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Urban Diary

What’s in a name?

Market or brothel? (photo by author)

When it comes to names of roads, London’s got its fair share of oddities. From Stew Lane (they probably drive, cycle, and walk slowly there) to Salmon Lane (perhaps residents leap up the Thames once a year), the British capital is not short of showstoppers.

One that caught my attention recently was Shoulder of Mutton Alley. I’d just finished a long bike ride along the River Lea and…

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Mario López-Goicoechea

Mario López-Goicoechea

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner” https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6886/9781528994293 https://acubaninlondon.medium.com/membership

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