Posts Tagged 'UK'

Best Street Food Finds in London [video]

1928 Penny Farthing Bike Race [silent video]

UK’s Last Standing Leech House

According to Atlas Obscura –

The Georgian Bedale Leech House in Bedale, North Yorkshire is the last standing leech house in the United Kingdom. It was constructed to keep them alive, fresh, and hungry for blood while they waited for druggists or doctors to use them for bloodletting.

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After WWII, Medical Stretchers Were Made Into Fences In London

According to The Telegraph –

On numerous housing estates throughout London, the rows of black steel and mesh railings guarding red brick mansion blocks appear, at first glance, little more than a quirk of post-war architectural design.

However, unbeknown to thousands of passersby each day, those sometimes rusting or buckled fences were in fact the emergency stretchers that helped to save the lives of those injured during the Blitz.

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The Sistine Chapel of Sewage [video]

Queen Elizabeth II Has A “Stunt Double” [video]

Trimming The World’s Largest Hedge

Express reports from 2015 –

… welcome to the largest hedge of its kind in the world – a monster yew that takes gardening staff at a country estate two whole weeks to trim. At 40ft tall and 15ft wide, groundsmen at the Bathurst Estate in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, say the 300-year-old yew hedge is the largest of its kind in the world and costs £6,000 a year to maintain. It takes a specialist two-man team at the estate two weeks – with no weekend break – to give the hedge it’s annual trim.

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Life Lessons From 100-Year-Olds “Keep Right On To The End Of The Road” [video]

The Screaming Skyscraper

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Independent reported –

In Estonia they quite intentionally have a 230ft organ that’s played mellifluously by the sea. In Manchester they have a skyscraper that accidentally shrieks pure sonic fear into your soul whenever there’s a strong wind. Yes, as if blighting our skylines weren’t bad enough, the UK’s vertiginous glass skyscrapers are now screaming at us.

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Biscuit From The Titanic To Be Auctioned Next Week

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The Guardian reports –

What could be the world’s most valuable biscuit, which survived the sinking of the Titanic more than a century ago, is to be sold at auction. The Spillers and Bakers pilot biscuit – a type of cracker made from flour and water – survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 in which about 1,500 people died. It was part of a survival kit stored within one of the ill-fated ocean liner’s lifeboats and was kept as a souvenir. The biscuit will go under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, on 24 October and is estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000.

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Squirrel Runs Up £300 Tab Drinking At Club

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According to The Telegraph –

“He must have flung himself on the handle and drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly. “I’ve never seen a drunk squirrel before. He was sozzled”

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World’s Longest, Tallest Slide Planned For London

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MyModernMet.com reports –

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 376-foot tall sculpture and observation tower designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, is set to become the world’s longest and tallest slide with the construction of a 591-foot long tube stretching from the tower’s viewpoint all the way to the ground.

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