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One of London’s Airports Gains a New Train Station
One of London’s Airports Gains a New Train Station

A couple of weeks ago – and a mere eight months later than planned – a new train station was opened to much local fanfare marking the regeneration of one of London’s airports, and as a sad train geek (and

There are Owls on the London Underground
There are Owls on the London Underground

Did you know there are owls on the London Underground – and they are used to scare pigeons away? No, neither did I until recently, so I went to have a look. Yes, there’s some – sitting on top of

PR hell in a Ibiza nightclub
PR hell in a Ibiza nightclub

Yesterday I put a link on Twitter to the results of a PR company approaching the wrong blogger with an offer, and unlike most of us, they took up the freebie, and wrote a very funny review of a nightclub

Do you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day?
Do you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day?

Do you drink eight glasses of water per day? Or at least try to? Then a question for you – what is a glass of water? If you are a regular reader of this blog, your reply might be along

A Murdoch’s Progress
A Murdoch’s Progress

With apologies to William Hogarth… 1. The Heir Our hero, Rupert Murdoch is introduced after inheriting the business from his father. Rupert is pictured in the house which shows the various newspapers he owns scattered around the place. 2. The

Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre
Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre

After a few months of occasional prodding the river bed looking for unexploded German bombs, earlier this week construction formally started on the Cable Car that will stretch across the river by the O2/Millennium Dome/White Elephant (delete as appropriate). Coincidentally,

30th Anniversary of the Docklands Development Corporation
30th Anniversary of the Docklands Development Corporation

Today (2nd July) marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the LDDC – formally, the London Docklands Development Corporation, the latest in a series of attempts to do something with the abandoned wasteland of the former London Docks which

Donating art to the nation – avoiding tax
Donating art to the nation – avoiding tax

If you are the sort of person who has large tax bills and also owns rather nice lumps of art or other “significant” objects, then the government is proposing let people donate that item to the Nation in exchange for

Riverside path reopens at Canary Wharf
Riverside path reopens at Canary Wharf

One of the pleasures of living in the docklands area is the ability to walk along the riverside – although the council required private housing to provide a river path which is nice, but declined to make the same requirement

Vintage tube train trip – timetable published
Vintage tube train trip – timetable published

You may recall that the little red 1938 era tube train is going to take a trip along the Picadilly Line this coming Sunday – well, actually three trips in total, to run down to Heathrow Airport. The timetable has

If Monty Python were around today
If Monty Python were around today

A famous cafe sketch satirised the – at the time economic – aim of serving Spam as a stable part of many meals. Just over 40 years later, and I present an alternative version – based on the culinary fashion

Youh ish ma besht friend you ish.

Finally was in a position yesterday to take a photo of this poster on the underground that has amused me for some months. Am I the only one who thinks the guy looks drunk and is slurring sweet nothings into

Fantasy Architecture – Parliament Square
Fantasy Architecture – Parliament Square

As noted elsewhere, there are plans to make the grassy protest site of Parliament Square considerably more convenient for protesters tourists to access by means of putting a pedestrian crossing in place. Currently – as I have often done –

Does The Queen have a Boris Bike account?
Does The Queen have a Boris Bike account?

Silly question to which I am sure the answer is NO, but the TfL website isn’t taking any chances with its feedback form. I have had a problem with logging in to my Boris Bike account, and being the sort

Twitpic changes its terms of service

Update: That was fast – after a bit of a Twitter outcry, the terms and conditions have been changed (again) to remove the offending paragraph about being barred from selling your own photos to media agencies, although they are still

Riding the night bus into London
Riding the night bus into London

While most people use the Night Bus to get home after a night out, a smaller number travel the other way, heading into work or travelling home against the usual flow of traffic. Waiting at the bus stop, ten minutes

If Guggenheim designed carrier bags
If Guggenheim designed carrier bags

A few years ago, in that random way that it does, a conversation amongst friends with a shop worker drifted towards staff packing carrier bags, and he bluntly informed me that he wasn’t allowed to as he hadn’t been trained

Follow Dracula on Twitter
Follow Dracula on Twitter

This is a new project I am working on that launches tomorrow (1st May). Have you ever read the original Bram Stoker novel that introduced the world to Count Dracula – and if not, would you be surprised to learn

Turning the deep level air-raid shelters into cheap hotels
Turning the deep level air-raid shelters into cheap hotels

60 years ago, the Festival of Britain opened, largely at the South Bank in London, but it was actually a nationwide festival with events all across the country. However, London was the focus, and the city was barely recovering from

A Giant Advert is Floating Over London
A Giant Advert is Floating Over London

The Goodyear blimp is making a fairly rare visit to London for the next few days and it is delighting people as it slowly glides around the city skyline broadcasting a message of hope and deliverance an exhortation to buy

From The Clothing Of The Dead, The Rings Of Unanswered Phones
From The Clothing Of The Dead, The Rings Of Unanswered Phones

While the emergence of camera phones has changed how disasters and incidents are shown to a wider world, the ringing of unanswered mobile phones is increasingly the dominant sound that follows devastating terrorist attacks, such as happened yesterday at a

On behalf of the General Public, an apology
On behalf of the General Public, an apology

We the general public wish to issue an apology. We are deeply sorry that our desperate fascination with tittle-tattle and petty gossip has caused an entire industry to emerge in the UK dedicated to feeding our nosy addiction. We are

London is not particularly charitable survey doesn’t say
London is not particularly charitable survey doesn’t say

For my work, I need to keep an eye on BT press statements, and as a heavy user of RSS to monitoring websites, their press releases come though to me automatically. Actually, RSS is quite important in this situation as

Folkestone Gardens in New Cross
Folkestone Gardens in New Cross

Not that far from where I used to live a few years ago is one of those rather small municipal gardens that pop up from time to time in scraps of land often left over from former industrial works or