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Its 60 years since the Great London pea soup fogs called smog

Discussion in 'ex-Rag Chew Central' started by G0GQK, Dec 6, 2012.

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  1. G0GQK

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  2. G4LNA

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    I was quite young at the time, about 4, but one of my youngest memories of that when I was with mum and we went to Oxford Street in London and we were in one of Lyons tea places and when we left I remember the smog cascading down the stairs as we were going up. I can't remember much after that, but mum said it took ages to get from there to Highgate where her brother lived. It's strange what comes back from quite a young memory, but I do get snatches of things from time to time.
  3. K0RGR

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    The worst smog I've ever seen was in Mexico City. It was so bad that I could not see the ground from my hotel room window - 8 stories. The smog was fierce on Monday, but as each day of the work week passed, it just got worse - ground level visibility was less than a block. Then, over the weekend, it would almost disappear, only to start the cycle again on Monday.

    But none of that sounds even as remotely bad as the London Smog.
  4. G0GQK

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    The fogs in London were terrible and were caused by anticyclonic conditions, still damp air mixed in with coal fire smoke and the low air pressure pressed the foul air down to ground level. The smog in Mexico City and Beijing is caused by heavy traffic, and Mexico is in the base of an ancient volcano

    The smogs in Britain were mostly coal smoke because at this time there was very much less use of cars, people didn't use them in the winter in those days. I can remember working in Stoke on Trent in November 1961 selling to retailers in the city when the pot banks were still in use, used for firing pottery, and when I got back to the digs, cold, miserable and fed up of getting lost, the five towns are notorious for people getting lost, my face looked as though I'd been down the pit and my outer clothes had a nasty smoky smell

    When I got married I bought a new house in a local town not familiar to me and driving down the road, my wife and I peering though the windscree I drove off the road on to the pavement and almost hit a lampost, and I still don't know how I did it !

    Years before driving on my own early in the morning after a night shift very dark and foggy I drove down the wrong side of a dual carriageway following the footpath and couldn't understand how it was I drove past a KEEP LEFT illuminated road sign on the left side of the car ! Don't know how that happened either, that's how thick the fogs were, 10 feet visibility at the most

    Mel G0GQK
  5. KC9UDX

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    I couldn't help but chuckle. But, I'm sure you meant Mexico City is at the base of an ancient volcano.
  6. WF7A

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    Have you ever been to Mexico City? Better inside the volcano.
  7. KC9UDX

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    Not yet. Is it anything like Shanghai?
  8. WF7A

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    Worse: Neza-Chalco-Itza barrio, Mexico--it's a slum in Mexico City with approximately 4 million people.
  9. G0GQK

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    As an aside have you ever seen the sewer system in Mexico City ? I know its a huge city but I think the only productive thing they do in that city is sit on the crapper !

    A bit more on Ye Greate Fogge of London

    Nothing much changes in 60 years, the government still is as wet as a dishcloth when it comes to making the right decisions

    Mel G0GQK
  10. G4OTU

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    I remember as a kid of 12 yrs old , arriving in London docks on a boat from Singapore in 1954 in the middle of one of the London about a depressing welcome!
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