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Film Shots of Derelict Docklands in the 1980s

In the mid 1980s, a film director decided to make an East-End gangster movie, and set it in the then developing docklands area. It's also dire -- and yet, worth watching as it has finally been released on DVD more than 20 years after its fairly badly receive début on Channel 4.


Six streets in London called The Mall

This is The Mall, London. So as it happens, is this; And this; And this; And this; Not to forget, this.


A Boris Bus visits a Ghostly Village

As the "Boris Buses" spread across London slowly taking over fresh bus routes, one was found on Saturday in a very unusual location on an very rare bus route.


Dr Who and the Daleks invade the Museum of London

A new exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the Radio Times has opened at the Museum of London, and as with anything BBC related, has a lot of Dr Who included.


A fake tube train in an art gallery

It's not often that you see a bit of a tube train inside an art gallery, but that is what you can see for the next couple of weeks in a small gallery next to the vastly larger Tate Modern.


The grass gets greener at Stonehenge

Computer generated images of new buildings and urban landscapes have long been a bit of an annoyance for me (and many people) in how the images rendered are rarely realistic representations of how the building will look when finished.


A curiosity about the local area maps at St Pancras Station

Just a bit of random weirdness that you sometimes notice when stuck on a platform for 20 minutes waiting for a delayed train.


A bronze frieze of London’s Underground commuters

There is in St Pancras a monumental sculpture by Paul Day, called The Meeting Place, which is intended to evoke the romance of travel through the depiction of a couple locked in an amorous embrace


Olympic Park opens in 47, or 49, or 50 days time at midnight

Over the past few months, I have occasionally noticed a countdown clock at the top of the Olympic park website noting when the part reopens to the public.


Fire Brigade Dissect a White Whale in Covent Garden

It is almost impossible now to go to the West End in the evenings without seeing a white whale squeezing its way through the narrow streets.


20 years ago – Queen announces public tours of Buckingham Palace

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the announcement that Buckingham Palace would open to the public during the summers.


Westminster Council is selling off its street signs

An unusual auction is coming up next month with a change to acquire some rather unique -- and based on the estimate prices -- curiously cheap bits of London memorabilia.


Preparations for a funeral

When a major event takes place in London, along comes the paraphernalia of ceremony to control and to broadcast.


Dare you enter the Micrarium?

A small room inside a small museum has been given over to the small displays of the small of the animal kingdom. A glowing cupboard surrounded on three sides by bugs, beetles. beasties and bacillus.


The curious history of the kitchen mixing bowl

Over the past hundred years or so, almost every object in the domestic kitchen has been adapted to changing needs and fashions of society. But there is one object that is almost unchanged since it was first made over a century ago.