Secret London: What Do You Know About London?

Submitted by: fancylad 5 years ago in

There"s London and there"s The City of London. What"s the difference? Quite a bit.
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Male 2,862
I love this guy`s stuff. I lived in west London for years and know none of this.
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Male 12,365
If you`re looking for a person who could be considered an admirable leader of violent British resistance to Roman rule, I suggest Caractacus. He didn`t massacre civilians - his targets were all military. He led his forces to victories, it took the Romans almost 10 years to defeat him and it only happened because he went to Cartamandua, queen of the Brigante, to try to talk her into bringing the Brigante into his resistance alliance. Unfortunately for him, she`d already made an agreement to become a client kingdom of the Roman empire and had him imprisoned instead, then turned over to the Romans.
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Male 12,365
Oh and no, Londinium wasn`t the place where she led the assault against the Romans. It was just another place where she massacred civilians, most of whom were British. No doubt some of them were British Romans and some were Romans from other parts of the empire, but most of her victims wouldn`t have been.

The place where she led the grotesquely mismanaged assault against the Romans isn`t known, but it is known that it wasn`t Londinium because the Roman general knew it wasn`t defendable. It was a recently built trading town and port without any defences (the wall was built later) and the Roman army was outnumbered many times over, probably in the region of 10 to 1 (the records give a higher figure, but are probably exaggerated).
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Male 12,365
[quote]So old Londinium must be the place where one of those old druid Queens, Boadicea, led an assault against the Romans. The assault was so ferocious and her tactics so Burn Your Bridges Behind you-ish the scar on the land can still be seen today, or so I`ve read.[/quote]

Not quite - you need to dig to see it. Also, you need some expert knowledge to know what you`re looking at. But there is a layer showing the massacre and devastation.

Yeah, massacre. Boudicca (not Boadicea) led the slaughter of entire cities of civilians (the Roman army was in Wales at the time).

Not a hero. Not a druid, either. Not much of a general either - it was really not a good idea to allow a Roman army time to gather and attack it uphill after giving it time to fortify. Either she had no control over her forces or no military sense (or both). But she was a queen.
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Male 365
Being English, I am really supprised that I knew nothing about this. I quite enjoyed finding out :)

@drawman61, made my day. (Yes, I`m easily amused)
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Female 9,558
Never knew this stuff, cool and interesting nonetheless.
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Male 653
@robosnitz I am a little unsure as to how a city of 8 million could have a collective dick. Perhaps they do things differently around your way?
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Male 7,774
Yes, but apart from all those things, what have the Romans ever done for us?
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Male 5,872
It`s still a rat-infested dump though.
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Male 2,737
@FredSpudman- I never had baked ALASKA.Do you fancy London`s DICK?
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Male 2,220
"because confusion is the national pastime"

Indubitably :)
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Female 833
technically it`s a city in a city, in a country on an archipelago.
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Male 653
@robosnitz Nasty case of Tourette`s there. Mayhap you`ve partaken in too much baked ALASKA?
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Male 7,123
Good video, very clear.
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Male 6,737
CGP Grey does it again!
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Female 2,228
So old Londinium must be the place where one of those old druid Queens, Boadicea, led an assault against the Romans. The assault was so ferocious and her tactics so Burn Your Bridges Behind you-ish the scar on the land can still be seen today, or so I`ve read.
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Male 2,440
Lizards love The City of London. Is it any coincidence that they have DRAGONS guarding the place? Huh? HUH?! Reveal yourself, humanoid reptilian scum!
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Male 12,365
[quote]Weird spot. Millions of people work there every day, but at night, it`s a ghost town.[/quote]

Which is the cause of the voting anomalies mentioned in this video. It`s almost entirely commercial, so it`s commercial organisations that vote.

Weird place indeed.
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Male 12,365
There`s also Greater London and the Greater London Urban area, because confusion is the national pastime :) They`re less interesting, though - it`s just a matter of London having expanded a lot and merged with what used to be different towns. 7 million is rather low for the population of London, but it depends on where you draw the essentially arbritrary border. I used to live ~40 miles from London, but it was one urban area all the way.

The ceremonial entry of the monarch into the City is a spectacle. The Lord Mayor of London, in full medieval regalia and backed by his men-at-arms, blocks the road in a demonstration of his authority to deny entry to his domain. He is informed that the monarch is present in the coach and offers his sword (yes, a sword, a real one) to the monarch in a display of loyalty.

There`s nothing stopping the monarch just strolling in, but the ceremonial stuff is part of our heritage.
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Male 12,138
Lived right in the middle of the City of London for a year or so (rent was $1500 per week. Thankfully I didn`t have to pay that). Weird spot. Millions of people work there every day, but at night, it`s a ghost town.
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Female 2,549
Edumakeshanul!
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Male 20
That was actually very informative.
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Female 373
Neato, good little vid thanks.
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Male 2,737
Which one`s got the spotted DICK?
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Male 20,827
Link: Secret London: What Do You Know About London? [Rate Link] - There`s London and there`s The City of London. What`s the difference? Quite a bit.
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