Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 108 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 25th May 1878: The first ever performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ takes place at the Opera Comique on The Strand.
  • Tuesday - 26th May 1868: Michael Barrett, having been found guilty of involvement with a bombing in Clerkenwell, is hanged outside the walls of Newgate Prison. He would become the last man to be publicly hanged in Britain. Wednesday - 27th May 2005: The Great Clock of Westminster (a.k.a. Big Ben) unexpectedly stops at 10:07pm. It restarts, but then stops again at 10:20pm for about 90 minutes. The malfunction is blamed on unseasonably high temperatures. Thursday - 28th May 1908: Ian Fleming, creator of the character of James Bond and author of more than a dozen novels featuring the British agent (as well as ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’), is born in Mayfair. Friday - 29th May 1886: The current Putney Bridge is opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales, replacing an earlier bridge that was built in 1729.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air - or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. There I stayed for some time at a private hotel in the Strand, leading a comfortless, meaningless existence, and spending such money as I had, considerably more freely than I ought.

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

    Londoner Of The Week

    Hats off to has-been one-time ‘Nutty Boy’ Suggs for choosing a gem of historical London geekery to promote his band’s new album. Whether or not the 8.7 acres of land between Bishopsgate and Shoreditch are successfully re-established as an independent district (complete with its own parliament) remains to be seen.

    Last Updated 25 May 2009


    There's an attempt to explain the meaning behind the lyrics in the final song of the album at

    It has links to a couple of Hidden London pages which are worth a visit even if you don't like the music