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The Very Ingenious Mechanick - John Joseph Merlin (1735-1803) St Mary's Paddington Green
  The
‘very ingenious mechanick’ John Joseph Merlin’s adored all unconventional forms
of transport, no matter how hazardous; his most celebrated mishap is related in
Thomas Busby’s Concert Room and Orchestra
Anecdotes of 1825; One of his
ingenious novelties...

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How the Dead Live - Will Self (Penguin £9.99)
“It was a phone
directory. North
London Book of the Dead , ran the title;
and then underneath: A-Z. The cover was the usual yellow flimsy card and there
was also the usual vaguely arty line drawing – in this case of Kensal Green
Cemetery. I started to leaf ...

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Dean Swift and the Star Gazing Cobbler - John Partridge (1644-1715), St Mary's churchyard, Mortlake
 In 1707 Jonathan
Swift played a celebrated practical joke on the successful astrologer John Partridge,
publishing a fake almanac which predicted the fortune teller’s death of fever at
11pm on the 29th March 1708. The Dean of St Patrick’s went on to publis...

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Cemetery Club presents 'Stories From The Stones: The Great & the Good of Hampstead Cemetery' 24th June 2017
I was lucky enough to secure
tickets for Cemetery Club’s recent sell out tour of Hampstead Cemetery.   Having failed to catch Sheldon and Sam
locally at Tower Hamlets I had no choice last Saturday but to make the long
haul out on the Jubilee line to Fortune...

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Sleeping with the alien Portuguese: Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Cemitério dos Ingleses, Lisbon
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‘neath the green Estrella trees No
Artist merely but a MAN Wrought
on our noblest island-plan Sleeps
with the alien Portuguese Austin Dobson:  From verses read at the unveiling, by the
United States Minister, the Hon.  Mr. J.
Russell. Lowell, of the Bust...

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The King of Little Italy, Luigi Fraulo (1857-1914), St Marys Catholic cemetery, Kensal Green, London
http://thelondondead.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/the-king-of-little-italy-luigi-fraulo.html
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The King of Little Italy: Luigi Fraulo (1857-1914), St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green
British
imperial servants serving in the distant scattered territories of the empire
must have been avid for even the most trivial scraps of gossip about life back
in London. News that merited only cursory mention or at most a few lines in the
British newsp...

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The King of Little Italy: Luigi Fraulo (1857-1914), St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green
British
imperial servants serving in the distant scattered territories of the empire
must have been avid for even the most trivial scraps of gossip about life back
in London. News that merited only cursory mention or at most a few lines in the
British newsp...

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To the crow, the spoils; to the maggot the fat pickings - death in the city
Taken in Valentines Park in Ilford, a short distance from where the fox skull was dug up.  The skull was dirty but had all its teeth when we found it but unfortunately for some reason once it was washed virtually all the teeth fell out.   I
was walking the ...
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