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September 9, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Do To Do.  3 months to 2021.  Tell your story.  Plan the future.  Use Covid to create something entirely new?  1812 Growing trade in London inspired John Letts to combine a journal with a calendar & invent the diary.  Size & format expanded from desk to pocket & specialist diaries, & the product became a…

July 31, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Inversion Covid-19 will drop real estate prices & halt the “Great Inversion”: darkened luxury towers, bought as investments by absentee owners, are monuments to a crisis of success.  Inflows of knowledge workers, big firms & the global super-rich into cities (unlike past outflows from urban decay), led to unaffordable housing, inequality & segregated communities.  Cheaper property…

June 15, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Plague How to trade during plague? See past precedents. Plague stone receptacles at parish & quarantine boundaries sterilised coins in vinegar, in exchange for goods. 1348-50 Black Death took 1/3 of Englanders. 1665-66 Great Plague killed 100,000 Londoners (1/4 of the city).  Then & now: Panic buyers welcome!  But disinfect before entry Guessed the Word? …

March 13, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Tracing Coronavirus: contact tracing to stop disease spread  dates  from 1854, when Dr. John Snow traced London’s cholera source to a Soho water pump.  No need to reveal personal details of a worker with the virus, but warn others at risk quickly, so they act suitably.  UK response has gone from Contain to Delay, so…

November 26, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

White elephant When it arose, Canary Wharf was called a white elephant. But in 2012, it overtook the City of London as an employer of bankers & 120,000 people now work there.  New challenge: how to remain king of the jungle & adapt its fortress-like towers to the open, flexible workspace now in vogue? Guessed…

November 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Night tube London’s night tube on Fridays/Saturdays lights up the economy by £360m; will be £1.54bn over 10 years.  Supports >3,600 jobs & has >500,000 users.  2 peaks – revellers at 01:30 BST & workers at 04:00.  Increase in demand since 2016 launch is double that of day time.  Oxford Circus is busiest entry &…

October 7, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Gridlock Traffic gridlock in Europe & USA will hit £238bn ($293bn, €267bn) a year by 2030, up 50% from 2013.  Costs are direct (fuel, time lost from work) & indirect (higher freight & business fees to cover idle time stuck in traffic).  UK will see the biggest increase – up 61% to £27bn ($33bn, €30bn).  Then…

August 21, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Flight 25 Aug 1919: 1st international scheduled flight from Hounslow, London to Paris carrying 1 passenger, leather, grouse & Devon cream.  1976: 1st Concorde supersonic commercial flights with 100 passengers; British Airways to Bahrain & Air France to Rio.  2018: Global passengers 8.8bn, annual increase of 6%.  By 2037, Asia’s passengers will exceed N. America…

July 26, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Rivers Settlements have risen by rivers from earliest times.  In 50 AD, the Romans built Londinium near Walbrook, where the Thames was still tidal.  By the 18th c, their wharves & 1st London Bridge enabled trade within Britain & around the globe, & made London the world’s busiest port.  The river’s economic, leisure & inspiration…

July 10, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Eggwash Double eggwash gives Wimbledon scones their rich, golden-brown tops.  Over 8,000 baked each day of the tournament by 3rd-generation London family bakery.  Secret recipe of high-quality wheat flour, sugar, milk, baking powder & golden sultanas mixed for 6 mins.  Dough left to ‘relax’, then hand-cut & put on baking trays.  Baking time & temperature…