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The Museum of eww, urgh and yeuk!

Alternatively known as the Hunterian Museum inside the Royal College of Surgeons of England – after John Hunter who collected most of the items on display. John Hunter was a surgeon of some note in the 18th century at a

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100 years of an Underground Tunnel in New York

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of a tunnel under New York’s Hudson river – and the launch of plans to start drilling two more tunnels to cope with modern demand. However, what is worth reading is

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The Kirkaldy Testing Museum

One of the things which I love looking at is monumental Victorian engineering. However, there is a side to these buildings and constructions that people rarely think about – and that is how did they know if the materials used

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Southwark Tube Station

Of all the tube stations which were built for the Jubilee Line extension – my favourite has to be the little noticed one at Southwark. While I like Westminster and (obviously) Canary Wharf, there is something almost serene about Southwark,

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Domesticating Electricity – a lunchtime lecture

This lunchtime, I wandered over to the opulent splendor of the Royal Society for one of their free lunchtime lectures. They are usually presented by someone who is coincidentally just about to release a new book – and today was

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The Olympic flame going past my flat

Just saw a map flashed up on Channel 4 news, and noticed that the Olympic flame seems to be taking a river route from Canary Wharf to the Dome – and right past my flat. Checked on the BBC website

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Photos at the Red Arrows flypast

I dutifully wandered over to London Bridge at lunchtime to get hoped for photos of the Red Arrows flying overhead and with Tower Bridge in the shot. As I arrived, I was pleasantly shocked to see the was quite a

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Red Arrows flypast over London

As part of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force as a distinct military unit – there will be a flypast over London tomorrow (Tuesday April 1st) by the infamous Red Arrows – and it is

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Greathead shield at Bank Station

I have been meaning for absolutly ages to take a look at a little bit of London Underground heritage at Bank Station, and total thanks to problems with the Jubilee Line, I happened to be at Bank today and going

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Unbuilt London: Monumental buildings that never were

Last night I wandered along to the V&A for one of their Friday night events, mainly for a couple of exhibitions on “vanishing London” and “Buildings that were never built”. Both hosted by RIBA, and despite allowing a suggested hour+

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Ludgate Hill Viaduct in 1896

Taken from a June 1896 issue of the Illustrated London News, this is one of a series of “scenes of London” – this of Ludgate Circus. Notable though is the railway bridge and steam train belonging to the Chatham and

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year?

Woes with the Post Office. Today I had to make two trips to Royal Mail institutions – one to pay a “fine” of 6p on some postage, along with a £1 handling fee – then off the post office to

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The world’s largest TBM

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, more famous in the UK for owning a football club than being a Russian businessman who did rather well out of some dodgy privatisations has reportedly ordered the world’s largest Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). At 19

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Campaign to put Parliamentary Bills online

If you have an account with the Digg website – this would appreciate a bit of tender loving care: http://digg.com/politics/UK_Parliament_disinclined_to_publish_bills_on_the_internet It’s an attempt to convince the British Parliament to spend a tiny amount of money making parliamentary bills available in

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My caffine level for today

Found via the Psychodramatic blog – a scientific *cough* test determines your level of caffeine intake by measuring how fast you can click your mouse. Reminded me of a modern version of the 1980s Daley Thompson Decathlon computer game where

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