Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage Says Mike London Will Return Next Season
Egyptian sphinxes jostle with Greek capitals and Roman tablets lean against Gothic angels in what Catharine Arnold describes as a “suitably OTT monument to a larger than life showman.” The Builder magazine merely calls it “ponderous coxcombery.” Kensal Green Cemetery , Harrow Road, Kensal Green; +44 208 969 0152 William and Agnes Loudon: Six feet above The immaculate graveyard of St. John the Baptist church in the London neighborhood of Pinner, a former hamlet, has its fair share of carved skulls and weathered inscriptions to once-cherished octogenarians — and one very odd memorial. The legend holds that William Loudon and his wife, Agnes, inherited some money, but the bequest would end when they were buried. The obvious solution was to stick their coffin in an enormous stone wedge, making it practically impossible to bury — and also quite difficult to look at. It was erected in 1809 by their son, John Loudon, later an influential voice in the cemetery-preservation movement. Pinner Parish Church , Church Lane, Pinner, Middlesex Last “resting” place of erotic adventurer and wife. Sir Richard Burton: Kama Sutra forever Sir Richard Burton is best known for his saucy translations of “The One Thousand and One Nights” and for publishing “The Kama Sutra” in English. Although his wife, Isabel, a devout Catholic, claimed to be mortified by his interests, she appeared to celebrate them on his death by erecting a mausoleum in the shape of an Arabian tent in the incongruous surroundings of a suburban churchyard. Throughout the rest of her life, Isabel would take afternoon tea and hold the odd seance inside the tomb before joining her husband in there on her own demise. Nosy visitors can peer through a window in the roof at two dusty coffins surrounded by lanterns, camel bells and murals of the night sky. St Mary Magdalen Church , 61 North Worple Way, Mortlake; + 44 208 876 1326 Frank Bostock: Guarded by London’s loveliest lion Many London cemeteries have a lion — animals of all stripes are well represented in its graveyards — but perhaps the most elegant has since 1912 slept in the jungle that is overgrown Abney Park in Stoke Newington. The beautiful stone-carved creature commemorates menagerist Frank Bostock, who traveled the world with big cats, occasionally branching out to camels and hyenas. “People stroke the Abney Park lion’s left paw for luck — the marble is bright and shiny as a result,” says Catharine Arnold. Abney Park Cemetery , Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington; +44 207 275 7557 Let’s be grateful Hardy moved on from grave-keeping.
Paul McCartney plays impromptu show from back of truck Paul McCartney makes an impromptu appearance to perform songs from his album ‘New’ at Covent Garden Piazza on Oct. 18, 2013, in London./ Getty People who lunch at Covent Garden are used to jugglers, mimes and street musicians vying for their attention — and a spare coin or two — but Friday’s performer didn’t bother to pass the hat. Paul McCartney doesn’t need the money. But he apparently still needs the thrill of a live performance and the applause of adoring fans. The ubiquitous former Beatle gave a surprise free performance from the back of a truck, livening up the lunch hour for workers and tourists alike. Paul McCartney McCartney performed tracks from his latest album “New” before thousands who gathered in the famous market square in central London. Word about the show had spread throughout the British capital since the singer’s crew started setting up speakers early Friday. He did the same thing earlier this week in New York City . McCartney has been promoting his latest album with television appearances and interviews this week. The set, McCartney’s first new album of all original material since 2007, has been getting positive reviews . He and pop princess Katy Perry traded songwriting tips at a taping of “The Graham Norton Show” in London on Thursday night. McCartney said he and late writing partner John Lennon expected to come away with a song every time they brainstormed. Perry, who says she’s “an observer of life,” carries around a recorder while she’s on tour to stash away phrases that strike her fancy. Paul McCartney makes an impromptu appearance to perform songs from his album ‘New’ at Covent Garden Piazza on Oct. 18, 2013, in London.
Busted by London Traffic Cop, Hillary Clinton Gets No Special Treatment
Ive been very clear. If Virginias administration were to consider a coaching change, it would carry a hefty price tag. It would cost approximately $8.06 million to buy out the remaining three years of Londons contract this offseason. He signed a two-year extension and got a raise after the Cavaliers finished with an 8-5 record and earned a spot in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2011. The university would also need an additional $3.12 million to pay for the contracts of associate head coach Tom OBrien, offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild, defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and special teams coordinator Larry Lewis, all of whom were hired last winter when London overhauled his coaching staff. According to an amendment to Londons contract, which was signed Jan. 18 and obtained by The Post through a public-records request, he gave up $63,600 in supplemental compensation during the 2013 and 2014 seasons in order to increase the football programs assistant coach salary pool in the offseason. Littlepage declined to specify whether the pay cut was Londons idea or at the behest of administrators following his second 4-8 campaign in three years in 2012. Littlepage also admitted he did not know exactly how much money the school would owe London if he were fired after this season, because candidly . . . I havent looked at it. The Cavaliers havent beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision foe since opening the season with a 19-16 win over BYU , and their last home game against Ball State featured the second-smallest crowd (38,228) since London took over the program before the 2010 season.
Surprise London! Paul McCartney plays impromptu show from back of truck
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets ready to answer questions from a Chatham House audience, on Oct. 11, 2013, in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Reported by ABC News Gemma Perlin: LONDON Hillary Clinton, in London last Friday to pick up a prize in recognition of her significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy, was busted by a London traffic cop for an illegally parked Mercedes. Despite the raised voices of Clintons bodyguards, the parking police remained unfazed and would not retract the ticket, reported the Daily Telegraph. Daniel Astaire, a councillor for the borough that Clinton parked in, told ABC News that Clinton would receive no special treatment. The former U.S. secretary of state was parked for nearly 45 minutes without paying. Im sure she will understand that we have to be fair to everyone, regardless of their status on the world stage. Clinton was fined $128, but if she pays the ticket within 14 days, it will be knocked down to $64. The American Embassy in London, which owes $12.5 million in its own parking fines, according to figures from Foreign Secretary William Hague,would not comment on Clintons parking ticket, explaining that she was now a private citizen. Hillary will know as a former diplomat, one must get all their facts together, look for evidence, make an appeal quickly and perceive, Barrie Segal, a U.K. parking ticket expert, told ABC News.If that fails, I am happy to give her mobile number and chat about it.