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1937 HOLD THE RING

During a routine drill, a fireman in Lambeth casually steps off a high roof as his colleagues wait below, holding a trampoline-like device to break his fall. The ‘jumping sheet’ was intended to save the lives of people trapped in burning buildings up to six stories high. However, in reality they often did the opposite. At a hotel fire in Amsterdam in 1977, some guests threw their luggage onto the sheet before jumping, while others hit the rim, resulting in a number of casualties. They were phased out in the 1980s.

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Follow the rise and fall of France's most infamous dictator, Napoleon, all the way from emperor to exile. Also inside, celebrate 200 years of Jane Austen and discover what life was really like for Ancient Greeks living in Sparta, the civilisation's most brutal city-state. We've also lined up ten of the greatest partnerships in history, from Marks and Spencer to Rolls and Royce, plus meet the man who inspired 007 – Elizabeth I's forgotten spy, John Dee.
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