27 February 2017 | 8 °C

Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 118 months ago
Monday Miscellanea
Yvonne Fletcher Memorial

Over the next few weeks we’ll be trying out new formats for Monday Miscellanea. Let us know what you think…

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday16th April 1889: Hollywood great Charlie Chaplin is born in Walworth, South London.
  • Tuesday17th April 1984: WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead at a protest outside the Libyan embassy on St. James’s Square. Also, on this day in 1999, “London nailbomber” David Copeland kicks-off his bombing campaign by planting a bomb outside a supermarket in Brixton, injuring 50 people. Wednesday18th April 1960: 60,000 protesters gather in Trafalgar Square as part of a “ban the bomb” campaign. Thursday19th April 1935: Comedian Dudley Moore is born in Dagenham, East London. Friday20th April 1964: A huge fire at Battersea Power Station scuppers the launch of the BBC Two TV channel.

    Random London Fact Of The Week

    Houndsditch, the City street that runs between Bishopsgate and Aldgate, was named in the 13th century when part of a defensive ditch around the city became full of rubbish and dead dogs.

    London’s Weather This Week

    The rest of the week is not going to be quite as warm and sunny as today, but it’s still not going to be too bad. There should be plenty of sunshine in-between the clouds and not much rain, although the evenings are set to get a bit chilly later in the week. Make the most of it – we reckon there’s still plenty of time for the traditional April showers before the end of the month…

    One Thing You Must Do In London This Week

    If you live anywhere near the route of the London Marathon, you have two choices this Sunday: (a) get into the spirit of things and cheer on the runners (assuming you’re not actually one of them); or (b) get the hell out of London for the day to avoid the chaos and annoyance. Both options have their merits – it all depends on how grumpy you are.

    Last Updated 16 April 2007