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 & historian of London inventors, scientists, engineers, medics & spies. Unusual, obscure, intriguing hero(in)es a speciality

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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 — 451 followers, 2,889 tweets

On Saturday you can join me for a walking tour featuring the haunts of some extraordinary scientists, spies and engineers of World War 2. After the release of #DarkestHour, this is a Churchillian war walk in Westminster. Tickets here:
It's how things were done in the #London #docks before steam and hydraulics - a #crane powered by a human #treadmill. I have read that one or two of these survived into the 20th century.
RT @jon_agar: Also on display @sciencemuseum Illuminating India: the Cary-Lambton theodolite for the Great Trigonometrical Survey
I give #DarkestHour 4/5, deducting marks for the absurd scene on the Underground. And what is it about Wren's Greenwich that is supposed to be typically London? Any of you know if #Churchill really took his whisky on the rocks?
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