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TOUR OF THE MONTH

American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th July 1982 IRA bomb attacks in London

20th July 1982 Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks

20th July 1982 T Macauly and D Vosburghs musical Windy City, premieres in London

20th July 1960 Born today: Katie Rabbet, London England, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend

20th July 1956 Born today: Paul Cook, London, rock drummer (Sex Pistols)

20th July 1944 Pierre Vinot, French ambassador to London/writer, dies

20th July 1935 Born today: Ted Rogers, Kennington London, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella)

20th July 1930 Born today: Sally Ann Howes, London England, actress (Dead of Night)

A mad day playing Rugby



A mad day playing Rugby

Graham Chapman led a team of turnstile destroyers here

Location: The Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, TW9 2SS

Description: And indeed it was mad and very funny...

In 1965, Graham Chapman (of Monty Python fame) was chairman of the Students' Union at the St Barthowlemew's Hospital, a year later it was Alan Bailey.

And so it was in 1966 and their game of rugby against the London Hospital in the finals of the rugby cup at this very ground, that, the introduction of a fee to enter was introduced - prior to this no medical student ever paid to enter the ground.

So on arrival, their was a huge and newly installed turnstile with a man expecting payment from all on the bus, the pricely sum of one pound each.

This did not go down at all well, until someone jumped into the driving seat and drove the bus into the turnstile and knocked it down! You could not make these things up...it's a comedy sketch in itself which Graham Chapman would have been proud of!

And so came a bill of 600 pounds for the rebuild of the turnstile which was sent to the dean of St Barthowlemew's Hospital...whether it ever got paid is anyone's guess!

Tagged in this Tour: Graham Chapman's Python London

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A mad day playing Rugby

Graham Chapman led a team of turnstile destroyers here


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