Soundings

Too many people

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7070.1490 (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1490
  1. TONY SMITH

    When I look back on my time as a student in the 1950s one feature that stands out is the lack of crowds. Of course people were packed in together at football matches (where the stands were jammed with spectators who actually stood), but my memories of city centres in Britain and Europe are of plenty of room to get around; and when I recall walking in Yorkshire or camping in France the images are of vast open landscapes which looked empty. Roads had far fewer cars and lorries, especially back roads along which a cyclist could expect to meet only a handful of …

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