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Unusual Christmas Tree Decorations

A slightly depressing development in Christmas Tree decorations. As an aside, do we still need signs in shopping centers etc that CCTVs are in use? Considering how ubiquitous they have become,  I’d have thought most people would now automatically presume

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On board Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior

A rather unique opportunity presents itself this weekend, and that is the chance to visit one of the more famous ships in the world – Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior. No, not the one the French sank, the other one. The ship

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More on the “secret” tunnel under Whitehall

There are many rumours of secret tunnels and facilities under London operated by the government, and while the vast majority of the rumours are just wishful thinking, various stories of a secret tunnel network under Whitehall are based on a

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Pssst – want a 15th century suit of armour?

OK, a tad out of my price range, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to own a 15th century suit of armour? Just in time for the Christmas fancy dress parties as well. Christie’s are selling it at the end of

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Tour a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Just had an email from the nuclear fusion research centre just outside Reading with the dates for their 2010 open evenings. The dates are: 19th May, 13th July, 15th September, 20th October, 24th November. All are on Wednesday evenings and

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Rehearsing the State Opening of Parliament

Although the State Opening of Parliament happens every year pretty much without fail, the people involved in it tend not to be there every year, so the huge precession needs to be practiced before the live event. While a fair

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Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Let me tell you a story – was how a talk this lunchtime by Prof. Steven Levitt started as he gave a talk about economics and some of the weird but true facts he has come across in his research.

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V for Vendetta – Live in Westminster

If you had been in Westminster today, you might have seen a group of distinctive looking people striding purposefully down Whitehall to Downing Street. Today, on the 5th November, is the day that political blogger, the Old Holborn takes a

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London in the 1950s – archive film footage

A heads up that the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is showing archive films of London in the 1950s as part of a free event later this month. The official fluff reads: Take a trip back in time to

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The Weather Forecast

October 30th – Sunny weather, nice day, sat on the balcony for a while. October 31st – Bit windy and damp, but went out for a nice walk. November 1st – Blowing a gale and pouring down with rain. Deciduous

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Ghosts on the London Underground

Considering the dark dark corners, strange noises and abandoned tunnels that litter the soil under London, it is possibly no surprise that stories of hauntings have emerged over the years. On Wednesday, a couple of authors who have recently written

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Wellcome Collection Winter Events – Booking Starts Today

The rather excellent Wellcome Collection by Euston station has just announced its list of events for the winter, of which the following need to be pre-booked. They tend to “sell out” extremely quickly, so here is a heads up of

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Werewolves and whisky

A functioning church might not seem like the most obvious place to watch a horror movie about werewolves, and certainly not to drink alcohol in the pews, but that is the concept behind a series of cult film nights that

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The New South Quay DLR Station – Photos

This morning, a couple of weeks later than expected, the new South Quay station on the DLR opened to the general public. There was already a South Quay station, but it couldn’t be extended for the new 3-car length trains,

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Creepy

After Nick Griffin’s comments on the BBC’s Question Time about homosexuals being creepy, I thought I’d play around with the iconic “hope” poster used during the US Presidential Elections. Fortunately, there is a website that – with a bit of

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