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  1. Victorian London- The Life of a City 1840-1870

    Posted Jul 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Compiled by Tim Cribb Victorian London- The Life of a City 1840-1870 by Liza Picard Phoenix, $144 Smell has no vocabulary, writes Liza Picard in the opening paragraph of Victorian London- The Life of a City 1840-1870, the fourth and final volume of her marvellous story about the life of this great capital. Sounds can be reproduced and images reconstructed, but smell has only words. ...

  2. Reading matter

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, London The hallowed institution that is the British Library has been getting a little crowded of late. Despite our information technology age, with Google solving all our scholarly conundrums in 0.7 seconds, more and more people are venturing inside. It's all part of the library's master plan to be more inclusive. Some 400,000 people are using the reading ...

  3. Under a cloud

    Posted Sep 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan If there is one constant about life in London, it is the endlessly variable weather. The elements change so often that it is not uncommon to experience three seasons in a week. One day last week demanded a gym vest, the next a fisherman's jumper, then a sou'wester. It explains why the British are as preoccupied with weather as they are with criticising ...

  4. Electric taxis prove a turn-off for most London cabbies living on the edge

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan London The London cabbie comes in a variety of guises. He's either very friendly, perhaps over-talkative, or a bolshie type who turns up the radio when you ask a question. He's a West Ham fan or a Spurs follower- you never meet an Arsenal or Chelsea cabbie. He listens to Talksport phone-in radio and then spouts sport all the journey or imbibes BBC Radio 4. ...

  5. Caught short

    Posted May 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, London Just like the Inuit supposedly have 200-odd words for snow, Londoners have innumerable expressions for everyday functions, such as going to the toilet. A few variations include: when nature calls; studying some porcelain; splashing your boots; and visiting the little boy's (or girl's) room. The trouble today is that the actual number of public places ...

  6. A slap in the face

    Posted May 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, LONDON Mark is a bulky, 34-year-old architect; the sort of former rugby forward you would make way for on a crowded pavement. With cropped hair, you would probably avoid eye contact, as well. Last week, Mark looked decidedly meek, nursing his drink in the local pub with a troubled, soul-searching stare reminiscent of just being dumped by a girlfriend. Asked what ...

  7. Foreign fillings

    Posted Dec 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, London It dawned on me as I opened wide and said 'aaagggghhhh'. My dentist was Swedish. From Malmo, more precisely. Her assistant, according to her badge, was Svetlana. Hardly an East End name. Russian? 'No, Ukrainian.' Svetlana was a temp. Filling in for Agnieska, a Lithuanian. 'We're all foreigners in London,' said Svetlana, ...

  8. Bitter pill to swallow

    Posted Apr 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, London It was no ordinary trip to the doctor's surgery. As well as getting some pills for my gout, I hoped to discover whether British Prime Minister Tony Blair's ... certainly weren't of the handcrafted wooden variety. And the receptionists were more old school than private school; cold and officious. 'Mr Bryan?' 'Yes.' 'Tim Bryan? ...

  9. Invisible to society

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, London If it wasn't so tragic, it could almost be farcical. A woman dies alone in her north London flat and lies undiscovered for more than two years. Her body is so decomposed that police have to use dental records to identify her, and her time of death is estimated using the sell-by date of food left in the fridge. 'Best before November 2003,' it said ...

  10. Hackney recycles

    Posted Sep 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan, LONDON Monday mornings are unpleasant. They jar the still-sleeping senses, arriving far too abruptly after a lazy weekend, and remind our resting souls that the train to reality is nearing our station- so we had better skip the toast and get ready for work. Mondays are made worse here in Hackney by the twin terrors of heavy traffic and the rubbish collections. The dustmen ...




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