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Secret London: What Do You Know About London?

Hits: 9601 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Community & Lifestyle | Added by: fancylad
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Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2481 Posts
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:32:56 AM
I love this guy's stuff. I lived in west London for years and know none of this.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7:40:57 PM
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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7:28:23 PM
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).

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7:21:50 PM
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.


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.

nayrbarr
Male, 18-29, Europe
 365 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:29:46 PM
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)

panth753
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 8836 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:20:18 PM
Never knew this stuff, cool and interesting nonetheless.

FredSpudman
Male, 18-29, Europe
 606 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:03:09 PM
@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?

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 5387 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:13:07 AM
Yes, but apart from all those things, what have the Romans ever done for us?

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4387 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:00:11 AM
It's still a rat-infested dump though.

robosnitz
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:38:49 AM
@FredSpudman- I never had baked ALASKA.Do you fancy London's DICK?

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:25:19 AM
"because confusion is the national pastime"

Indubitably :)

Flibmeister
Female, 18-29, Europe
 840 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 3:13:40 AM
technically it's a city in a city, in a country on an archipelago.

FredSpudman
Male, 18-29, Europe
 606 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:50:23 AM
@robosnitz Nasty case of Tourette's there. Mayhap you've partaken in too much baked ALASKA?

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4291 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:28:51 AM
Good video, very clear.

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:24:47 AM
CGP Grey does it again!

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 9:15:28 PM
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.

Pooptart19
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2274 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 8:41:54 PM
Lizards love The City of London. Is it any coincidence that they have DRAGONS guarding the place? Huh? HUH?! Reveal yourself, humanoid reptilian scum!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 8:34:31 PM
Weird spot. Millions of people work there every day, but at night, it's a ghost town.


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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11255 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 8:31:51 PM
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.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 12051 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 8:11:13 PM
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.

sutra46
Female, 40-49, Asia
 2459 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 8:02:44 PM
Edumakeshanul!

vpoftheforum
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 20 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 7:57:04 PM
That was actually very informative.

Sistarose
Female, 30-39, Australia
 372 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 7:51:48 PM
Neato, good little vid thanks.

robosnitz
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 7:21:42 PM
Which one's got the spotted DICK?

fancylad
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2515 Posts
Monday, July 23, 2012 6:34:46 PM
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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