The Lost River

by Polina Vezhan

Contemporary London has hidden few rivers from its visitors. And even locals often are not familiar with them, as the lost rivers lie concealed, encased in tunnels or in pipes and run silently beneath the surface of the city. These are the names of the rivers in order , west to east – Stamford Brook, the Wandle, Counter’s Creek, the Falcoln, the Westbourne, the Tyburn, the Effra, the Fleet, the Walbrook, Neckinger and the Earl’s Sluice, the Peck and Ravensbourne.

The mouth of the River Fleet today, underneath Blackfriars Bridge

Whereismylondon is telling  the story of one of the lost rivers, the Fleet:

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Music: Muse – Feeling Good (cover by Matcooper212)

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Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm  Comments (2)  
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How Murdoch gave the deathblow to Fleet Street

By Carlos Martin Tornero

Find out  what role the Aussie magnate played in the end of Fleet Street, the birthplace of London’s and Britain newspapers.

Rupert Murdoch in 1969 (Source: BBC archive)

History repeats itself. Murdoch is making the headlines with the takeover of BskyB. However all these headings are the echoes of the news back in 1969 when the Australian media tycoon took full control of News of the World Group. He  then became the managing director of his first Fleet Street newspaper and soon after he purchased The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. (more…)

Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

St Pancras, a platform between past and future

By Carlos Martin Tornero

Facade of St Pancras International

In St Pancras the older steam trains arriving from the East Midlands are now departing Europe at a 300 Km/h speed.

This node of communications connects London not only with cities like Nottingham or Sheffield but also with Brussels and Paris in just two hours. (more…)

Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Question Time

House of Parliament 1890. Source: Old UK photos http://www.oldukphotos.com/london_westminster.htm

By Marleen de Rooy

The UK parliamentary systems- that is the House of Commons together with the House of Lords and the sovereign- conserved many traditions over the last 700 years.

The present building was built after a catastrophic fire in 1834 destroyed most of the ancient building.  The House of Commons Chamber was rebuilt between 1945 and 1950 following the destruction of the Second World War. (more…)

Published in: on March 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wembley regeneration – More than just a stadium

By Niall McDonald

Wembley stadium was one of the most recognizable grounds in the world with its twin towers.

In 2000 it was knocked down and a new stadium built, but what is oft forgotten about is the work that went on to improve the area a a whole.

Niall McDonald looks at how Brent Council helped to change the area surrounding Wembley.

 

Video by Niall McDonald

Published in: on March 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm  Comments (2)  

Will you be my Valentine?

By Polina Vezhan

Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine.
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

Valentine verse

The variety of the cards on sale today is incredible: cards for singles, for gays, sex bodies, proposal-intenders, romantic, funny cards and even DIY cards. But our ancestors were not that spoilt with an assortment. What is more, all cards have been rather written by hand.

The first written valentine is traditionally attributed to the imprisoned Charles, Duke of Orleans. (more…)

Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm  Comments (2)  
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The history of Fleet Street with Nigel Roche

By Carlos Martin Tornero

Nigel Roche, head of the St Bride Foundation´s library, takes us on a journey through the history of Fleet Street, the birthplace of the modern newspapers.

Get ready to a time travel of more than 500 years that thanks to Nigel Roche´s wisdom will only take us a brief while.

“We don´t have newspapers as we understand them before about 1620. In the rest of the eighteenth century, the newspapers grow and grow and they begin a love hate relationship with the government.”

“Governments have never been particularly fond of newspapers. The answer here was to tax the newspapers so heavily that only the rich, who probably support the government, can afford them.”

Listen the interview here

(Music credit: I giorni. By Ludovico Einaudi)

Carlos Martín Tornero

The history of Fleet Street with Nigel Roche, librarian and printer

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Royal wedding – how will it differ to 1947?

Photo by Niall McDonald

By Niall McDonald

Royal Wedding is a buzz word for Londoners in 2011. With April 29th set as the date for the big day, Niall McDonald takes a look at the similarities with this wedding and Queen Elizabeth’s wedding over 60 years ago.

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mince pies time

By Polina Vezhan

Christmas traditions are always the tastiest and the most pleasant things you can write about. But what is it in the festive season that has been changed throughout the centuries but still remains an important part of English culture at Christmas time? Where is my London team was delighted to discover delicious mince pies, adored by everyone in the country, including Santa.

Mince pie is a dessert traditionally served in England at Christmas. (more…)

Published in: on December 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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@royalengagements – How the process has changed

I heard the news over Twitter.

The excitement, the annoyance from many females that a handsome Prince was off the market, the ensuing media scrum to find out the date, the dress and the destination.

Of course, my friends, it is the Royal engagement.

I wasn’t particularly fascinated that two twenty something’s had got engaged, but what did fascinate me was the way we heard. Twitter, Sky News rolling coverage, blogs, emails. It must have been oh so different for William’s grandmother, the current Queen of the United Kingdom.

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Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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