Thursday, 30 July 2015

Streets Ahead: Free #London Tours?


Streets Ahead is the column from London Walks' Pen and Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent David Tucker






A THREE-WAY (CONVERSATION)

This sound familiar? Especially the first 19 words.

"I've not come here to get money; not I; I've come here merely for the good of the public, and to let you see how you've been imposed upon by a parcel of pompous shopkeepers, who are not content with less than 100 per cent for rubbish. They got up a petition – which I haven't time to read to you just now ­– offering me a large sum of money to keep away from here. But no, I had too much friendship for you to consent, and here I am. . . . I've in this cart a cargo of useful and cheap goods; can supply you with anything, from a needle to an anchor. Nobody can sell as cheap as me, seeing that I gets all my goods upon credit, and never means to pay for them. Now then, what shall we begin with? Here's a beautiful guard-chain."

It is of course from London Labour and the London Poor, Henry Mayhew’s mid-19th century expedition deep into the world of the Victorian underclass.

Still not got it?

Hint: he’s not there to “get money.” But  – who woulda thought it? – turns out he’s got wares to “sell.” They’re “cheap” (I’ll bet they are). But – oh dear – money’s going to be changing hands.

But, but, but… If he’s not there “to get money” – if he’s there “merely for the good of the public” – well, he must be giving the stuff away.

It must be “free.” Isn’t that what “not here to get money” means?

Puleeeeeeeeze.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been thinking about suckers lately.
What’s their birth rate now? Is it still one every minute?

Answers on a postcard please.





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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The #London #Comedy Plaque Trail No.3/6 Willie Rushton

Follow our Comedy Plaque Trail every day this week and it will lead you to Andrew Lukas's MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS – A HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE COMEDY tour this Sunday 2nd August at 10:45a.m meeting at Leicester Square tube exit 1
















Willie Rushton (1937 - 1996) was the complete all-rounder. Writer, comedian, actor, satirist and cartoonist.





For many he is best remembered for his role in the BBC Radio 4 comedy show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, which features the wilfully nonsensical game Mornington Crescent – which is where you can find his plaque.


Catch up with I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue at the BBC www.bbc.co.uk


For more on Willie Rushton see The Daily Constitutional's Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London.



THIS SUNDAY… Join London Walks guide & comedian Andrew Lukas in Soho this Sunday 2nd August at 10:45a.m for his tour THE MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS – A HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE COMEDY. There's no need to book, the tour costs £10 with £8 for students and over 65's. NB the tour is NOT suitable for children. Meet at Leicester Square tune exit1.



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Wordy Wednesday: Brian Leads the Literary #London #Pub Walk Tonight




A Literary London Quote to tide you over until you join me on my walk this evening at 7pm…


Holborn Station (where we meet tonight) Virginia Woolf wrote in Night and Day - "A blend of daylight and lamplight-gave the people who passed by a semi-transparent quality."



Meet Brian at 7pm, Holborn Tube station. There's no need to book. A London Walk costs £10 (£8 concession)


Brian
Brian, a professionally qualified Blue Badge Guide, won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award in 1994. His career has embraced the law, surveying, catering, dispatch riding and art - and the stage may be beckoning. Now, anyone for a soundbite? And if you'd like a completely independent take on Brian's guiding, well, read this Marylebone Journal review of his Old Marylebone walk. 






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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The #London #Comedy Plaque Trail No.2/6 Graham Chapman


Follow our Comedy Plaque Trail every day this week and it will lead you to Andrew Lukas's MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS – A HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE COMEDY tour this Sunday 2nd August at 10:45a.m meeting at Leicester Square tube exit 1














Where else would we find a plaque for Monty Python's Graham Chapman…





…but on the pub?

The pub is The Angel in Highgate.



At the unveiling of the plaque back in 2012, Chapman's friend and Monty Python colleague Michael Palin told the BBC:

"This was Graham's manor and Graham was a lovely guy. I spent many happy times with him, most of which I forget. This was where he was and we used to come up here to see him.

"Highgate was his patch and he should be celebrated because he was a very good, brilliant, funny, nice, wise, kind man, who occasionally drank too much."





Join London Walks guide & comedian Andrew Lukas in Soho this Sunday 2nd August at 10:45a.m for his tour THE MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS – A HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE COMEDY. There's no need to book, the tour costs £10 with £8 for students and over 65's. NB the tour is NOT suitable for children. Meet at Leicester Square tune exit1.






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