Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 63 months ago
Monday Miscellanea

Ampthill Square Estate

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday26 August 1985: Controversial bare-footed athlete Zola Budd breaks the world 5000m record in Crystal Palace.
  • Tuesday27 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.
  • Wednesday28 August 2003: A large power outage causes significant disruption to most South London mainline rail services and the majority of the tube network.
  • Thursday29 August 1947: James Hunt is born in Belmont (a village in what is now the London Borough of Sutton). He would become a popular and successful racing driver, winning the F1 World Championship in 1976.
  • Friday30 August 1797: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is born in Somers Town. She would become known, under the name Mary Shelley, for her novel 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus'.

Random London Quote Of The Week

London is enchanting. I step out upon a tawny coloured magic carpet, it seems, and get carried into beauty without raising a finger. The nights are amazing, with all the white porticoes and broad silent avenues. And people pop in and out, lightly, divertingly like rabbits; and I look down Southampton Row, wet as a seal's back or red and yellow with sunshine, and watch the omnibus going and coming, and hear the old crazy organs. One of these days I will write about London, and how it takes up the private life and carries it on, without any effort.

Virginia Woolf

Photo by Gary Kinsman via the Londonist Flickr Pool.

Last Updated 26 August 2013