Archive for month: April, 2012

What the Dickens

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Very few people have known London as well as Charles Dickens. Apart from the fact that he lived at more than twenty different locations around the capital he regularly walked ten, fifteen and sometimes more miles, observing Londoners, speaking to Londoners and viewing the city and its buildings and districts storing the smells, the accents and the noise in his astonishingly accurate memory for his novels and writings.

If you want proof, grab any half decent history book on London or many of the thousands of books with some celebrity’s take on the capital and look in the index. Almost guaranteed that under the entry Dickens there will be many lines of references as there might be for Pepys , Doctor Johnson and Christopher Wren. No other commentator spoke to Londoners in the way Dickens did. A workaholic, an insomniac , a man who knew his talents and destiny from a very early age Dickens was in every sence a man of his time and possibly the first great celebrity of our modern era.
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Lynton House Walks

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Lynton House is a large office building situate on the east side of Bloomsbury’s Tavistock Square. In itself, a fairly typical central London office building , refurbished in 2008 ,and housing a wide variety of commercial businesses ranging from solictors and accountants to a multi-national PR company, a specialist e-mail marketing firm and health trainers. I am a partner of Lyndales and my partners (including the predecessor firm) have run our firm from Lynton House since 1995. I have been exploring the area ever since, continually amazed at its huge history and influence on the city around us as Lynton House happens to sit in one of the most diverse and interesting parts of the world’s greatest city-London.
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