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Watch a Steam Train on Valentines Night

Your perpetually single correspondent doesn’t particularly enjoy Valentines Day, or the way everything vaguely red in colour or heart shaped suddenly doubles in price for a few weeks, and tends to snarl at anything to do with it. He does

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15 years since the Docklands bombing

A fraction after 7pm on the 9th February 1996, the IRA ended their 17-month ceasefire with a huge explosion that ripped through the South Quays area of London’s Docklands. Today, 15 years later and a lot has changed in the

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Get tickets to the Ig Nobel Awards

The Ig Nobels are coming! The Ig Nobels are coming! The Ig Nobels are coming! What is one of the key highlights of the annual science entertainment calendar is making a return to Imperial College next month, with an evening

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The huge undercroft under the Albert Memorial

I am sure you are familiar with the huge Albert Memorial in Hyde Park by the Albert Hall, but did you know that there is a vast underground structure underneath it? Time to reminisce about a place I visited four

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Plans to resurrect the ZX Spectrum?

Any geek of a certain age is going to squeal when they hear that the 1980s icon, the ZX Spectrum is about to make a comeback. According to a report in the Telegraph via @Peter_Watts, the company that was once

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Disused tube station for sale

If you follow my Twitter account, last night you might have seen a link I posted there which caused considerable excitement, for London Underground is selling a disused tube station. Sadly, not an iconic deep level structure, but the former

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100 Phantoms to glide through London on Sunday

Specifically, 100 Rolls Royce motor cars will smoothly glide around the posher bits of London on Sunday morning to mark the 100th anniversary of the design of that famous Spirit of Ecstasy mascot that sits on the top of every

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Juggernaut threat to tiny Hanway Street?

As noticed by several people this week – after planning permission was granted – an incredibly useful side-street by Tottenham Court Road is due to get revamped. Not so that pedestrians wisely using it to bypass the congestion at the

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Hobbs End tube station – made from Lego

There is a person who makes tube stations out of Lego. Actually, there are probably quite a few such people, but I was drawn to this Charles Holden style London Underground Station made from Lego, which also included the iconic

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Watch a Large Ceremonial Procession Along The Mall this Sunday

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but it seems to get – in my opinion – oddly little publicity or attention considering the size of the event and the spectacle. This Sunday, for the 30somthingth year, around 500 members of

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Catch the last ever trip on c2c’s Blue Train

c2c, the strangely named train line that runs out of the tiny Fenchurch Street train station towards Southend-on-Sea is having a special event on the 5th March. It will mark the very last day a train will run on their

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This Sunday – the 350th Anniversary of the execution of Oliver Cromwell

This Sunday marks the 350th anniversary of the execution by being hung from the neck until dead of Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the republic following the execution of King Charles I. However, he was in fact, already dead! He

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Parish Notice – How to put your photo next to blog comments

Ever noticed how some people on the comments on this, and other blogs have an image next to their name, and some don’t? Ever wondered why? As it happens, it is quite easy – and all you need to do

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£10 to stand on the Greenwich Meridian Line?

As noticed by the Greenwich Phantom, whose spectral representative stands next to the Greenwich Observatory, the Observatory will start charging a fee to go inside the museum complex from the beginning of March. A full £10 no less. While many

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Flickr’s use of the NoFollow tag in weblinks

<web geek mode activated> Some years ago, Google introduced the rel=”nofollow” tag that can be added the links on websites.  The idea being that websites with user submitted content could mark any submitted links as being untrusted so while Google’s

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