London Trivia: Student protests

On 13 March 1967 hundreds of students at the London School of Economics took part in a sit-in over disciplinary action taken against two union officials, following their part in a demonstration on 31 January against the appointment of the LSE’s next director, Dr Walter Adams, in which a college porter died of a heart attack during the demonstrations. Students opposed the appointment as he had links with Ian Smith’s racist regime.

On 13 March 1961 five members of Portland Spy Ring went on trial at the Old Bailey charged with plotting to pass plans of HMS Dreadnought, Britain’s first nuclear submarine, they were all found guilty

The London Hackney Carriage Act makes it illegal to hail a cab whilst the vehicle is moving, thankfully the police don’t enforce the law

London’s first Russian Orthodox Cathedral was consecrated in 2000 look down on its blue onion dome from Chiswick Flyover’s eastbound lane

The corpse of Henry V’s wife Catherine de Valois was dug up and put on display for 200 years, Samuel Pepys records kissing the lips for a bet

In 1940 Winston Churchill met at St. Ermin’s Hotel promising to ‘Set Europe Ablaze’ the genesis of the SOE which ultimately became the SAS

Harry Potter’s magic luggage trolley sticks out of a wall between platforms 8/9 not 9/10 because J.K.Rowling was thinking of Euston

Kaspar the Cat was a large feline figure used at the Savoy Hotel if a table setting totalled 13 increasing it beyond that unlucky number

Ping-pong bar Bounce at 121 Holborn is on the site where John Jacques created and patented the game in 1901

The taximeter invented in 1891 giving the cab its alternative name wasn’t used in London until 1907 in a attempt to prevent rows about fares

In the Royal Mews the carriages are the responsibility of the Master of the Horse a position created by Edward III after the Siege of Calais

The world’s first ATM was installed outside Barclays Bank, Enfield in 1967 it was opened by actor/comedian Reg Varney who withdrew £10

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3 thoughts on “London Trivia: Student protests”

  1. Great stuff. I remember Reg drawing out that cash, they had his photo in all the papers. I first used one on Tottenham Ciourt Road, in 1969. The flexible card had holes punched in it, and there was no PIN number.
    Best wishes, Pete.


    1. I found you lurking in my trash folder. I think I’ve been too enthusiastic with my banned words in the discussion section. I got the idea from the BeetleyPete blog!

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