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Old 04-01-2019, 10:27 AM
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So, there is a tweet today from the Keeper of the Ravens about how they are phasing out the ravens and inviting in pigeons.
I heard about that too. Seems that they're going to use a wonderful breed of carrier pigeons for top secret messages. You've never heard of a pigeon being hacked have you?
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:10 PM
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So, there is a tweet today from the Keeper of the Ravens about how they are phasing out the ravens and inviting in pigeons.
The lads at the Tower actually went to the trouble of recording a video to tweet out. It's funny enough to deserve a look at:

https://twitter.com/TowerOfLondon/st...03319141367808

I got a belly laugh imagining the filming and editing of the video. I'll bet the crew are a lot of fun to be around. Chris Skaife certainly is a good actor; very funny!
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:41 PM
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Oh sheesh... that is too funny. How the heck Chris ever kept a straight face to look so serious about his new "position" escapes me. Very well done!
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:17 AM
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Oh sheesh... that is too funny. How the heck Chris ever kept a straight face to look so serious about his new "position" escapes me. Very well done!
So very good. Nothing like an excellent bit of very dry Brit wit to start the day!
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:16 PM
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A man managed to enter the Tower of London at around 10.50pm on Saturday 6 April - hours after it closed.

https://news.sky.com/story/man-illeg...ewels-11719977
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:23 PM
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Inline with guidance from Public Health England the Tower of London will close on Friday 20th March until further notice.

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Old 07-05-2020, 05:06 PM
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The Tower of London will reopen to the public on July 10th.

https://secretldn.com/the-tower-of-l...lic-next-week/
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Old 07-05-2020, 05:28 PM
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Wonderful news. One of my earliest memories as a child was going to the ceremony of the keys on a cold night. Magical!

"Halt!
Who comes here?
The keys.
Who's keys?
Queen Elizabeth's keys.
Pass, Queen Elizabeth's keys"

Made me jump as a kid.

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The Historical Royal Palaces have launched online curator talks. Tonight 7.00pm on 7th October, the talk was about Tower Of London and the trail of Anne Boleyn
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We’re back for our autumn series of online curator talks! [Party popper] Tonight we're venturing into the @TowerOfLondon on the trail of Anne Boleyn...
Join our all-star lineup of HRP curators @Lucy_Worsley, @TracyBorman and Jane Spooner at 7pm BST [Right pointing backhand index] http://bit.ly/boleyn-talk
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https://twitter.com/HRP_palaces/stat...65874751463425

Link to the registration, including some introduction: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-lond...eyn/#gs.i5ailg

According to Historic Royal Palaces' twitter account, the recording of this talk will be available to watch for 24 hours after the recording.
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Old 10-07-2020, 08:51 PM
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The Historical Royal Palaces have launched online curator talks. Tonight 7.00pm on 7th October, the talk was about Tower Of London and the trail of Anne Boleyn
Historic Royal Palaces @HRP_palaces
We’re back for our autumn series of online curator talks! [Party popper] Tonight we're venturing into the @TowerOfLondon on the trail of Anne Boleyn...
Join our all-star lineup of HRP curators @Lucy_Worsley, @TracyBorman and Jane Spooner at 7pm BST [Right pointing backhand index] http://bit.ly/boleyn-talk
7:59 PM · Oct 7, 2020·Twitter Web App
https://twitter.com/HRP_palaces/stat...65874751463425

Link to the registration, including some introduction: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-lond...eyn/#gs.i5ailg

According to Historic Royal Palaces' twitter account, the recording of this talk will be available to watch for 24 hours after the recording.
Oh how awesome!! I missed this live, but as it's in the middle of the day in NY, I could listen in the future. I LOVE Lucy Worsley and Tracey Borman.

I hope there will be more talks scheduled!
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Did we post this? I didn't see it.


Tower of London's 'queen' raven Merlina missing



https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-55651104
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:54 PM
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It's sad to think that Merlina may be dead. However, the Ravens at the Tower don't always hang around the Tower buildings. Some fly away sometimes in search of mates or to explore new environs and every now and again they stay away for good or are never seen again.
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I thought their wings were clipped so they couldn't fly.
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:06 AM
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No, their wings aren't clipped nowadays. They were said to be clipped in 1940-41 when Britain feared invasion. There were few Ravens there and Churchill, aware of the legend that England would fall when there were no more Ravens at the Tower, ordered their wings clipped as they were in the habit of flying away.

Not now though. They enjoy the company of tourists but on occasion some have gone missing. I remember a tale of a male Tower Raven who set up a new home in the East End near a pet shop years ago.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...birds-monarchy
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I saw this on the news earlier it said Merlina has been there at the Tower since 2007.
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Old 01-14-2021, 06:26 PM
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I wonder how long ravens live? I read that they have the IQ of a seven year old and can recognize human faces.
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I wonder how long ravens live? I read that they have the IQ of a seven year old and can recognize human faces.
I did a search and 10 – 15 years.
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Old 01-14-2021, 06:33 PM
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Just looked it up. The common raven lives 10-15 years and the Australian raven lives for up to 22 years.

Now I can happily cross off my "learn something new today" box.
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Photos of the Tower of London:
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