1917 At 6.62 in the evening an explosion at the Brunner-Mond munitions factory manufacturing explosives for Britain's World War I military effort in Silvertown, West Ham killed 73 people and injured over 400. Much of the area was flattened by 50 tonnes of TNT exploding causing a shock wave felt throughout London and Essex. The largest explosion in London’s history was heard as far away as Southampton.
1937 The Underground Murder Mystery, a play by J. Bissell Thomas, was the first play to be broadcast by the BBC, it was set in Tottenham Court Road station.
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The number of people who have entered my cab:
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Steve Mars a BMW fanatic was buried beneath a life-sized replica M3 convertible in Manor Park Cemetery and a parking ticket was affixed
What I’m Reading
In Search Of London by H.V. Morton H.V. Morton was one of the great travel writers, acknowledged by, among others, Bill Bryson. In Search of London is one of his best and what is particularly fascinating is the period Morton writes about – 5 years after World War II. It’s a London hugely damaged by the Blitz and struggling to recover, and for those with better knowledge of London than myself, it must be particularly interesting to compare his descriptions of particular bomb damaged locations with the same scene today.