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The secret ticket that only works in one tube station
The secret ticket that only works in one tube station

The secret ticket that only works in one tube station

On the London Underground there are a number of different sorts of tickets that you can buy, but there is one ticket that works at just one station, and you can't buy it.

Mar
10
2014
TfL Tests Intelligent Pedestrian Crossing Technology
TfL Tests Intelligent Pedestrian Crossing Technology

TfL Tests Intelligent Pedestrian Crossing Technology

You know how it is as a pedestrian, waiting at traffic lights as the little green man lights up, and you look over to the other side, only to see a wall of people heading towards you that you need to navigate your way through.

Mar
07
2014
Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent!
Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent!

Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent!

One of the most famous things to say down the phone was to ask for Whitehall 1212 -- that being the official phone number for the police at Scotland Yard. But did you know that the phone number still works?

Feb
23
2014
Where is the first railway bridge out of London?
Where is the first railway bridge out of London?

Where is the first railway bridge out of London?

A number of railway lines feed into, or out of London, depending on your perspective, and many of them pass over roads, or above viaducts -- so which is the first railway bridge heading out of London?

Feb
23
2014
See Dr Who in the London Underground on a cinema screen
See Dr Who in the London Underground on a cinema screen

See Dr Who in the London Underground on a cinema screen

A chance to see some recently rediscovered Dr Who episodes on a big screen next weekend, as the Prince Charles Cinema screens the entire Web of Fear story, and to put it into context, the preceding story as well, The Enemy of the World.

Feb
13
2014
James Bond car exhibition coming to London
James Bond car exhibition coming to London

James Bond car exhibition coming to London

What is described as the "official" collection of original James Bond vehicles is set to open an exhibition in London at the end of March.

Feb
11
2014
Why is the Thames Super Sewer subject to a National Security Notice?
Why is the Thames Super Sewer subject to a National Security Notice?

Why is the Thames Super Sewer subject to a National Security Notice?

This'll spark the conspiracy theories -- as it turns out that part of the planned "super sewer" under the River Thames could be subject to an issue affecting National Security.

Dec
20
2013
Dr Who and the Curse of the London Underground
Dr Who and the Curse of the London Underground

Dr Who and the Curse of the London Underground

It's the 50th anniversary of a TV show, and the 150th anniversary of an underground railway -- so, here are some Dr Who episodes that featured the London Underground.

Nov
22
2013
Wrapping paper for science geeks
Wrapping paper for science geeks

Wrapping paper for science geeks

I don't buy presents very often, but am the sort of person who tends to give almost as much effort into getting the most appropriate wrapping paper and gift card as I do to the present itself.

Aug
28
2013
The passing of an Internet era
The passing of an Internet era

The passing of an Internet era

So farewell to the era when your connection to the internet was heralded by a cacophony of squawks and whistles as two computers shouted at each other down a phone line.

Aug
25
2013
The International Space Station will fly over London this week
The International Space Station will fly over London this week

The International Space Station will fly over London this week

Look up! The International Space Station will make a number of its occasional passes right over London this week and if you know what to look for, you can watch it pass overhead.

Aug
12
2013
Tube Maps made from Lego go on display in stations
Tube Maps made from Lego go on display in stations

Tube Maps made from Lego go on display in stations

And thus it was that Tube Geek met Lego Geek and they turned the geek up to 11 by combining their geekdom in the form of several tube maps made out of Lego bricks.

Jun
12
2013
Visit the Doctor Who museum and fan shop in London, UK
Visit the Doctor Who museum and fan shop in London, UK

Visit the Doctor Who museum and fan shop in London, UK

If you are a Doctor Who fan, then it may prove worthwhile to pay a visit to West Ham, for inside their former supporter's club store can be found an entire museum devoted to the science fiction show.

Feb
16
2013
Get your tickets for the Ig Nobel tours
Get your tickets for the Ig Nobel tours

Get your tickets for the Ig Nobel tours

One of the highlights of the annual science entertainment calendar is making a return to Imperial College in March, with an evening comprising of an oddly eclectic mix of science, really bad poetry and a small girl walking up to people and repeatedly saying “Please Stop, I’m Bored” when a speaker has droned on for too long.

Jan
31
2013
Three Enigma Machines on display in the Science Museum
Three Enigma Machines on display in the Science Museum

Three Enigma Machines on display in the Science Museum

A temporary exhibition has been set up in the Science Museum to that increasing icon of computing, Alan Turning.

Jan
28
2013
The (rejected) 2001 Monolith is on display by Tower Bridge
The (rejected) 2001 Monolith is on display by Tower Bridge

The (rejected) 2001 Monolith is on display by Tower Bridge

It may not look like it, but this 11-foot wide sculpture is the original model for the iconic Monolith used in the film, 2001 and it is on permanent display in St Katherine Docks, next to Tower Bridge.

Jul
07
2012
The ZX Spectrum, my first computer
The ZX Spectrum, my first computer

The ZX Spectrum, my first computer

10 PRINT “Thirty years ago today, Clive Sinclair showed off the ZX Spectrum at a computer show, and kick-started what was to become a very British decade of small, lightwight computers in the home for kids.”   20 PRINT “You

Apr
23
2012
The Tweed Run Returns to London
The Tweed Run Returns to London

The Tweed Run Returns to London

One of my favourite events to watch — and maybe one year participate in — will open for registration tomorrow lunchtime. Now it its fourth year, the Tweed Run is a mass cycle ride through central London in a more

Mar
09
2012
Public Open Day at the National Physical Laboratory
Public Open Day at the National Physical Laboratory

Public Open Day at the National Physical Laboratory

On the edges of London, in Teddington to be specific, sits the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. Not a sports facility, but a cluster of research labs that specialise in materials sciences. In essence, their job is to make sure that

Feb
17
2012
How to get tickets to the 2012 Ig Nobel Awards tour
How to get tickets to the 2012 Ig Nobel Awards tour

How to get tickets to the 2012 Ig Nobel Awards tour

The Ig Nobels are coming! One of the key highlights of the annual science entertainment calendar is making a return to Imperial College in March, with an evening comprising of an oddly eclectic mix of science, opera and a small

Jan
22
2012
Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator
Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator

Tours of the UK’s Synchrotron particle accelerator

Slightly to the south of Didcot sits a huge silver UFO shaped building that happens to house the UK's synchrotron - a special type of particle accelerator that is used to generate a unique form of radiation that can be used to study the internal structure of materials.

Aug
22
2011
Watch the Space Shuttle fly over London
Watch the Space Shuttle fly over London

Watch the Space Shuttle fly over London

The last ever flight of the Space Shuttle is now under way, and a few of its orbits over the next five days will take it over London. Sadly, during the daytime, so we wont get the exciting chance to

Jul
09
2011
How deep is every tube station on the Underground?
How deep is every tube station on the Underground?

How deep is every tube station on the Underground?

A question you have probably never ever asked yourself is what is the depth of every single tube station on the Underground, but now the question has been asked, you are probably really curious to know the answer. Someone else

Jul
01
2011

Watch the Space Shuttle pass over London this week

If you follow me on Twitter you may have picked up the occasional burst of Tweets related to the current Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. As it is the last flight of the Discovery Shuttle, quite a

Feb
26
2011