July 8, 2018 1:50 pm by

In the 17th century, ‘London’ was the City of London. Within its stone walls, it had grown into a bustling, overcrowded residential and commercial centre. As the population grew, space was at a premium, and storey was piled on storey. Tall, jettied timber houses overhung narrow streets. It was this pattern of building that made the Great Fire of London in 1666 so hard to control and led to the loss of 80% of the city.

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June 29, 2018 1:33 pm by

I’ve recently returned from a holiday/research trip to the Highlands of Scotland where I fell in love with the glorious scenery. The Scottish weather is notoriously unpredictable and, true to form, the first day was so cold my fingers felt frostbitten, the second so wet I nearly drowned but after that it was so hot I narrowly avoided sunstroke!

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