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IMAGE: JAMES JARCHE/FOX PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES. The Home Secretary, Winston Churchill (left, in top hat), during the siege of Sidney street in Stepney, East London, 1911.

IMAGE: JAMES JARCHE/FOX PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES.
The Home Secretary, Winston Churchill (left, in top hat), during the siege of Sidney street in Stepney, East London, 1911.

The Siege of Sidney Street

A Ferocious Urban Gun Battle, with Churchill Himself

On 16 December 1910, a resident of Sidney Street in London’s East End heard mysterious hammering noises at a house nearby and notified the Police. This was the beginning of a bizarre incident in which the Home Secretary, Winston S. Churchill, would take a direct hand – incurring no little criticism and ridicule at the time, and for years afterward. It was, like several other Churchillian escapades, only partly understood and greatly misinterpreted. Nevertheless, it makes for an exciting story.

A gang of refugees from Russian Latvia were responsible for this and other sensational crimes in London during 1909-1911. There was the “Tottenham Outrage” of 1909, the Houndsditch murders of 1910, and the famous gun battle on New Year’s Day 1911, around the Sidney Street house in which two of the gang’s members were barricaded.

The story began with the “Tottenham Outrage.” On 23 January 1909, two Latvian refugees of London’s East End assaulted a messenger carrying the wages for a local rubber factory. In the course of the struggle shots were fired and overheard at a nearby police station. A police chase ensued, the armed robbers enjoying a substantial advantage initially, as the use of firearms by police or criminals was then virtually unknown. The police hastened to arm themselves, however, and ran the criminals to earth after a six-mile pursuit in which two people were killed and 27 injured.

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London testing driverless cars while Auckland is still laying rails

The Heathrow shuttles will become the first driverless vehicles to be tested on London's roads

The Heathrow shuttles will become the first driverless vehicles to be tested on London’s roads

As all the politicians from John Key down slap themselves on the back for progressing Len Brown’s rail loop, and spending billions upon billions for an outmoded transport mode, other cities are getting on and experimenting with driverless technology.

London’s first driverless cars will be tested on the city’s streets this summer as part of an £8 million project.

The vehicles will be adapted from shuttle pods already being used to ferry passengers at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, but are now being developed to work without their dedicated tracks.

It is expected that seven of the cars, which resemble small automated train carriages, will be tested out on the streets of Greenwich, south London, this July as part of three pilot schemes.   Read more »

Face of the day

American injured service woman Kirstie Ennis, a 23 yr old Helicopter door gunner. Ennis is the only woman on the Walk Of Britain. Image from internet - for Nikki https://semperfifund.org/hero-stories/kirstie-ennis/

American injured service woman Kirstie Ennis, a 23 yr old Helicopter door gunner. Ennis is the only woman on the Walk Of Britain.
Image from internet – for Nikki
https://semperfifund.org/hero-stories/kirstie-ennis/

Today’s face of the day is a brave helicopter gunner who has endured 38 operations after almost dying in Afghanistan. She has hiked 1,000 miles for wounded troops.

  • Kirstie Ennis was injured in 2012 when her helicopter crash landed

  • She walked from Scotland to London for Walking with the Wounded

  • Operation to amputate her leg was put on hold so she could finish the trek

  • Prince and her have forged a remarkable friendship in the past few weeks

-dailymail.co.uk

For the article in full click here.

 

Disgusting display of anti-semitism in London, journalist calls for death of all Jews in Israel

This is absolutely disgusting, but it’s what you get when you import terror masquerading as “immigrants” or “refugees”.

At yesterday’s violent, pro-terrorist, anti-Israel rally outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, a pro Palestinian woman openly called for the genocide of six million Jews while accusing others of racism. Another anti-racist stood before a group of Jews waving a penny, telling them “money… is all you understand.”   Read more »

No love, your journalism ‘degree’ isn’t worth jack

A dopey and clearly un-talented former NewstalkZB “journalist” is cry baby of the week.

She is crying a river of tears via her former employer’s parent newspaper about how hard done by she is being a journalist, trained and skilled and yet only fit for reception work in London.

It was starting to feel like this city hated me. I was angry, broke, drinking a lot, and lacking any of the confidence I arrived with four months ago.

I’m talented. I’m hard-working. I’m blonde. And I can charm the pants off the 60-something-year-old Italian who makes me my daily coffee.

I’m also one of 30,000 Kiwis who have left Middle Earth for a city twice the population of our country. A city of 8.6 million people. A city that will chew you up and spit you out without so much as a farewell pint. So I may be many things, but in London, I’m irrelevant.

Yep, you are irrelevant. Glad you finally worked that out daaaaahling.

Here’s the thing: there are plenty of people with skills better than you at writing nonsense in London.

