Father Time and the unfortunate incident with the barrage balloon

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When visiting Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, one of the many famous sights for cricket fans is the Father Time weather vane.  Its appearance – Father Time, complete with a Grim Reaper-esque scythe, removing the bails in the manner of an umpire at the close of play – seems oddly morbid, until one reads the Law of Cricket that it is inspired by: “After the call of Time, the bails shall be removed from both wickets.”  Over the years, Father Time has had a few adventures, falling foul of the weather on more than one occasion and most notably, being the only casualty at Lord’s during the Second World War.

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Airships over London – in war and peace

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Many people walking past the wall of St Bartholomew’s Hospital on West Smithfield, close to the memorial to William Wallace, stop to look at a series of craters and marks on the wall that look as though they were caused by an explosion of some sort.  It’s easy enough to assume that this damage was caused by a German bomb dropped during the Blitz, but in fact the damage to the wall is older than that.  This damage was caused by one of the very first air raids on London, a terrifying Zeppelin raid in 1915.

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