Weather forecasting through numbers mumbo jumbo
We are attempting to locate proper summer weather, which seems to have gone astray over the weekend, and we would like it back for this week, please. If we take today's date: 23.8.10, turn it into a proper number: 23,810 and take that to the Londonist Flickr pool, we might get a clue as to what the rest of August will be like... It will mostly be rain. Lots and lots of rain, as captured by Annie Mole at Kew Gardens Station. Sigh. At least there'll be no hosepipe ban this year...
This Week In London’s History
Monday - 23rd August 1940: What is described as the “first all-night bombing raid on London” during the Second World War takes place, paving the way for tit-for-tat retaliation and The Blitz.
- 24th August 1931
: At Westminster, Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald submits the formal resignation of the Labour government, which would be replaced by the National Government.
- 25th August 1537
: Henry VII grants a royal charter to the Fraternity of St. George, also known as the 'Fraternity or Guild of Artillery of Longbows, Crossbows and Handgonnes'. It would eventually be named the Honourable Artillery Company, initially based in Spitalfields before moving to its current site in Bunhill Fields.
- 26th August 1985
: Controversial bare-footed athlete Zola Budd breaks the world 5000m record in Crystal Palace.
- 27th August 1967
: Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, is found dead in his Belgravia home. A post mortem would conclude that he died of an overdose of sleeping pills.
Random London Quote Of The Week
This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.
William Butler Yeats
Last Updated 23 August 2010