What with London being somehow both bigger and older than Two Jags, get some help exploring from Curiocity: a folded, A3-size "mapzine" brilliantly exposing and explaining our centuries-in-the-fattening underbelly. A brief skimming reveals:
Stuff You Didn't Know: Slapped on the back of issue "A" lies an accurate-yet-fictional map of an almost-built postwar inner ringroad (imagine the M25 in London); directions to find/view a pickled giant squid; a cycle path mapping Boris Johnson's commute to work; and the pub the Pilgrim fathers headed off from to found America, explaining a hell of a lot.
Stuff You Thought You Knew, But They Know Better: Their suggested Spitalfields City Farm jaunt includes this wonderful children's zone advice: "Stay long enough, and a volunteer pops over to show you how to keep the geese away by pretending to be an aeroplane" -- who knew geese were terrified of flight delays?
Just Some Damn Fine Writing: One Andy Wimbush designates the residents of surprisingly overpopulated cemetery Bone Hill as "puritans, mystics, visionaries, kooks, cranks, and rebels", and describes their sleeping arrangements thusly: "Most of the tombs have begun their long retreat back into the landscape, the gravestones green and fuzzy like up-ended snooker tables...Once-chiselled headstones now resemble greenish molars, protruding out of the ground’s grey gums." And Andy Wimbush's Primary school teacher has just flashed her pearly white tombstones in delight.
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