Saturday, 31 July 2010

Pub Quiz Kensington

Earlier this week we posted more questions from the previous Monday’s Pub Quiz Walk – try them as a warm-up for Monday’s Kensington Pub Quiz Walk 2nd August 7pm at High Street Kensington Station at 7pm.

(P.S: More warm-up questions tomorrow night!)

Last Sunday’s Posted Questions… AND ANSWERS!

1. What colour is Whitehall on the standard English Monopoly board?
A: PINK
2. In the recent Sherlock Holmes movie, who played Watson?
A: JUDE LAW
3. Its nickname is The Gherkin: what’s its real name?
A: THE SWISS RE BUILDING
4. Why was Madonna issued with an official warning from Westminster City Council last week?
A: A NOISY PARTY WAS HELD IN HER LONDON HOME

And last week’s REAL tough one…

5. Fill in the blanks in the following sequence (The blanks are IN CAPITALS):
CLEMENT, WINSTON, Anthony, Harold, ALEC, Harold, Harold, EDWARD, Harold, Harold, JAMES, Margaret, Margaret, Margaret, JOHN, Anthony, Anthony, Anthony, GORDON, DAVID
…they are the Christian names of all of our post-war Prime Ministers in chronological order of election victory.

Last Saturday’s Posted Questions… AND ANSWERS

1. What colour is the roof of the Ministry of Defence?
A: GREEN
2. What democratic anomaly links: Arthur Balfour, Gordon Brown, James Callaghan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home?
A: EACH SERVED AS PRIME MINISTER WITHOUT BEING ELECTED BY THE NATION
3. Edina and Patsy were the central characters in which London-set sitcom?
A: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
4. Which famous school did our current Prime Minister attend?
A: ETON
5. I have one North down south and two Easts up north; I get Cross three times and have both a Common and a Green – and although I have both an Oak and a whole Wood, I only have two branches. Which tube line am I?
A: THE NORTHERN LINE

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Friday, 30 July 2010

On This Day in London History…

30th July 1948… With just two years to go to the Olympics, we look forward to London’s third Summer Olympiad by looking back to her second – the “Ration Book Games” of 1948.

As we browsed the wonderful bookshops of Cecil Court recently, we found this copy of The Strand magazine from August 1948. The issue was published on the 30th July – the self same day on which the men’s High Jump was taking place at Wembley.

The cover shows Great Britain’s Alan Paterson, a 19-year-old Glaswegian and Britain’s then-record holder. Note, to the left of the illustration, the handkerchief he would tie to the bar to better mark the height he was aiming for. Great Britain’s other representative in the final was the Nigerian Prince Adegboyega Folaranmi Adedoyin.

On the 30th July 1948, 62 years ago today, Adegboyega Folaranmi Adedoyin jumped to 12th place; Paterson finished joint-seventh (clearing 1.90m) with gold claimed by John Winter, a 24-year-old bank clerk from Perth, Western Australia, jumping 1.98.

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Daughters of Kensington

Here’s David, training both pen and lens on his beloved Kensington (NB: There’s a SPECIAL OFFER at the bottom of the post)…

“The great American cultural anthropologist made us understand that even the tiniest community of ‘primitive’ South Sea islanders was an infinitely wonderful and varied and colourful living thing. An evanescent, ever-changing, many hued prism.

And that’s by way of introducing some of The Daughters of Kensington. (And, yes, our Kensington Walk.)

Just here in Kensington Church Walk, for example:


It’s like penetrating to one of Mead’s remote Polynesian islands. Londoners – let alone tourists – don’t find their way in there. Or if they are fortunate enough to get ‘lost’ and stumble in there – well, ‘what a charming mural on the side of that house’.

And that’s as far as it goes, as far as they get. They’re not really seeing much at all, not ‘getting it’. It’s like flying over that remote South Sea island, taking a couple of tourist snaps, gawking and waving (half embarrassedly, half tentatively) at the islanders down below and then swoosh it’s back to the ‘tourist compound’, the resort.

