Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 109 months ago
Monday Miscellanea


Those Londonist numbers from last week and the picture those translates into...

500,000 Great British Pounds spent by Londoners who don't know how to use their Oyster cards

31 rough sleepers found on the 25 a.k.a "sleeper" bus in just three days highlighting the plight of homeless people in London

3 days to go before Team Londonist scale the stairs of Tower 42: have you sponsored them yet?

228 - the tunnel, is to re-open as a new theatre space for the Old Vic

500,000 / 31 X 2 + 228 = 32,486 which is an imposing steam train pulling into Kings Cross as snapped by routemaster fan for the Londonist Flickr pool. Choo-choo!

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 22nd February 1807: A huge crowd gathers outside Newgate Prison to witness the hanging of convicted murderers John Holloway and Owen Haggerty. In the crush and chaos, as many as one hundred people are killed through trampling or suffocation.
  • Tuesday - 23rd February 1633: Samuel Pepys is born in Salisbury Court, Fleet Street. His detailed private diary from the 1660s would become well-known when published in the 19th century. Wednesday - 24th February 1987: The London Daily News, a newspaper owned by Robert Maxwell, is launched. Intended to rival the Evening Standard, it would collapse just five months later. Thursday - 25th February 1900: The first tube station to be known as ‘Bank’ is opened, effectively replacing the old ‘City’ station and providing a link between the Waterloo & City Railway and the newly extended City & South London Railway (now part of the Northern Line). At the same time, nearby King William Street station is closed. Friday - 26th February 1797: The Bank of England issues its first one-pound and two-pound notes.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare. No, let's say Shakespeare and Dickens, to get them in the right order.

    Ben Okri

    Last Updated 22 February 2010