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Cannon fire at the Tower of London

The list of planned formal Gun Salutes at the Tower of London has been published – should you fancy booking a bit of time off to have your ears deafened by the firing of cannons to celebrate an event or

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Will The Queen offer a job to a convicted criminal?

A sideline into politics. Eric Illsley MP has became the first sitting MP to be convicted of expenses fraud after he admitted dishonestly claiming more than £14,000 and now awaits sentencing. If I read the regulations correctly, an MP is

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Westminster is NOT the Mother of all Parliaments

I have again today come across the famous saying that “Westminster is the Mother of all Parliaments”, and indeed, the “Westminster System” of politics does operate in many countries. However, the claim that Westminster is the Mother of all Parliaments,

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The origin of Ye in Ye Olde Shoppe

I’m sure most of us have seen (or used in irony) signs such as Ye Olde… to describe something as being an older version of something. While it is obvious that Ye is Old English for The, its origins in

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Look Out for a Steam Train Travelling Around Sth & West London on Saturday

Something that is always worth looking out for if you are in the area – a steam train will be taking a tour around London and Berkshire tomorrow afternoon. Although steam train tours are not hugely unusual now, most London

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Farewell to the Starbucks Mugs

The only mugs in Starbucks are the customers. Hur hur hur! It’s been announced that ubiquitous high-street coffee chain, Starbucks is to ditch its chunky mugs in favour of bone china. I am actually a bit irritated about that –

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Mayor’s Consultation Meeting – Let’s Talk Transport

This just arrived in the email, and I copy/paste it here for your information as it is the sort of thing I would put in the events guide, but you also need to pre-book tickets first. Incidentally, I am delighted

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Wassailing at the Bankside

If slow to arrive is the Holly Man, slow shall spring be too* *a fake made up saying Circling around Bankside in a powered boat, the Holly Man – a chap decorated in the traditional garb of the Green Man’s

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Photos – Reflections in the River Thames

Here is a photo of a comparatively rare sight for the River Thames – can you see what is unusual?

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Copyright thieves

Over the past few weeks, I have had to fire off an increasing number of notices to other websites who choose to reprint my blog posts or photos without bothering to ask me for permission first. Now, as it happens,

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Request tickets to watch the Garter Service

Held inside Windsor Castle later this year, the Monarch and most of the senior Royals will progress through the Castle to St George’s Chapel for the annual Garter Service. The Order of the Garter is the senior and oldest British

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What were the Top-10 blog posts of 2010?

I deem that it is time for a dose of omphaloskepsis, and to find out which of my miserable scrawlings captured your attention the most during 2010. After much efforts calculating a myriad of variables (OK, I just asked Google

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Visiting the Charles Dickens Museum on Christmas Day

As I noticed the other day, the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury was having a special opening on Christmas Day, and as I was in central London taking photos, I decided to take a detour to visit the place. The

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Even More Photos of a Deserted London

Two years ago I cycled around London on Christmas morning taking photos of a city that was, thanks to the lack of public transport and everything being closed – was itself totally deserted of people. I was somewhat surprised at

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Beware unexpected visitors on Christmas Day

The turkey is cooking, the smell drifts around the single room you call a home for your entire family. Small sprigs of holly and ivy, rosemary and bays decorate the room. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door. Afraid,

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