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The musical bed of the Nawab of Bahawalpur

The musical bed of the Nawab of Bahawalpur (native governor in colonial British India), Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi IV. The 4 figures were moving automata, a pressure-activated music box was under the mattress. In 1882 Abbasi anonymously commissioned a bed in rosewood covered with about...

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Great Londoners – Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the greatest contributors to English literature with his work The Canterbury Tales.  However, being a writer and poet was only part of what he did during his remarkable life.  Chaucer was a Renaissance man before the term was even coined,...

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The London Fiver – Five of the Oldest Schools in London

Eton CollegeIn the West, organized educational institutions have been around since the Middle Ages when churches set up schools to teach future priests and administrators.  Besides that, few educational institutions existed until the first universities and almost nothing for children beyond apprenticeships.  Greater London has...

Eton CollegeIn the West, organ...

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A Brief History of London’s Parks

The Serpentine in Hyde Park London’s parks are some of the best in the world.  From Hyde Park to Hampstead Heath, they are beautiful places that create pockets of greenery throughout the city, offering Londoners a chance to connect with nature, be active, speak out, and...

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