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Open Day at the East London Mosque

This year happens to mark the 100th anniversary of the London Mosque Fund, set up to create a place of worship for Muslim sailors and workers increasingly visiting the London Docks – and coincidentally, the East London Mosque is having

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Talk: Stations of the London Metropolis

Tuesday evening found the subterranean lecture hall at the Transport Museum almost filled up as Oliver Green gave an introductory talk about his latest pocket book – and it is actually designed to fit in a pocket – about the

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An alternative history of space exploration

Last week I had a ticket (at short notice) to a lecture by Jerry Stone of the Spaceflight UK organisation – officially titled “The Day They Launched A Woodpecker”, but was basically an alternative history of space flight. It was

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The obsession with air fresheners

If you put any of the commercial television channels on for any length of time, you will start to notice that amongst all the adverts for Christmas food, car insurance and exhortations to sue someone – are floods of adverts

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Taking a trip in London’s only Funicular railway

Of all the railways in London, I only recently became aware of a special railway and today took a trip along what is London’s only Funicular railway. A what? A Funicular Railway is a special railway that is designed to

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Clean up the Canary Wharf station names confusion

Anyone who makes extensive use of the Jubilee Line and DLR in the Canary Wharf area will be well aware that only tourists/visitors would ever try to switch between the Canary Wharf stations on each line, as Herron Quays on

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Steampunk at a Particle Accelerator

Readers may be familiar with the Steampunk genre, a fusion of history and science as people re-imagine how a modern world could look if Victorian engineering – specifically steam power – was still in use today. As a bit of

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Visiting the UK’s Largest Particle Accelerator

Just outside Didcot lies a very distinctive huge silver ring doughnut that houses, what is basically, a gigantic microscope – and this weekend there was a fairly rare public open day to let the great unwashed inside its structure to

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How to commute to work in style – on a Steam Train

Fancy travelling to work in style one morning – why not swap that modern metal tube for an old fashioned steam train? Regular readers will know that I like to watch out for steam trains that occasionally visit London for

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Guided tours of the Locks on the Grand Union Canal

During the winter months, several of the canal locks around the country are refurbished, and this year some of them will also have some open-days to let people have a look around while the water is (presumably) drained away. In

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The wisdom of bees

The other day I had a chance to hear a brief talk by Management Consultant and social psychologist Michael O’Malley who is doing the usual round of talks that are now mandatory for anyone promoting their latest book. Many management

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Free entry to St Paul’s Cathedral this Saturday

Although free to go in for worshippers, those who are more interested in the architecture than the function of St Paul’s Cathedral have to pay to get inside its stony walls. A full £12.50 per adult no less. This Saturday

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Allegedly, these are the top-20 blogs in London

There is a blog-ranking service operated by a company called Wikio. Every so often they publish a ranking of the best political blogs which leads to much anguish and ranting about bias (etc) within the political sphere. They have now

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London’s Transport Museum gains a “Royal Train”

According to this week’s issue of The Railway Herald, the London Transport Museum has gained a mundane, yet also quite special tube train to add to its collection at the Acton Depot. The train is a bulk-standard 1967 stock train

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Going on board the Royal Navy Frigate, HMS St Albans

As I got slightly excited about earlier this week, the public are being allowed to go on board HMS St Albans for a look around the ship today. Guided tours for residents of its namesake, St Albans are taking place

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