Saturday, 25 August 2012

Egyptianising London: Cleopatra's Needle Benches

Whilst in London for 2012 I am trying to seek out Egyptianising monuments around the city. Although I'd seen "Cleopatra's Needle" on the Thames Embankment a few years ago I'd previously failed to note a group of benches set up next to the obelisk in the form of elaborate winged female sphinxes, wearing the nemes-headdress with uraeus. The benches have individual plaques recording their donors, who include W. H. Smith


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Yan Tan Tethera: A rhyme derived from a Brythonic Celtic language used by shepherds to keep sheep in many parts of England and Southern Scotland.

Until the Industrial Revolution, the use of traditional number systems was common among shepherds, especially in the Dales of the Lake District.

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