Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 117 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

Dictionary of the English Language This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 13th April 2002: As many as 15,000 demonstrators gather in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square to protest against Israeli military action in the West Bank.
  • Tuesday - 14th April 1471: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians in the Battle of Barnet, allowing Edward IV to resume the throne. Wednesday - 15th April 1755: Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. Thursday - 16th April 1889: Hollywood great Charlie Chaplin is born in Walworth, South London. Friday - 17th April 1999: ‘London nailbomber’ David Copeland kicks-off his bombing campaign by planting a bomb outside a supermarket in Brixton, injuring 50 people.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    I came to London. It had become the centre of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost. London was not the centre of my world. I had been misled; but there was nowhere else to go. It was a good place for getting lost in, a city no one ever knew, a city explored from the neutral heart outwards until, after years, it defined itself into a jumble of clearings separated by stretches of the unknown, through which the narrowest of paths had been cut.

    V.S. Naipaul, An Area of Darkness

    One Thing You Must Do In London This Week

    If you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough to not be working on Tuesday afternoon, you could do worse than popping into the Museum of London Docklands to check out their free events celebrating Bengali New Year. Poetic storytelling, ‘painting’ with rice flour, Bangla folk dance workshops and music are amongst the family-friendly activities on offer - see the museum’s website for more details.

    Last Updated 13 April 2009