighbours gas oven. Then, the bin men went on strike, then the gravediggers. . . .

Miners strike = not enough coal for the electricity power stations = 3 day working week to save the power = reduced income. Those long dark evenings playing cards by candlelight. Taking the dinner to cook in the neighbours gas oven. Then, the bin men went on strike, then the gravediggers. . . .

Battersea power station, South West London (1930's) by Giles Gilbert Scott (of phone booth fame)

Battersea power station, South West London (1930's) by Giles Gilbert Scott (of phone booth fame)

Design Geekery; Battersea Power Station

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Southbank Centre. Philharmonia Orchestra. Liadov Kikimora. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2. Shostakovich Symphony No 5. Yuri Temirkanov conductor. Denis Kozhukhin piano

Southbank Centre. Philharmonia Orchestra. Liadov Kikimora. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2. Shostakovich Symphony No 5. Yuri Temirkanov conductor. Denis Kozhukhin piano

Battersea Power Station designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, London, England, 3 January 1956, photograph from the Daily Herald Archive (unattributed).

Battersea Power Station designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, London, England, 3 January 1956, photograph from the Daily Herald Archive (unattributed).

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