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Now they can paint solar panels on to buildings

I was reading this morning about a novel new paint application which can be applied to the steel panels which are used as cladding on office buildings – which then generates electricity. The conversion rate is low by solar cell

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Transport for London excel in stupidity this weekend

Transport for London has just made one of the most insane decisions known to mankind. Even by their standards, this takes some beating. Checking the weekend engineering works email I get every Wednesday, I spy something which makes me worry.

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Don’t go shopping in Rockhampton, Australia

It’s a dangerous place is Rockhampton, Australia. Mon – Car damaged in supermarket car park Tue – Shopping trolley rage leaves woman in fear of shopping Wed – Public split on trolley rage incident I can’t wait for tomorrows edition

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Crossrail lecture at The Building Centre

Just back from a very interesting lecture at The Building Centre in central London, hosted by David Anderson, the Engineering Director of Crossrail. After wandering round the upstairs exhibition on subterranean London with a coffee – we were herded downstairs

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The British flag flying on the moon

Over the weekend, over on another private website the old chestnut of the fake moon landings was raised, and sensibly put in the bin where it belongs. As part of the discussion, I mentioned one of the things I learnt

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Flood barriers at Waterloo Station

I notice that the underground station at Waterloo is to get refurbished starting from this April, with work continuing until next May. I use the station a moderate amount to swap between lines, so rarely go “upstairs” to the main

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Sheeps Wool from the Falklands Islands

When reading this week’s issue of Railway Herald, I saw a short note that wool from the Falklands Island is to be transported by rail – fortunately, only once it arrives in the UK. It turns out that twice a

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450 years of Gloriana

Being bored and channel hoping last night, I alighted upon a repeat of Dr. David Starkey’s TV series, Monarchy and settled down to watch it. Incidentally, it seems that the Discovery channel, no longer satisfied with a Discovery+1 also now

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Tours of Somerset House

Today, I paid a visit to the impressive Somerset House in central London for a tour of the buildings. They hold tours on the first Saturday of each month which last about 45 minutes and are free of charge. However,

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Oedipal Mothering Sunday

Wandering up to the main Canary Wharf shopping center via the underground station – I passed a florists which a huge banner promoting the forthcoming Mothering Sunday and exclaiming “You remembered your lovers, now remember your mothers”. One fervently hopes

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One hundred and fourty years of London Underground complaints

I have a small (and slowly growing) collection of old issues of the wondrous Illustrated London News. I originally started collecting them as sources for research, but I actually find they are quite wonderful to read (although sometimes I think

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The woman who could sell Time

In the early part of the 20th century, domestic clocks were still not hugely reliable and regular resetting was generally needed. People who owned a telegraph line or one of the modern radio could listen for the time pips, but

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Kirk Douglas in flowing silk

Kirk Douglas wearing flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors? Well, if the infamous movie The Vikings was to be filmed today, then that is what Hollywood’s Mr. Macho might have to wear as opposed to his manly leather

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

An interesting article in this weeks issue of The Economist drew my eye to a new body being set up by the UK government – the UK Statistics Authority. This is designed to try and fix one of the big

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750th Anniversary of the Provisions of Oxford

In just a few weeks time, it will be the 750th anniversary of one of the most important events in English legal history. On the 7th April 1258, there was a confrontation between King Henry III and his barons in

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