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A room full of ancient scrolls and parchments

Ask most people to draw an outline picture of the Houses of Parliament, and often you will get long oblong with “Big Ben” at one end. Most will not include the huge tower that is at the other end of

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London charities can claim £80,000 of free advertising per year

As someone who used to use Google to advertise services I noticed this ages ago, and bookmarked the details to blog about, and erm, forgot about it. Anyhow – in a proverbial nutshell, if you are a qualifying charity or

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The 2010 cart marking ceremony

Another year, and another annual cart marking ceremony carried out by the The Worshipful Company of Carmen. I have written about the history of the tradition before – so I wont recount that again. Today though, I noticed an interesting

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Visiting the catacombs under Brompton Cemetery

Following my recent visit to the catacombs under South London’s West Norwood cemetery, it seemed sensible to pay a visit to their counterparts in central London yesterday when they were opened for tours as part of the annual open day.

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The genius of Cecil Court’s “find us” maps page

If you are a typical website for an organisation or venue that expects people to visit you, then a page with guidance on how to find you is de-rigueur. Most will have an address, maybe a few lines of directions

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Happy St Swithin’s Day

St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester, but is more famously known for a popular rhyme that is associated with him: St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St

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Sailing Ship to pass through Tower Bridge today

The lift schedule for Tower Bridge notes that a “vessel” is due to pass through today at around 5:15pm, but doesn’t indicate what sort of ship it will be. That normally hints that it is a military vessel, but the

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Fire Over by the London Eye

Difficult to see exactly where the fire is as I can’t get a depth perspective – so the fire could be next to the London Eye, or 5 miles away (which makes it a very big fire!). Update – no

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Free tours of Victoria Tower at the Houses of Parliament

As part of a UK-wide Discovering Places event, Parliament is leading short tours, showing familiar yet unexpected aspects of its buildings and works of art. Although most of the tour options are ones that anyone who goes in to the

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The Victorian Catacombs of South London

In the early 19th century, the graveyards in central London were becoming not just rather full, but also a bit of a health hazard – so in the 1830s laws were passed that banned the burial of new bodies with

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Changes to the DLR service

Living in the docklands area, I am on the mailing list for issues with the Docklands Light Railway, and have received the following missive. A new service will be in place from 10 July with modifications to some routes and

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West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station

There lurks on the London Underground network a tube station that wont appear on any tube map, past, present or indeed future. In use on most days, yet no trains ever call there and no passengers ever use it.

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The History of Beeswax in London

As part of the soon to finish City of London Festival, there was a talk the other evening at the Wax Chandlers Hall all about their trade – bees and beeswax. The hall itself isn’t one of the grand old

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Memories of 7th July 2005

Today marks a totemic 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on London’s transport – and naturally lots of people will be reminiscing on the events of that day. Obviously, when the attacks took place, there was the usual confusion and

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Photos – Red Arrows flypast over London

Today, as part of the Cadet150 celebrations, there was a cadet march along The Mall at lunchtime, finished off with a flypast by the infamous Red Arrows. Some lucky cadets also got to fly as passengers in the Red Arrows

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