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102,020.  Suspicions grew that there was a dark frightening world of dictators, drug lords, Russian gangsters, arms dealers and international bankers all thriving together in the shadows of the City of London.  (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Conspiracy & Secret Government & London & Corruption)  Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer? ***** BBC 2021  

 

 

79,700.  London’s inner City is also a privately owned corporation or city state, located right smack in the heart of Greater London.  It became a sovereign state in 1694 when King William III of Orange privatised and turned the Bank of England over to the bankers.  By 1812 Nathan Rothschild crashed the English stock market and scammed control of the Bank of England.  Today the City state of London is the world’s financial power centre and the wealthiest square mile on the face of the Earth.  Ring of Power 

 

 

79,802.  London Bridge is falling down

My fair lady.  (Londond & Bridge & River Thames)  London Bridge Is Falling Down

 

 

79,701.  A foggy day in London Town.  Ira Gershwin, covered by Petula Clark & Frank Sinatra et al

 

 

79,702.  Perhaps nowhere is the history of a city, indeed a nation, its royalty, and its river, so intimately entwined as in the saga of London’s great waterway the Thames.  Now a new exhibition here at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich called Royal Rivers sets out to explore that story.  (London & River Thames)  Tim Marlow on Royal River with David Starkey

 

79,703.  Anne Boleyn: hundreds perhaps thousands of vessels ... This extraordinary combination of pomp, circumstance and near absurdity.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,704.  The City of London itself held an annual Lord Mayor’s procession on the river.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,705.  The Victorians also set about constructing new ways to cross the river.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

 

79,706.  As a student in London, I had seen so many shows, so many plays and had seen so many greats of the day.  David Naughton

 

 

79,707.  Hitler bombed London into submission but in fact it created a sense of national solidarity.  (London & Bomb)  Tom Paulin

 

 

79,708.  I think London’s sexy because it is so full of eccentrics.  (London & Eccentric)  Rachel Weisz

 

 

79,709.  This glorious cittie, full of stink and darknesse.  John Evelyn 1661

 

 

79,710.  Ten thousand houses all in one flame – the noise and crackling and thunder of the impetuous flames, the shrieking of women and children, the hurry of people, the fall of towers, houses and churches was like a hideous storm.  London was but is no more.  (London & Fire)  John Evelyn

 

 

79,711.   This is the story of London in the seventeenth century, one of the most dramatic periods in Britain’s history illuminated through two remarkable surveys.  The first, a labour of love, was produced by London Chronicler [John Stow]; he created a detailed account recording not just London‘s buildings and businesses but its character.  The second written over a hundred years later took the original work and updated it.  The changes documented in these surveys reveal the origins of the phenomenal city London was to become.  The first survey of John Stow.  Dan Cruickshank, London: A Tale of Two Cities

 

79,712.  Stow walked every street ... A medieval city on the brink of change ... Home to just 200,000 people.  ibid.

 

79,713.  London grew from a small medieval city into a vast sprawling wealthy metropolis.  Indeed, one of the greatest trading cities in the world.  ibid.

 

79,714.  In Stow’s survey he mourns the loss of open fields to the east.  ibid.

 

79,715.  Great number of edifices were erected in the suburbs.  ibid.

 

 

79,723.  Between Richmond and the North Sea thirty bridges span the Thames.  They carry people across a stretch of river thirty-five miles long.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  Don Cruickshank, The Bridges That Built London

 

79,724.  These extraordinary structures have been the making of London.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,725.  Vauxhall – here in 1,500 B.C. before Troy fell and long before Julius Caesar came to Britain the people of the marshes made a first attempt at a crossing.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,726.  The Thames is like the River Jordan.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,727.  The river bed is changing all the time ... in truth very shallow.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,728.  Bridges were sacred things, things of religion.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,729.  London Bridge is the most famous.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,730.  For six hundred years London Bridge dominated the City.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,731.  The river regularly froze over.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,732.  The Watermen were a very powerful lobby indeed.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,733.  Between 1750 and 1850 nine bridges were thrown across the Thames.  (London & Bridge & River Thames)  ibid.

 

 

6,112.  We call it The Little Ice Age ... Cold enough to freeze the River Thames in London.  (Evolution & Ice Age & River Thames & Humanity)  Man on Earth with Tony Robinson III: Killer Climate

 

 

79,734.  It is the shortest river in the world to have acquired such a famous history ... But none of them has arrested the attention of the world of poets and novelists and artists and historians in the manor of the River Thames.  This is the story of the life and death of civilisations.  It is the story of culture and geology shaping one another.  It is the story of myth interwoven with history.  The river embodies the history of the nation.  (London & River Thames)  Peter Ackroyd’s Thames 1/4

 

79,735.  The Thames and the Rhine were once one river.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,736.  London could never have existed without the Thames.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

49,914.  London was chosen to be a city because the river ran through this particular stretch of land.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,737.  The Normans did the most to alter the appearance of the River.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,738.  The Thames was seen as the microcosm of the nation, a potent symbol of past and present running within each other.  It was liquid history.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,739.  On this historic river everyone is equal.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

79,740.  This is a sacred river.  There are more than fifty churches and chapels along its banks dedicated to Mary, who can truly be hailed as the goddess of the river.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

 

79,741.  It has always been a river of art.  In the Tudor period the Thames became the river of magnificence.  (London & River Thames)  Peter Ackroyd’s Thames 2/4

 

79,742.  It was the Theatre of Water.  (London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

10,540.  Turner lived by the Thames all his life.  He was born in Maiden Lane just off the Strand in 1775 and as a child he wandered beside the barges and sailboats a hundred yards from his door.  He died by the river in the Bankside residence of Chelsea.  By the banks of the Thames he began his art.  And by the banks of the Thames he finished his life.  He loved the river.  (Artists: Turner & London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

10,541.  The luminous quality of his paintings has often been remarked.  And it is possible that his early experience of river light helped to form his mature sensibility.  His water-colour sketches of the river look as if they have been imbued with the light of the Thames, as if the water has washed over the paper and left its radiance there.   (Artists: Turner & London & River Thames)  ibid.

 

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