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“My Friend Dahmer”
Based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf, a classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer, the movie explores the childhood and teenage years of the man who’d later become one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States. The movie distribution rights were recently picked up so it will be shown in selected theaters in North America.
Premieres: Fall of 2017 in the US. Also, if you live in LA, you can catch it on June 18, at 6 PM, in the ArcLight of Santa Monica as part of the LA Film Festival Lineup.
This image needs absolutely no introduction. It is a pretty impressive sight too.
On 16th October 1834, the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by a fire. A HUGE fire and everyone went to see it. Apparently, there were so many spectators that they hampered the firemen work.
When the flames were put out, there wasn’t much left. Only Westminster Hall. Parliament had nowhere to meet and they had to cancel their session. !3 months later, a committee was set up to re-build and a competition for design was held.
With over 400 designs submitted by over 90 architects, the committee chose the design by Charles Barry. However, his original design did not include the famous clock. He was asked to revise his design in order to include it.
Working with his assistant, Augustus Welby Pugin, Charles Barry added a clock tower to his design, along with four faces, and really big bells.
Since the architect was not a clock maker, he enlisted the help of Benjamin Lous Vuillamy, clockmaker to the Queen, to design a clock.
All the expert clockmakers across Britain were upset that he had asked Benjamin Louis Vuillamy to design the clock, without so much as an open competition.
One clockmaker, Edward Dent, wrote to George Airy, Astronomer Royal, asking him to recommend him for the job. Of course, George Airy did so, and, as a result, the committee decided that George Airy should write up a list of requirements for the Great Clock. They asked him to choose the design and the clockmaker to boot.
February 14th 1852: Great Ormond Street hospital founded
On this day in 1852, the Great Ormond Street Hopsital for Sick Children opened in London. In the mid-nineteenth century, despite high child mortality rates, there was little professional medical help available for children, with many parents opting to care for their children themselves. Dr. Charles West identified this problem, and drew attention to childhood diseases in a series of lectures. It was Dr. West who fought for the opening of Great Ormond Street, the first hospital of its kind in the UK. When the hospital first opened its doors, it had only ten beds, and was led by the matron Frances Willey. Great Ormond Street struggled financially in its first years, but in 1858 it was saved when famed author Charles Dickens gave a public reading of A Christmas Carol to raise money for the hospital. With Dickens’s money, the hospital could expand and increase its bed capacity to 75. In the years that followed, Great Ormond Street further expanded and attracted notable patrons who wanted to support its work. Most famously, in 1929 the author J.M. Barrie donated the copyright to his creation Peter Pan to the hospital, which has provided the hospital with a steady income. Great Ormond Street is a British institution, and continues to have a worldwide reputation for patient care.