GREAT BRITAIN: No Place Like Stoke

. . . You cannot drink tea out of a teacup without the aid of the Five Towns [federated into Stoke-on-Trent],... For this, [its] architecture is an architecture of ovens and chimneys; for this, its atmosphere is as black as its mud; for this, it burns and smokes all night, so that [z£] has been compared to hell; . . . for this . . . it comprehends the mysterious habits of fire and pure, sterile earth; for this it lives crammed together in slippery streets where the housewife must change white window...

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