What better way to start your Sunday than listen to a talk about the myths and mysteries of the Thames, as part of the Totally Thames event. At least Lotta and I thought it would be a good idea and got on the HMS President at Victoria Embankment.
A few things I learnt during the two talks by Robert Stephenson and Scott Wood:
- The bottom of the Thames is littered with skulls. Disembodied skulls. There are theories about these skulls but nobody really knows what they are doing there.
- Even now, 30 to 50 bodies are found in the Thames every year.
- The London sewers used to be very busy. "Toshers" spent their days down there looking for treasure, anything valuable that had been flushed or swept down the drains. In addition, there are stories about lots of pigs roaming the underworld.
- People have tried to whip up new river myths, like the Angel of the Thames, for marketing purposes, but our experts were less than impressed. (Lotta and I did not have the honour of spotting this "angel".)
After the talk, two slightly nauseous Finns climbed back up on deck and onto the street and strolled to the Barbican for lunch. I had a sudden urge for fish and chips which turned out to be a good choice. I just hope my cod hadn't been fraternising with all those skulls ...
I hope you've had a good weekend so far!