I agree, Britain is very built up compared to some other countries I have visited, but as this link:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...ountryside.html
shows (I know it's the Daily Mail, but even so) Britain is still a very green and pleasant land. I think to a certain extent we have been brainwashed into thinking that the amount of land covered up with tarmac and concrete is more than it actually is. Something to ponder upon.
That wasn't what I was saying. Indeed Britain is a green and pleasent land, but it also has a very industrial heritage. I find it strange that someone viewing the original link would be amazed that we learnt how to build houses and industry before WWII. Not just us but the rest of Europe too.
I can see my comment has been misunderstood.
I did not intend to suggest that Britain prior to the war was undeveloped or god forbid the British having built houses and industry would be the source of amazement and wonder. Jeez get a grip man.
My comment was along the lines that the aerial pictures of pre-war Britain looked like they could have been taken in the present day. I did not know that Britain had such suburban sprawl in the 1930s. I mistakenly thought that at that time, outside of the industrial cities the countryside was rather rural, ignorance on my part -- thus the comment "I did not know".
The pictures were interesting to me because I got a view of pre-war Britain that I had not seen before. In the last ten years or so, I have seen many many pictures of the war years that I have never seen before, many in color. The effect has been to make the times feel far more close and recent than the hundreds of black and white pictures of the same iconic images that have been re-printed time and time again.