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.
November 24, 2002 |
The military turning point of World War II came in November 1942, 60 years ago, at three different places on the globe. At El Alamein in Egypt, the British 8th Army won a battle against the German-Italian African army and began its march westward. A week later, American and British forces landed in Morocco and Algeria, establishing a second front, eventually clearing all of Africa of German and Italian troops.
January 2, 1987 |
British police made more than 150 arrests Thursday as 50,000 revelers welcomed in the New Year with fireworks and singing in London's Trafalgar Square. But police said the traditional celebrations in central London were generally good-humored and passed without major incident.
April 2, 1985 |
The trustees of Britain's National Art Gallery said today they are scrapping a design for an extension that Prince Charles described as a "monstrous carbuncle." The $21.6-million scheme included building a glass tower topped by aluminum flagpoles facing Trafalgar Square. A gallery spokesman said six architects will be invited to submit a new design for the extension.
January 28, 2004 |
There were pop stars, cameras and lights, but the excitement wasn't for a movie premiere. It was the world debut of a Pepsi commercial -- starring Britney Spears, Pink and Beyonce. The trio were at the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square on Monday for the first screening of the soft drink manufacturer's "New Gladiator" ad, in which they play gladiators and Enrique Iglesias plays an evil Roman emperor.
May 7, 2002 |
Tens of thousands of pro-Israel demonstrators gathered in Trafalgar Square on Monday, calling for peace in the Middle East and an end to Palestinian suicide attacks on Israelis. The square was awash with blue-and-white Israeli flags and banners proclaiming solidarity with Israel, as the crowd cheered the key speaker--former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Police estimated that 30,000 people attended.
July 17, 2005 |
After the July 7 London subway and bus bombings, we aimed to be somber, angry and chilling, but our pens too often hit the banal and hackneyed. Amid the mourning lions of Trafalgar Square and Twin Towers of London was clever work linking London's happy Olympic news of 7/6 to the 7/7 attacks, and some perspective-providing reminders about past IRA terror and the World War II Blitz.
February 12, 2006 |
Thousands of Muslims in London and other European cities rallied peacefully to condemn published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and the violent reactions to them. About 5,000 gathered in London's Trafalgar Square as speakers not only denounced the cartoons as an unacceptable insult, but also condemned the torching of embassies in Syria and Lebanon, deaths in Afghanistan and other violence committed in response. Peaceful crowds also gathered in Paris, Berlin and other cities.