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Nottingham element: Xylophone man

Frank Robinson (aka Xylophone man) was an eccentric street performer in Nottingham. Nottingham's best known busker, he was regularly seen around Nottingham City Centre. His favourite busking spot was outside of the C&A store (now H&M) in the Lister Gate area of the city.

Frank’s death in July 2004 sparked genuine mourning from many of the city's people.

In 2005, a memorial was unveiled outside of the shop where he had regularly performed in front of for the previous 15 years. The plaque reads "He played his Xylophone here for fifteen years, bringing a smile to the faces of the people of Nottingham."


Scientific element: Xenon

Xenon is one of the noble gases, the least reactive group of elements.

Xenon lamps have applications as high-speed electronic flash bulbs used by photographers, sunbed lamps and bactericidal lamps used in food preparation and processing.

Xenon was discovered by the Scottish chemist William Ramsay and English chemist Morris Travers in 1898.

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