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The Odorous History of Mount (not so) Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is a most curiously named part of London for being neither a mount, nor frankly particularly pleasant.


1000 Years Ago — A New King for England

On this day, one thousand years ago, Sweyn Forkbeard was proclaimed King of England, and while he reigned unopposed, his reign was to be short.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 25th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 24th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 23rd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


The Twelve Monsters of Christmas

Christmas isn't just about a coca-cola marketing gimmick, it has a long and often dark history. Even the kindly St Nick wasn't always the genial character we think of today.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 22nd Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 21st Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


1928 — A massive gas explosion rips along Holborn

It's 8 o'clock in the morning, and workers are hurrying along Holborn to their offices and shops, when a mighty explosion ripped up the road.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 20th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago. Each day I will display an advert from my collection of


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 19th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 18th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 17th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


An Advent Calendar of Vintage Adverts – 16th Dec

Each day I will unveil a new entry in my Advent calendar based on adverts printed in the Illustrated London News during the month of December eleventy-one years ago.


The short-lived experiment with rubber tires on railways

For all their design innovations, railways still retain one fundamental weakness -- they put metal wheels onto metal tracks.


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