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Category Archives: London History

Time Out Post: Seven places in London connected with the Elephant Man

Last week the world lost one of its finest actors: the magnificent Sir John Hurt.

John Hurt, 1980

John Hurt pictured in 1980

In 1980 John took on one of his most challenging roles- that of Joseph Merrick; aka the ‘Elephant Man‘, the tragic figure who became synonymous with late Victorian London.

The Elephant Man

Sensitive, moving and dignified, Sir John Hurt did Joseph’s legacy proud.

Sir John Hurt as Joseph Merrick

Sir John Hurt as Joseph Merrick

To read about the places in London connected with the real life Joseph Merrick, please click here.

 

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Time Out Post: Five things you should know about the Battersea Peace Pagoda

My latest blog for Time Out London focuses on the wonderful peace pagoda which is located in Battersea Park. Please click here to read more.

Statue of Buddha at the Battersea Peace Pagoda.

Statue of Buddha at the Battersea Peace Pagoda.

A more detailed account of the pagoda’s history from one of my earlier blogs can be read here.

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Glimpse of the past… John Logie Baird at Selfridges, March 1925

John Logie Baird at Selfridges, March 1925 (image: BBC)

John Logie Baird at Selfridges, March 1925 (image: BBC)

This wonderful image depicts John Logie Baird– the genius Scotsman who invented television- demonstrating an early prototype of his groundbreaking device in the electrical section of Selfridges department store, Oxford Street in 1925.

Cobbled together from a soapbox, cardboard discs and various bicycle bits, this primitive ‘televisor‘ was only capable of beaming eerie, static images onto a tiny receiving screen. Nevertheless, it was a success and marked the world’s first public demonstration of the fledgling technology.

Just a few years later, Selfridges would go on to sell the very first television sets- which cost as much a brand new motor car at the time.¬†You can read more about John Logie Baird’s London here.

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