And now, to prepare for the Olympics

We’re stockpiling beer and pretzels for the opening ceremonies tomorrow (and feeling quite chuffed that they’re in our time zone), and I’ve been reading up on London’s preparations/dilemmas/scandals related to the Olympics. In the process, I ran across this wonderful video explaining the difference between London, and the City of London. Now, I took an entire course in English history back in my university days, and nobody told us about these little details. Here I thought William the Conqueror conquered everything. Turns out he just knew how to pick his battles.

Pay attention, it goes by quickly!


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to And now, to prepare for the Olympics

  1. Paulo says:

    “Because: Romans”.

    That was great, thanks! Did not know. Do now.

  2. Power Wench says:

    Ah. Now I finally understand why the Brits refer to the financial district of (greater) London as The City. Always wondered about that.

  3. Kitty says:

    That was great, I did know about the City of London, but didn’t know the hows and why (terrible with history). I did like “…because Romans” and the V reference, I doubt HRH would appreciate that!

  4. Archivistwolf says:

    I remember the original city and trying to find it’s walls when I was a child. “Direct us, O Lord”, indeed….though if the Romans EVER used that phrase, I’m sure they had an entirely different deity in mind.

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