Curious World – Documentary about “The Ratcliffe Highway Murders”

The crossroads Cable Street and Cannon Street are connected to the Ratcliffe Highway Murders (Photo: Philipp Röttgers)

Last year I stumbled across the YouTube channel of Curious World on a return trip from London. Now we’ve worked together – I provided Curious World with ideas and facts about the Ratcliffe Highway murders and the result is a three-part documentary about this exciting criminal case. The documentary chronicles the horrific events that took place in Shadwell and Wapping, East London in December of 1811.

And that’s not all: For the intro and outro, Curious World used a song by “Junge und Junge” – in other words by Gökmen Aktas (and me). We were asked by some viewers if it is possible to buy the song – so maybe it’s time for the boy (“Junge”) and me to work together again. Stay tuned for more music by us! You can watch the documentary about the Ratcliffe Highway Murders here.

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Guest blog for “Jack the Ripper tour”: A look at the connection between the Whitechapel Murders And the TV Series “Whitechapel”

Durward Street, former Buck's Row in Whitechapel, site of the murder of Jack the Ripper victim Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols (Photo: Philipp Röttgers)

It’s an honour to be featured as a guest author on Richard Jones’ website. Richard is a bestselling author (e.g. Jack the Ripper: The Casebook). He is tour guide of Jack The Ripper Tour and London Discovery Tours.

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London: The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church

The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church (Photo: Philipp Röttgers)

Before Thomas Hardy became a novelist, he supervised the removal of the graveyard St Pancras Old Church in 1865, when the railway lines of St Pancras Station were laid through the site. The tombstones were placed against a great tree. Over the years its roots curled among them, they embraced them. It looks as if the tombstones are part of the tree.

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Cleopatra’s Needle – London’s true obelisk

Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra’s Needle is situated on the Westminster side of the Thames, near Victoria Embankment, across from Lambeth. There were plans to place it right outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, but the location had been rejected. Now Cleopatra’s Needle stands beside the Thames and just like the river, is a solid and fixed part in the hectic life of the city.

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Review: Steven E Blomer – Inside Bucks Row – Mary Ann Nichols: An Anatomy of Murder (The Whitechapel Murders Project: Book 1)

“Inside Bucks Row” is the first of a number of planned volumes on the Whitechapel Murders by author Steve Blomer. It deals with the first of the Jack the Ripper murders, that of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols in Buck’s Row on 31 August 1888. In his book, Blomer examines all the details surrounding the murder and the murder location. Nichols’ murder has never been examined more thoroughly.

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Sherlock: The London filming locations of series one

Old Bailey (Photo: Philipp Röttgers)

The world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Holmes and his companion Dr John Watson have become iconic characters. The most recent fame came with the BBC series Sherlock, in which Holmes and Watson investigate in modern day London. The series was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft).

It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson. The show is a huge success all over the world.

So I’ve decided to show you around some of the London filming locations used in series one of the show. Let us dive into the city, of which Dr Watson writes in A Study in Scarlet: “that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”

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Shakespeare and Game Of Thrones – Cymbeline and A Song of Ice and Fire

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark, London

In one of the many Game of Thrones online forums a member going by the nickname ‘AlbertTheSamurai’ asks the online community if they agree if “Game of Thrones is greatly inspired by Shakespeare”. He wonders

“whether George R. R. Martin coincedentally made many of his characters like those found in Shakespeare plays (especially the Othello, Macbeth and Hamlet plays) or whether he specifically drew inspiration from these plays and decided that throwing them all together would make a kick-ass fantasy.”

At last he asks:

“Is Game of Thrones perhaps one of the best creations inspired by Shakespeare’s huge and completely crazy cast of characters to ever be created, or are these connections merely coincedental, nothing more than proff that no new story is completely original anymore, but just an interesting remix of existing conventions?”

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