World: Fetid Streets and Fouled Rivers

OUTSIDE the glittering show windows of Mayfair clothing shops, garbage was stacked in six foot piles. London's loverly squares and parks were turned into unofficial dumps. Grenadier Guards were summoned from their duties at Buckingham Palace to join Royal Engineers troops in clearing away heaps of rotting fruit and putrefying chicken carcasses that had lain uncollected for weeks in London's picturesque Petticoat Lane Market.

As a result of a four-week-old nationwide strike of some 70,000 local government employees, mostly garbagemen and sewage workers, large parts of Britain were mired in trash. Because many sewage process plants were closed down, millions of tons...

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