A Family Man – Facts

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Matt’s office is on the Isle of Dogs in London, and he explains to Beth why the place is called that way. The Isle of Dogs is an area in the East End of London that is bounded on three sides (east, south and west) by one of the largest meanders in the River Thames. Brewer’s 1898 Dictionary of Phrase and Fable attributes the name: “So called from being the receptacle of the greyhounds of Edward III. Some say it is a corruption of the Isle of Ducks, and that it is so called in ancient records from the number of wild fowl inhabiting the marshes.”

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