All this and Douglas Adams too
Also via Facebook, from a friend who runs a London tour company, I received a list of the 2012 nominations for Islington's "People's Plaques". These are local commemorative plaques erected as directed by popular vote. My friend Dave was lobbying for Michael Faraday (successfully in my case). I commented that I thought the only other really heavyweight contender was the Angel Inn (well-known to Tube travellers on the Northern Line, or to Monopoly players using the British board (first of the blue set). His reply was "Agreed. There is already a plaque, but it is inside the Co-operative bank (and only to Monopoly - the London names were finalised in the Lyon's Cafe that used to be here)." Amazing, the stuff you find out on Facebook...
But the really amazing thing for me was the residual nominee from last year: Edith Margaret Garrud, "the Suffragette that knew Jiu jitsu."
Edith Margaret Garrud (1872-1971), Suffragette and teacher of Jiu jitsu - 356 votes
Lived at Thornhill Square, N1
Edith Garrud, a self-defence instructor who taught jiu jitsu, was one of the first professional martial arts instructors in the western world. She and her husband, William Garrud, ran a school of jiu jitsu on Seven Sisters Road, Hackney.
She was also a Suffragette and trained ‘the bodyguard’, the Suffragettes’ own protection unit, which guarded its members from the police and arrest. She was portrayed in a cartoon in 'Punch' magazine in July 1910, single-handedly tackling a group of policemen.
It makes me proud to have been an Islington resident for a few years.