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Bird’s Eye View of the London Docks in 1845

Picked up another issue of the Illustrated London News to bolster my collection – and this one had a few drawings of the London Docks including a quite famous picture of the docks shortly after the completion of the new

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Riding the last ever fully circular circle line train

On Sunday morning, the Circle Line uncurled slightly into a spiral, and to commemorate the death of the circle, a small group decided to take the very last ever train to run right round the whole circle line on the

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Bacchanalian Xmas Tree Lights

Ever since I was a kid, I have always liked the aesthetics of liquor bottles and some years ago I came up with the idea of making up some Christmas Tree lights based on miniature bottles of spirits. That original

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Le Morte d’Teletext

It has been announced that ITV’s Teletext will close today (Tue 15th Dec), and not in January as expected. When I was somewhat younger, many an hour would be spent scouring the pages of Ceefax and Teletext for the latest

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Christmas Carols in the City

Although not especially religious, I do quite like some of the religious trappings of the traditional Christmas celebrations and one of them is attending Carols in a proper Church. None of this “salvation army in a train station as I

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Photo contest with Wikimedia and Museums

Two photography posts in succession? I better stop this sharpish! Anyhow, after yesterdays somewhat sarcastic opinion about a photo contest, here is one which is vastly more worthy and exciting. Britain Loves Wikipedia is a photography contest that will be

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DLR Launches Photography Contest

I am writing about this not because I think the contest is noteworthy due to wondrous prizes, but for the sheer irony of the issues it raises. Over the years I have lived in the docklands area, I have on

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The Man Behind the Masquerade

Last night was a very special moment for me, as I was reminded of the years of frustrated delight I endured as a young teenager. Unlike some teenagers who were frustrated by more biological concerns, mine was a slender book

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Free tours of a live film set

This came in via an email from the Film London agency and I thought it would interest some of you (and me!). Come and see a film set in action This is a great opportunity to join an intimate tour

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Huge Rainbow over the City of London

Sat at my desk, working away and as I look up I see a stunning sight. A sight that had me literally throwing off my reading glasses and running across the room with camera to catch it before it vanished.

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Steam Train Charges Through North London

This lunchtime, a visually distinctive steam train charged through North London on a trip down to Kings Cross. The Sir Nigel Gresley is not only visually noticeable, but it also holds the speed record for a post-war steam train. Unlike

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Bob Crow on Have I Got News for You

The BBC’s Have I Got News for You is one of those television shows, which largely thanks to its rotating guests and the topicality of the news is a programme that has many highs, and some lows. Quite often the

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The crumbliest flakiest milk chocolate in the world

I am advised that people in polyester branded clothing were handing out free Cadbury’s Flakes at various train stations around London this morning. As a non-commuter I no longer see these things happening, but when I did I was always

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Catch the last fully circular Circle Line train

As I am betting you are probably aware, the Circle Line is shortly to be uncoiled and turned into something that is still called a circle, but is most certainly not. As with most changes on the train networks, there

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CERN on Twitter

A slightly introspective posting – but as a fairly avid user of Twitter, I have been following the account being managed by the people at the particle physics lab at CERN. A fairly quiet account, things livened up considerably on

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