Populist: 1-7 August

By Lindsey Last edited 103 months ago
Populist: 1-7 August

The week's most popular posts, and a round-up of what's happening around town.

In the news:

  • Walk through the first air-conditioned tube train with us
  • Spoof urban fox hunting video satirising media hysteria provokes media hysteria Want to own a posh address for a short amount of time?
  • Evening Standard neologises for news
  • Expansion on cards for Bike Hire scheme
  • See the News category for more

    Other good stuff:

  • Brilliant handmade models of London tube stations
  • Video views of London from the top of Centrepoint
  • A talking bike tries to make friends in West London
  • A top notch, beautiful and healthy sandwich from Look Mum No Hands
  • The Antiques Roadshow is coming to the British Museum
  • See the Arts & Events and Food & Drink categories for more

    Comment of the week:

    In response to Matthew Parris' foolhardy dip in the Thames - a nugget of London swimming history from Roger Golten for you:

    Ben Franklin swam in the Thames about 300 years before Matthew Parris - In his late teens, while working in London in 1725, Ben Franklin showed off his swimming skills to friends: “I stript and leapt into the River, and swam from near Chelsea to Blackfryars, performing on the way many Feats of Activity both upon and under Water...” His “Feats” were widely discussed, and a few months later, Sir William Wyndham approached Franklin to ask him to teach his sons to swim. Franklin recalled in his Autobiography that, “From this Incident I thought it likely, that if I were to remain in England and open a Swimming School, I might get a good Deal of Money. And it struck me so strongly, that had the Overture been sooner made me, probably I should not so soon have returned to America.”

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    Last Updated 07 August 2010