Laurence Scales on Muck Rack

Laurence Scales

London, England
Freelance Writer — Freelance, Londonist
As seen in: Freelance, Londonist
Covers:  London, history, science, transport, intelligence, museums, travel, history of science, history of technology
Doesn't Cover: sport, music, politics, business, finance, fashion, motoring

Writer, speaker & tour guide for the history of London's inventors, scientists, engineers, medics & spies. Unusual, obscure, intriguing hero(in)es a speciality.

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Biography

Aged nine Laurence was taken to admire London’s doomed gas holders and cooling towers. He spent the next 40 years exploring corners of the earth as far away from London as possible. A rekindled enthusiasm for the city, and particularly its most ingenious or scientific past inhabitants, encouraged...

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@LWalksLondon — 427 followers, 2,571 tweets

Sep 20, 2017

I have been telling people that bed bugs do not spread diseases. It seems I was wrong. #FessUp  https://twitter.com/NHM_Digitise/status/910465068843794433 

Sep 20, 2017

@antonhowes @hagleymuseum It is a device for attracting sharks/crocodiles etc (de luxe model). The regular model lacks swans.

Sep 19, 2017

@antonhowes 'Coffee grinder' but from the bad old days when they used baked horse liver instead of coffee beans. The horse's liver is shown to scale.

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