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Mansion House to start public tours

Had the monthly events email from the City of London, and something jumped right out at me. Mansion House is one of the most popular buildings during Open House London weekend and we are delighted to announce that regular weekly

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Why do companies take 5 days to reply to emails?

On a personal basis I can be slow to respond to private emails, mainly as my work emails get a high priority and there is an awful lot of them. I would expect any company which offered an email route

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Learn the Haka

I thought this might interest some of you: As part of a promo for the New Zealand Rugby, there will be a giant rugby ball parked next to Tower Bridge, from November 26 to December 1. However, there will also

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Visiting a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Did you know that the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor is based here in the UK – in fact, just outside Oxford? Well – it is. Before you worry about Oxford’s towering spires melting in a nuclear fireball if something

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Aircraft over London at night

Living in Docklands, I can lie in bed and watch planes going to/from City Airport, and if working in the living room watch planes heading towards Heathrow. So, I was quite interested to see that the chaps (and chapesses) over

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Visiting Big Ben

The first in a periodic series of how to get into places you might not be aware you can visit – either on your own, or by clubbing together a group of people. Big Ben Parliament – technically, the Palace

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UK changes its stance on Tibetan Independence

I was reading The Economist in bed last night, as I am wont to do before snoozing, and noticed a rather odd comment about Tibet and the UK Government’s opinion about it. It seems that the UK government’s official position

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India to get a monorail service

Saw a nifty bit of news this morning – it seems that the contracts have been awarded to build the first monorail service in India – in Mumbai (Bombay). I saw a series of programs earlier this year on BBC

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Changing the sales message for Green Products

Interesting report from McKinsey this morning about how to persuade customers to be more proactive in shopping in an environmentally friendly manner. They noted that while the majority of shoppers are willing to "shop green", the practical reality is that

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Remembrance Sunday

Today, many hundreds of people will line Whitehall as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony, and while you watch people standing in solemn silence or marching past in military precision – have you ever wondered what they are thinking

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Moving the blog to a new web host

I am moving the blog to a new web hosting firm this weekend, so there may be the odd glitch where posts seem to be available then vanish as “the internet” updates itself as to the new web server location.

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Gin Tasting in the Foundling Museum

Last night I (along with some friends) had tickets to a gin tasting event being hosted by the Foundling Museum. The Museum is on the site of Britain’s original home for abandoned children and London’s first ever public art gallery

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The US election and Proposition 8

I have been somewhat troubled by some comments about yesterdays election in the USA which are appearing on a few websites/twitter feeds. In case you are not aware of it – in addition to the fantastic decision to elect Barak

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The Maldives is a democracy – at last

This happened last week, but I keep forgetting to comment on it – but it seems apt as the US forges a new future to note that the holiday destination of The Maldives last week voted out its dictator president

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River fortifications in Elizabeathan times

A few months ago, when collecting leaflets in the (now closed) tourist board centre in Greenwich, I purchased a book of Docklands history, published by The Island History Trust – mainly as it had two maps which really caught my

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