In the mid-19th century, London had an unpleasant problem. An event known as “The Great Stink” brought a ghastly odor to all and even death to the most unfortunate.

The heart that pumped this engineering marvel became known as “the Cathedral of Sewage,” the Crossness Pumping Station.

But necessity is the mother of invention. From this foul situation, one of London’s greatest Victorian heroes came up with an engineering solution that saved lives and still serves us today – the magnificent feat of infrastructure that is the London sewerage system.

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Just off the A30 is a spectacular series of ancient pillars, a snapshot of the Roman conquest of north Africa – the ruins of Leptis Magna, now known as the Temple of Augustus.

Odd Days Out has been to investigate how these ancient ruins found themselves intersected by an A road in otherwise leafy Surrey.Read More →

A festive journey on the Skyline and attached museum without a festive theme. Like many Londoners I have taken a trip on the skyline with guests visiting the city, but am yet to use the cable car as part of my daily commute. One thing I had never noticed was the attached Emirates Experience, located around 20 meters from the main entrance to the cable car.Read More →

As part of a new series, Jack Beddoe will be taking interesting journey’s across the country and sharing his experiances with the Odd Days Out community. If you have any interesting journey’s you would like to suggest to Jack please email Anyone familiar with the great glass elevator from Charlie and the Chocolate factory and Charlie and the Great Glass elevator will know the magic of a lift that plays by its own rules and can go in every direction. While Transport for London’s only incline lift, the Greenford inclinator, does not quite have the capability to travel in every direction or into space,Read More →