The week's most popular posts, and a round-up of what's happening around town.
In the news:
See the News category for more
Other good stuff:
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.”
Are you our friend on Facebook? Interact with us over there. We promise judicious selectivity of posting and lots of asking you things.