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The Tube Geek’s Bible – Rails Through The Clay

First published in 1962, and lauded for its in-depth study of the deep-level tube networks under London, Rails through the Clay swiftly became regarded as a Bible for tube geeks. As second-hand copies were soon exchanging hands for a significant

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Visiting the Markfield Beam Engine

After a few years of restoration work, a Victorian steam pumping station was brought back into life late last year, and today was one of the periodic steaming days where the engine is powered up and surrounded by wreaths of

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The Shard Arises – March 2010

Part of my now monthly report on The Shard developments as seen from my flat. Or more accurately, doesn’t arise at all during March. Apart from the coverings over the next door building and a new crane, the core of

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Flickr Spam

I use Flickr to host my photos as it is a convenient repository and has some nice, but generally subtle community aspects to the website. However, there is a dark side to the website – and that is the groups.

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Nigel Farage on Have I Got News for You

Had tickets last night to watch Have I Got News for You being recorded with two comedians I can’t honestly say I have ever heard of (Lee Mack and Kevin Bridges), along with the bombastic leader of the UKIP party,

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British Library adds a million pages of Victorian Newspapers to its archive

A resource that I find quite invaluable when researching odd bits of history is the British Library’s online digital archive of old newspapers, and this morning, they announced that the collection just increased by around a third to some three

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Tower Bridge goes Dark for Earth Hour

Lots of buildings turned off their lights last night for an hour to mark the Earth Hour event – and although they were quite late, Tower Bridge eventually went dark – making them the most significant blob of blackness as

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Map of London and its Toll Gates from 1857

Another drawing from my collection of the Illustrated London News – this time of the then vexatious issue of toll-gates around the city that charged people a fee every time they passed though. A committee had been created by Parliament

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Why I am willing to pay to read the news online – sometimes

There has been much gnashing of teeth over the news that the Times Newspaper is to start charging for access to its website in a couple of months time. The news (hur!) is not that unexpected as the parent company

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Brown Bread vs White Bread

I don’t like white bread. Never have and probably never will. It is bland, tasteless, lacking in texture and utterly devoid of any nutritional value. I love brown bread. Always have and probably always will. It is packed full of

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Outdoor music at Somerset House this Summer

I know almost nothing about contemporary music, but am on the mailing list for Somerset House for what’s happening in general at their venue. Having received a note about their Summer Series, what follows is just a notification that a

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Why I am opting out of the NHS Summary Care Records Scheme

Like most people I expect, I received a letter in the post at the weekend informing me of next phase of the government’s bloated IT platform for the NHS — the Summary Care Record or SCR as they like to

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Phone numbers and memorable questions

Two IT based moans in one day – must get back to fluffy posts about London history as soon as possible! Today, the London 2012 website started trawling for email addresses to contact with information about various Olympic happenings and

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Military Flypasts over London (and surrounds)

Collating details as they are published of the various military aircraft flypasts over London and local area, as I do – and it is about as ready as it is likely to get. Apart from the big flypast in June

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A Walk Along Industrial North Greenwich

The dominant concrete grain silos in North Greenwich are shortly to be demolished to make way for human silos in the form of modern blocks of flats. While the associated factory stank rather badly, it provided jobs and added character

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