Good morning from the no-sleep zone! Whee! More wakign up at 4 AM!
I could sleep more but that would require my aches to not ache a while. Mmm... yeah, I only wish.
Today in 1666, the Great Fire of London started. Over 10,000 buildings were destroyed. While the official record sstates varyingly that only six people or a hundred or so died? The city had between 300,000 and 500,000 residents (recorded and unrecorded and maybe?) at the time of the fire, and no real death toll was assembled.
Moreover, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the Great Fire that shows the temperatures reached over 1000* Celsius --- which racks up to about 2000*Fahrenheit. Human bone burns at 400*F. That means many of the dead (or "missing") probably couldn't be found. And they didnt' actually check for remains. In addition, people died of smoke inhalation, burns, and the ensuing chaos, so...
Also, most of London was built of wood. Poof!
Despite the fact the narrow streets and haphazard street plan (well, they never planned it, really, was part of the problem) leading to difficulties in evacuation and firefighting... London rebuilt on virtually the same street plan down to the itty bitty weird lanes and side streets at odd angles, etc.
yes, London had forbidden building with wood and thatch. Nobody could afford stone but the wealthy and nboility, so...
And this all just in the City of London, which is a tiny fragment of what we think of today as London, England. "The City", as it's still called, takes up about 700 acres and at the time of the Great Fire of 1666... 80,000 people lived in that 700 acres. The tenements were shacks piled on shacks, and were built so upper stories overhung the lower, meaning that your topmost floor could actually end up inches or less from the topmost floor across the street... and, no, this isn't smart building for any reason. it also meant fire spread, rain couldn't hit the ground, and to make life better? Despite the Plague of 1665, London was still overcrowded and full of trades that used... Fire.
And, yes, all that was outlawed, but... It wasn't convenient. And so the overhanging houses and such continued to be built, and so it went. We'll never know for sure. London didn't have complete or even remotely accurate citizen rolls at the time --- nor had it before the 1665 plague outbreak --- so the best guess is... "London metro area at the time had about 500,000 at most. Maybe 350,000." In any case, the City itself (that 700-acre patch inside theold Roman walls and abutting the Thames River) solidly had about 80,000 residents.
Firefighting consisted of making firebreaks, prayer, and hoping for a lot of hard rain but no wind. Naturally, it was windy.
Well, time to pretend I'm awake and alert and oriented. HA!
And also to keep Dahlia from eating more bugs. She loves to eat anything tiny and six-legged. Skeeters, gnats, fruit flies, whatever. Then she sniffs around hoping to find more on the same spot. It's making me paranoid, tho' we have monthly pest control treatments. On the other hand (paw?), who needs a bug light? I have a bug *cat*!
Monday best to all!
Ah, to be wakened by the melodic meow-meeeeeee! of Dixie deciding she's bored.I didn't sleep till about 1 AM. NEVER read intense novels before bed. I know this. Oh well. Silly me. Brain buzz. Eek.***For our rugby fans, 2019 World Cup play starts today... if you believe Google. I usually don't pay attention till one of my in-laws bewails how her team is doing (or not doing, which is more...