Continuing our monthly update from the 2012 Olympic Park at Stratford in advance of our upcoming visitor host led exhibition “Your 2012″. August We are posting this update on a cold February morning, and in the grip of a harsh winter it is worth sparing a thought for those with more unusual jobs. As you can see from the picture below there is a man in the canal. In case you are wondering what he is doing, he is actually measuring the depth of the canal at various points to help out with knowing what parts of the canal need to be […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
A few weeks ago I found myself surrounded by fascists. I was on my way to the West End when at Tower Hill station a large group of French-speaking men with assorted girlfriends and wives (I presume) entered my tube carriage.
I Love You…I Love You Not: Victorian Valentine’s Day cards
When the Uniform penny post rocked up in 1840, it completely revolutionised the way in which people communicated. Sending letters and cards, such as those celebrating Valentine’s Day, became easier and cheaper and as a result a thriving business developed in central London.