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Grand Central's whispering gallery

Grand Central's whispering gallery
By Mark Mason on 27-01-13 15:11. Comments (1)
Grand Central Terminal (yes, pedants, I know it's Terminal not Station) celebrates its 100th birthday this week. As with most great buildings, my favourite thing about it is one of its secret and quirky little details ...

Why actors say ‘break a leg'

Why actors say ‘break a leg'
By Mark Mason on 26-07-12 10:57. Comments (0)
So just why do actors say ‘break a leg' instead of ‘good luck'? (This cropped up in my last blog post.) It turns out that the answer lies in the 18th century, when the Duke of York wanted to bring a boastful friend down a peg or two ...

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