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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd January 1967 Born today: Olivia d'Abo, London England, actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy)
22nd January 1946 Punk pioneer Malcolm McLaren was born in Stoke Newington.
22nd January 1927 The first ever live football radio commentary for Arsenal v Sheff Utd.
22nd January 1920 England football manager Sir Alf Ramsey was born in Dagenham.
22nd January 1876 The Royal Aquarium amusement park opened in Westminster.
Dirty Pretty Things
A film location with a grizzly secret, well ask Okwe!
Location: 4 Whitehall Court, Horseguards Avenue, SW1A 2EP
Description: 'Dirty Pretty Things' was released in 2002, a film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight.
A drama about two illegal immigrants in London, it was was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won a British Independent Film Award for 'Best Independent British Film' in 2003.
'Chiwetel Ejiofor's' Nigerian exile Okwe drives a minicab by day, at night he's a porter in a hotel that's home to some shady goings-on.
When Okwe stumbles upon the hotel's dirty secret, he is placed in an impossible dilemma. A decent man, how can he do the right thing - given his precarious status - and still protect the people he cares about?
This film location was the 'Baltic Hotel' in this superb drama, where Okwe has to retrieve a surplus organ from a toilet! A human heart!