Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 101 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

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Londonist, last week, in numbers and corresponding pictures...

300 years old: happy birthday to the ultimate Londoner Dr Samuel Johnson!

60,000 of taxpayer pounds pay for the hawks in Trafalgar Square

41 people got a serving of salmonella with their kebabs

9 - the Eurostar platform that suffered a collapsed high voltage cable to the dismay of the early evening passengers

24 hours of witheld service on the Victoria Line is planned as part of the ongoing RMT siege of London

(300 X 60,000) ÷ ((41 + 9)X 24) = 15,000 which is a futuristic glimpse of London by abhiiiiiii! in the Londonist Flickr pool. That pod hanging in the sky could be the commute of the future, though it would still find a way to get stuck waiting for signals during rush hour...

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 28th September 1985: Following the accidental shooting of a woman during a police raid, riots break out on the streets of Brixton, south London.
  • Tuesday - 29th September 1829: The Metropolitan Police is founded by the Home Secretary, Robert Peel. In his honour, members of the force would become colloquially known as ‘bobbies’. Wednesday - 30th September 1928: Alexander Fleming discovers the antibacterial properties of penicillin at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Thursday - 1st October 1868: St Pancras Station is officially opened as the London terminus for the Midland Railway, despite its construction being incomplete. Part of the buildings would form the iconic gothic St Pancras Chambers, which housed the Midland Grand Hotel. Friday - 2nd October 1909: Twickenham Stadium hosts its first ever rugby match, with Harlequins beating Richmond 14-10.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    London, the needy villain’s general home,

    The common-sewer of Paris and of Rome,

    With eager thirst, by folly or by fate,

    Sucks in the dregs of each corrupted state.

    Samuel Johnson, London: A Poem in Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal

    Last Updated 28 September 2009