Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 107 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

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Last week on Londonist in numbers

40 years since the Beatles posed on the Abbey Road zebra crossing

33 days until Open House

6,000 bikes proposed for the bike hire scheme that Serco will manage

5 weeks in and the plinth gets the nudity we've all been waiting for

7.95 pounds sterling for cod and large chips to takeaway from the sadly burned down Seashell fish and chips shop

40 + 33 + 6,000 X 5 + 7.95 = 30,372.95 which turns out to be... John Betjeman in St Pancras as snapped by Mick h 51 in the Londonist Flickr pool.

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 17th August 1896: A woman named Bridget Driscoll becomes what is reported to be the first ever pedestrian to be killed by a motorcar, in Crystal Palace, south-east London. Witnesses later describe the car as travelling at “a reckless pace” when it hit Mrs Driscoll. It would later transpire that the car was travelling at 4 mph.
  • Tuesday - 18th August 1937: William George Rushton is born in Chelsea. Better known as Willie Rushton, he would become a popular comedian and satirist, co-founding Private Eye magazine and featuring as a regular panellist on Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue game show. Wednesday - 19th August 1897: London’s first horseless taxi is introduced by the London Electric Cab Company of Lambeth. The taxi is battery-powered, and reaches a theoretical top speed of 9 mph. Thursday - 20th August 1989: The Marchioness pleasure boat collides with the dredger Bowbelle under Cannon Street Railway Bridge, causing the Marchioness to sink rapidly. 51 of the pleasure boat’s 132 passengers drown. Friday - 21st August 1920: A boy who would be named Christopher Robin Milne is born in Chelsea, West London. His father, the author A. A. Milne, would use him as inspiration for the Christopher Robin character in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

    London Quote Of The Week

    London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

    Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

    Last Updated 17 August 2009

    DeanN

    The police investigator, or maybe the coroner, I forget exactly, in the case of the first person killed by a motor vehicle, offered a hostage to fortune by saying something along the lines of: "We must make sure such a calamity never, ever happens again".