In and Out of Luck in London: Three Stops, Three Stories
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
2w ago
Mares and Jen have enjoyed playing  a game of luck called “Underground Roulette.”  The game is easy to play. Just select a tube stop at random, keep a curious mind, and hit the streets!  It’s an engaging way to get a sense of place and all that the city offers.  But, what if we could add the dimension of time, seeing not only the neighborhood as it is, but as it was? In this episode, we explore the underground stops with stories involving the theme of luck.  London: a city where fame and fortune may await, given talent, drive, privilege, connections, and sometimes it c ..read more
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A Wild World: Underground Life
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
1M ago
Wildlife on the Tube: it’s not just on the Northern Line at night. It’s everywhere. Throughout the Underground, flora and fauna show up  intentionally - and unintentionally - in the most surprising places. In this episode, we will: explore the gardens maintained voluntarily by TfL employees  discuss the history of the London Underground In Bloom competition learn about a subspecies of mosquito that dwells in the Underground tunnels  meet pigeons who seem to intentionally and intelligently use the Tube to navigate the city  examine the tough lives of Underground mice, whos ..read more
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Hiding in City Centre: The Cheapside Hoard
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
2M ago
“Is it worth anything to you, guv’nor?” It’s boots on the street in city centre as we pinball through time … from the 1600s, to 1912, to current day.  We’ll think and wonder about how unknown treasures might exist even in the heart of an urban area. Along the way we’ll … park ourselves in Cheapside, and learn of its history, shine a light on the work of a group of navvies, who excavated below the streets as railroads, underground trains, and construction projects transformed the cityscape, experience the thrill of uncovering a buried treasure, and gape in awe at its contents, consider th ..read more
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Delight and Surprise: Super Fans of the London Underground
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
4M ago
Providing up to 5 million passenger journeys a day, the London Underground is integral to the city's infrastructure.  It's impossible to imagine how the city would function without it. But why would something built for purpose become a source of admiration and entertainment?  A Transport for London style guide provides powerful evidence: "Every Underground station should include at least one moment of delight and surprise, to improve customers' journeys and the working environment for staff." A-ha! Let's meet some Tube superfans. Jen tells a story about Underground trainspotters and ..read more
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Roll Up, Roll Up! It’s the 2024 YLT Underground Mystery Tour!
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
5M ago
At Yesterday’s London Times, we are all about inquiry, questions and stories, particularly stories that are new to us or that we just want to know on a deeper level. We seek out people, places, and facets of history that are lesser known, quirkier, or even downright strange. We also like to shine a spotlight on those who really do - or have done - amazing things, but perhaps have been forgotten over time, or lost in the shuffle of a typical news cycle or history text. We especially love discovering stories about people who contribute to the collective good of humanity in some way.  Early ..read more
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Scheherazade of the 20th Century: Barbara Cartland
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
5M ago
A little romance? What began as a fluff piece about an eccentric romance novelist turned into a snapshot of a century through the eyes of someone who lived it to the fullest. Meet Barbara Cartland: extravagant, exaggerated, and … pink. As author of 723 books, she remains the most prolific romance novelist of all time. If you’ve ever seen her, you won’t likely forget her, dripping in jewels, layered in make up, clad in fuchsia, and riding in her classic white Rolls Royce.   We’ll follow Barbara through the Great War, to 1920’s London with the Bright Young Things, to writing, motherhood, po ..read more
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Please Look After These Bears: Pooh, Paddington, and More Bears of London
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
6M ago
Bears. Cute. Cuddly.  But when we looked at them through the long lens of London history, it got complicated pretty quickly. Join us as we take the ursine plunge, and think about…. the bears that roamed Britain 7000 years ago  the Tower menagerie, blood sports such a bearbaiting, especially popular during the Elizabethan period, the invention of the stuffed bear and its significance in the Great War,  Pooh and Paddington, two special bears with London ties, and share unexpected commonalities Plus, to kick off our exploration of underground and rail stations this year, we’re go ..read more
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Boxing Day 2023
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
7M ago
It's a Yesterday's London Times tradition - the Boxing Day episode! Relax along with us as we look back at some of the people and places we met on the podcast this year. Half of our episodes sent us time traveling throughout the Sixties in different centuries of British history, and the other episodes were our regular mix of quirky yet thoughtful takes on the city we love. We  present our annual YLT awards to some people who are unforgettable.  And not always in a good way.  The final award is always our Defender of the Collective Good Award, presented to the character(s) that m ..read more
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Frumenty, Mummers, Malmsey, and More: A Tudor Christmas
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
7M ago
WELCOME TO OUR 50th EPISODE! In the final stop of our ‘60s YLT Time Machine, we touch down in the 1560’s just in time for a Tudor Christmas. In a deeply divided nation in which religion is politicized, we’ll see how the young Queen Elizabeth finds her own path. The Tudor Christmas was a respite from work and from unrelenting poverty. It was a time of revelry and a loosening of societal roles. Our visit to the Tudor Christmas will ignite our senses.  Along the way, we’ll … Share a dramatic moment with Queen Elizabeth at her first Christmas service as sovereign, Spruce up the place with se ..read more
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An Incomparable Life: Revisiting Lee Miller
Yesterday's London Times
by Jen & Mares
8M ago
In our 2021 episode, “Here is Vogue, In Spite of it All!”, we explored how the British edition of the iconic fashion  magazine evolved into an outlet for groundbreakingVogue wartime journalism. As we studied the reasons behind that seemingly unlikely transformation, we met some strong, creative, and intellectually brilliant women, among them the complex and multitalented Lee Miller. In this episode, we examine her fascinating life of contrasts more deeply, and: - consider the impact of intense childhood trauma in her art and writing  - learn of her contributions to the surrealist ar ..read more
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