Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 85 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday24th October 2003: Concorde’s final commercial passenger flight touches down at Heathrow airport.
  • Tuesday25th October 1976: The National Theatre on the South Bank is opened by the Queen, following several years of delays.
  • Wednesday26th October 1992: A Computer Aided Dispatch system is introduced at London’s ambulance service. The system does not fare well, and is blamed for massive delays in assigning ambulances to calls (and reports of up to 30 deaths as a result).
  • Thursday27th October 1986: The City of London experiences 'Big Bang Day' as the financial markets are deregulated.
  • Friday28th October 1903: Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh is born in Hampstead. He would become a successful writer.

Random London Quote Of The Week

My fiftieth year had come and gone,

I sat, a solitary man,

In a crowded London shop,

And open book and empty cup

On the marble table-top.

While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;

And twenty minutes more or less

It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessed and could bless.

William Butler Yeats

Picture by Peter Denton via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 23 October 2011