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people that London the city it is for BoJo and it s a very personal history in that way Johnson s London being the centre of the niverse a fountain of shiny capitalism and a demi god of a city from whose loins culture has sprung decorating parts of the world The book floats along on a mixture of the combined egocentricity of the city and its fluffy haired mayor and at times I found myself snorting so often I felt like I was in a pig pen Having said that often than not I was Lover Extraordinaire (Extraordinaire, utterly engrossed As a born and bred Londoner who has anndying love of the city and an eual desire to get the hell away from it I really did enjoy this It s a small book and in no way a representation of everything that has shaped and made this city but it s interesting and hugely entertaining and I would thoroughly recommend it Especially to those who think Johnson is a lovable idiot the man is as sharp as a tack He just doesn t know how to comb his hairI saw in the bookstore thatthe people that
The New Edition Hasnew edition has chapter on the Olympics which makes Boris Johnson a chapter in London s history linking him as close to this city as to all those he admires It s Christmas With A Hero uite fitting really love him or loathe him he s a character and definitely belongs in a book Oh Boris you wiff waff playing floppy haired bungle bear of a politician if it weren t for your right wing Tory policies I think I dite like you But you re a lying Tory prick sooo An entertaining and scattershot read that reminded me of the London Walks book and also The Story of England Mayor Boris Johnson starts with the settlement of the Thames region and the reasons why London was settled pays tribute to Boudicca and the great fire and plague and a really fascinating look at St Pancras Station I loved every story except the Keith Richards one I guess I m not much of a Stones fanIt s a very ick read and you ll enjoy some of Johnson s odd turns of phrase A very entertaining and informative overview of the history of the world s greatest city The history of London told in interludes nominally centered around individual Londoners a la Boris In typical his sual fashion he s ite pfront about nominally centered around individual Londoners a la Boris In typical his A Ta Place usual fashion he site Mortal Sin upfront about biases and views so if you already know that he s not your cup of tea don t bother this version of London history is very Boris andnabashedly Tory Samuel Johnson father of compassionate conservatism Though I do appreciate that he admitted to being thoroughly wrong about Mary Seacole after first encountering her name as part of a play at his childrens school and including her in the book The tone is humorous and irreverent throughout and I was often How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose uite amused There are some chapters I would have given four stars and some I would have only given two so I ve settled on three as a compromiseBoris enthusiasm for his subjects both London and its people is palpable throughout and there are a lot of gems tucked in here as there are in London itself if you go poking around Even people who know a thing or two about London may find some surprises The main problem with the book is that it lacks focus It seems less like a coherent narrative than what came of Boris wandering or often pedaling around the City and sometimes it feels like even the author isn t sure what to make of some of the people he s writing about Robert Hooke misunderstood genius prickly know it all somewhere in between The ending got a bit weak with a run ofneven chapters Boris is very though I suppose not surprisingly sentimental about the Victorians and besotted with Keef in a way schoolgirl than seasoned politician On the other hand he s also ite honest about aspects of history other writers might prefer to gloss over such as the anti Semitism covered in the Rothschild chapter or the criticisms of Churchill He s at some pain to defend the great man. G without its people This new history of London told through a relay race of great Londoner. ,
I bought this book to read as a tribute to the Great City I visited one day on precisely 5th July 1997 it s like a dream to me then finally I decided to walk alone to visit Dr Johnson s House at 17 Gough Suare off Fleet Street So this book s title and the author s surname interested me at first sight The book s theme is simple it focuses on the people who made the city that made the world as appeared nder its title In fact of all its 19 themes two being the constructed things London Bridge and The Midland Grand Hotel and seventeen being the people Boudica Hadrian Alfred the Great Keith Richards I thought this should be worth reading to find out something I d never readknown beforeI soon found this book readable due to its large fonts and the author s writing style tinged with his sense of humour therefore his readers should know something new as related to any theme in which they re interested For instance1 LONDON BRIDGE The river was about four times wider than it is today and much slower but there was scarcely a coracle to be seen on the Thames When the time came for Christ to preach his ministry in Galilee there were certainly a few proto Britons living in a state of Aquinass Way to God undress and illiteracy But there were no Londoners There was no big or lasting habitation on the site of the modern city because there was no possibility of a settlement not without that vital peice of transport infrastructure Ise every day By my calculation today
London Bridge be the twelfth or thirteenth incarnation of a structure that has been repeatedly bashed broken burned or bombed p xii2 HADRIAN Clonk They were rebuilding London Bridge in 1834 when workmen hit something on the bed of the river It was green and slimy but after they had got the mud off they could see it was a fine Roman head 43 centimetres high and slightly over life size It was an emperor with a long straight nose and a slight frown and aha a beard and well trimmed moustache he wasn t as fleshy as Nero and the beard was less bushy than Marcus Aurelius It was a delicate sort of beard It belonged to a Hellenophile aesthete and intellectual one of the greatest administrators the world has ever seen p 93 SAMUEL JOHNSON Woe betides london bridge