Just because you believed the hype of your regurgitated press releases at NewstalkZB doesn’t mean you are actually talented. If you truly were you’d have that dream London job as a hack at a tabloid.

This February felt like the right time for me to pack up my life. I had a specialist degree and three years’ experience working for some of New Zealand’s most reputable companies.

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Chris Cairns fail to show, perhaps he is flatting with Julian?

Chris Cairns has failed to show up in a London court for his perjury trial.

A British judge wasn’t impressed after former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns failed to show up for a London court hearing in his perjury trial.

Cairns has pleaded not guilty to a perjury charge stemming from a 2012 libel trial in Britain over alleged match-fixing, and is set for trial in October.

He was due to appear at a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey today, along with his co-defendant, Andrew Fitch-Holland, who was his barrister in the defamation case.

But Cairns’ lawyer, Simon Ray, told the court it had “escaped everybody’s attention” that Cairns had been required to attend and his client was in Australia.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

The Berners Street Hoax.

The Berners Street Hoax.

The Berners Street Hoax

The year was 1809. Famed English author, Theodore Hook, made a bet with one of his close friends, the noted architect and writer, Samuel Beazley, that within one week, he could make any house in London the most talked about place in the city. The house he ended up choosing was the home of the widow Mrs Tottenham on 54 Berners Street, London, which was the same street that Earl Stanhope and the Bishop of Carlisle and of Chester, among other wealthy and well-to-do individuals, lived on at that time.

Mrs Tottenham herself was described by newspapers as “a woman of fortune, it isn’t known why Hook chose Mrs Tottenham’s home as no connection between the two is known and Hook himself never explained his selection. It’s entirely possible that it just happened to be a location where the home across the street could be rented and was also in a fairly well-to-do part of town which would help assure Hook’s plan would work.

At around 4 AM on Monday, November 26, Hook picked up Beazley and the two went to a rented room across from the soon-to-be-infamous home at 54 Berners Street. Remember, this was an upscale location just off Oxford Street. This was a part of London where Lords, Ladies and Earls lived. As the two huddled in the pre-dawn darkness, Hook pointed across the street to the large home, which was owned by Mrs Tottenham.

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I think it makes a nice target

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Some people really are scumbags.

Some dopey wog is parading in front of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament wearing an ISIS flag.

He obviously thinks he might find himself in a spot of bother and in the time honoured way of protecting terrorism has taken a child to act as a human shield.

This is the shocking moment a man paraded past the Houses of Parliament draped in an Islamic State flag with a young girl on his shoulders – before being allowed to walk free by police.

The man could be seen walking past a group of scouts near Big Ben with the little girl waving a smaller version of the jihadist group’s flag just days before the anniversary of the 7/7 terror attacks.

Police confirmed that they stopped the man in the busy tourist area on Saturday, but did not arrest him as his actions were deemed ‘within the law’.

The decision has been slammed on social media, with many saying it makes they feel unsafe on the streets of Britain.

Gavin ‏tweeted: ‘Why are we allowing this to happen on our streets a man walking past big ben with an ISIS flag.

‘Walk through London past Big Ben with an ISIS flag nothing done do it with swastika what would be done?’

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A proper politician

Boris Johnson is supposedly in trouble for telling a rude and obnoxious cab driver, who was yelling abuse at him, to ‘fuck off and die’.

When a black-cab driver offered Boris Johnson the benefit of his worldly wisdom the other night – as they are inclined to do – he got a robust answer back.

The London Mayor and Tory MP told the cabbie to ‘f*** off and die’.

In case he had been misunderstood, the mayor reiterated his position on the matter, saying: ‘Why don’t you f*** off and die – and not in that order.’

It was just after midnight and Mr Johnson was cycling home along St John’s Street in Islington, North London, after attending a dinner, when the cabbie saw him driving the same way and decided to heckle him.

The driver was apparently irate over the mayor’s perceived lack of support for black-cab drivers in their battle with controversial minicab booking firm Uber.

He seized the opportunity to give Mr Johnson his opinion by leaning out of his cab window and gesticulating vigorously with his hand, while simultaneously shouting: ‘You’re one of them, mate.’

A video filmed by a passerby reveals the foul-mouthed response from Mr Johnson, who is tipped as a future leader of the Conservative Party.   Read more »

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© Andre Camara – The bomb damaged area of the City of London, after two blasts ripped through the buildings in the area, April 24, 1993.

© Andre Camara – The bomb damaged area of the City of London, after two blasts ripped through the buildings in the area, April 24, 1993.

1993: IRA bomb devastates City of London

A massive bomb ripped through the heart of the City of London, killing one and injuring more than 40. The explosion shook buildings and shattered hundreds of windows, sending glass showering down into the streets below. A mediaeval church, St Ethelburga’s, collapsed; another church and Liverpool Street underground station were also wrecked. The cost of repairing the damage was estimated at more than £1bn.

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