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London's strange world of rats

Are rats really that bad if you know how to deal with them??

Rats are stubborn Londoners. Rats are uncanny and magical: intelligent, harbingers of wealth, able through their destructiveness to act as vengeful spirits of the dead and predict disasters. These attributes are related to the animals' natural history, and folklore about rats reflects attitudes to urban life and populations. This talk will include Rat Kings (and a Queen), urban legends, graffiti, the response of rats to music (and vice versa), and magical advice on how to remove rats from your home — with a spell you can use. Paul Cowdell, a committee member of the Folklore Society, wrote his PhD on contemporary ghost belief. He has also written on cannibalism at sea, tongue-twisters, and folk songs.


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Date and Time:

25 October 2012 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Treadwell's Books
33 Store Street
020 7419 8507

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