Just in time for the Olympic Games to begin, a revamped map of the London Underground has been released where all of the 361 stations have been renamed after Olympic Athletes.
Each station’s name has been replaced with a famous athlete’s name, such as King’s Cross station which has been named in honor of Nadia Comaneci who was the first female gymnast to achieve a perfect 10 score in the Olympics. The map also celebrates Olympians who won gold medals as well as others who had famous defeats. Some of the other famous names on the new Underground map include Usain Bolt, Evelyn Ashford and Sugar Ray Leonard.
The special edition map was designed by Alex Trickett and David Brooks. The duo chose an American athlete to represent the main Olympic venue’s stop: swimmer Michael Phelps, whose 14 gold medals make him the most successful Olympian of all time.
One of London, England’s most iconic landmarks is St. Stephen’s Tower, which is usually called “Big Ben” after the nickname of the large bell inside the tower.
However, recently British lawmakers proposed that the tower be renamed after Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne.
The motion notes that another tower at the Palace of Westminster was named after Queen Victoria when she reached her Diamond Jubilee and that this tribute would be a fitting way to honor the long-reigning monarch.
London will celebrate the jubilee this summer with an enormous festival including concerts, parades and a royal procession.
The London Borough of Southwark has been criticised for renaming their Bonfire Night celebrations to a name with no connection to Guy Fawkes. The 5th November festivities will be known as “The Colour Thief: A Winter Extravaganza Celebrating the Change of the Seasons”.
The event came into existence in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and 11 fellow Catholics failed in a plot to assassinate King James I using gunpowder at the opening of parliament. Fawkes was hung, drawn and quartered for his part in the crime.
On the night of the failed plot, November 5th 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Nowadays the night is celebrated with fireworks and by burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on the fire.