I recently read London Under: The Secret History Under the Streets by esteemed author Peter Ackroyd. I’m not going to do a full review, but I will say that this book was a fascinating account of life under the streets of London — the sewers, the Tube tunnels, the buried rivers, and more. If you’re at all interested in London or urban history, I encourage you to read it.
As you can imagine, a city as old as London has a whole lot going on under the streets and buildings. (I mean, hellooooooo, Richard III!) The London Tube system is the oldest subway in the world and some of the lines in use have been around well over century.
The sewers also have their tales, but one thing that grabbed my attention and then led to a meandering internet search was a brief mention of modern sewer workers having to scrape the tunnels clean of, ahem, deposits (but not the kind you’re thinking of), kind of like a great big urban cesspool angioplasty. National Geographic also has an interesting article (with photos) of the process.
This is just one of many reasons why I puffyheart the internet: I can research anything, ANYTHING, that comes to mind and then find even more utterly captivating articles to read and photos to study.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read online recently?