London has lots to see, and I don't mean the obvious tourist attractions – I mean the wonderful details that are all around us such as coal holes, old wall ads (ghost signs), doorway mosaics, boot scrapers, pub signs, street names, even letterboxes and door knobs.
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9 February 2010
Matt Monro, Born Free, in Shoreditch
Yesterday morning Matt Monro's daughter Michele was on BBC Breakfast talking about the book she has written about her father.
Matt Monro had the most amazing singing voice; apparently Frank Sinatra said of him, “If I had to choose three of the finest male vocalists in the singing business, Matt would be one of them”. But Sian Williams likened him to Michael Bublé. That'll be Bublé as in bubble; as in full of air. Silly woman; has she got something wrong with her ears?
Matt was born in Shoreditch in 1930 as Terence Edward Parsons, so here's a Shoreditch montage.
The lion cub isn't in Shoreditch; it's in N4. It's a ref to Born Free.