GREAT BRITAIN: A London Particular

"This," explained young Mr. Guppy to the bewildered 19th Century traveler in Dickens' Bleak House, "is a London particular, a fog."

"This," explained an Air France steward to 33 passengers aboard a plane at London Airport last week, "is what you call a real pea-souper." One of the thickest particulars in London's fogbound history was blanketing the field. It had caught the airliner just after she landed on Runway 280. Before the French pilot could brake to a stop, his aircraft was blanketed. "Stay where you are " ordered the control tower in answer to his plea. "We'll tow you...

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