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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The Penguin Club
An 80 pound aluminium penguin as a mascot
Location: Clare Market
Description: The London School of Economics has a Penguin Club and their mascot is a one metre high steel and aluminium penguin whic stands outside the book shop in Clare Market.
It cost 10,000 dollars to make and was a gift from Canada. The problem is that the first one was stolen in 2001 and the 2nd one was stolen in 2009 leaving just a pair of severed flippers.
Students left flowers, poems,tins of sardines and penguin chocolate bars in memorium.
The current one is still there and as they weigh between 60 and 80 pounds it must be the local weightlifting club thats pinching them!
Tagged in this Tour: London
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012