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Photo Of The Day: Big Ben In Traffic

Photo Of The Day: Big Ben In Traffic Oct 11th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Joe Newman, Flickr Landmarks of any city can look entirely different when the sun sets and the neon lights of nightlife pierce through the darkness. Today, Gadling Flickr Pool member Joe Newman showcases London's Big Ben at night, as traffic streams past. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag...

Ringo Starr's Boyhood Home In Restoration 'Limbo'

Ringo Starr's Boyhood Home In Restoration 'Limbo' Oct 2nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Wikimedia Commons Back in 2010, we reported that the birthplace of Ringo Starr was threatened with demolition. The rowhouse, located at 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool, England, has fallen into disrepair. As you can see from this photo, it hasn't been lived in for some time and is all boarded up. It's not alone. The BBC reports that many of the homes in the neighborhood are abandoned and...

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light

Archaeologists Looking At Stonehenge In A New Light Sep 3rd, 2013 at 10:30AM: Stonehenge is the world's most iconic prehistoric monument. Scientists have argued about its significance for generations, but few have been allowed to excavate there. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson is one of those lucky few, and he's documented his finds in a new book. Stonehenge: A New Understanding chronicles a seven-year excavation of Stonehenge and the surrounding countryside. ...

The Battle For Richard III's Bones

The Battle For Richard III's Bones Aug 20th, 2013 at 11:00AM: University of Leicester King Richard III just can't rest in peace. He was the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, and after being killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by the rival Tudor dynasty, his body was mutilated, stabbed in the ass and buried in a hastily dug grave in the local friary in Leicester. The friary was later destroyed and his grave lost. For a while there was an outhouse right...

Will Fatberg Hunting Be The New Glamping?

Aug 7th, 2013 at 10:10AM: It's always good to learn a new word every day, and today's word is fatberg. A fatberg is exactly what it sounds like--a giant mass of fat. In this case, a giant mound of fat blocking up one of the world's largest sewer systems. So what does a fatberg look like? Watch this video to find out, but don't blame me if you can't ever bring yourself to eat a kebab again. The fatberg in question was...

Archaeologists Find Mystery Coffin At Richard III Burial Site

Archaeologists Find Mystery Coffin At Richard III Burial Site Jul 31st, 2013 at 11:30AM: University of Leicester Archaeologists from the University of Leicester in England have discovered a strange coffin at the same site where they discovered the remains of King Richard III earlier this year. The team was digging in the foundations of the Franciscan friary of the Grey Friars, where Richard was buried in 1485 after being killed at the Battle of Bosworth. They were hoping to find...

Giant Blue Rooster In Trafalgar Square Leaves Londoners Bemused And Befuddled

Jul 26th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Trafalgar Square in London has a new statue -- a giant blue cockerel. It's the latest work of art to adorn the Fourth Plinth, a nineteenth-century base flanking Nelson's Column. The other three plinths all have statues but the Fourth Plinth never got one, and so in recent years it's become home to a series of temporary sculptures. The giant blue cock, as the British media can't resist calling...

Eccentric England: The Headington Shark

Eccentric England: The Headington Shark Jul 22nd, 2013 at 12:07PM: Henry Flower Once again, I'm back in Oxford for my annual summer working holiday. I love this place. This quintessentially English city offers beautiful colleges, the world's coolest museum, even the chance to bump into the Queen. But all this pales in comparison to the sight of a giant shark crashing into a roof. The Oxford suburb of Headington is a bit dull, so local resident Bill Heine at...

Photo of the Day: Delph Locks

Photo of the Day: Delph Locks Jul 17th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Brian Clift, Flickr It's a balmy 91° in Northern Virginia today, and humidity has it feeling near-triple digits outside. Needless to say, water of any sort is a welcome sight -- including this photo of the Delph Locks in West Midlands, England. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel...

The Day I Jumped In Regent's Canal And Tried To Save My Wet iPhone With Uncooked Rice

The Day I Jumped In Regent's Canal And Tried To Save My Wet iPhone With Uncooked Rice Jul 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: There are plenty of ways for Americans to make a good impression in London. Scurrying into stores dripping wet, asking for large sacks of rice and zip lock bags isn't one of them. I was enjoying a relaxing walk along Regent's Canal after a visit to the Camden Lock Market in North London when, daydreaming, I tripped over a mooring post. I fell to the ground and my backpack, containing my Nikon...

