London Particulars and Donald #Trump

For anyone who has not heard the expression, a London Particular, or a Pea Souper, it is a term that describes the appalling smogs that used to be commonplace. One of the worst was in 1952  when 4,000 people died from inhalation, and it led to the Clean Air Act of 1956.

‘In the phrase “pea-soup fog,” the implied comparison may have been to yellow pea soup: “…the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted” (Frances Hodgson Burnett,  A Little Princess, 1892).’ Wikimedia

A friend of mine, Kingsley Tudor Glover, posted the following on Facebook and I thought it deserved a wider audience.

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Dear Donald Trump,

You probably can’t remember but this is what London looked like in 1952 when you were five years old and there were no regulations on the burning of fossil fuels. Hope you have a gas mask!

Yours sincerely,


© Sarah Vernon © Kingsley Tudor Glover


4 thoughts on “London Particulars and Donald #Trump

  1. The year I was born! My Mum used to tell me about the events in 1952. I remember bad smogs myself, as a schoolboy. Having to walk to school wearing a mask, and people using torches during the day.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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