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Old 07-01-2009, 04:11 PM
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Back from London now...

... Everything was fantastic. The Jack the Ripper tour was amazing, the neighborhood really set the mood for my wife and I. The guide was really cool, I cannot remember the gentleman's name but, he was fantastic and very, very nice and informative.

Does anyone know what this guy's name is?
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Does anyone know what this guy's name is?
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Why it's Mark Ubsdell! Well met!
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Why it's Mark Ubsdell! Well met!
Thank you! I couldn't remember his name. Like I said, he was very nice, informative and was funny. For example when the tour began in the alleyway of George Chapman's joint, he made a couple comments about the police sirens zipping up and down the streets and Whitechapel in general, not knocking them mind you, just small jokes that made everyone smile.
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Some little snippets from my JTR school tours this week.

Girl (to her friend): They reckon it was the King...

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Boy: Did they ever think Jack the Ripper was a midget?
Me: Er, not tham I'm aware.
Boy: A leprechaun?
Me: Nah.
Boy: What about an elephant?
Me: Nope.
Boy: A pihrana fish?
Me: Nope.
Boy: A man-eating tiger?
Me (losing the will to live): No.
Boy: what about a chimpanzee?
Me: Well, they did say at the time it might have been an escaped gorilla.
Boy: No. You're kidding? That's just daft.

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Girl: 'Ave yer got any pictures of Jack the Ripper?
Me: Erm, no.
Girl (looking disappointed): Hey, why not?
Me: Well, they never caught him, did they?
Girl: Really?

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Same girl (after showing the group the doorway where Eddowes' apron was found): So how do YOU know that's the right door?
Me: Research, luv.
(but you can probably imagine what went through my head at that moment).

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And this one is quite common -

Student: Is Jack the Ripper going to come after us?
Me: I very much doubt it, it was 120 years ago.
Student (to a friend, nodding over to me): I reckon he's Jack the Ripper.

Happy Days!
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you should do a book with those snippets in...I bet you have lots more anecdotes like that!

You've started my morning off with a smile, so thank you for that!

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I bet you have lots more anecdotes like that!
Here's some grown-up ones.

Give the lady a broad Lancashire accent for best effect.

Lady: 'Ere, John, wasn't he supposed to be the Prince of Wales or summat?
Me: Ah, you're talking about the 'Royal Conspiracy'. It's popular, but it's a story that has been completely disproved. There's no evidence that it is true at all.
Lady: Warrever, I still think it's 'im.

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Man: 'Ere, mate, do you know where Jack the Ripper's buried?
Me: Well, no.
Man: We do (his companions nod eagerly).
Me: Where's that then?
Man: Thorpe-le-Soken! That's where we're from.
Me: William Gull?
Man: That's the man. Jack the Ripper!

(At this point I take it no further. Then happily trash the Royal Theory later in the tour).

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This may all seem daft, but the commonest question I have to answer is 'why did he stop?' A good question, thankfully.
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Great stuff, John. Just as with babybird, those anecdotes made me smile, too
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John....the "warrever" clinched that as my favourite so far!

I must start having dinner parties so that i can ask you round...you sound like an ideal guest!

How often do you do the Tour? Next time i am in the area i must come and do a Tour...i shall try not to ask any silly questions!
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John - with complete empathy, I'm sure you can concur there's nowt funny for me in there. Just a stream of irritants. And we're gonna have them forever. I read through the list with a sinking heart, knowing all of them all too well with small alterations here and there.

I've still got the best one, though - with that American tourist who asked if the people who lived in London weren't pissed off when Charles Booth came round and painted the fronts of all their houses in different colours. I never fail to get amused by that one.

How many of the kids are currently asking you if it was a woman, by the way?

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How many of the kids are currently asking you if it was a woman, by the way?

PHILIP
A lot. Although they rarely say "could the murderer have been a woman?"

They usually ask in a rather more confrontory manner "what makes you think he was a man?" as if I had personally come up with the idea. To that I always say "indeed - the idea that the Ripper was woman was quite popular between the two world wars - the Jill the Ripper theory, they call it".

Then they shut up.
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