Far below me, lies the city of London. I do not want to make this yet another review about the stunning views that one can get from the 72nd floor, where the viewing gallery is. Instead, I'd like to reflect on some of the little bits of trivia that I gathered on my way up here.
Maybe to make it fun, use the word S-H-A-R-D. Now, I may as well confess upfront that I am not expert at acrostics. So, if in places, I have borrowed that Greek bandit Procustes' idea of cutting the foot to fit the bed, my apologies! Anyway, here goes:
S- Snake like Thames- Only when one has this bird's eye view of the Thames, one can see the twists and turns it makes as it winds its way through the city. In fact, trivia has it that the word 'Charing' in 'Charing Cross' comes from an old English word "cierring" which means bend. The Thames as one can see, bends almost at 90 degrees at that point.
H- Hays Wharf- On the way to the Shard, there is the Hays Galleria, comprising an array of restaurants, shops and the like. I have passed it many times before, but today on the way to the Shard, I come out of the exit wherein I see a signboard that tells me that it was here around 1860 that the concept of cold storage was pioneered. Since products like butter, cheese and meat had to be stored as they were off loaded here by the merchant vessels, very quickly it came to be known as 'London's larder'.