Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

THE KNOWLEDGE; Mulled Wine, Pantomime Villains and the Dark Side of Student Riots

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

THE KNOWLEDGE; Mulled Wine, Pantomime Villains and the Dark Side of Student Riots

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PROTEST POEMS

We can't help feeling there is something of the doomed Romantic about Charlie Gilmour, student protester and Cenotaph defiler. Misidentified at first as a girl because of his Byronic locks and tight britches, he was outed as the son of Polly Samson, adopted by her husband David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in 1994 but biologically the child of the poet-rebel Heathcote Williams. Gilmour claims he was too frenzied to recognise the Cenotaph before he started swinging from it: embarrassing for a Cambridge history student. During the protests he hurled insults in the form of quotes from Byron at police below. What we want to know is which of these would have stung the most?

'Cold-blooded, smooth fac'd, placid miscreant!' (Don Juan)

'The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold/And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold' (The Destruction of Sennacherib)

'So we, boys we/Will die fighting or live free/ And down with all kings but King Ludd' (Song for the Luddites)

'But oh! Ye lords of ladies intellectual/Inform us truly, have they not hen-peck'd you all?' (Don Juan)

Next time, perhaps young Gilmour will notice the moment when the riots spin out of control, and say to himself: 'So, we'll go no more a roving/So late into the night...'

Merry markets

The Dock Christmas Market, Portobello Dock

Designer Tom Dixon has cast a tasteful glow over Ladbroke Grove's Christmas market. Sip mulled wine from the Dock Kitchen and shop for design gifts from Made a Mano and Les Ateliers Ruby. Then create your own cards. Until Sunday (tomdixon.net).

Cologne Christmas Market, Southbank Centre

Fairy lights, chalets and a carousel light up the South Bank, turning it into a promenade with a German accent. Buy hand-crafted Teutonic treats from the stalls before finding Santa's Secret Village. …

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