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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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Exploring Beckton

Yesterday I went to Beckton – not this time for a photo session and general nosy at the industrial stuff – but for honest to goodness shopping. I am currently clearing out unwanted Dr Who video tapes on eBay and

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Lectures and exhibition on London’s Hidden Infrastructure

The ever wonderful Building Centre in London will be setting out a new exhibition from the end of next week all about “London’s Hidden Infrastructure”. 28 FEBRUARY – 19 APRIL 2008 As London’s skyline becomes ever more clustered with new

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More hidden tunnels under London

I am sure you are familiar with my fascination with underground tunnels etc – and you probably know that in addition to the obvious tube network and municipal services, that there are a fair number of other tunnels under the

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Future moon exploration funded by PPP

I was reading the technical document for the proposed UK-US moon probe which was announced a few days ago. I was reading it as the press release made a short comment about a future mobile phone network on the moon

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An old news article about the Central Line Underground Railway

I have a copy of an article published in The New York Times on March 7th 1898 which goes into detail about the construction of the first stage of what we today call the Central Line on the underground. As

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Burying Bad News?

I notice that the government has today published the early draft of the infamous dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. I am sure the fact that the news media would be utterly dominated by Northern Rock today and

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William Hague on the EU Presidency

I have always found William Hague to be one of the great Parliamentary speakers of our modern times. He usually manges to score very good political points, but often uses humour and his slightly droll sarcastic accent to deliver them

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Marylebone Passage – of religion, printers and workhouses

Just along Margaret Street from the awesome gothic style church I wrote about a few months ago, lies another of those tiny lanes that I am finding increasingly fascinating. Marylebone passage is an oddly disappointing little alley, as it looks

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The Church of St Charles Borromeo

Wandering around the back streets near the BT Tower, I noticed an interesting looking Church and wandered over for a closer look.

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An Archbishop of Canterbury Tale

This came across my desk this morning and is a spoof of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales taking into account the recent media fuss over Sharia law in the UK. Heere Bigynneth the Tale of the Asse-Hatte It made me

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Watch a Lunar Eclipse next week

One for your calendars – as next week will be host to the only total lunar eclipse of the year, and there wont be another total eclipse until 2010. The moon turns a bloody red as it passes into the

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London Eye – No Longer the Biggest

The London Eye, which is a significant feature of the skyline from my living room is about to lose its title as the world’s largest observation wheel. A new wheel is opening on Monday in Singapore, and at 165 metres

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