Destinations Magazine

On This Day in London History…

By Lwblog @londonwalks
On This Day in London History…David pauses for breath before a big anniversary…
It's probably sacrilege but I'm feeling in need of a breather from this upcoming anniversary.
And that's not to gainsay in any way the importance of that terrible, world-changing event in lower Manhattan on that cerulean-skied September morning. Or the importance of properly marking it - giving it its due - ten years on.
Question is, is its due the drowning out of just about everything else? Maybe so. Maybe it's just me (David) - my not being a big fan of matters monolithic whatever form they take. Massiveness, rigidity and uniformity spooks me. The Shakespeare line that creeps me out more than any other is Henry IV's thinking of getting up a war against "the infidels" in you-can-guess-which-part-of-the-world and Nuremberg rally dreaming: "march all one way".
Anyway, wherever the restiveness is coming from, I'm going to take it for a bit of a run.
If the 911 anniversary is the point - here's the counterpoint anniversary. And, yes, London's the stage.
Ninety years ago Charlie Chaplin was on his way back to England. Sailing on the White Star liner Olympic. Luxury liner - of course - but CC was breakfasting on salt and water. The "little tramp" had been away for nine years. He'd quit these shores a south London nobody, he was returning to them as a millionaire American.
Cut to Waterloo Station. September 10, 1921. Remember Beatlemania? Crowds that size are there to greet Charlie Chaplin. Takes a 40-strong police escort to get him to The Ritz Hotel. He's in the Regal Suite.
A huge crowd gathers below.
Charlie Chaplin comes to the window.
The one and the many.
The one throws carnations to the many.
Ninety years ago. Ten years ago. The whirligig of time.
Okay, had my breather. Back to now, back to 3652 days ago.
Our pic is from The Kid, which is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD on the Park Circus label.
To follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Bebo or MySpace, to watch London Walks Films on YouTube, to send us an email or simply to catch up on the latest news from www.walks.com, click on the appropriate icon below…
bebofacebookyoutubebebobebomyspace
Email me
Bookmark and Share

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • O'Driscoll Wants His Team to Take More Risks

    O'Driscoll Wants Team Take More Risks

    Walsall Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll has spoken to club journalists ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Crewe Alexandra, and has called upon his... Read more

    5 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Bescotbanter
    SOCCER, SPORTS
  • My BEAUTIFUL Weaning Story

    BEAUTIFUL Weaning Story

    I know what caught your attention- the word beautiful, right? How can weaning from breastfeeding be beautiful,especially when it involves a stubborn two and hal... Read more

    6 hours, 35 minutes ago by   Sangeetha
    FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Brew Box Company – Wilson Street, Glasgow

    Brew Company Wilson Street, Glasgow

    Tardis Cafe aims to be zero waste New micro cafe Brew Box Coffee Company located within a tardis on Wilson Street are aiming to be zero waste.  Owner Laura, onl... Read more

    6 hours, 49 minutes ago by   Emma
    DESTINATIONS, DINING OUT, FOOD & DRINK
  • A Valentine Treat from BornPrettyStore

    Valentine Treat from BornPrettyStore

    With Valentine Day approaching, my trials with the perfect dress, makeup and jewelry is just increasing!! I selected few jewelries to grace the occasion from... Read more

    7 hours, 39 minutes ago by   Jhilmil D Saha
    HAIR & BEAUTY
  • Parenting | The Threenager (& How to Deal with Them)

    Parenting Threenager Deal with Them)

    Threenager.. that is the perfect word to sum up a three year old. You spend the first few years of your child's life teaching them right from wrong, how to act... Read more

    8 hours, 35 minutes ago by   Livedwithlove
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Dare to Bare || Announcing My First Ever Association with Revlon

    Dare Bare Announcing First Ever Association with Revlon

    Hello all, hope you are doing well. If you guys are following my Facebook page then you will know that I have been wanting to share something exciting with you... Read more

    9 hours, 1 minute ago by   Sayantini Bhattacharya
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Chosen Child – Linda Huber

    Chosen Child Linda Huber

    Psychological Thriller4*s I was delighted to be offered a copy of this book by the author saying “I’m asking you because this one has a similar ‘feel’ to The... Read more

    9 hours, 4 minutes ago by   Cleopatralovesbooks
    BOOKS, CULTURE

Magazines