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Now I know why my dad used to have a showroom in Great Ormond Street... he always likes to have a river nearby (for fishing).

That virtual tour of the Dickens Museum is excellent, isn't it? Shame it had to be programmed by American students... surely our own universities could set their students worthwhile projects like this?

a lovely part of london indeed...
william morris had some workshop in his wallpaper (and furniture< i think there, too) producting days at Queen Square..
and, ah, lovely Doughty Street.... the Spectator's home, obviously.

There always seem to be town planners from Camden showing off Lamb's Conduit Street to town planners from other lands, as an example of how to pedestrianise city centre streets. I don't think it's so bad, myself, although a bit confused, with flows broken up....

You're right about William Morris - he lived at number 26 Queen Square between 1865 and 1872.

And The Spectator is one of those magazines I can live happily without, like the New Statesman and anything else that waffles on and on about the minutiae of politics - as if it's somehow interesting, or indeed important.

"Squares" aren't meant to be square. The word derives from the Latin (via French of course) word "squarium" which is a military formation, often shaped like a fish. Notably the fish shape is not the conventional one, but is more like the Swedish herring, which is rather oblong.

This particular formation was mostly used by the so-called Red legions, commanded by Marcus Bollocae.

Hence the reason that "squares" often aren't.


Surely that's a lot of Bollocaes?

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