Black Hole of Calcutta


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Black Hole of Calcutta:

see KolkataKolkata
, formerly Calcutta
, city (1991 pop. 10,916,272), capital of West Bengal state, E India, on the Hugli River. It is the second largest city in India and one of the largest in the world.
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Black Hole of Calcutta

Indian dungeon in which overcrowding suffocated prisoners. [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]

Black hole of Calcutta

146 Britishers imprisoned in small, stifling room (1756). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]
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Nobody had to queue for an hour to get into the Black Hole of Calcutta and you shouldn't have to do so on Town Moor.
We were never allowed to forget about the Black Hole of Calcutta on June 20, 1756, when 123 British soldiers and others allegedly suffocated in severely cramped conditions.
Then airline customers would not be forced to endure the black hole of Calcutta that is Heathrow, or the unnecessary over-priced Taj Mahal palace being planned at Stansted.
While Cheltenham Gold Cup day crams people together like those in the Black Hole of Calcutta, the open spaces of Longchamp ensure comfort and an easy route to bar, course and bookie.
There is a new, impressive lounge bar and a bigger and better Hills betting shop has been relocated - thank heavens, it was like the Black Hole of Calcutta on a warm day.
Basically, a week in the Black Hole of Calcutta was probably a picnic compared to a couple of uncomfortable hours wedged into the Sky Sports Production Team's temporary nerve centre at Easter Road.
It costs only 14Rs (18p) to enter this separate universe, much grittier with an exclusively male crowd focusing on an undercover betting ring that could serve as a latter-day Black Hole of Calcutta as punters jostle for fractions ringed by a circle of boards bookmakers operating from cages, as is the Indian custom.
My curry Shangri-la might be your black hole of Calcutta.
Frankly, I was amazed that it called itself "Grand" at all, because to say it was down at heel would be like saying that the Black Hole Of Calcutta needed a lick of paint.
Unfor-tunately, once he'd signed up and forked out, he discovered that rats were fragrant compared to the scent of his Ford's interior, which was like the Black Hole of Calcutta on wheels.
The ill-famed prisons in full are, Alcatraz, Andersonville, Bastille, Black Hole of Calcutta, Colditz, Dartmoor, the Gulag Archipelago, Newgate, Reading Gaol and Robben Island.
On This Day: 1756: During the Anglo French struggle for India, 145 British men and one woman were captured and put in a cell less than 18 feet feet square, known as the Black Hole of Calcutta.