Boris tribute to that other Johnson famed for his wig and pen
BORIS Johnson helped to celebrate the Museum of London’s annual dinner last night with a lecture about his namesake diarist Samuel Johnson. Museum staff held up a coachman’s wig which bears an uncanny resemblance to Boris’s own well-known coiffure
BORIS Johnson helped to celebrate the Museum of London's annual dinner last night with a lecture about his namesake diarist Samuel Johnson.
Museum staff held up an item from their London collection in the shape of a coachman's wig on display (pictured), which bears an uncanny resemblance to Boris's own well-known coiffure.
The mayor quipped: "Samuel Johnson's London conjures an image of England's first great 'age of liberty, enlightenment and all-round fun' when men judged each other by the swiftness and smartness of their conversation.
Her added: "Long before Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the British were interested in wit and repartee. Samuel Johnson was the champ."
The 18th century lexicographer, poet, biographer and all-round genius who published the first English dictionary was "the supreme admiral of the all-conquering fleet of English words that has sailed into every port and inlet in the world.