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MotownGal

MotownGal Report 13 May 2013 10:28

Peter Pan's statue is in Kensington Gardens.

All proceeds from the book go to Gt Ormond Street Hospital.

The Hornsey Viaduct Bridge is known locally as Suicide Bridge. Apparently Peter Sellers 'talked someone down' one Sunday morning.

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 22:44

fossil remains of a mammoth, prehistoric hippos, bison, bears, elephants, and even lions have been found in London!

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 22:40

Hamo de Chigwell was Lord Mayor of London for six times! From 1319 to 1327.

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 22:37

In 2009 a rare Siberian chiffchaff was seen in the London area, it was an estimated 3,000 miles off course! Perhaps it wanted to see a bit of London life!

MR_MAGOO

MR_MAGOO Report 12 May 2013 22:36

Try these...............

http://youtu.be/1e8hnCRrGoE

http://youtu.be/DWZHo9dE7ps

http://youtu.be/DVQiEJW7RWg

http://youtu.be/lQV1_B63LTM

http://youtu.be/3CaieEwEuiw

http://youtu.be/smXKyg0Qk0g

ChristinaS

ChristinaS Report 12 May 2013 22:31

So unusual to see a film of that age in colour. Absolutely loved it.

Thanks Mr. Magoo for the link.

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 22:27

Ok thanks ChristinaS and MR_MAGOO. :-) <3

MR_MAGOO

MR_MAGOO Report 12 May 2013 22:21

Here's a video of London in 1927 in colour.

http://vimeo.com/7638752

ChristinaS

ChristinaS Report 12 May 2013 22:17

I wonder if the oldest shop in London is the Old Curiosity Shop near Lincoln's Inn. It looks to have been built in the 16th or very early 17th century.

Last time I walked passed, it was a clothes shop. I seem to remember it being a sweet shop when I was young.

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 21:35

12 farms ? Is there, interesting! I didn't know that!

Kay????

Kay???? Report 12 May 2013 20:49


There are around 12 farms in and around London,

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 19:59

I think one of my Heather relatives was used as the face for a Peter Pan statue in a London Park. I will ask him again about this, it was his son.

MotownGal

MotownGal Report 12 May 2013 18:51

Actually the statue of the cat was moved. It used to be further down the hill, but is nearer the pub now.

The church of the Knights Templar opposite the Courts of Justice is well worth a look. It was in the Da Vinci Code. Amazingly it makes it look a lot larger than it actually is. Tis but a tiny place, was was partially bombed in the Second World War.

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 12:14

I'm interested in things like what NanaSue wrote about the small statue of the cat, I never knew that, and find it interesting. :-)

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 12:09

Thanks Island, I will take a look... :-)

Island

Island Report 12 May 2013 12:06

This is an interesting read GH

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/what-are-londons-oldest-bits-1

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 12:02

The oldest shop and pub in London ? No one is sure about this ?

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 11:49

Thanks for that interesting info PigletsPal. :-D ;-) <3

GHeather

GHeather Report 12 May 2013 11:45

The oldest statue was actually bought by someone for about 40 pounds, but they never came back to pick it up! Strange but true. It is now the oldest outside statue in London. It's an Egyptian lion-deity that is at the main entrance at Sotheby's at New Bond Street. It was carved in Egypt in about 1320 bc, amazing!

DazedConfused

DazedConfused Report 12 May 2013 11:41

Anyone who is interested in London, it's history and those who live in it would do well to listen to Robert Elms on Radio London - Mon-Fri 12-3 and Sat 9-12. Great music (you will not be finding music here that is played on the likes of R1 and Capital etc.)

And every Wednesday he does notes and queries on the oddities of London. Whereby listeners phone in with their queries about things they have seen and wonder why they are there or where they have come from, and then his listeners will phone in with the answers. I have been listening for over 15 years and there have in that time only ever been a few subjects queried that have never been resolved.

And at least twice a month on a Monday he has Dr. Laura Wright on, who is a linguisitic and looks in to the language and vagaries of our London usage of same.

A fantastic programme. If you love London life, its history, its people I can heartily recommend this show. Grown up radio for grown up listeners, with fun thrown into the mix. :-D :-D :-D :-D