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A morning at Heathrow Terminal 5

I spent the morning pretending to be a passenger at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 so that they can test their services with “live people”. Today was apparently their first big test, with some 2,000 members of the public turning up to

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The World’s Oldest Clock Museum

I spent a rather pleasant 45 minutes at a small museum in the City of London devoted to the history of clock (and watch) making in London. The collection was begun in 1814 by the Clockmakers guild and is said

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Greenwich goes Advent Crazy

Various shops, offices etc in Greenwich town center are to become a “living Advent calendar” this December. Each day, from the 1st Dec., a new display will be unveiled to the public until all 24 “windows” have been unveiled –

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100th Anniversary of the Ice Skating Disaster

As we approach the annual ice skating season in London, it is worth recalling that ice skating has been going on in London for many years – indeed, most people will recall the stories of the River Thames freezing over

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The One Million Pound Note

For the average person, the largest denomination UK bank note that we would see is the £50 note – and even that is moderatly rare with the £20 being the normal largest note in day-2-day usage. However, little known about

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Does Digg think I am going bald?

Just recently, Digg has started running adverts from a hair loss company – a lot of adverts in fact. OK, I accept that my hair is receeding a bit, but it isn’t that bad!

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HMS Westminster & Tower Bridge – A photo opportunity

One for photo fans – checking the forthcoming Tower Bridge lifts, I notice that the UK naval frigate, HMS Westminster is arriving in London for a few days, and will pass under the raised Tower Bridge just before 5pm on

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Hangmans Gallows on the River Thames

I am starting a bit of history research as background material for a group social walk along the Greenwich Peninsula I am organising next month for Thingbox members. There is tons of history in the area, and thanks to a

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Have a Very Merry Swissmas

I was heading towards Covent Garden yesterday and noticed a forlorn looking church near Neal Street and wandered over to have a look. It was closed and in need of repair, but a sign on the front was advertising much

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I’m reading a lot more now

One slight disadvantage of working from home is that I am no longer spending on average one and a half hours each day commuting to the office in Nth London. While this sounds like an advantage, it also means that

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Oh Nos – Floods in the UK

Topical news meets the LOLcats

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Seagulls following a boat

Was sitting at my desk working when I saw a boat going past the flat trailing a couple of wires and a large disturbance behind it. I am guessing that it is churning up the river bed for some reason

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Place or Plonk?

Something I have noticed quite a lot over the years, but only now remembered when sitting at a computer to comment about… Is how people put their shopping on the conveyor belt at supermaket checkouts. Some people place their food

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Watching Open Heart Surgery – Live

Last night, I had a very unusual and yet utterly fascinating experience – watching an open-heart surgery being carried out live. The surgery was carried out at Papworth Hospital, and then broadcast over a satellite feed to a couple of

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All Saint’s Church – Margaret Street, London

Yesterday, I made my long planned return trip to the incredible All Saints Church in central London for a photo session with my tripod. I had been there before, but the lighting is so dark that it is not possible

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