March 16, 2011 |
On your mark ? get set ? stop! London is gearing up to host the Summer Olympics next year, but the countdown to the big event has started (or, actually, stopped) inauspiciously with an embarrassing freeze-up of a clock in Trafalgar Square marking the days left until the Games begin. The giant electronic timer was unveiled amid great fanfare Monday evening, with dignitaries and Olympic gold medalists on hand to celebrate 500 days to go before the opening ceremony. But on Tuesday, less than 24 hours later, the clock suddenly stalled.
August 23, 2009 |
In most countries, stranding someone on a narrow platform 30 feet off the ground, exposed to the elements, would probably constitute a form of torture. But in Britain, it's art. And thousands of people are vying for a chance to be part of it. Their goal: an hour of fleeting glory atop a patch of prime real estate, an empty pedestal in London's Trafalgar Square, alongside such illustrious neighbors as Adm. Horatio Nelson on his famous column, King George IV on horseback and the inevitable clumps of tourists below.
May 2, 2004
I enjoyed the article on St. Martin-in-the-Fields, ("A Spot of Tea and British History," April 18) but wondered why the writer didn't point out that it is right across Trafalgar Square from the National Gallery. We enjoyed a rainy day in London by visiting the National Gallery in the morning, crossing the square for the midday concert and lunch at St. Martin's, and then spending the afternoon at the National Portrait Gallery, which adjoins the National Gallery. Altogether a perfect day. Judith Fujita Rancho Palos Verdes I too was enamored with St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
April 7, 2004 |
If everything goes according to plan, this time next year I will be fixed to a stone plinth in the center of London -- my naked, pregnant, disabled body on display and exposed to the elements in one of the most crowded parts of the city. I couldn't be happier about it. I have the honor of being the inspiration for "Alison Lapper Pregnant," the large, white marble sculpture by artist Marc Quinn that has just been chosen to go on the vacant fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
November 9, 2003 |
The Cold War and the 20th century are over; new fears and quandaries beset us. George Orwell, however, is still with us. To think of politics in Great Britain and the United States is to recall his legacy. His belief that writing is giving one's word, that politics requires truthfulness, attests to his inexpugnable Protestantism. He bore witness to democracy's torments, intellectuals' responsibilities and history's disappointments.
January 10, 2003 |
London Mayor Ken Livingstone announced that he had struck a deal to allow limited feeding of pigeons in Trafalgar Square. Livingstone in 2000 banned the feeding and evicted the square's official birdseed vendor. He argued that the flock was a health hazard and that the cleanup cost $160,000 a year. But activists staged daily feedings, saying thousands of pigeons would starve.