May 07


50 before 50: #17 & #18 Harlow

Snapped yesterday in Harlow were these two Blue Plaques. I’ll be honest, I was surprised to see them. Harlow for me has a negative connotation. Home to all the worst  Essex can be: chavs, shellsuits, bling. And yet I found  a bustling connurbation. A thriving market, a wide range of shops. A community spirit. A Henry Moore statue.

Yes, I know the schools are challenging. But maybe – rather than a bland diet of National Curriculum – education needs to focus on the significant contribution to IT of these two men. Then, perhaps,  the rest of the world will give the place a bit more respect.