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"Less Passion, Less Protein" - Whatever happened to Stanley Green?


You may not know the name, but might recognise the person. For 25 years Stanley Green carried a placard Stanley Green carried this placard up and down Oxford Street for 25 years. He was convinced protein was humanity's real enemy. That and sittingalong Oxford Street, which made the following dubious claim:

"Less Passion, Less Protein: Meat Fish Bird; Egg Cheese; Peas Beans; Nuts. And Sitting"

Between 1968 when he first hatched the idea, until 1993 when he died, he was part of the street furniture around Oxford Circus. I ran into him for the first time as a student, reading his placard as many did - with a double-take and wtf? expression. Why the link between protein and passion? Why was it important to suppress passion anyway? What did he have against sitting? Where's the protein in that? Though I remember the sitting part was like an addendum: a sign hanging below the placard. As if one day after an epiphany, it suddenly seemed so obvious. Lounging around was out too.

With an equally eccentric approach to punctuation, Stanley published his own pamphlet called "Eight Passion Proteins with Care", which sold over 87,000 copies (just over 1 per hour, if you 'do the math'). Not subject to the ravages of inflation, it was a cheap read: 5p in the seventies, 10p in the eighties and only 12p in his last year, 1993. The pamphlet was 14 pages long and rendered in a smorgasbord of font faces and weights; though it also existed in a 392 page book form, which the Oxford University Press rejected in 1971. He travelled in from Northolt, six days a week, ploughing a furrow up the UK's busiest shopping thoroughfarStanley Green's message. This is the earliest incarnation. e - Oxford Street - but switched to Leicester Square on Saturday evenings, to catch the cinema crowds.

 

His central tenet or "Protein Wisdom" as he liked to call it, was that sitting around would cause you to store up too much passion (lust in earlier incarnations - pictured), as could eating too much protein. Both of which might lead to marital discord, especially during retirement. Which of course remains as singularly unconvincing today, as it was then. Once you got over the surprise of his moonstruck logic, he was just another part of the West End shopping experience. One still remembered nearly 20 years later. His letter writing was equally avid and he fired off protein-based, missives to the director-general of the BBC, Five Prime Ministers, The Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury and The British Medical Association (when were they going to 'connect the dots' and wage war on the real enemy: protein!) After death his letters, diaries, placards and pamphlets were passed to the Museum of London where they remain. Harmlessly bananas? Probably. Though in the best British, 'not causing a stir' kind of way. Is he missed now he's gone? Definitely.


The Moleman of Hackney - William Lyttle

A recent stint digging in the garden reminded me what a back-breaking job spade-work is. Like most activities that are good for you, learning to like it is half the challenge. It wasn't so much the exhausting nature of turning the soil, but the modest progress so much effort delivered (I couldn't find the fork, so used a spade; instantly doubling the work). After an hour, I retired several paces to examine my handiwork in the manner of the practised, semi-pro. The tiny patch of soil I'd managed to turn, was sobering. It was also a favour for someone else. Instead of imagining their delight, I was concocting how best to hide it, or pretend I'd been doing something else. Bearing this in mind, full respect to the next London eccentric under review.

William Lyttle, A.K.A. The Moleman of Hackney loved to dig holes underneath his home at 121 Mortimer Road, and did so during an unbroken period of 40 years. Occasionally making the national press, he cropped up most commonly in the Hackney Gazette. I first read about his exploits while living in Hackney Wick, a gentle human-interest story; to divert attention from the decapitated corpse found in nearby Victoria Park. However, I remember then the same question turning over in my mind, as it is now. Why? Throughout his 40 year tunnelling career William Lyttle never offered any reason why, usually laughing the request away, or diverting attention with an anecdote such as: "I planned to tunnel under a bank and raid the vault, but by the time I got there - they'd turned it into a wine bar." Very dry, so there's little doubt his perception was pin-sharp and reading between the lines, there was also a sense of mild embarrassment. Not at his exploits, but in the interest they generated. He hated trying to explain why he dug tunnels, as much as he hated people trying to curb his tunnelling.

