Thursday, October 23, 2003

As I'm always banging on about London-specific things, for our non-London readers (if indeed there are any) here are some fascinating facts about London tahn...

A Cockney is someone born within the sound of the
bells of St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside - in other words,
a 'real' Londoner. The word comes from the Middle
English for a malformed egg and began to be used as a
pejorative term for a Londoner in the seventeenth
century.

London has more foreign banks (555) than any other
city in the world; incredibly, it has more American
banks than New York and more Japanese banks than
Tokyo.

Lost property found at Heathrow airport includes a
glass eye, a false leg, a suitcase full of dead fish
and the front of a Ford Escort.

In Roman times, the River Thames in central London was
three times wider than it is today.

The Globe Theatre on Bankside is the first thatched
building in central London since the Great Fire in
1666.

Big Ben is the name of the 13-tonne bell (which sounds
the hour at the Palace of Westminster) - rather than
the clock or the clock tower.

The Square Mile is almost an accurate measurement of
the City of London, which covers 320 hectares (1.25 sq miles).

So there.

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