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London Stories (Everyman's Library Pocket Classics Series)

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The entire series of Everyman's Pocket Classics is a new discovery for me - I started with London Stories but I've already added New York Stories to my collection. And when the gates are locked and all the visitors have gone, the Tower embraces a thriving community within its walls. Ever asked yourself whether the differences between people from divergent cultures are numerous or few?

This half term, discover the stories of pioneering women who paved the way for others in transport and engineering jobs in the capital. Professor David Mosey saw the negative impact on the UK construction industry of ‘dog eat dog’ competition before most people. The crossing was given Grade II listed status in 2010 - despite the fact that the original zebra crossing was moved several metres over 30 years ago. During the Second World War, Plessey defence electronics company built a secret factory in newly constructed Underground tunnels at the eastern end of the Central line. Sport is a vital part of London life and public transport plays a crucial role in moving people to cricket, football and rugby matches to the Boat Race, Derby Day, the Olympic Games and even Crufts.

A very dark night it was, and bitter cold; the east wind blowing bleak, and bringing with it stinging particles from marsh, and moor, and fen -- from the Great Desert and Old Egypt, may be. During both world wars, Britain had to re-purpose much of its industry to the manufacture of weapons, munitions and other vital materials.

Walk the defensive inner battlements and huge towers that have guarded the Tower of London for centuries.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In each case their portrayals were solid, rounded and very well studied so that their characters became very much alive. The postbox is one of London's most iconic sights and is now a way for people to share their own stories far and wide. And there were outstanding performances by David Wayman, Conrad Plentie, Kyle Turlunch, and Naomi Grossett (Joanna, Mark's lover). They wear their red state ‘dress uniforms’ for important occasions at the Tower, and also for special events such as the firing of the huge cannon on the Wharf, known as the Gun Salutes.

The stories themselves were a mixed bag, which is to be expected from a collection and there were some very good ones. And in the 20th century, the re collections of JB Priestley were much more gripping than I'd have anticipated. This literary London encompasses the famous Baker Street residence of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and the bombed-out moonscape of Elizabeth Bowen’s wartime streets, Charles Dicken’s treacherous River Thames and Frederick Treves’s tragic Elephant Man. Which they did: but sharing a grave with three human skeletons dating back to 1822 were the body parts of a 12-foot-long Pacific walrus.

Discover posters from our collection that explore London Transport’s strong visual identity and branding while also reflecting leading modern and contemporary art and design movements. William intended his mighty castle keep not only to dominate the skyline, but also the hearts and minds of the defeated Londoners. You may recognise the Abbey Road zebra crossing in North London from its iconic appearance on a Beatles album cover. During the Wars of the Roses, Henry VI was murdered here in 1471 and, later, the children of his great rival Edward IV – the Princes in the Tower - vanished within its walls in 1483.

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