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pea souper

dated A euphemism for particularly thick fog or smog. Originally used to refer to the thick, brown, sometimes lethal fog caused by air pollution in London during the 19th and early 20th century, humorously likened to the thick soup made from split peas. For many older citizens living London during that time, they could as easily be killed by a pea souper as by an attack from a criminal. Heathrow had to suspend all outgoing flights for nearly two hours on Sunday due to a particularly bad pea souper hanging over the city.
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The warning comes on the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act which was brought in to deal with lethal "peasoupers" which plagued London at the time.
From the fog of smoggy Hampstead marshes to the blistering heat of an Egyptian noon, Peasouper is the epic tale of greed, jealousy and man's inhumanity to camels.
Then, with Teesside imploring the Gods of football and wintery precipitation to deepen the peasouper and get the game off, it suddenly, inexplicably lifted.
Christopher Hartshorn, of Elizabeth Davenport estate agents, in Coventry, said: "During an election campaign while Mr Ashman lived there, Winston Churchill spent the night at the house after a 'peasouper' fog prevented his return home.
For all that a Mini on a motorway in those days was a tooth-jarring, bum-numbing experience, we made great time until, somewhere in the Midlands, we ran into a real peasouper.
At night the Victorian brass fittings bathe everything in an intimate yellow glow, so you appear to be wandering through a peasouper fog in Sherlock Holmes' London.
I'd come to watch him exercise, but there was nothing to see apart from a Thames Valley overcoat of wretched fog, described by the trainer, with perhaps a little embellishment, as a peasouper. However, all who know him best will advise that Racing Demon's head is invariably almost between his front legs whether he's racing, cantering, working, schooling or lolling about his summer paddock.
Their award-winning back catalogue of shows include Peasouper and Dusty Fruit.
Peasouper, comic play, Alnwick Playhouse (01665) 510785.
A balletic point duty policeman in Bold Street, in Liverpool, directs traffic in a peasouper fog 'n' smog at 3.30pm on December 13, with the brightest point above being a giant illuminated Christmas cracker.
A peasouper of a night in Suffolk perhaps gave Ebdon some mitigating circumstances for his first aberration, the exclusion of Coventry captain Andreas Jonsson in heat five after some kamikaze riding from Kim Jansson entering the second lap had wiped out the Grand Prix star.
Liverpool's Rejects Revenge give yet another airing to their popular show Peasouper, while Spike Theatre complement the local offerings with The Man Who THE spring season at Liverpool's Unity Theatre features more than 30 shows by local,national and international companies.
The season starts with the Rejects Revenge Theatre Company in Peasouper (Sat, Feb 7) which takes us from the Victorian fog of smoggy London town to the blistering heat of an Egyptian noon.
Just like the original, a band of murderous undead pirates begin slaughtering the locals of a small town during a peasouper. Yet another teens-inperil horror, OK special effects couldn't make up for a storyline full of holes and a cast you couldn't wait to see dispatched.
And Rejects Revenge -another Liverpool outfit -are back with their striking hit Peasouper.