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Lovely Peter Jones

January 29, 2007
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I was listening to a radio programme the other day about the possible demise of Sloane Square as we know it. Some evil ‘planners’ are ‘planning’ to turn it into a pedestrianised, re-ordered traffic system of satan. Lots of local (read resident arty-farty media types) people have got together to protest against the intended changes and are trying to block the proposal for good. They have got a bit of a fight on their hands what with Kensington and Chelsea being one of the most corrupt boroughs in London.

The thing is, Sloane Square should really stay as it is. The central ‘square’ hasn’t particularly changed for donkeys and the flowerseller with his little green gloss-painted cabin has been there as long as I can remember. I went to a hateful secondary school around the corner and he was the first thing I’d see as I shambled out of the tube each morning. And then there is Peter Jones of course. You can’t go wrong with Peter Jones. It’s a lovely shop with very nice people serving in it. You feel automatically a little invalided and cared for as soon as you enter the shop. It’s a proper practical department store. I laughed when I heard a comment from Betjeman about Peter Jones as it sums it up perfectly: he said that if anything ever awful were to happen, like the dreaded three-minute warning or a hostile invasion of some sort – he would run to seek shelter in the warmth and comfort of Peter Jones haberdashery department as it’s the sort of place where nothing horrible ever happens there. Brilliant.

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25 Comments
  1. Molly Bloom permalink

    John Lewis – didn’t he used to play drums with Genesis?<br/><br/>Now I’m just being silly. <br/><br/>Love to youxx

  2. ‘World’s End’ as it is now. I believe Vivienne Westwood still owns it.

  3. rockmother permalink

    Molly – oh you silly funny billy molly xx<br/><br/>Dickley – yes – tis true. Good old Vivienne.

  4. Pod permalink

    you must make a stand!! get yer westwoods on, grab sir jif, and get down the council!!

  5. Simon Hilton permalink

    <a href=’http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/features/images/1973_served_gal.jpg’ rel=’nofollow’>Ooooooo</a>!

  6. Simon Hilton permalink

    <a href=’http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/features/images/1973_served_gal.jpg’ rel=’nofollow’>Ooooooo</a>!

  7. rockmother permalink

    Simon – I order you to shut up and concentrate on your holiday!!!

  8. realdoc permalink

    I went into Peter Jones when I was last in London to buy an umbrella. The interior decor is ace I don’t think it’s changed a bit since the 70s.

  9. Istvanski permalink

    I was going to make a Grace Brothers type comment but Mr Hilton beat me to it.<br/><br/>Are those Sloane Ranger people still in existence there? Were you ever one of them?

  10. rockmother permalink

    Realdoc – yes – it’s great isn’t it?<br/><br/>Istvanski – I’m most disgruntled that you even dare suppose that I might have been a Sloane Ranger. I HATE them and always have. Mortified at your supposition!

  11. katty permalink

    how do you feel about being tagged?

  12. Istvanski permalink

    Careful RoMo! Katty wants to tag you. That’s graffiti speak for spraying a silly looking squiggle over you using a can of aerosol car paint.<br/>Just say no.

  13. rockmother permalink

    Ister – heed taken<br/><br/>Katty – hhmmmm – my last tagging felt a bit emotionally draining but send it across – I’ll give it go. A wave and a kiss to the bumpettes x

  14. mad muthas permalink

    i’d have thought peter jones (and jlp in general) was far too bourgeois a venue for a rockmother like you! still – even groovy chicks are entitled to 200-thread count linen pillowcases, eh?

  15. JDA permalink

    Come on RoMo…begin with the ‘Blogxplosion’ already!!<br/><br/>From…a disgruntled reader.

  16. rockmother permalink

    Mad Muthas – I only go there once in a while for choice items!<br/><br/>Jif – boo hoo hoo – I’m so tired – I need 36 hours in a day so I can squeeeze it all in. It will happen but was going to tie in with my doc thing…not yet. But I am planning another podcast for next week – will that suffice for now. Done an 18 hr day today – night nighhhh h h tt.<br/>Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………….

  17. JDA permalink

    You at home today RoMo?

  18. rockmother permalink

    Jif – no – at work – why?

  19. GreatSheElephant permalink

    will the planned changes affect Peter Jones? I read about it in the Standard a while back and couldn’t quite work out why people were so upset. Sloane Square in my opinion is quite ugly and it’s not the easiest thing to traverse either. Trouble is I can’t remember what they are proposing so am unsure about whether I favour the changes or not. I love Peter Jones though (something that happened very suddenly when I hit 40).

  20. JDA permalink

    Oh you know..just spacing out around my site meter….saw your visitation from your Mac and thought….ahh she’s home today doing none!!…that’s all

  21. Istvanski permalink

    Oi – Jif! Leave poor RoMo alone, you stalker!<br/><br/>RoMo – If you’re a bit busy to start Blogxplosion could you perhaps have a word with your dad so that we can start reading his instead?

  22. rockmother permalink

    Great She – I’m not sure that it will affect Peter Jones – possibly the exterior but nothing else. Even so – I like Sloane Square as it is.<br/><br/>Ister – will chivvy up the old man. Blogxplosion will happen when I’m good and ready. <br/><br/>Night night all – another long day today.

  23. Annie permalink

    In one of my favourite books (Absolute Beginners) the teen hero talks about going up to have tea in the cafe in Peter Jones with all the old biddies, because it has one of the best views across London. Now it is a lot posher in the cafe, but it still has great views. <br/><br/>By the way, oddly enough I dreamed recently that lots of us were at your house, and you were making everyone a very elaborate breakfast, (which was very sociable of you.) Also that your house was opposite a big river (though maybe this was because we all met in the Dove.) <br/><br/>When you start dreaming about bloggers, it is time to turn off the computer…

  24. First Nations permalink

    see, i thought this was about Davy Jones, from the Monkees? but then i remembered his name was Davy and not Peter; Peter was Peter Tork, who was also in the Monkees but he was the ‘loveable doofus’ character where Davy was the ‘loveable twink who is only about three foot tall guy’. Mickey Dolenz was the ‘loveable nut’ and Mike Nesmith was the ‘loveable smart guy with a hat on that had a puffball on top guy’. And none of them played their own instruments or could sing or anything, but they had a tv show on saturday morning and I watched it.<br/>so, yeah.

  25. llewtrah permalink

    Billy and I did a nice walk starting from Sloane Square, went past this.

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