Fascinating Map Of London By Stephen Walter

Fascinating Map Of London By Stephen Walter Jul 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Stephen Walter has a way of creating complex and obsessive art -- specifically, maps. His maps of various areas in England are often enlightening, but he has himself beat with one of his latest creations: a fascinating map of London and its underground. The map was commissioned by the London Transport Museum and while doing his research for the project, Walter uncovered legions of undiscovered...

Archaeologists Continue To Explore Richard III's Burial Site

Archaeologists Continue To Explore Richard III's Burial Site Jul 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: University of Leicester Archaeologists stunned the world four months ago when they announced they had discovered the remains of King Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England. The site was once the Franciscan friary of the Grey Friars and now the same team has reopened the excavation to explore more of the building and its burials, the University of Leicester announced. Already...

Queen Reopens Stately Home Of Sir Walter Scott

Queen Reopens Stately Home Of Sir Walter Scott Jul 5th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Christian Bickel The Queen has officially reopened Abbotsford House, a mansion that was once home to Sir Walter Scott, the BBC reports. The house, located in Melrose, Scotland, was closed for an $18.3 million restoration that is continuing in parts of the grounds. Work included building a visitor center, repairing the roof and making an inventory of Scott's massive collection of antiques,...

24 Hours On The Dark Streets Of London

24 Hours On The Dark Streets Of London Jul 1st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Walking near London's 16th-century St. John's Gate in the city's East End, I was looking for an old pub called the Jerusalem Tavern early on a misty Saturday night when a young woman in a skin-tight miniskirt approached me with a question. I was about to apologize and say, "I'm not from around here," when she pointed to her friend, who was wearing a dress with deep slits practically up to her...

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports?

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports? Jun 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Air travel can be a tribulation anywhere but traveling through the world's mega-airports is never high on my list of fun things to do. Last week, I spent some time at Heathrow (in London) and at Frankfurt International airport - two of the world's dozen busiest, and some would say best-avoided, airports. These temples of transit require travelers to demonstrate the patience of Job, the endurance...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Isles Of Scilly

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Isles Of Scilly May 25th, 2013 at 9:00AM: rodtuk For the next few days on Instagram, Gadling is off to the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly sit about 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall, which occupies the far southwest of England. The islands, just five of which are inhabited, are known for their mild Gulf Stream-enabled climate, white sand beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters and historic gardens. Tourism is the local economy's...

Iconic London Skate Park May Be Turned Into Chain Of Shops

May 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: A famous skate park on the South Bank of London may be turned into yet another stretch of retail sameness. Underneath the Southbank Centre, which is home to several performing arts centers, is a covered area that looks like a cross between a cellar and an overly graffittied parking lot. It's been a meeting ground for skateboarders for 40 years. Every day you can see them doing tricks on the...

In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion Opens At The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion Opens At The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace May 15th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London, is putting on a fashion show, although the fashions are more than 400 years out of date. "In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion" examines the luxurious clothing and jewelry worn by British monarchs and members of their court. It focuses on the two dynasties of the 16th and 17th centuries with everything from ornamental armor for a...

Go Hiking: It's Better For You Than You Thought

Go Hiking: It's Better For You Than You Thought May 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Not feeling healthy? Go hiking. Two new studies from the UK show that a hike, or even a good walk around the city streets, boosts mental and physical health. A new survey by Ramblers, the British walking charity, found that a quarter of adults in Britain walk for an hour or less a week. And when they're talking about walking, they don't mean hitting the trails in the local nature reserve, they...

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Terrorist

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Terrorist May 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: For some reason, people sometimes mistake me for a terrorist. Once I got interrogated by an air marshal for merely looking out a window, and the following year in London I totally freaked out several people on a bus. The second incident was, I suppose, partially my fault. I boarded a city bus with a large suitcase, which I put on the luggage rack. Since the rack was right next to the door, I...

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