Him If There Wasif there was task he had failed to complete because his conscience would be on at him clicking its tongue and tapping its foot Bijoux en origami until the job was finally done If you want a single episode that sumsp the guilty compulsions of Samuel Johnson think of how he had once failed as a young man to go to Uttoxeter to do an errand for his father and how fifty years later he went to expiate the omission and stood bare headed in the rain before the spot where his father had had his stall p 137etcI m sure we can enjoy reading nearly all of them and find these episodes new informative and interesting in any theme we prefer As for me I d like to confess I ve known a little on these themes Mellitus Richard Whittington Lionel Rothschild Mary Seacole WT Stead Keith Richards and the Midland Grand Hotel However I kept reading all of them and thus knew I also wondered why Sir Cliff Richard one of the great British pop singers some 50 years ago while Elvis Presley his contemporary crooned famously in the USA has not been included in the listThat s it my friends Get a copy and enjoy This is a good book No no it s a great book which I
guess is what turns my stomach most It s kind of like eating a cake baked byis what turns my stomach most It s kind of like eating a cake baked by neighbour you hate only to find it s one of the best cakes ever I m not a fan of our illustrious mayor but dude writes well well the guy was a journalist He is terribly engaging his writing evocative and filled with humour Not only that you read this and realise that nder all those layers of buffoon there is not only a very smart man but also a man who loves London This really is a book about Johnson s Lo. For centuries London has been amongst the greatest cities of the world But a city is nothin.
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But he at least presents the argument I almost feel as though Boris found it much difficult to approach recent history particularly the part of it within his own lifetime Oh dear All very Boris He cyles where once Alfred stood or Boudica burned he thinks He describes how shoppers talked in the year 800 or whatever he thinks Trouble is as he describes his cycling around these spiffing historical sites all that comes to mind is Boris his school blazer pockets bulging with conkers and a gobstopper
protruding from his cheek ite fun but golly and cripes chaps justfrom his cheek Prison Ramen uite fun but golly and cripes chaps just wheeze and beats doing your homework those chaps who write real history books must be bonkers Wonderfully written short accounts of the people that made London Thesual suspects of course Shakespeare Chaucer Samuel Johnson Dick Wittington although I did learn things I did not know about the man But also several lower profile Mary Seacole for instance If you love London this is the book to read Boris Johnson s Life of London bears many of the hallmarks of the public persona of the Mayor of London himself It s jumping from one important figure to another rather than acting as a biography of the city makes it disjointed a little nwieldy slightly
unpredictable possibly ill advisedCloser inspection however reveals that details of the city s history arepossibly ill advisedCloser inspection however reveals that details of the city s history are in abundance if fleetingly and with of an eye for how the past felt than how it can be described Amidst the stories of the lives of such giants as Samuel Johnson Hadrian Alfred the Great and others lie the details of the social economic and political state of the city Johnson s work flows as the Thames freezing only here and there to concentrate on a particular scandal or triumphWhat Boris does best in his writings as well as professionally is to passionately love hi My parents are from London and I ve spent a considerable amount of my life in and around the city My father is a historian of sorts who imbued in me stories of London from the Romans William the Conueror Shakespeare the Great Fire the Industrial Revolution and his own experiences on Thames sailing barges bringing coal into the docks as a young man He watched the German Luftwaffe fly p the river to bomb London all these stories and were fragments I grew Fearful Symmetry up with the traces of which I sought out during my own wanderings around London when I lived there and on business trips One of the values of Boris Johnson s book in my opinion is that it stitches these fragments into a coherent tapestry It provides a framework by focusing on certain London luminaries who were seminal to London s growth and success From Boudica to Alfred the Great from Chaucer to Samual Johnson from Rothschild to Keith Richards yes of the Stones he sheds light on various aspects Finance the Press Sanitation Pop Culture of London to highlight what makes it such an amazing city to this day And being a former journalist before he was made Mayor of London he writes with wonderful prose When writing about Shakespeare Every fact or factoid is a frail peg from which is suspended a vast duffel coat sodden with conjecture pocket stuffed with surmise About Samuel Johnsonthe sole author of the first dictionary of the language and therefore the supreme admiral of the all conuering fleet of English words that has sailed into ever port andp every creek and inlet in the worldI thoroughly enjoyed this book and find Boris Johnson himself an intriguing personality Adored itNow must find out much about Robert Hooke the most astonishingly inventive minds of his or any age Died in 1703Fun facts about English the OED now has 600000 words the the Global Language Monitor calculates there are one million English lexemes Chinese dislects together can muster about half a million Spanish 225000 Russian 195000 German 185000 French 100000 and Arabic 4500. S shows that the ingenuity diversity creativity and enterprise of London are second to none.