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Sherlock Holmes: The Inspiration Behind London’s Iconic Consulting Detective

London, with its intricate tapestry of history and culture, served as both home and inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the illustrious detective Sherlock Holmes. As you wander its foggy streets, you discover the city itself was one of Doyle’s greatest muses. The bustling metropolis of the late 1800s, with its underbelly ...

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Tower Bridge London in fog at night, London, England.

The Wonderfully Strange Penny-Farthing Bicycle

The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler, or ordinary, is an early type of bicycle. It was popular in the 1870s and 1880s, with its large front wheel providing high speeds, owing to it traveling a significant distance for every rotation of the legs, and comfort because the large wheel provided greater shock absorption. The history of the penny-farthing The ...

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Riding a penny-farthing bicycle.