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Published on May 22, 2010
The Midland Hotel in Derby England is about 173-years-old. A modern lift is available between the 1st and 2nd floor. I checked in for a two-week stay on a cold Sunday afternoon in January 2010 following an overnight flight into London Heathrow. I overheard the desk clerk conversing with staff via radio about strange telephone calls to the desk from a room that had been vacated earlier that day. The maid responded that the room was indeed vacant. I suggested that perhaps a ghost was in the vacated room making the calls. The desk clerk was clearly not amused, but she said nothing. I can only assume that ghosts may walk the halls of this old railroad hotel.
US citizens would pronounce Derby as "Darby". American-born founding father Benjamin Franklin lived near Derby and enjoyed the company of other philosophers and inventors in the Derby area for a period of time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_So...
Franklin invented a very odd clock that still runs to this day in the Derby County Museum. The famous Franklin kite and key experiment was also conducted near Derby, and not in the United states according to certain accounts. The English connection with this famous story is not part of the typical American educational material.