Southwark Cathedral
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Did you know that Britainís first self service petrol station opened in November 1961 on the south end of Southwark Bridge? The very first fuel-only (as opposed to repairs) garage was opened by the AA in 1920, at Aldermaston. Petrol, by the way, only entered our vocabulary in 1870, strangely a trade name of a company called Carless Refining who coined the word for a solvent used, among other applications, to treat nits.

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George Brown
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I've sometimes thought of marrying - and then I've thought again. - Noel Coward
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1st English Translation of the Bible printed - 1535, The Boys Brigade is founded - 1883, The Battle of Cable Street - 1936, Sputnik Launched - 1957, Beatles release 1st single - 1962
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