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Watch a satellite launch via webcam

It’s a busy week space-wise, with the Space Shuttle launch yesterday and an Ariane launch on Thursday (14th May). The European space agency, Arianespace will be launching its massive Ariane 5 rocket and placing two satellites into orbit, the Herschel

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BBC says UK unemployment rate hits 7.1 million

A slight typo from the BBC when the unemployment figures were released a day early. The rate had reached 7.1%, not 7.1 million. The actual number is much lower, although a still painfully high 2.15 million. Ooops!

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I am so sorry for the naughties

Sorry is the new black it seems – everyone is at it right now. Accepting that some people have reasons to say sorry, it has been jumped on as the latest advertising Zeitgeist as well. London’s Evening Standard is very

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On board HMS Illustrious: Part 2

The second report on my tour of HMS Illustrious, this time with more words and fewer pictures. I was joined by four other fellow London Bloggers, and after meeting up and trying to watch the helicopter demonstration that was happening

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On board HMS Illustrious: Part 1

Thanks to an awesome invitation from the Royal Navy, I had the pleasure of of an hour on board HMS Illustrious this afternoon. I’ll do a proper write-up tomorrow as I am quite tired this evening – but if you

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Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Transport

I am a bit of a fan of the slightly rose-tinted memory of the so-called “golden age of transport”, and the posters that it inspired – although far too poor to be able to afford to collect them, alas. Like

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HIGNFY with Jack Dee

Back from a slightly bizare recording of Have I Got News for You, hosted by Jack Dee along with Clare Balding and Fred Macaulay. I was in a bad mood as one of my own guests turned up late, so

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Helicopter flypast over London

Wandered down towards Greenwich at lunchtime to watch the flyover of 20 helicopters over HMS Illustrious as part of the week’s celebrations. I actually stayed on the north side by Island Gardens as I hoped to get shots of helicopters

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Fireworks over HMS Illustrious tonight

After seeing photos of HMS Illustrious at Greenwich once before with fireworks, on a whim I just checked the PLA website, and they have a navigation warning that advises that there will be fireworks tonight (Thur 7th May). The barge

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A couple of photos of Lusty

I took loads of photos of the aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious (Lusty) passing through the Thames Barrier, on her way down to Greenwich, but here is a quick couple that looked “not bad” on quick glance. I’ll fiddle with the

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The Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot

I want one!

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HMS Illustrious @ Greenwich – May 2009 Events

As part of the Fly 100 events to commemorate the Royal Navy’s first “airship”, the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be in Greenwich from tomorrow (Wed 6th) lunchtime. For photo opportunity fans: The timetable is Gravesend at 9am and Greenwich

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London’s Tidal Mill

Lurking round the corner from a gigantic Tesco in Bow, East London is what is thought to be the world’s largest remaining tidal mill and thanks to the failure of the aforementioned Tesco to turn it into a car park,

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Electric toasters

Yesterday I brought an electric toaster. OK – it is slightly more interesting than that, as I used to sell toasters about a decade ago. In those days, we had two types, 2-slice and 4-slice and that was it. Then

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The Fowlers Troop Jack in the Green

On May Day, the Blackheath Morris Men parade around parts of South-East London in a revival of an old Jack in the Green tradition. According to the ubiquitous Wikipedia, The tradition dates back to around the 16th and 17th centuries,

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