Last minute tickets are still available, so come along
and pay on arrival. The Talk is ideal for those who
haven't yet heard enough about the life of
Charles Dickens and his huge influence on literature
and social reform- he was also the most sought after
speaker of his time and was a great entertainer.
The Embankment was created
during the 1860's, prior to which,
most of it was just part of the
River Thames. This film shows
the Embankment Gardens at
Temple, and the statue of William
Forster, the liberal reformer who
introduced elementary education
for all children, following in good
Dickensian tradition.It is also close
to the internationally famous
barristers headquarters recently
featured in the television series 'Silk'.
This fine print shows early construction
work on London's Embankment, the
earlier triumph of Joseph Bazalgette,
prior to his engineering brilliance in
building London's sewers, still in
The Strand looked so different, of course, in Charles Dickens time.
The sound of the horses hooves and the huge number of street vendors
shouting for business made it almost deafening at times, not to forget
the smells of smoke and of rotting rubbish and worse. This is the London
that so inspired Charles Dickens to become the great writer, reformer and
entertainer. Tickets still available from The George In The Strand or on the
This splendid Chinese Junk will be here in St Katharine Docks until at least after the Olympics. Hua Shan is the main brains behind this whole venture, bringing the first Chinese vessel up the Thames for many, many years. The boat was shipped from Hong Kong to Tilbury (costing megabucks), but was apparently delayed in a queue at Suez, so, just missing its pride of place in the Royal Pageant celebrations. He is the father of Alexander Hua Tian, the young Chinese event
equestrian, and husband of British wife Sarah Noble.
Hua Shan has told me that they will be entertaining many of the Chinese Olympics team; with his son's strong links with horse eventing, who knows who some of the English guests may be?