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Visiting an archological dig behind the British Library

Behind the brick edifice of the British Library is a large plot of still derelict land which will shortly be turned over to builders for the construction of a medical research centre (with public areas!) but as usual with any


Highlights from the City of London Festival

Booking details for the annual City of London Festival have been announced, and while predominantly a music festival, there are some other things worth keeping an eye out for. The Bank of England is open for tours twice (I’ve been


Pre-order the London Open House Weekend Guide

Even though London’s annual architectural feast / chance to peer in people’s private homes (delete as appropriate) is not due until the middle of September, you can already place pre-orders for the printed guide. I always buy a copy, partly


May 2011 – The Deptford Jack visits Greenwich

If you are in Greenwich this May Day, then you might spy a 10 foot tall tower of garlands and greenery walking slowly around the town while dancers cavort around it. This is the revival of the old Jack in


Watch 400 Cyclists parade though London wearing Tweed Jackets

The 3rd Tweed Run takes place tomorrow (Sat 9th April), where some 400 cyclists in rather more sensible attire than the excessively revealing Lycra sported by the more athletic of persons parade en-mass around Central London on a range of


Free entry to London’s Roman Amphitheatre

At a time when other museums and galleries are either closing their doors to the great unwashed or at least trying to prise a few pound coins out of their hands to pass within their hallowed grounds – one is


Tower Bridge to lift for the first time in months

This Saturday marks a rather odd moment, as Tower bridge will open to let a boat pass through. Notable, as the bridge has been firmly shut for several months while the road bridge was given a rather more than a


Military Flypasts over London in 2011

Collating details as they are published of the various military aircraft flypasts over London and local area, as I do – and it is about as ready as it is likely to get. Apart from the big flypast in June


Watt gets a dedicated display in the Science Museum?

Watt gets a dedicated display in the Science Museum! I don’t know, what gets a dedicated display in the Science Museum? Yes, Watt does. I don’t know, what gets a display? Argh! OK – silly and very obvious joke aside


Chance to tour a nuclear fusion reactor

Unlike the nasty icky nuclear fission reactors in Japan that are dominating the news at the moment – nuclear fusion is nice cuddly stuff – well, nice and cuddly for something that burns at several million or so degrees Celsius.


Big Royal Navy Warship visiting Greenwich this week

A note from the Royal Navy press office that the Royal Navy amphibious warship HMS Bulwark is taking a break from a busy training schedule to visit London and show off her helicopter and boats in action. The warship arrives


The Grant Museum Reopens this Week

Last summer an email arrived which caused momentary alarm, as the Grant Museum was announcing its closure. Fortunately, the second sentence explained that the closure was to be temporary and the collection will move to a new larger venue just


A tour around the Sellafield Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant

Digging out an old report partly as it is topical, and partly as I was talking about it the other night and got a bit nostalgic for one of the best weekend’s I have had. Background: Some years ago on


Ig… Quack! Quack! Quack! …Nobels

What happens when you gather together a group of scientists and writers about science, ask them to talk for two minutes on a topic they know nothing about and constantly interrupt them with duck quacks? You get the Ig Nobel’s


Tickets to the Tower of London are HOW MUCH!?

Over on Twitter earlier I ReTweeted a blog post by The Greenwich Phantom of some photos taken yesterday – the first day that the Greenwich Observatory had imposed a £10 admission fee. A crowd trying to get their photo taken