How did you find us? Let me count the ways.

Polar bearIf you run a blog, you can get reports on what people were searching for when they found you. The overseer of this blog has graciously let me have a peek at her keywords (they can’t touch you for it, missis!), and a strange bunch they are.

“Warrens blacking factory” and “marshall street baths” are not very mysterious – someone from Westminster Archives Centre will have mentioned them. The “new pimlico academy building” will have been mentioned in posts about the excellent new library contained within the Academy (a school library and a public library, all in one – it’s a neat trick).

But “lego rocket”, “ladies’ jaeger swim and sun suits 1938”, and “the mikado” had me guessing, as did “polar bear westminster reference library” and “email about summer holidays”. Could they all really have found posts on this very blog?

They certainly did: “lego rocket” gets a whole string of hits on the blog, including one with a splendid picture of a lego rocket, as built in a Westminster library. The ladies’ swimwear featured in a post using London Fashion Week as an ideal excuse to show off some splendid pics of sensibly-clad lovelies from Westminster Archives. And “the mikado” also returned graphics from the Archives, titillating us with the splendours of the Orient. It turns out that the “polar bear” was a jazz group performing at Westminster Reference Library, and “email about summer holidays” unsurprisingly got a rather wide range of blog entries, including one about half-term activities at Victoria Library.

If you want to play this game, go to Google’s Advanced Search page, pop into the box labelled “Search within a site or domain”, and use these keywords:

  • “pimlico library if you don’t bring the book to the library on time”
  • “4.50 from paddington book cultural context”
  • “dysfunctional relationship between irene and Ignatius”
  • “virtual chocolate christmas calendar”

You could also try “he was the godfather of the musical depths of their sorrows”, but frankly that’s a story in itself.



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