William Lyttle's house was on the border between Hackney and Islington, a sizeable twenty room property which he neWilliam Lyttle was the Moleman of Hackney for 40 years. With over 20, metre-wide tunnels emanating from his basement, he described them to the council as 'home improvements'ver maintained; leading to the roof caving-in several years before his death. Tunnels radiated out from the basement, where most of his activity was focussed. He used a shovel and home-made pulley mechanism for extracting the spoil, which he then dumped in the garden. After numerous complaints by neighbours and the collapse of a pavement outside his house, the council began to take decisive action. An x-ray survey indicated that there were over twenty, metre-wide tunnels emanating from his basement, some of which breached the boundaries of his property (Lyttle explained them away as 'home improvements'). In 2009 they successfully removed him from Mortimer Road and filled in as many tunnels as they could with concrete, concerned that the house was near collapse. Emergency scaffolding was also added to his roof and the council filed suit against him, to reclaim the money spent on repairs.

William Lyttle was re-housed in a top-floor flat, which successfully prevented him burrowing through the floor. He died the next year, aged 79. The council was seeking costs of £100,000 for filling in the holes and a further £10,000 in legal fees, though it's unlikely the stress affected his state of health - mental or otherwise. He died of natural causes, but I can't help wondering whether, with no further tunnelling projects in the pipeline, the spark had gone from his life. He'd managed to excavate between 20-40 tons depending on estimates and although no reason was forthcoming - mentioning the Underground or substantial tunnels in his presence, caused eyes to mist over and his reticence to melt away. He became as animated and excited as a child, because the man just loved tunnels.


The Flying Pieman of Holborn Hill - Peter Stokes

Peter Stokes -The Flying Pieman of Holborn Hill covered so much ground when selling his wares, it was believed that he flew between locations. The following is a description by a Mr Harvey in 1863: "When I was a youngster, the steep roadway from Hatton Garden to Fleet Market was highly attractive to me on account of the 'Flying Pieman', though he did not vend pies, but a kind of baked plum pudding, which he offered smoking hot. He was a slim, active middle-sized man, about forty years old. He always wore a black suit, scrupulously brushed, dress-coat and vest, knee-breeches, During the Victorian era there were many piemen on the streets of London. None to equal Peter Stokes however - the Flying Pieman of Holborn Hillstout black silk stockings, and shoes with steel buckles, then rather fashionable. His shirt, remarkably well got up, had a wide frill, surmounted by a spotless white cravat. He never wore either hat or cap; his hair, cropped very close, was plentifully powdered, and he was decorated with a delicate lawn apron, which hardly reached to his knees. In his right hand he held a small circular tray or board, just large enough to receive an appetite-provoking pudding, about three inches thick. This was divided into twelve slices, which he sold at a penny a slice. A broad blunt spatula, brilliantly bright, which he carried in his left hand, enabled him to dispense his sweets without ever touching them. His countenance was open and agreeable, expressive of intellect and moral excellence."

Peter Stokes was by profession a painter, and, it was believed, possessed considerable talent. When he was a very young man he married, "all for love." His practice as an artist did not keep pace with the growing wants of a small family, and at last, with an eccentricity which, in the circumstances, may be pardoned, he determined to begin a street-trade on Holborn Hill, and conducted this business for many a day. From twelve to four o'clock he was to be seen shouting, "Buy, buy, buy!" as he moved to and fro, from Fetter Lane to Ely Place (all accountants, lawyers and consultants now), thence to Thavies Inn or to Field Lane, Hatton Garden or Fleet Market, rapidly getting rid of his tempting wares. After four o'clock he betook himself to genteel lodgings in Rathbone Place, where Stokes was himself again, resumed his palette and easel, and found sitters increase as his means made them less necessary, for the street business proved a money-making one.

So Peter Stokes was a man who took a lower station in life, rather than stifle the passions which enlivened him (the antithesis of Stanley Green in some respects). Although labelled eccentric, admirable is far more appropriate. He took to his pie selling without injured pride or apology and if he was going to be a pieman, well... he was going to be the best pieman the City of London had ever seen. The kind they would be talking about in 100 or 150 years hence. Which, of course, they still are.

 



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