Sunday, 21 June 2009

The Weekly Gallimaufry 21:06:09

"Oh, I say!" *

It’s Still Here!

We’re still getting hits looking for David's record-breaking post on how to keep kids amused on London Walks. It was the first of our How to Walk series. Here are links to all three instalments so far…

1. How to walk No.1… Scootermania!
2. How to Walk No.2… The Sitting Walk!
3. How to Walk No.3… Do it in Private!

Get the Picture?

A fortnight ago in The Weekly Gallimaufry we asked: where’s this…?

It is, of course, a detail from the old Black Cat Tobacco Factory at Mornington Crescent, Camden, north London. Completed in 1928, the building was inspired by the fad for all things Egyptian.

Our new teaser: inside looking out… where (below)?

Answers (just for fun) to the usual address

Anyone For…?

The sleepy London suburb with the postcode SW19 takes centre stage in the world of sport this week: the competition known officially as The Championships, but better known by the single word Wimbledon, begins on the 22nd of June.

Six Wimbledon Facts

1. This year, for the first time, there’s a roof on Centre Court – thus ensuring no repeat of local (i.e. local to England) entertainer Cliff Richard’s impromptu performance of six of his British chart hits during a long, rain-sodden Centre Court afternoon in back in 1996.
2. Virginia Wade was the last English singles winner, taking the title in Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee year of 1977.
3. Ralph Lauren is the official Wimbledon outfitter. All the Wimbledon officials, including ball girls and ball boys, will be kitted out in his designs.
4. The famous BBC TV Theme music is entitled Light and Tuneful and was written by Keith Mansfield.
5. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (to give Wimbledon its full, Sunday title) will host the Olympic Tennis events in 2012.
6. No Scot has ever won a singles title at Wimbledon…

London Rules the Airwaves This Week…

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row arts programme runs a piece this week on the reformation of one of the great London bands. Formed at the fabled Goldsmith’s College in the early 1990’s, the original members of Blur are back together again. The programme is on BBC R4 on Wednesday 24th at 7.15p.m.… BBC Radio 7, the home of classic comedy, is re-running the affectionate Westminster satire Yes Minister starting this Thursday (25th June) at 8.00am, 12.00 midday and 7.00pm… Set in both Scotland and London (with a dramatic scene in Jermyn Street, among other capital locations) John Buchan’s classic adventure The Thirty-Nine Steps is also on BBC Radio 7 this week, on Tuesday (23rd June) at 10.00am, 3.00pm and 3.00am.

* Our Strapline…

Our strapline this week – “Oh, I say!” – was the favoured verbal outburst of the legendary BBC tennis commentator, and 16-times British tennis champion Dan Maskell. Equally famed for his on-air bloopers in the high-pressure world of say-something-quick, LW Blog’s favourite example is, whilst commentating on a doubles match: "The Gullikson twins here. An interesting pair, both from Wisconsin."

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