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My Top Picks from the Bloomsbury Festival 2010

Later next month is the annual Bloomsbury Festival, where they lay on a really quite considerable number of events packed into a single weekend, many of which look very appealing. Sadly, the website that accompanies the event, while looking as

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50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator

You might not have noticed it, but today marks a very special anniversary on the London Underground – it is the 50th anniversary of the travelator at Bank tube station. This, not just the first moving walkway on the London

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The Aldwych Tube Station Blitz Experience

First things first, as they say. Tickets to this event sold out yonks ago. However, if you don’t mind the risk of getting nothing after a day of hanging around, and consuming vast quantities of coffee while you wait, then

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A museum for the Emergency Services?

Reading this morning that the hanger sized grey monolith that will become the media centre for the Olympic games in 2012 faces an uncertain future got me pondering an idea I had some time ago. On my visit to the

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A tour of Grosvenor House Hotel

Another of the Open House London events – a guided tour of one of London’s more luxurious hotels, which is probably more famous for its basement, than for its rooms. Grosvenor House Hotel is named after the original occupants of

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Natural History Museum jumps onto the “late night” bandwagon

The notification arrived FAR too late to have been included in my events newsletter, but the Natural History Museum is having an adults-only late night opening this coming Friday, where children will be banished to wherever it is that children

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Visiting the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

As part of the Open House London weekend, one of my pre-booked tours included a visit to the newish Supreme Court building in Westminster. Not the first time I have been in the building, as I have been in once

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Why didn’t The Pope get a formal gun salute?

Sometimes being told something will happen makes you suddenly realise that the same event didn’t take place at some other time. For example, I just received a notice from the Port of London Authority that there will be a gun

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Visiting The Conservative Club in St James

The exterior may look suitably anonymous to the average passer-by, but inside number 74 St James lurks not only an impressive interior, but also hosts an important aspect of the history of the modern Tory Party. The building was the

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A tour of London Underground’s Art Deco HQ Building

Sitting on top of St James Park tube station is the headquarters of London Underground in the form of the rather dirty, but still iconic Art Deco building. Once the tallest building in London, it was the tip of the

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The Victorians: Time and Space

On Tuesday, I wandered over to a lecture on how technology changed the Victorian’s perception of time and space. Or at least that is what I thought it was going to be about. As a concept it is a fairly

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Get tickets to watch Have I Got News for You being recorded

My systems tracker has alerted me to a date for your diaries. Tickets to be in the audience to watch Have I Got News for You being recorded live will be made available on Tuesday 21st September at 11:00 am.

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Are you a swinger?

Walking down the road, they stand out a mile. Easy to spot, the swinger is a subversive threat to the social order of the country. You know who you are – walking along swinging your arms like a set of

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The Shard Arises – Aug/Sept 2010

Latest in the roughly monthly series of photos of The Shard as seen from my flat. At the end of July the rise of the flooring structure around the base of the core, and the emergence of a “mini-core” to

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A dead whale in London Docklands

Just a couple of months ago, as part of building works along the riverside in North Greenwich, builders uncovered the skeleton of a large whale that was probably killed 200-300 years ago – and it is on display in the

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