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Friday, 14-December-2018

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River Thames and The Great Stink

111 weeks ago
Nearly 160 years ago, the stench from the river Thames in London was so unbearable, the British Parliament had to be shut down as the MPs could not manage to do any work.  It is said that hundreds of people left London unable to bear the stink.  It was the period of the “The Great Stink”. But, it triggered a revolutionary change in the country. The river, used as the city’s drain and chemical dump for centuries, had to be saved. The solution was an underground sewage system that helped resolved some of the pollution.  But it wasn’t until after 1878, when a ship full of people died after drinking water from the Thames, that the gravity of...