The Stoorist in London

25 Apr

We’re a bit behind with the Stoorist’s Travels – the Scourist is slightly overworked with actual dayjob tasks for once – but we haven’t forgotten about our ambassador, far from it!

Day 2 of the Stoorist’s travels saw her checking out London – or rather, bits of it: London, like Paris, is never a city you can ever have enough of. Her day began at the MSD Canteen for authentic Malaysian nasi campur – but thankfully, no pictures of the Stoorist and fellow Malaysians abroad digging into food.

Rubiah in the city

The next port of call was the Square Mile – the historic center of the City of London (which is, as you may have well guessed, not much bigger than a square mile). Synoymous these days with the British financial services industry, the Square Mile hosts more than just banks: it is also home to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Rubiah got quite excited at seeing Sir Christopher Wren’s famous building that she forgot to pose there. Wren is the architect credited for rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666. There is popular theory that the nursery rhyme “London Bridge is Falling Down” refers to the weakening of the bridge during this fire – but there is little evidence to support this. (Okay, Idlan, enough with random trivia, more pictures please – Ed.)

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After crossing the Thames to get to the Tate Modern, the rest of the afternoon was spent walking down Victoria Embankment – where Rubiah posed with two of the landmarks that define modern London:

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The London Eye (ini adalah original, bukan Eye of Malaysia yang diangkut naik kapal ke London)

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Big Ben – although we’re not quite sure who Ben is, we know that if this was named after him, he must be pretty big.

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4 Responses to “The Stoorist in London”

  1. ted April 27, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    keep the travel tales coming.

    as it is.. rupa2nya omputeh pun tak sure cemana big ben tuh dapat nama dia huhu –

    There are different theories about how the bell actually came to be named. At almost 16 tonnes, it would have appeared colossal and it is believed to have been inscribed with the name of “Sir Benjamin Hall MP Chief Commissioner of Works”. (Sir Benjamin did a lot to smooth relations between the clockmaker and the architect during difficult times and furthered the progress of the clock.)

    It has been suggested that some of the workmen responsible for testing the bell were very impressed with its great size and on seeing the name Benjamin on the inscription, decided to call it Big Ben.

    (from http://www.icons.org.uk/theicons/collection/big-ben/features/how-did-big-ben-get-its-name)

  2. idlan April 28, 2009 at 1:45 am #

    Ted – There is also another theory that it is named after boxing legend Benjamin Caunt.

    Tapi entah2 satu pun teori ni tak betul :D

  3. mimo April 28, 2009 at 2:22 am #

    adekah benjamin caunt itu abang kepada husband angelina jolie benjamin button

  4. idlan April 28, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    tidak. tetapi adik kepada benjamin button ialah jenson button.

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