An Ancient Roman Myth 16

An Ancient Roman Myth
  Since I’ve done the Greek myths to death, how about an old Roman myth for a change? The Ancient Romans loved their orgies, right? Sex; gluttony; sickening violence: you name it they loved it. From lunchtime to dawn, guests consumed lashings of wine and exotic foods, such as ostrich and peacock brains, flamingo tongues, ...

Dun Shoppin’ 6

Dun Shoppin’
  Napoleon Bonaparte famously dismissed the British as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’. Or as he put it, ‘L’Angleterre est un nation de boutiquiers.’ One can imagine the insouciant sneer on his curled lip, the nonchalant Gallic shrug, the sharp exhalation of steel blue smoke before the Gauloises is impatiently stubbed into the muddy earth beneath ...

Are you barking mad? 10

Are you barking mad?
  Barking is an east London suburb about 9 miles from the city centre along the River Thames. It originated as an Anglo-Saxon village in Essex – the land of the East Saxons. As ‘C’ was pronounced ‘K’ in the German tongue the original name Berecingas (settlement in the birch trees) was corrupted to Barking. ...

An old London Queen 2

An old London Queen
  According to legend Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I, is responsible for 2 London place names. Elephant and Castle is on the south side of the Thames not far from Waterloo. Allegedly, the name comes from ‘La Infanta de Castile’, because it was the place Eleanor of Castile, the King of Spain’s daughter, ...
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