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Bank of England – open day

(Blog updated to note this event is repeated on 3rd July 2010) The Bank of England is normally open on only one Saturday per year – on Open House Weekend, and the queue to get in has always been awful.


Early Experiments in Computer Animation

Last night I wandered over to the Tate Modern to watch a series of short videos on “Early Experiments in Computer Animation” – which rather appealed to my geek-side. Alas, it proved to be a bit of a disappointment. I


The Honourable Artillery Company

Last night I spent a very comfortable couple of hours over at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in the heart of the City of London for an open evening. It was ostensibly to try and persuade people that signing up


Brains is a dancer

I can’t decide if this is raping my childhood memories, or quite the funniest thing I have seen in ages.


Cruise Liners on the Thames

One of the nicer things about living where I do – in Docklands – is when an usual ship goes past the flat. Last year, I compiled a calendar based on information from the Port of London Authority and others


The urban nightlife – a lecture

Last Thursday evening, I wandered along to the headquarters of the Magic Circle – for a lecture on how to deal with problems and benefits caused by urban nightlife. The evening was hosted by The Civic Trust – which is


Hearing test

Back to the hospital this morning to get the results of a hearing test to try and work out what is wrong with – well, my hearing. You may have heard of cocktail party syndrome – where people are able


The science of beer – a lecture

One for your diaries. The great British pint – an integral part of our culture. As summer approaches and our thoughts turn to lazy Sundays in the beer garden what better way to spend an evening than learning about beer


Should Madam Tussauds make a waxwork of Gordon Brown?

OK – its just a bit of blatant bit of PR spin by the infamous tourist attraction, but they are asking the public to decide if they should make a waxwork of Gordon Brown. http://www.madame-tussauds.co.uk/GordonBrownVote/


150 Years of Watford Station

This Monday, the 5th May marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the train station at Watford Junction in North London. The station was originally the London terminus of the St Albans Abbey Branch Line, which was opened by


Have I Got News For You

As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to watch a recording of Have I Got News for You last night – and it will be broadcast tonight. It’s a classic episode. Brian Blessed (BB) is an even larger personality


International London

One of the things I love about London is how incredibly “international” it is. As someone who was brought up overseas and hopped around the place every other year – I am used to seeing/meeting people of all sorts of


Gordon’s Alive?

I am off to watch another recording of Have I Got News for You this Thursday evening and thought I would check to see who the guest presenter would be. It’s Brian Blessed! And the guest panelists are Alan Duncan


HMS Ocelot

As part of my day down at Chatham Dockyard, which I will write about in a day or two (as I am too tired right now), we went inside a submarine! In a dry dock is HMS Ocelot, an Oberon-class


Getting into private homes to see private “bits of heritage”

Last night, while wandering round a museum of dead animals, glass of wine in hand – conversation turned as it invariably does to the weighty maters of taxation and art. Not totally unexpected as the museum has some artifacts which