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I missed a train today

I missed a train today. I allowed an extra 20 minutes to get to the train, but I still missed it. A train that was to take me to visit a train station.

In which I discuss the future of Heathrow Airport…

This will be a controversial blog post - touching on a topic which is more political than practical - the future of airports in the South-East of the UK.

Happy New Year

I am not actually a huge "oh, the calendar is changing - lets have a party" sort of chap, and only stay up for the fireworks, and even then only because the bed is 10 seconds from the balcony.

The top ten blog posts of 2012

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 the past year.

The View Tube reopens next to the Olympic Park

As noted by Diamond Geezer yesterday and by myself today, the Greenway next to the Olympic Park has reopened, as has the View Tube at one end.

Artists and scientists are Jiggling Atoms

Over at CERN, scientists collide atomic nuclei together to split them into fundamental particles and study them. Here in London, a number of scientists from the bizarre world of quantum physics recently collided with the equally bizarre world of modern

Building the Olympics – bedtime reading

Now that we have all gushed over the various Olympic venues, it might be worth sparing a moment to consider the planning and effort that went into building them. Fortunately, the usually subscription only Institute of Civil Engineering have put

Demolition of King’s Cross’s “Ugly Green Shed” Imminent

In just a few weeks, the famously ugly green shed that has been despoiling the frontage of King’s Cross station since the 1970s will start to be swept away in the final stage of the upgrades to the area. The

Fighting Fantasy books to return, but not as books

Yesterday glorious news as it turned out that the Fighting Fantasy range of books were 30 years old (ouch!) and new titles would be released. However, it turned out that the new format will be a second attempt to turn

The unexpected and welcome Olympic Legacy

And so it is over. Today, the athletes. the trainers, the sponsors and their assorted lackeys pack up their bags and leave the party. Years of expectation and effort concentrated into a single moment. Would people turn up, would they

The Olympic Water Chariots slash their prices

The hideously overpriced canal boat service taking people from Limehouse to nearish to the Olympic Park seems to have finally bowed the inevitability of their reportedly near-empty boats… …a few days after revamping their website, they have today finally slashed

Get in early with your Olympic souvenir hunting

Sitting inside the Olympic Park is a “megastore” packed with Olympic branded goodies. Some garish, some surprisingly tasteful, including the canvas bags with 1948 posters on them – alas, a plastic style print transfer that wouldn’t last very long, and

Cultural food and drink events during the Olympics

A number of countries in addition to sending athletes to London for the Olympics, have also chosen to set up cultural hubs in the city as well. Showcasing their national stereotypes, and also acting as a useful base for their

95th Anniversary of the Founding of the House of Windsor

Today marks the 95th anniversary of the decision by the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to change its name to the House of Windsor. Responding to general anti-german sentiment, King George V issued a Proclamation dissolving any association and rights

The Old Jewel Tower of Westminster Palace

Of the several towers extant within Westminster, one of the more overlooked, literally as well as figuratively has to be the Jewel Tower that sits in a little corner opposite Parliament. A small stone built building, just three stories high,