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80th anniversary of the first science-fiction show on BBC TV

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the first ever time a robot appeared on British television - indeed, probably on television anywhere in the world.


Walking the Lea Valley – East India Dock Basin

A small nature reserve at Blackwall is all that remains of one of Dockland's many docks that once served goods from India, and later supported the D-Day invasions.


Your most-read IanVists of 2017

Baring some weirdness that throws the stats out later today, here are the Top-10 rundown of what you read in 2017, on this website at least. Not arf!


Hot air balloons to fly over Central London

A flotilla of hot air balloons are to fly over Central London, as part of the now-annual Lord Mayor of London's balloon regatta


Christmas Telly Past — a review over the years

I seem to recall a time when xmas day telly was dominated by a major movie in the afternoon, then it was killed off by Noel Edmunds schmaltzy do-gooding shows, but what was xmas day TV really like?


London Museums open over Christmas

With many people taking an extended break over Christmas, it helps to know which museums are going to be open so that you can have some ideas of where to visit. Below is a list of the museums that I


Cats playing in front of Christmas trees

People love photos of cats playing in front of Christmas trees, so here's my own take on that popular genre.


Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back

The annual tradition is back, with lots of money waving, turkeys flying and meat parading in an excitingly good natured morning of protein rich delights.


Prepare to be disgusted as the Whitechapel fatberg goes on display

If you've ever wanted to see a congealed mass of babies nappies, cooking fat and domestic waste, next year is your chance, as chunk of the notorious fatberg that clogged up the sewers under Whitechapel is to go on display at the Museum of London.


Free offers at 400 heritage attractions in December

A large number of venues that have been supported by grants from the National Lottery over the years since it was set up are to open their doors for free for a week in December.