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10 hours ago, me N u said:

Ding to colleda!

 

That is the common plural, the uncommon being mongeese.

A lucky guess. I assumed it could be similar to the plural for platypus - platypuses.

OK, one for train buffs or spotters maybe.

 

London has the worlds oldest underground rail. What city has the second oldest?

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5 hours ago, Boggin's Dad said:

 

 

 

Ipswich? Norwich?

 

 

I suspect my previous guesses are incorrect, so I will go with Istanbul.

 

 

 

A ding goes to BD.

The Istanbul Tunel opened Jan 1875 making it the second oldest urban underground after London.

 I was there a year ago and stayed at a hotel quite close to it but did not use it. The trams were sufficient for my needs.

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Am surprised that this has stumped the usual crowd... perhaps my childhood interest in stamp collecting has led me to believe this bit of pub trivia is more well-known than it actually is. 

 

Here is the chap in question (on a stamp appropriately, enough) 
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He was knighted and his DoB-DoD are: 1795 - 1879
The first stamp to utilise his idea was the Penny Black. 

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4 hours ago, speakers-corner said:

 

Sir Robert Peel created the modern police force.

That was a total stab in the dark. I knew about the Peelers. The night before I'd been watching a program on the box about Victorian Britain and his was the only name I could think of except for Brunel but discounted him as he was an engineer.

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31 minutes ago, colleda said:

The earth is not flat?

That's a ding, though the  original experimenter claimed it proved that the Earth IS flat, and a surprising number of people still believe it!

Unfortunately it's a little far away from me, but it would be a great place to do an Earthcache based on the curvature of the Earth :P

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3 minutes ago, MartyBartfast said:

That's a ding, though the  original experimenter claimed it proved that the Earth IS flat, and a surprising number of people still believe it!

Unfortunately it's a little far away from me, but it would be a great place to do an Earthcache based on the curvature of the Earth :P

I'll have to look it up and make a note in my "Things To Do Next Time in UK" book. So far, Tony Robinson and Michael Portillo have been providing some good ideas.

Hmm. Time to think up another question.

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17 hours ago, speakers-corner said:

Triumph Bonneville?

Triumph Bonnies weren't made until the early 60s, TE Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, died in 1935. The Bonneville part of the name was in reference to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US where many  speed trials were done.

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The old one was in London. If you mean the old one that was sold to an American and rebuilt as the "new" London Bridge then that is in Arizona where I passed through about three years ago but didn't get to see it. Or there is another I don't yet know about.

I was on a bus tour and traveling many miles a day so stops were short. I remember stopping in Seligman AZ which was on the old Route 66. Sadly I didn't get any caches in AZ but got some in other states.

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12 minutes ago, colleda said:

The old one was in London. If you mean the old one that was sold to an American and rebuilt as the "new" London Bridge then that is in Arizona where I passed through about three years ago but didn't get to see it. Or there is another I don't yet know about.

I was on a bus tour and traveling many miles a day so stops were short. I remember stopping in Seligman AZ which was on the old Route 66. Sadly I didn't get any caches in AZ but got some in other states.

 

Correct - New London Bridge was sold and relocated to Lake Havasu City in Arizona.

 

Your turn :)

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