Linking William of Orange to Hotel Babylon – 6 degrees of Wiki-separation

Wikipedia is often criticised for the inaccuracies that can be found in its massive database of entries, and certainly it shouldn’t be relied upon as the sole source for any important fact. It is a great way of occupying a spare half hour though, and it’s quite good fun to play a Wikipedia-themed version of six degrees of separation, where you follow links on from entries and see where you end up

Today, I started with William III of Orange for no other reason than it is the anniversary of his birthday. ‘King Billy’ was born on 4th November 1650 and died at Kensington Palace on 8th March 1702. In between times, he deposed King James II to accede to the unified throne of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1689

Kensington Palace is the official London residence of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their recently Christened son, George. In addition, it is used “on an unofficial basis” by Zara Phillips. Evidently, ‘squatting’ is too vulgar a term to use where Royals are sleeping in unoccupied premises!

Zara Phillips’ godmother is Lady Helen Stewart, wife of the former Formula 1 racing driver, Sir Jackie, who struggled during his school career as a result of undiagnosed dyslexia

Another dyslexic who initially suffered at school is TV presenter and extreme sports participant, Ben Fogle. As well as putting himself through significant pain and discomfort during Atlantic rows and Antarctic expeditions, Fogle also made a cameo appearance in the BBC drama series, Hotel Babylon

Why not see where your own travels through Wikipedia take you, and post your results in the comments section?

7 thoughts on “Linking William of Orange to Hotel Babylon – 6 degrees of Wiki-separation

  1. Charlotte Pearce

    Here goes…
    I am starting with Paul Hollywood of Great British Bake Off fame, as today I discovered that I know one of his cousins.
    Mr.Hollywood’s artisan baking business is one of the suppliers to Harrods department store. Charles Henry Harrod was the founder of Harrods and when his son took over the family business, he introduced Harrods’ own brand of groceries, packaged using the colours of the Union Flag.
    The origins of the flag were introduced by James VI of Scotland when he became James I and united Scotland and England.
    It was during the state opening of the second session of James’s first English Parliament in 1605 that the Gunpowder Plot of Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellars of the Parliament building. How topical is that?! (just a little smug smile ;-))

      1. Andrew Pearce Post author

        Hi Tessa – go to wikiepedia and type in any random search term (why not try Capability Brown given your gardening interest?) and then simply follow any linked item from the entry for CB and see where you end up? It’s amazing where six links can take you!

  2. Tessa

    I am going to try!
    Today is November 5th, Guy Fawkes night. Guy travelled from his home in York to Spain to fight with the Catholics at The Siege of Calais.

    Calais is the gateway to France and lies 33 kilometres from mainland UK at Dover.

    Dover is an important port with cross-channel ferries, and was mentioned in The Domesday Book.

    The Domesday Book was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1066 and is now housed at the National Archives in Kew.

    The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew was first documented in 1761 and is beside the River Thames.

    The River Thames flows through London and can be exited by Traitor’s Gate at The Tower of London, where Guy Fawkes was executed.


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