Last week in numbers on Londonist...
120 miles in the Dunwich Dynamo
150 years old: Big Ben, the big bell
3 places to watch the Ashes
14 captions for Photo of the Day: Caption required #17
= 584, deck chairs in a breeze by R.I.Pienaar in the Londonist Flickr pool. They were free to sit in the day the picture was taken - yay for London parks!
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 13th July 1985: Wembley Stadium hosts the colossal 'Live Aid' concert (along with the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and several other less high-profile venues). An estimated 1.5 billion people from more than 100 countries watch the concert’s live television broadcast.
- 14th July 1824
: On a state visit to London, King Kamehameha II of Hawaii dies of measles.
- 15th July 1966
: A ‘colour bar’ at Euston Station, preventing black people from holding positions where they might come into contact with members of the public, is overturned.
- 16th July 1924
: Crowds of photographers, reporters and ‘autograph seekers’ greet the pilots of the first (successful) round-the-world flight as it lands at Croydon airport for its London stopover.
- 17th July 1974
: A bomb explodes in a tourist-packed room of the Tower of London, killing one person and injuring 41 others. No-one claims responsibility for the bombing, and no culprits are found.
London Quote Of The Week
All over London as one walks, one everywhere, in the season, sees oranges to sell; and they are in general sold tolerably cheap, one and even sometimes two for a halfpenny; or, in our money, threepence. At the play-house, however, they charged me sixpence for one orange, and that noways remarkably good.
Karl Philipp Moritz, Travels in England in 1782