Monday Miscellanea

By Hazel Last edited 90 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

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Swishing those Londonist numbers around until they come up with a picture...

12 reviews for the Camden Fringe Festival - there's a lot going on, don't miss out!

243,179 Twitter followers for Arsenal FC makes them rank highest in our poll of London Football team Twitter popularity

24 days until Tony Blair does his heavily protected book signing

312 pieces of opal glass checked over in the repairs to Big Ben clock face

24 hour bike hire visualisation... ooh, pretty.

12 + 243,179 ÷ (24 + 312) X 24 = 17,371 which is a curious walking sculpture as captured by DB007 in the Londonist Flickr pool. Turn away for one second and it will have legged it off down the road...

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 16th August 2001: Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, is charged with theft from her estate at West End Central police station. Amidst some controversy, the subsequent trial would later collapse as the Queen recalls a conversation suggesting that Burrell was merely ‘storing’ Princess Diana’s belongings.
  • Tuesday - 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. Wednesday - 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. Thursday - 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. Friday - 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.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.

    Samuel Johnson, of course

    Last Updated 16 August 2010