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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th June 2011 Peace campaigner Brian Haw, who camped from 2001 to 2011 outside Parliament, dies from lung cancer.

18th June 1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

18th June 1963 Born today: Omar Londono, jockey

18th June 1929 Born today: James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)

18th June 1817 Waterloo Bridge (2formerly Strand Bridge) was officially opened by the Prince Regent.

18th June 1583 Richard Martin of London takes out 1st life insurance policy, on William Gibbons, premium was 383

Monty Python's Maritime sketch



Monty Python's Maritime sketch

Monty Python's opening Meaning of life sketch was filmed here.

Location: 71 Fenchurch Street, London

Description: This classic Terry Gilliam sketch was filmed here. It was as a separate film screened at the start of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

Film goes like this: The elderly employees of a staid London assurance firm has been taken over by the Very Big Corporation of America. They rebel against their corporate masters when one of them is sacked, and force their boss to walk a makeshift plank out a window, then they commandeer their Edwardian office building and turn it into a pirate ship, sailing through the City of London, they then proceed to attack The Very Big Corporation of America's skyscraper, using, among other things, wooden filing cabinets which have been transformed into carronades and swords fashioned from the blades of a ceiling fan. On ropes, they swing into the board room and engage the executives of VBCA in hand-to-hand combat, vanquishing them.



The building's day job is as the Lloyd's Register Group - a maritime classification society and independent risk management organisation.

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Monty Python's Maritime sketch

Monty Python's opening Meaning of life sketch was filmed here.


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