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Christopher Fowler
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For over thirty years London had a beach, although I for one would not have wanted to go bathing from it. The Tower of London children's officially opened on 23 July 1934, after King George V gave his permission for children to 'have this tidal playground as their own forever'. For many years prior the children of the East End had played on the pebbled and rocky foreshore of the Tower of London at…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
It had stopped raining for half an hour so I walked into the West End the other day, and ended up taking a rather circuitous route. I'd started at a friend's place by Columbia Flower Market, and was on the lookout for unusual things. I knew that London's smallest statue was in Eastcheap, on the corner of a building, and consisted of two mice fighting over a piece of cheese... But I didn't expect…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
It has been a mild winter here in London and now trees are budding fast, although my father, born on the first of May, always said he was 'born in a heatwave, christened in a snowstorm.' So who knows what might happen yet? In the winter of 1815, following an immense freezing fog, the Thames solidified. The people of London held a Frost Fair, with skittles, booths and dancing, and the roasting of a…
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Christopher Fowler
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Great Britain & London
What's going on here then? This is Cuckold's Point, Rotherhithe, at a sharp bend on the Thames near the church of St Mary and the Angel pub. The name came from a post with a paid of horns on it that marked the starting point of the riotous Horn Fair, a carnival that end from here to Greenwich. Carnivalesque events are still held pin the nearby green. But there's confusion about the name -…
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