Last week on Londonist, in numbers...
39.5 million pound loss made by Whole Foods last year as London fails to embrace overpriced organic produce laden with air miles
2 months old, age of the first Tales From A Park Bench participant. Beat that over-18s only on the fourth plinth for One & Other!
750 metre swim, part one of the women's London Triathlon as witnessed by our faithful spectator
21 photos in our exclusive tour behind the Piccadilly Circus signs
200 metres covered in Londonist event before biblical downpour ruined it for everyone
39.5 X 2 + 750 X 21 + 200 = 17,609 which is an unseasonal abandoned posh Christmas tree in the Londonist Flickr pool, as captured by D I C K S D A I L Y - 'tis not quite the season to be irresponsible re: waste management.
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 10th August 2003: At the height of a massive Europe-wide heat wave, London records its highest ever temperature - 38.1 °C (100.6 °F), measured at Kew Gardens.
- 11th August 1897
: Enid Blyton is born in East Dulwich. She would become a hugely successful author of children’s fiction.
- 12th August 1827
: Renowned poet and painter William Blake dies. Five days later, he would be buried in an unmarked grave in Bunhill Fields.
- 13th August 1977
: Hundreds of protesters clash with police at a National Front march in Lewisham, south-east London. About 400 Socialist Worker Party members had gathered to try to prevent the National Front march, but had been prevented by police, leading to attacks on the police themselves and over 200 arrests.
- 14th August 1821
: The funeral procession of Queen Caroline, wife of George IV, makes its way through London en-route to Harwich and a ship that would carry her body to Germany for burial. The originally prescribed route had deliberately avoided central London, but huge numbers of demonstrators had blocked all other viable routes and forced the procession to travel through the City. During the subsequent disturbances and rioting as crowds attempt to re-route the procession, many soldiers and civilians are hurt, and two are killed.
London Quote Of The Week
If you lived in London, where the whole system is one of false good-fellowship, and you may know a man for twenty years without finding out that he hates you like poison, you would soon have your eyes opened. There we do unkind things in a kind way: we say bitter things in a sweet voice: we always give our friends chloroform when we tear them to pieces.
George Bernard Shaw, You Never Can Tell