Monday, May 14, 2012

London's Health & Medicine Museums

According to Wikipedia (and we all know that they are THE final word), there are 240. There are 24 that specialize in health and medicine alone.
Like the the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre, which is run by the Association of Anaesthesists of Great Britain and Ireland. It is in Portland Place and is open to the general public. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, but is closed on Wednesday. There is no charge, but appointments are recommended. It comprises a museum with a collection of objects dating back to 1774, the Association's own archives, which date back to 1932, and a reference library. I couldn't find any information about the museum on the Association's website, but here is the link for the page on Wikipedia. Then there's the British Dental Association Museum, which has over 20,000 items. The museum is located at 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS and the website is here.
After seeing some of the archaic dental tools, like the toothkeys above, you might need some psychoanalysis, which you can find at the Freud Museum. Located at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead (below), the museum was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938, and was the family home until 1982 when daughter Anna passed away. Freud's study is the centerpiece of the museum, complete with couch (top photo).
For a list of all of the London Health & Science Museums, with links to their official websites, go here. Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Photos of a Forgotten London

Sorry I've been away - it's been an overwhelming month with too much to do. But I haven't forgotten Londonholic; indeed, one of my projects is pulling some finances together so I can visit London later this year - after the Olympics. So wish me luck! For now, I'd like to recommend another blog, DISCOVERING LONDON, which, in this post, shows us some photographs from 1901 of the area in London where Aldwych and Kingsway were developed. Here's a photo of what it looks like now, which is basically your typical residential London neighborhood.
The pictures over at Discovering London are really remarkable - not only do they chronicle a lost era of London, the photographs themselves are stunning. This looks like a wonderful blog and I plan on visiting it regularly from now on. Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Downton Abbey, Los Angeles Style

For those of you (like me) who are Downton Abbey fanatics but can't get to England to live out your fantasy, there are some options in the LA basin to live the Downton Abbey life.

Check out this article for some places to go. There are some great ideas here.

One I can vouch for personally is the Huntington Library. This is one of the rooms in the main residence (now the European Art Gallery as well).

Photo by me, taken last Saturday.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On: The Story Behind the Poster

The story behind the iconic poster told in the video below, from an article on the BBC America web site. Believe it or not, it was never used in World War II and didn't surface again until 2000.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Londonist Book of Pub Crawls Available Now on Kindle

The Londonist has released a book of its favorite pub crawls, called The Londonist Book of Pub Crawls.

The description says:

An alternative guide to the pubs and bars of London, UK from the writers behind Ten pub crawls take you to some of London's oldest, weirdest, most surprising and most beautiful drinking dens. From the real-ale pubs of Southwark, to the trendier spots in Shoreditch, and the literary dens of Soho -- it's all here. You'll even find a guide to drinking like Karl Marx who, as a young man, went on a famous pub crawl along one of London's most famous streets.

It's on Kindle, so you can have it for a song and get it immediately too.

You'll notice that it says "Volume I," so these guys are intending to release more of these. You can never have too many pub crawls.

Go here to get your copy for a little bit over a pound and a half.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Studio Two Event at Abbey Road Studios this Month

Note to Beatle-holics: If you'll be in March either this Friday, or the end of the month, you may want to dig deep into your pockets or check the credit limit on your credit cards and splurge on this one. Abbey Road Studios will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with a series of talks by noted musical historians that can be attended by the public - for a wee bit of money.

On the 9th, 23rd, 24th and 25th March, Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the critically-acclaimed, definitive book Recording the Beatles will give an insightful and highly-enjoyable presentation in Studio Two. The lecture will be specifically created for this anniversary event.

Recording The Beatles
has won huge praise from Abbey Road Studios alumni including Alan Parsons, Norman Smith, Ken Townsend and John Kurlander, whose collective engineering/production CVs include The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Kehew and Ryan’s ‘80 Years of Recording at Abbey Road Studios’ talk will explore the studios’ decades of landmark recordings. Original vintage equipment will also be on display - including some of the very instruments, microphones, and studio hardware used to create classic tracks.

You will be able to explore and take photographs in Studio Two, where seminal acts like The Beatles, Oasis, The Hollies, The Shadows, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush recorded.

The website makes note that this event does not include a tour of Abbey Road Studios. So I guess you're limited to Studio Two on this one.

Price for this event: 75 pounds.

If that's too dear for you, or if you're not going to be in London during those days, you can always check out the webcam that keeps an eye out on the famous zebra crossing outside the studios.

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