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In 1965 Fortnum and Mason added the ornate clock over the front entrance of their Piccadilly store. It weighs three tons and the front of the building needed to be reinforced when it was installed. The eighteen bells chime every 15 minutes and on the hour to the tune of the Eton School anthem, doors open and four foot high figures of Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason appear. They bow to each other, check standards are being upkept, turn around and go back inside.
BEADS – their history dates to the 15th century when they were a major form of currency used by Portuguese traders who arrived on the West African coast to exploit the continent’s rich resources, such as gold, slaves, ivory and palm oil.
Handmade in Europe – particularly Venice, Bohemia and the Netherlands – these colourful pieces of glass were a novelty to the people of Africa, making them unusual and precious, and were often used in the making of high-status jewellery worn by members of African royalty.
What would you exchange for a string of pretty beads??
The personal table fork most likely originated in the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire. Its use spread to what is now the Middle East during the first millennium CE and then spread into southern Europe during the second millennium. It did not become common in northern Europe until the 18th century and was not common in North America until the 19th century. (Wikipedia)