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James Bond – the book covers

There is a rather small, but quite perfectly formed little exhibition going on at the moment, as part of the general James Bond/Ian Fleming centenary – and that is the cover designs of the original books as they were first

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Battersea Power Station

Yet another set of plans has been announced this morning for the perpetually derelict Battersea Power Station, and some of it is OKish – but the bit which really caught my attention was the transport aspect. As the area is

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Cart Marking

This morning, I wandered over to the Guildhall in the City of London to watch the annual Cart Marking ceremony, which can trace its roots back a good 500 years. The Cart Marking is carried out by members of The

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The wrong ladder

One of the many tedious adverts exhorting us to sue people for our own clumsy mistakes is featuring a guy who, in his words “was fitting a fire alarm system but had been given the wrong sort of ladder”. He

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An outdoor drinking ban in Soho?

Last week, I became aware of a protest group on the Facebook website which is protesting against plans by Westminster Council to ban outdoor drinking in Soho. The facebook group says “this petition has been created by the licensee’s of

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the hospital.

Had a routine visit to the hospital yesterday for a check-up and some blood tests. Following my illness a couple of years ago, I now have to visit the doctor four times a year for a checkup and new prescription

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Two stories…

From the Daily Mail: EastEnders MEP pays gay lover £30,000 to be his secretary From the Times: Wives of Tory MEPs earn up to £60,000 as secretaries One angle is that all the MEPs are milking the system (and who

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Dr Who and the Mayor of London

A photo which is a gift to the political commentators and commedians. From The Sun, Via Conservative Home

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Hide – it’s “apple day”

Today, the tech bloggers of the world will have a collective heart attack and utter wows, goshes and other such suitable exclamations (imagine Dan Cruickshank on drugs) as Apple unleashes its latest products. The only thing you wont hear is

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Museum of London

Many, many years ago I was on an early postal mailing list for the Museum of London – and when they launched their Friends system, I joined up as a founder member. I even got a nice little tie pin

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Events update

Starting to organise events again for those who are on my old mailing list (if you are not on that – I’ll be cleaning up the system shortly), so sometime this Summer I now have a day at York planned

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Signs of the times

I needed to (ahem) borrow an image to illustate an article about tracking people’s movements via their mobile phone without their permission, so wandered over to Google to do an image search for something to do with Big Brother. Instead

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Quote of the week

Shamelessly nicked from the Adam Smith Institute‘s blog. — The problem is not really politicians. The problem is politics. Politicians are chefs – some good, some bad – but politics is road kill. The problem isn’t the cook. The problem

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Treasures of the English Church

Today I wandered over to Goldsmiths Hall in the City to visit an exhibition which opened only yesterday of Church silver and gold plate and vessels. The exhibition is said to the be the largest collection of religious metal work

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Of Starbucks, T-Mobile and former work colleagues

Sitting in Starbucks this morning having a break from working at home all the time and a chap approached me and said “hello”. Turns out someone I used to work with in North London now has a job in docklands.

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