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David Dimbleby’s Seven Ages of Britain

There is a bit of a rant by John Dugdale over at The Guardian complaining about an increasing trend for semi-serious TV shows being fronted by a (diminishing) pool of respected and serious news journalists. Situations such as Jeremy Paxman

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The 728th Trial of the Pyx

Every single year, without exception, since The Year of Our Lord, 1282 – a legal trial has taken place to check the quality of the coinage of the realm. Today – the second Tuesday in February – for the 728th

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The Ig Nobel Awards come to London

The Ig Nobel awards – an annual award for real science that seems just a bit weird when you first hear about it – also hosts a series of shows around the UK, and the London tour details have been

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Some Photos of London – Tilt/Shifted

There is a moderately poplar photographic technique, a derivative of tilt-shifting which enables photos of real places to be modified in such a way as they look as if they are photos of scale models. It’s quite a bizarre effect

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Underground Maps Unravelled

This event is being held at Southend on Sea – but I thought it would interest people in London. — An exhibition by Maxwell Roberts Since revolutionising map design in 1933, Henry Beck’s iconic London Underground diagram has set the

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Want to own your very own Dr Who Cyberman?

Being a moderately signed up geek, I am quite keen on Dr Who. Unlike some people I know (glares!), for me, it is just a bit of light entertainment, not The Meaning of Lifeâ„¢ as some seem to treat it.

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A Drawing of the Old Houses of Parliament in 1760

Managed to acquire this line drawing of the Old Houses of Parliament made in 1760 before they burnt down in 1834 and were replaced with our “modern” Gothic building. Click on the image for a larger (much larger!) version. Enjoy.

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Large moon over London

The stunning sight this morning of the Full Moon sinking down over London had me reaching for my camera. Thanks to an optical illusion though, if you take a photo of an enlarged moon, it seems to shrink to normal

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It’s “Follow a Museum Day” on Twitter

Twitter, a place where people chat about their latest cup of coffee (guilty!) or hang on the latest comment from tabloid celeb X (not guilty!), also has a more worthy side to it. Quite a few museums have leapt onto

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Some photos of a City Tower

Just uploaded some old photos I took last year of a fairly famous City tower taken from a slightly unusual angle.

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Antique Maps at the British Library

I heard about this earlier in the year, but the formal announcement was made yesterday – there will be another display of maps at the British Library this summer. As a total antique maps geek, with rather too many automated

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The “al-Durrah incident”

I had the opportunity last night to listen to a presentation regarding one of the most famous, and subsequently, controversial episodes in the Israel/Palestine conflict in recent years. A now infamous piece of film-footage is now widely considered to be

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Steam Train to recreate the Bristolian Express service

Interesting news in the land of steam trains, as a joint project by First Great Western and Vintage Rail aims to recreate the non-stop Bristolian Express service this April. The Railway Herald reports that the details are still sketchy, as

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Free tickets to the LSE’s Literary Festival

Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon tickets will be offered for the forthcoming Literary Festival at the London School of Economics (LSE) near The Strand. Some of the talks look rather good and the full list is below – book tickets via the

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Talisker Tasting and an early Burns Night

Last night, a small coterie of bloggers were invited to a London bar for an early informal Burns Night style event – organised by a PR agency for the Talisker Whisky brand. London bloggers were invited along thanks to the

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