Franny Armstrong, a film maker and climate change activist, was walking home when a group of hooded girls approached her, one of them holding an iron bar. She screamed out for help to a cyclist who was passing by, who happened to be Boris Johnson, the mayor of London! Armstrong says;
“He said to the girls, ‘What do you think you are doing?’ He picked up the iron bar, called after the girls and cycled after them.”
Yes, that’s right; the mayor of London chased some would-be attackers – on a bike – and saved a woman. A few minutes later, he returned and escorted Armstrong home. Armstrong admits that she voted for Johnson’s rival, Ken Livingstone, in the 2008 mayoral election, but she says:
“If you find yourself down a dark alleyway and in trouble I think Boris would be of more use than Ken. He was my knight on a shining bicycle.”
Armstrong launched the 10:10 Campaign earlier this year, calling for a 10% cut in carbon emissions in 2010. She also directed the documentaries McLibel, Drowned Out and Age of Stupid.