How London was Built

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// February 9th, 2007 // Blog

I am now in danger of revealing my inner geek; the little street cred i have (hah!) will be mowed down in an instant by this revelation… but it's time you all knew the truth.

I love Adam Hart Davis!

Not in a hearts & kisses, sort of way, you understand. He's just such a good TV presenter. His kooky style (and loud shirts) makes the most dull facts, absolutely fascinating!

Take for example, his latest series for the History channel: How London was Built.

From the title, my normal reaction would be: “Who cares?”.

But once i knew good ol' Davis was on the job, i made sure to catch at least one episode, and it was worth it. I learnt so many facts about the history of London, and considering i have lived here for a few years now, it's worth knowing a little about how it came to be such a bustling metropolis. I've never much been into history, and found such lessons quite yawnsome, as a child. If i had a teacher like him though, my career path might be quite different now!

He seems to be especially interested in the contributions of the Victorians, and he actually presented an entire series titled: “What the Victorians did for us”. The impression he gave me was that the Victorians were an ambitious lot, and quite pragmatic with their solutions. Even though they didn't have all the fancy equipment we do today, they somehow achieved great feats in engineering and science, through sheer ingenuity and hard graft. Many of the utilities we rely on so heavily today (and completely take for granted), were established by that generation, such as the water and sewage works.

Anyway, i won't bore you with anymore, as i'm no AHD!

It's amazing how packed with history this city is; yet, i've hardly explored it. I only really get the opportunity when my friends from out of London, come to see me. They used to at least twice a year, but the last two years have been so busy for me, i haven't called anyone down to stay. Nor has anyone even asked to, most probably because i've become so anti-social, of late.

Someone visit me, so i can have some hope of a life outside of work!

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