This Week In London’s History
Random London Fact Of The Week
In 1924, a conman posing as a civil servant attempted to sell Nelson’s Column to an American businessman. The trickster – a Scotsman named Arthur Ferguson – managed to extract a deposit of £6000 from the businessman, whom he met in Trafalgar Square (appropriately enough). Unsurprisingly, the businessmen never managed to take delivery of the monument.
Deciding that taking money from gullible tourists was an extremely profitable way to make a living, Ferguson went on to ‘sell’ Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, before moving to the US and attempting to ply his trade there.
Despite managing to ‘sell’ the White House to a rancher, Ferguson came unstuck in the land of opportunity when an Australian tourist became suspicious about a purchase plan for the Statue of Liberty and contacted the police. He was resultantly imprisoned for five years, but continued his tricksy ways on being released, successfully profiting from the stupidity of others until his death in 1938.
London’s Weather This Week
The forecasters seem to think that this week will be fairly mild, but probably quite rainy in the middle. Pretty much ‘autumnal’, then…
Picture of the BT Tower taken from tarotastic’s Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 licence.