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Hello - I came across your street cries category of your site while I was deep in a "Google rabbit hole" reading pages about hot cross buns and how they were sold by street vendors.....who used street cries to promote....and popular/historic street cries. I just wanted to say you should add a "South America" sub-section to that page because street cries are still very much used today for street vendors to sell their products. For example in the residential areas of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, it is common to hear the repetition of "look at the egg man" or "sweets and deserts" or even "the broom man, buy your brooms" on a daily basis. Most of them are driving a tiny truck with a speaker and a recording, but some (for example the broom man) are still walking and crying while carrying several items for sale. The cries are more detailed than my poor translations above. The Pao de Queso (cheese bread) vendor is especially animated. I thought it would be of interest to you....next time I go in late 2022, I'll try to get some recordings.

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I m 88 and went through World War bombing/narrow escapes while living in Bethnal Green LONDON E.2 - evacuated on and off during the War - of course we all listened to BBC radio and there is a tune reguilarly played then that I have on my mind and cannot place: BBC RADIO WARTIME PROGRAMME `'INTO BATTLE" it might be an old French tune or played as a signal for Resistance? I can sing tune but no words. Have searched internet but cannot trace it and came to your web site. Any links?/ideas?

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Hello to all visitors to the London Sound Survey site. You may have heard the sad news that Ian Rawes, who created this extraordinary project, died in October 2021. Until we set up another page to host Ian's recent work, here is a page at which you'll find articles about Ian, which we'll add to as new pieces emerge:

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Hello Mike here from the 'i' Newspaper. We are planning to run an obituary of Ian Rawes in the paper, and I wondered if you might have a photograph of him that you could send me to run with the piece please?
Many thanks
Mike
07713 986 319
mike.spillard@inews.co.uk


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Dear Ian,
Thank you for your response back in July to the message below but can't seem to find a reply to my UCL email, perhaps could try again with the alternative email included here.
Many thanks,
Andrew


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Dear Ian,
I am a field recordist and PhD researcher at the University of York, interested in the tape recording clubs that bloomed in Britain from the end of the fifties.
Researching field recording, I have naturally come across the Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle book The Art of the Field Recording, where you are interviewed. A part of the interview has fascinated me, when you speak about that Yorkshireman who recorded the sound of every bus in Yorkshire, with very detailed notes on the tape boxes. You say that these tapes are at the British Library, would you be able to point me toward them?
I'm sorry, I know that this interview was nearly ten years ago, but maybe it will ring a bell.

Thank you very much,
And thank you also for your tremendous work with the London Sound Survey, that's truly inspiring.
Very best,
Jean-Baptiste


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Dear Ian,
Long-time visitor and user of this amazing website including in teaching I undertake on London at University College London. I am exploring possibilities for putting on an event reflecting on sounds of London during the pandemic and was wondering if you might be interested in being involved or could offer advice? We have a little bit of funding from the UCL Urban Lab.
Many thanks,
Andrew Harris

Admin reply: Hello Andrew and many thanks for your message. I'll send an email to you this evening. Best wishes, Ian


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Hi there, I have some 19th Russian Cries cards that I'm attempting to learn more about, and I wonder if you'd like to have a look, as you also have an interest.

Admin reply: Hello Allison and a belated thanks for sharing those old card images with me via email. As I stated in my reply, I would guess them to date from the early 19th century. Best wishes, Ian


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Dear Ian,
I think we met at a Robin the Fox gig at Cafe oto a while ago. I'm just finishing my MRes in historical sounds at LSBU - sounds of the 1750s at Copped Hall in Essex - and I thought this extract from Henry Fielding’s 1734 two-act comedy, The Intriguing Chambermaid, might find a place in your quotations section:
"All the wild noises in the universe, the squeaking of pigs, the grinding of knives, the whetting of saws, the whistling of winds, the roaring of seas, the hooting of owls, the howling of wolves, the braying of asses, the squalling of children, and the scolding of wives."
I have recordings of Clapping for Carers last year - all but one of those events - in E18. Yours for the asking.
Best wishes,
Andy

Admin reply: Hello Andy and many thanks indeed for getting touch. That's an excellent quote from Fielding and reminiscent of the long list of sounds given in William Baldwin's 1561 novel 'Beware the Cat' where the protagonist magically becomes aware of every sound happening in and around London. I would be delighted to feature your recordings of Clap for Carers and they would surely deserve a section to themselves among the sound categories webpages. I now have to work away from home for the next few days but will email you on Sunday if I may. Warmest regards, Ian.


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Fantastic site! I believe your recording of Lavender seller Robert Penfold of Battersea, London, is my grandfather. He passed away in 1946, long before I could ever get a chance to meet him. We’ve played the recording for my mother Julia 3rd of Robert’s 10 children, and the only one to emigrate to the US), and she said it’s very possible that recording is of her Dad. If so, what a gift you have given us. Thank you!

Admin reply: What a fantastic message and thanks ever so much for it! The recording of Robert Penfold the lavender seller is my favourite of all the archival BBC sounds reproduced here, and it is wonderful to hear from you, one of his descendents. Early last year I went to look at Culvert Road in Battersea where the recording notes state he lived. It has obviously been extensively redeveloped since his day, much of it now running through a 1960s-era housing estate of blocks of flats. However, the southernmost end of the road meets the old railway viaduct where there are scrapyards and scaffolders' yards. Perhaps here is still an echo of the London that your grandfather might have recognised as home. Very best wishes, Ian.


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