He he! Nice one Jon. Damn those peskie kids!
I bet they get all excited,bless em.
God, but I can well understand Phils comments.Imagine years, n years of the same questions! You must have a lot of patience. Like me
Lady (who said she'd read Prince Jack): Do we see the corpses?
Lady: 'scuse me, can I ask you - does anybody jump out at us on the tour? Me: Oh no. Lady (very worried): It's just that I've got an 'eart murmur and I don't want to get a shock and fall down dead in the street.
(she left the tour about half way through)
*** Me: If Albert Cadosch had been a little more curious and looked over the fence, which was only about 5 feet 6 high, he probably would have seen Annie Chapman with her killer... Man: How tall was he? Me: Sorry? Man: How tall was the bloke? Me: No idea. Man: If he was only five foot tall he might have had a bit of trouble, you know, looking over.
Thankfully, I get very little in the way of interruptions when giving tours - I don't give 'em a chance to butt in! I did have a guy tonight ask me right at the start about Patty. He was very open about it; he said he loved her books but wanted to know what we thought of her Ripper ideas. I told him that it was generally seen as one of the most laughable and reviled books on the subject to ever come out and, bless him, he was fine with that!
__________________ Tour guides do it loudly in front of a crowd.
Hey Philip, hard to believe in just a couple of months it'll be a year since I went on your tour. As I recall the crowd had several questions but you did a great job of making jokes out of them. One that springs to mind is the guy who, just as you were about to pull out the MJK photo, asked you if it was in color. As the rest of us laughed, you rolled your eyes and said, "Earth is full, go home!" Keep it up.
Apart from a group of 14 drunk people on one tour (they almost ruined it and it wasn't funny, believe me), everybody has been rather sensible for the last couple of months - even the school groups who are now back after the summer hols.
Anyway, has anybody got a copy of this? I've seen it around for ages and at £1.99, I thought I'd finally give it a go.
On the map we have 'Winthorpe Ct' (Winthrop St; ahem), 'Gourston Street' and Duves Pl (Dukes Place).
"Nobody knew the identity of the killer, so the police named him 'Jack the Ripper'"
"Catherine was a 46-year old street prostitute. She was born in Wolverhampton in 1848..." Do the maths..
"The Hoop and Grapes pub was one of the few to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666." Of course it did - the fire didn't reach that far.
[Martha] "Turner's murder happened on 6th August 1888, several months before the first official Ripper murder" It says she was stabbed 39 times and her internal organs were "removed and displaced".
It uses the name 'George's Yard' and 'George's Yard Buildings' are still there (the 1886 building behind the 'White Hart', it means).
Mary Kelly's murder site is now White's Row and her body was discovered by "a young boy trying to get some rent". Both her hands were tucked up inside her stomach and the old intestines/'christmas decorations' lark gets an airing.
The Providence Row Night Refuge in Crispin St. is 17th century. Annie Chapman stayed there the night before her murder.