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Museum of London wants a glass pyramid on its roof

Observed a planning application notice next to the Museum of London the other day proposing a new “pyramid atrium on the main roof of the museum”. Oh hello, are we about to get some Louvre-esque Pyramid in London! Sadly, not.


Free tours of a Royal Navy Destroyer this weekend

A press release from the Royal Navy that is worth highlighting – as the Royal Navy’s Type 42 destroyer, HMS Liverpool is in London for a few days – and the public will be let on board to have a


How to write a press release

How to write a press release Company X, a leader in the field of [insert meaningless waffle] and Company Y (repeat as before) announce a strategic collaboration (as opposed to non-strategic?) so that some future service that may or may


An Ivy Clad Phone Box

Sitting on the corner of Sydenham Hill road in Forest Hill is the rather sad, yet oddly romantic sight of an early Telephone Box being slowly consumed by ivy leaf. The phone within has evidently long ceased to function, and


Too many improvements in an email – TfL’s changing language

I noticed something last week which stood out a bit, and it happened again today, so I dug into my archive to see when it happened. What am I talking about? The weekly emails from TfL warning of dire problems


To be hung by the neck until dead, an execution is announced

By command of the Lord High Sheriff of Stratford, the publisher of scurrilous online pamphlets, known to the public by the pseudonymous identify of IanVisits has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of not holding any interest in


My Predications for the year ahead – in 1512

Because 2012 predictions are so mainstream… The French will increase their involvement in the War of the Holy League and probably defeat the Spanish at some point. With the assistance of the Papal Army, the Medicis will capture Florence again.


The top blog posts on IanVisits during 2011

I deem that it is time for a dose of omphaloskepsis, and to find out which of my miserable scrawlings captured your attention the most during 2011. After much efforts calculating a myriad of variables (OK, I just asked Google


A Victorian Advent Calendar – 23rd Dec

Considering the regular complaints about the commercialisation of the modern Christmas, I decided to have my own Advent Calendar this month – made from adverts that were printed in Victorian newspapers. Each day I will display an advert from my


Christmas Lunch for One?

Christmas Lunch, that time of the year where huge families come together in mutual joy or loathing and eat, what is to be honest about it, a slightly larger version of a Sunday Lunch. Christmas Lunch also cause anyone who


The Comparative Effects of Modern vs Medieval Diets on Urine Potency

In our modern world, there is a side to human nature which we sanitise, we perfume, we try to disguise with fluffy towels and nice thoughts. The toilet – a room that has become a hymn to white porcelain, bleaches


A Victorian Advent Calendar – 19th Dec

Considering the regular complaints about the commercialisation of the modern Christmas, I decided to have my own Advent Calendar this month – made from adverts that were printed in Victorian newspapers. Each day I will display an advert from my


One thing a day to do in London

Fellow London blogger, Tom of the TiredofLondon website has gotten himself a book deal – and the book will go on sale next month – although a limited number are available pre-xmas at the Museum of London. Following the style


A Victorian Advent Calendar – 13th Dec

Considering the regular complaints about the commercialisation of the modern Christmas, I decided to have my own Advent Calendar this month – made from adverts that were printed in Victorian newspapers. Each day I will display an advert from my


A Victorian Advent Calendar – 7th Dec

Considering the regular complaints about the commercialisation of the modern Christmas, I decided to have my own Advent Calendar this month – made from adverts that were printed in Victorian newspapers. Each day I will display an advert from my


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