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London's Strangest Tales
London's Strangest Tales
by Tom Quinn
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 April 2014
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Lots of quirky information and an easy read. Well researched and well written. Interesting that it has more 'stories' than there are in the hardback copy.


London Underground's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary But True Stories
London Underground's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary But True Stories
by Iain Spragg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Factual Inaccuracies, 10 April 2014
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1. At p.33 there is reference to Dr Barnado's coffin being carried from Liverpool Street to Barkingside 'on the Central Line' for his funeral in 1905.The Central Line eastern extension from Liverpool Street was not opened until after the Second World War. I suspect the author should have referred to the steam trains on what was then the Great Eastern Railway ( an overground rail system). It certainly could not have been the Central Line.

2. At p.43 the author suggests that London was not bombed by the Germans in the First World War and that the Tube stations were not used as shelters. London was bombed by the Germans in WW 1, both from Zeppelins and aircraft. The population did use the Tube system as air-raid shelters at that time.

3. At p.73 there is reference to the Plessey 'factory' which was set-up in the Underground tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill during WW 2. The author states that after the war commuters 'once again' became the norm rather than the factory workers. Infact the line here had never previously been used by commuters but was first opened for that purpose in 1947. The Beck Tube Map for 1946 shows this stretch of the Central Line as 'under construction'.

4. Last, and actually least, at p. 60 the author refers to tube train drivers usually having to undergo 'years of meticulous training before they are let loose on a real train'. The training period is actually 22 weeks !


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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading product description, 1 Feb. 2012
'you are able to view your handphone/PDA vertically or horizontally while charging the battery in the vehicle'in the product description suggested to me that the product included a charger, as others do. However there is NO charger which is very disappointing. It is not one of the cheapest car phone holders and I find this to be misleading.


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