London Dig Uncovers Roman-era Skulls

An archaeologist digs out a possibly Roman skull from the site of the graveyard of the Bethlehem, or Bedlam, hospital next to Liverpool Street Station in the City of London. The dig is on the site of the future ticket hall for the Crossrail station at Liverpool Street.

Have these finds changed, modified, or shaded-in previously held perceptions of life in London in Roman times, or of the ancient geography of the city? These finds are very important, as they help us to characterize the nature and use of one of London’s “lost” rivers, the Walbrook. At this very early stage, we are not sure whether the finds will change or modify our perceptions of life in Roman London. What we do know is that they will help us to fill in another gap in the Roman map of the city, allowing us to fill out the information we already have. Each archaeological investigation helps us to join the dots and fill gaps in our knowledge. How important was the River Walbrook to London in Roman and medieval times? The Walbrook formed a useful water supply, not only for daily life, but also for industry such as tanneries on the edge of the medieval city. However, the many branches of the stream may have been as much of a hindrance as a benefit to the Romans, who expended much effort to force the watercourses within the city of Londinium into channels revetted with timber, and [who dumped] large quantities of earth to reclaim adjacent ground for building. How and when did the River Walbrook come to be “lost”? Most of the stream was constricted into drainage channels during the 15th and 16th centuries, and was then covered over and lost to view, consigned to drains whose successors still run into the Thames by Southwark Bridge. Along with the Roman skulls, you have the 3,000 graves from the old Bedlam cemetery found nearby. What will you hope to learn from them? While much work has been carried out on burial populations from the medieval period and the 19th century, much less is known about health in the 16th to 18th centuries, the period of the post-medieval burials at Liverpool Street. It will help us to understand when and how what we characterize as a medieval community changed following the dissolution, during a period of expansion and great change in London.

Singaporeans snap up London homes amid slump at home

From hip east London to tea rooms, high-street cafes and sky-rise restaurants, the high-calorie hybrids are flying off the shelves like the proverbial hot cakes. The craze was dreamed up earlier this year by French chef Dominique Ansel at his bakery in New York, but across the Atlantic it has taken on a life of its own. Jennifer Rinkoff, the fourth generation of her family working in their bakery in east London, claims to have been the first to import the doughnut-croissant into Britain. She worked for three days with a 100-year-old family dough recipe to perfect what she calls a Crodough — the name ‘Cronut’ already being under US trademark protection. Made from laminated dough — flattened and folded into countless layers — it is deep fried and then filled with a choice of custard, raspberry coulis or toffee apple crumble. “I saw on Twitter that people were asking where they could get a Cronut in London,” she told AFP, as a queue began to form in the small bakery. “So I played with the dough and by the third day it was exactly how I wanted it.” Jennifer Rinkoff of the Rinkoff Bakery poses with a tray of Crodough, a cross between a croissant an Among those eying up the fresh, warm Crodoughs lining the counter was student Abi, 19, who heard about the phenomenon online. “We decided to hunt them out and they are just so tasty we had to have them. It’s like a custard explosion, like donut and croissant together — what more could you want?” she said. Rinkoff started off baking just a few Crodoughs as a trial, but now sells about 200 a day. “I wanted to inject a new trend into the business. I think it’s maybe more of a craze at the moment but I don’t think it’s a fad — I want it to be the next cupcake,” she said.

A Crodough with your tea? London eats up new baking craze

Jennifer Rinkoff of the Rinkoff Bakery poses with a tray of Crodough, a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, at the bakery in London, on October 3, 2013

“By far the most popular foreign city for Singaporean investors is London,” said Richard Levene, director of international properties South East Asia for Singapore-based real estate firm Colliers International. “Central London is appealing as it is outside of the euro zone, [the] sterling is weak, interest rates are low, and there is relative ease of entry and exit In addition an imbalance of demand and supply has led to increasing capital values,” he added. ) Last week the Centre for Economics and Business Research – a U.K.-based think tank – forecast London property prices would leap a staggering 43.5 percent by 2018, pushing the average London home price up to 556,000 (US$893,658). By contrast CEBR found that house prices in the East of England and Scotland would rise by 27 percent over the next five years. The boom has been attributed to the government’s Help to Buy scheme which is set to launch on Tuesday, and offers taxpayer-subsidized mortgages. (Read More: UK acts to reduce housing bubble fears ) Invest into the property upturn: CEO Richard Tice, CEO of CLS Holdings, tells CNBC that they are developing properties in London and also looking at acquisitions both in London and across the rest of the UK. According to Levene, London’s property market is now seen as a safe haven among Singaporean buyers looking to diversify their property portfolio and safeguard their investments. Further compounding this trend, unattractive conditions in Singapore’s domestic market are pushing investors elsewhere. “The domestic market [in Singapore] is expensive and opportunities are limited. This has led to buyers looking elsewhere for real estate investments,” he said (Read More: Taper terror may leave Singapore property unscathed ) Singapore is home to one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Prices have soared over 60 percent since mid-2009 spurred by a low interest rate environment. A two-bedroom apartment located in Singapore’s central business district averaged between SG$1,080,000 (US$864,207) and SG$4,200,000 (US$3,360,806) according to property website propertyguru.com.sg.

Kawakami: London calling Raiders could only happen post-Al

The 49ers went to London and beat Denver that year, but went 6-10 in Mike Singletary’s last season (of course if the trip helped lead to his firing, you could argue that it helped the 49ers, I realize) and that was just more facts pumped into the pattern. In 2011, Tampa Bay was the “host” in London and finished the season 4-12. Add in St. Louis’ 7-8-1 record last season, while “hosting” a game in London, and here’s the stark record of teams that gave up a home date for an international game in the season they did it: Teams that give up a home date for an international game have gone on to post a combined 34-72-1 record in those seasons. (Hey, good luck to Minnesota and Jacksonville, the two London “hosts” this year, and their coaching staffs this year!) It is, as I’ve always pointed out, partly self-fulfilling, because the teams that accept losing a home date are traditionally the weaker teamsyou never see Dallas, the NY Giants, Seattle, Washington or New England even asked to give up a home date. You do see stronger teams go to London as ROAD teams, but that’s a different case: -It’s a road game, so you’re getting on a plane, anyway, just traveling to Europe, instead, and you still have all 8 home dates. Powerful owners feel like they’re doing their service to the league by taking a road trip to London, NOT by surrendering a home date. (New England has been the road team in London twice, the NY Giants once, the 49ers are this year. (The 49ers accepted the designed “host” role in 2010, partly because John York was head of the NFL International Committee back then and needed to take one for the league and probably partly because the 49ers didn’t know any better back then. You think Jim Harbaugh would sign off on losing a home game ever? Zero chance. Same situation/approach as Al D, I’m sure.) No, it’s the weaker teams take the deal to lose a date and take the cash. Then they find their seasons destabilized by having to take the long extra trip in the middle of a season. Things unravel, players get fatigued, they don’t have that one more home game that could turn the tide. The Rams actually were a huge over-performer against this model by going 7-8-1, but some of that is explained by the arrival of Jeff Fisher a strong first-year coach who A) wasn’t going to let things get destabilized and B) wasn’t going to get fired no matter what, so an exhausted locker room couldn’t/wouldn’t turn on him.