Go in there on Adam’s or David’s or Angela’s walk, though, and it’s like riding shotgun with Margaret Mead down on the ground, in amongst ‘the natives’.

That little girl in the mural, for example. That’s Kim. She’s a Kensington Daughter. James, who’s lived in the house for over 40 years is her dad. (He’s in the painting as well, though you can’t see him in this view.) He had the mural painted for Kim – and her brother, Jensen, who’s also in the painting, but not visible in this section. James wanted for his kids, instead of a blank wall, a storybook treatment of their childhood, where they lived, the stuff they were growing up with, etc. And can you see Rachel and Annie? They’re James’ godchildren. If you look very closely you should be able to see them.

And the Millinery. Well, it turns out that there’s a wonderful millinery only about ten yards from the one shown here. Life imitating art. Lady by the name o’ Gina has opened it in her dad Peter’s hairdressing salon. Peter’s turned the place over to Gina and taken his considerable skills just a few doors along Kensington Church Walk. He’s joined Annie’s team. Annie Russell, as I describe her, is ‘the most gifted hairdresser of the last half century’. Proof? Well, how does being Elizabeth Taylor’s hairdresser for 12 years grab you?

Anyway, Annie and Peter were competitors for years. And now they’ve joined forces. And Peter’s daughter’s got her Millinery. It’s, well, storybook stuff. Kensington storybook stuff.

Oh and Annie’s also got a wonderful daughter, Tamsyn, who helps out in the salon (when she’s not looking after her toddler son, George).

And as long as we’re at it, there’s another very special Kensington father-daughter team a stone’s throw away in Thackeray Street. It’s the father-daughter team – Gordon French and Alex – who run Gallery 19, the bestest little art gallery on the planet.

Kensington Village is that kind of place. If you can get ‘an entrée’.

And that’s where we come in.”

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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Bob Dylan: Looking Back

Captured last Sunday on the Beat London: Kerouac, Ginsberg & Dylan walk – an alleyway behind the Savoy Hotel used by D.A Pennebaker when shooting his legendary 1965 Bob Dylan film Don’t Look Back.


Thanks to Claire Newport who snapped it and sent it in with the following note attached:

“I went on the 'Beat London' walk last Sunday; a fantastic walk with
the charismatic and knowledgeable Adam.”

Thanks Claire!



For more in a similar key, keep an eye out for the NEW London Walks Friday regular Rock’n’Roll London – every Friday at 2.00p.m FROM 6TH AUGUST 2010.


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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Plaque of the Week No.44

First Among Equals…

Commemorating: The first Asian MP in Westminster
Street: Rosebery Avenue
Postcode: EC1
Borough: Islington

With our MP’s on the verge of their summer holiday (Already! Ed.) and our Prime Minister on a visit to India, now is a good time to focus on a plaque to the first Asian MP. Dadabhai Naoroji served the people of Finsbury between 1892 and 1895. Known as “The Grand Old Man of India” he was born in 1825 at Navsari in Southern Gujarat. Sitting as a Liberal Party MP, he spoke in Parliament on Indian affairs and Irish Home Rule. You will find his plaque on the old Finsbury Town Hall building in his old constituency.

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Monday, 26 July 2010

Congratulations Pub Quiz Walk Winners!

Thanks to all who took part in the Lambeth Pub Quiz Walk earlier tonight. Here are this week's prize winners pictured outside the Old Vic Theatre at the end of the walk.

The second picture shows the team scored the highest London Resident score – 34 and-three-quarters out of 40. Well done gents!

The top pic is of Susan and Scott, an American and a Canadian who teamed-up on the night to take the best score among our contestants from overseas – 24 out of 40. Pretty good going.

"I think ALL London Walks should have a quiz!" added Susan at the end of the night.




The next Pub Quiz Walk is the Kensington Half & Half next Monday 2nd August at 7pm (meet at High St Kensington tube).

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