Thursday, May 24, 2007

Trafalgar Square stunt watch update!

I continue to be amazed at the variety of events and stunts that are held in and around London’s Trafalgar Square.

I’ve witnessed a couple of the recent ones: the Spamalot World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra record attempt and Channel 4’s 74,802 mugs of tea extravaganza for The Human Footprint programme.

(c) 2007 PA (via BBC)

On Tuesday night, BBC Two’s gadfly documentary Power to the People invaded the square and erected a new status as part of “one last daring operation” by “a specially formed platoon of former soldiers, who believe they have been cast aside after fighting for Britain”.

(c) BBC

And now Visit London have covered the paving with two thousand square metres of green turf, converting the square into a village green to promote their Village London campaign. Just for two days - Thursday and Friday!

“During the two-day event people will be able to take advantage of the green space to have a picnic or just soak up the atmosphere and relax in a deck chair.

After the event the turf, which will come from a sustainable source in the Vale of York, will be transferred to Bishops Park in Hammersmith and Fulham, where it will be planted beneath an avenue of majestic plane trees close to the River Thames and Fulham Palace.”

The existing Café on the Square “will be offering Pimms and special picnic boxes with sandwiches, fruit and cake to take away and eat on the grass” while the nearby Trafalgar Hilton Hotel “will be selling luxury picnic hampers including treats like salmon and cream cheese bagels, salads, a selection of cheeses, chocolate brownies and fresh strawberries”. Yummy.

(c) 2007 Associated Newspapers Limited

And it was obviously quite a late night while the turf was laid.

What will be the next stunt?

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