Saturday, 24 July 2010

London!

Hello Everyone,



It is the holiday season and during the next few weeks I will be looking at some of the world's capital cities starting with LONDON.



1. London is the capital of the United Kingdom.

2. It is situated on the River Thames.

3. In this city you will find Westminster Palace and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park.

4. It is home to the Chelsea Flower Show; the world's most prestigious flower show.

5. It is where one may experience a civilised ritual steeped in tradition and take tea at the Ritz.

6. Samuel Johnson said,
"The man who tires of London tires of life. For there is in London all that life can afford."

7. London suffered a terrorist attack on July 7th, 2005.

8. It will host the 2012 Olympic Games.

9. In 1665, there was an outbreak of Bubonic plague killing more than 70,000 people in London

10. In 1666, four-fifths of the city was destroyed in the Great Fire which began in Pudding Lane. Samuel Pepys gave a vivid accountof the fire in his diary

11. It is the city which has 'Cockneys' in its East End. To be a true Cockney you must have been born within the sound of the church bells of St Mary-Le-Bow in Cheapside.

12. Charles Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street, Holborn from 1837-1839; during that time he completed Pickwick Papers, wrote Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and Barnaby Rudge and his house has been preserved as a museum.

13. A musical highlight from this city is the annual Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall which take place between July and September.

14.There are more than 50 theatres largely in the West End of London and this area has become known as theatreland.

15. Wimbledon is the home of tennis.

16. Lord's Cricket Ground is the hallowed capital of cricket.

17. Wembley Stadium is the football home.

18. London Bridge was sold to an American in 1968 for more than £1,000,000. It is now a tourist attraction in Arizona!

19. Crystal Palace was the world's first major prefabricated building of iron and glass, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. After the exhibiton, the palace was moved and re-erected in Sydenham, South London but was destroyed by fire in 1936.

And finally, number 20:

A famous feature of this city is its red double-decker buses!

So, as this is the holiday season whether you be visiting a city, beach or staying at home remember to have a good book at your side!

"Time & Tide" wait for no man, so have "No Regrets"; always "Stay in Touch" and "Look After Each Other".

Thought for the week: Both great love and great achievements involve great risks!


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