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Sarah Ballpalsy 1:20 Tue Mar 10
What is your favourite fact about the City of London
I wanted my first thread to be about Football but needs must. So I apologise for this, but I could do with a little bit of help please.



On Friday I am in London with a few work colleagues from overseas for a few drinks around Fleet St/St Paul's area.

For some reason I have been asked to plan where to drink and to act as a mini tour guide along the route.

Obviously the internet helps to a certain degree, but I was hoping there might be some on here that have a few tidbits of info that might be interesting to point out on our walk from pub to pub.

Thanks you.

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BRANDED 1:53 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
German translation of Moore is cunt

gph 1:47 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Moore is one of those names that has several origins - English, someone who lives near a moor, or a mooring place, Irish = noble, Latin = dark-skinned, French/Norman = coastal-dweller.

The Latin one is hedged around by maybes by Wiki

Oliver Cromwell 12:48 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
It was where William Wallace got ripped apart and his head stuck on a spike on London Bridge

IlfordArmy 10:10 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Sarah, have a look at this if you're near St Pauls

http://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g186338-d7291424-r241463594-Burger_King-London_England.html

Eddie B 10:07 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Sarah, have a look at this if you're near St Pauls

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tablets_on_the_Memorial_to_Heroic_Self_Sacrifice

Monk~koknee 10:05 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
IOC

Drat. I've been rumbled.

ironsofcanada 9:58 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Monk~koknee 8:00 Wed Mar 11

"The English family name Moore also owns its origin to these settlers."

Good try

Sarah Ballpalsy 9:04 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
They've done that before so although that would be easier for me it's not what we're doing.

HairyHammer 9:02 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Just go to the West End and enjoy it have a walk about and forget about knowledge, take in the smells sights and atmosphere, Soho Bond st Oxford st Picadilly Trafalgar sq Covent garden etc etc The world is your Lobster as Del boy would say.

Eddie B 8:13 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
The fact that I'm on the way there now.

ted fenton 8:12 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
100 Ravens

After8 8:03 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Don't tell shorty that!

Monk~koknee 8:00 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
Medieval Muslim Moors who inhabited significant areas of the Iberian peninsular also visited and settled in London during the 8th and 9th centuries. The modern legacy of their presence can be evidenced in the names of present day Moorgate and Moorgate. The English family name Moore also owns its origin to these settlers.

After8 7:49 Wed Mar 11
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
It is sometimes asserted that the Lord Mayor may exclude the Sovereign from the City of London. The legend is based on the misinterpretation of the ceremony observed each time the Sovereign enters the City. At Temple Bar the Lord Mayor presents the City's pearl-encrusted Sword of State to the Sovereign as a symbol of the latter's overlordship. The Sovereign does not, as is often purported, wait for the Lord Mayor's permission to enter the City.

White Pony 9:43 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
The fact that it's full of pink-shirted Essex mockneys and should be avoided at all costs.

ironsofcanada 9:41 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
terranceandphillip2 5:07 Tue Mar 10

The Cockney part at the end made me remember some research I was doing around that area.

John Minsheu (1560–1627) English linguist and lexicographer provides the oldest surviving written assertion about the Bow's bell thing in his book Ὴγεμὼν είς τὰς γλῶσσας; id est, Ductor in linguas, The guide into tongues (1617.)

It would of course been around in speech well before that.

Before that became pretty much its primary meaning it was "A derisive appellation for a townsman, as the type of effeminacy, in contrast to the hardier inhabitants of the country"

Coming from an earlier meaning:
A child that sucketh long’, ‘a nestle-cock’, ‘a mother's darling’; a cockered child, pet, minion; ‘a child tenderly brought up’; hence, a squeamish or effeminate fellow, ‘a milksop’.

So like queer or Yankee, Cockney was originally an insult that
was reclaimed and then used as a term of pride.

Ridikzappa 9:29 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
I dont live in London anymore and I am glad.

It is one massive melting pot of the worst cultural aspects you can imagine, a city filled with frustrated cruelty, sadness and horrendous elements of poverty, crime and pretentiousness.

BRANDED 9:24 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
The average daily transactions of the city is around $1.5 trillion.
Not much of this figure is generated in pubs.

fred flinstone 9:14 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
A bucketful of cunt

cup of tea 9:11 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
My fave fact is that I don't work there or live anywhere near it - fucking shit hole of a city full of cunts

terranceandphillip2 9:09 Tue Mar 10
Re: What is your favourite fact about the City of London
The City has a fella called The Remembrancer who sits in Parliament watching what the Govt is up too. Yep foolish but true, harks back to the days the City bankrolled the King, wars, foreign colonial sorties etc. Basically they are a country apart.

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