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Eastward in London

Canary Wharf
The multiple nighttime shots of Canary Wharf in the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix trailer lead me to suspect that the Ministry of Magic is located on the Isle of Dogs.

I'd been aware that the new Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras was due to open later this year, but not tuned in to some of the related news. Waterloo's Eurostar terminal is closing. Stratford will eventually have its own Eurostar terminus. And Ebbsfleet will be another new Eurostar terminal, out near the M25, with parking for thousands.

As of when I read Eurostar's news, I thought I'd never heard of Ebbsfleet before, nor had reason to know of it for any other reason again. But not so! Today, reading Simon Winchester's The Meaning of Everything, I came across Ebbsfleet again. Of the fifth century Teutonic arrivals to Britain, he writes, "Hengist and Horsa, for instance, were - according to legend - two Jutish brothers who landed at Ebbsfleet on the muddy Isle of Thanet in the mid-fifth century...."


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Apr. 25th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
So, does that mean that when The Leaky Cauldron overflows, patrons end up in The Vic? When Lucius Malfoy wants bad things to happen to Muggles, but doesn't want to get caught using magic, does he call on the Mitchell brothers?
Apr. 26th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Dude! Seriously, that looks cool -- but is that Goth!Tonks or Bellatrix LeStrange, do you think?
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
It looks like it's Bellatrix. Helena Bonham-Carter!
Apr. 26th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
I first heard of Ebbsfleet sometime last year, when the General Synod were discussing the concept of female bishops. The BBC news item quoted the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, as a representative of the conservative camp. "Why does that name sound familiar?" I wondered, and then I realised - about 20 years ago, when I sang in my local church choir, we'd had a youngish curate by that very name for about a year or so. It turns out it's the same chap.

He's one of about three itinerant bishops ('provincial episcopal visitors' seems to be the technical term) given special responsibility for parishes whose disapproval of the ordination of women places them in disagreement with their (geographical) diocesan bishop.

I remember him as an affable, sincere and friendly chap - although I can't pretend to understand the finer nuances of his theological viewpoint on female priests (or, for that matter, the existence of God).

The Meaning of Everything is fascinating - if you haven't already read it, I also recommend Winchester's other book on lexicographical history, The Surgeon of Crowthorne.
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
This morning I picked up the brochure which had arrived with my most recent copy of the SPAB Mills newsletter - and discovered that an Anglo-Saxon horizontal watermill was once excavated at Ebbsfleet. I would say how learning about a place makes me more attuned to references to it, but I haven't seen a single reference to Ivychurch since I was first introduced to it the other month.

I think you were one of the people who recommended The Meaning of Everything to me in the first place. I picked it up when it was in January's OUP sale. I just started reading it yesterday, and so far, it's very well done.
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
If you take the amazingly useful (for Canary Wharf wage-slaves) Tottenham Hale train to Stratford, you'll get a view of the new Eurostar station; if you're lucky you'll see a Eurostar Trainset in there, because they are running signalling tests. It's bloody miles from Stratford Mainline - changing trains is not a practical proposition - and I can only hope that they avoid confusion by not including 'Stratford' in the station name when it finally opens.
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