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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

The Shop the Looters Ignored



The Shop the Looters Ignored

The bookshop that looters didn't even touch.

Location: 70-72 St John's Road, Clapham, SW11 1PT

Description: On the worst night of 2011 London rioting almost every shop in Clapham High Street was looted by rioters - except, remarkably, one - the bookshop.

In one of the most telling images of the summer, looters stole TVs, camouflage shorts and iPods, but the Waterstone's branch in Clapham was left completely untouched.

The joke the next day was that the rioters do not know how to read. Simon, the manager of camping shop Blacks, watched it all from an upstairs window across the road, hiding in terror as hundreds of looters plundered his shop and the street outside.

They smashed our window, ripped the plasma TVs off our walls, took all our jackets and rucksacks. I saw them go into Claire's Accessories, break into NatWest, liberate our neighbours Toni & Guy of hair products. They carted off iPods from Currys, clothes from Debenhams, mobile phones from Carphone Warehouse. I was horrified.

But Waterstone's, directly opposite us was untouched. For the looters it was as if it did not exist.


When Waterstone's deputy manager Alicia Baiger arrived next day to a street littered with broken glass and debris, she was amazed to find that her shop - with its 199 Sony eReaders and three-for-two 10 paperbacks - had suffered not even a scratch.

What this free-for-all revealed better than any consumer behaviour poll could, is that many young people have no desire for books. Not even when they are apparently free.

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The Shop the Looters Ignored

The bookshop that looters didn't even touch.


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Maybe it just means that the sort of people who read books are not the sort of people who loot shops. (Karen)
Posted by Karen on 2013-08-12
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