29. Barring a roster move in the coming days, he will head back to London to become the first player to be on a roster in England twice in the same season. The 49ers, who claimed the San Francisco native off waivers from Minnesota last week, play Jacksonville at Wembley on Oct. 27. Bethel-Thompson will be a story for the English media again. Last month, he was popular there because his maternal grandfather, Wilbur “Moose” Thompson won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in the shot put at Wembley Stadium. “I got some interviews for sure,” Bethel-Thompson said of his September visit to Wembley. “They love their Olympics over there.” His grandfather is 93 and living in Southern California. He will not attend the game, nor did he when Bethel-Thompson was wearing purple. He does have a cousin teaching in Austria and she went to the Vikings-Steelers game. “She’s hit me up for tickets again,” he said with a laugh.
What a shame the Americans in London refuse to pay their parking fines. Even in a relationship as special as ours, there are limits. And Hillary Clinton well and truly overstepped that mark at the weekend when her people-carrier parked illegally in London and was promptly slapped with a ticket by a London parking warden, despite a posse of security men leaping out of the car and trying desperately to keep the man away from her vehicle. Olivia Harris/Reuters, via Landov But British parking attendants are made of sterner stuff than that. It takes more than a few heavily armed secret service dudes to put them off. And, most importantly, in this country, just because you are a former first lady and secretary of state, that doesnt mean you cannot pay your 3:30 hourly parking rate and expect to get away with it. The secret service guys remonstrated. The warden continued calmly writing his ticket. Then he stuck it to the windshield in time-honored fashion. It came with an 80 fine. The good news is it will reduce to 40 if paid within 14 days. Alas, there is fat chance of that happening. The fine will never be paid. Diplomats in London have racked up 70million in unpaid congestion charges (it costs 10 a day to use your car in central London) and a further 7.5m in unpaid parking fines. The Americans along with other foreign embassies – claim diplomatic immunity and refuse to pay them.
London’s coolest gravestones
An estimated 100,000 people turned up to his funeral in 1865, with his dog, Lion, as chief mourner. Highgate Cemetery , Swain’s Lane, Highgate. Tours Monday-Friday, 1:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m; 12.00 adults, 6 children; +44 208 340 1834 Riddle of the sphinx … and the Gothic angels …. and the urns. Andrew Ducrow: Colossus of tombstones Kensal Green is among the most formal of great London cemeteries, but it still has tombs wacky enough to get the deads’ net curtains twitching — or so you imagine. The flamboyant Victorian circus owner Andrew Ducrow — the so-called “Colossus of Equestrians” — couldn’t decide which classical theme he wanted on the family tomb, so he went for them all. 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.