Burnley Road in the town of Padiham, Lancashire, England, photographed after rain on Tuesday the 27th of October, 1987.
On the 18th of November, 1987 at approximately 19:30 a fire broke out at London’s King’s Cross St. Pancras tube station. Thirty-one people died and another one hundred were injured.
Many Londoners defied the Underground’s smoking ban, with many lighting up before leaving the station. It was eventually concluded the fire was sparked by one of the many matches thrown down the wooden escalators leading out of the station.
On the 21st of September 1987 Where’s Wally was published for the first time. A British creation, for some reason unknown to me they decided to rename Wally “Waldo” in America and Canada when the books were released there.
I didn’t know about the renaming until very recently, as Wally was always Wally here in Australia too! There have been some other regional variations, but he keeps his original name in Spanish, Catalan, Dutch, Italian, Polish and Portuguese.
Other versions include Holger (Danish), Hetti (Hindi), Fodhouli (فضولي) (Arabic) and Uoli (Уоли) (Bulgarian).
I know fads are strange, but I remember being just as obsessed with Wally as anyone else at the time. I have an excuse though: I was five in 1987!