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Railways boost reliability – sort of

A gushing press release from Network Rail has boasted that overland rail reliability is now at its highest ever level. A grand total of 90.6% of trains are claimed to arrive “on time” now – although their definition of “on

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Jubilee Line tunnels under Big Ben

A few months ago, I went to a lecture on tunnelling technologies, given by Professor Robert Mair FREng FRS, and specifically on what is known as compensation grouting. Meant to write up about it at the time, but it was

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Request tickets for Armed Forces Day

Just a heads up for one of those events you need to book tickets for sharpish. On June 27th, a day of events will happen at the Chatham Dockyard as part of the national Armed Forces Day – which will

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Public toilet hand dryers

Hot air hand dryers in public and communal toilets have generally remained unchanged, with a button to start, or sometimes auto-sensor, and a nozzle. This changed recently when James Dyson developed the slot based dryer which effectively vapourises the water

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The Story of London

Next month (June) will be filled with a vast array of events all around the city focusing largely on the history of the city and the lives of people who have lived here. The website with all the events has

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Shop with olde maps in the window

Being quite a fan of old maps I was brought to a sudden halt when out yesterday evening as I passed an antique store which had a couple of very interesting old maps in their window display. Popping onto Google

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling

Although not “in London”, but because I thought it might appeal to some of you, I added an event in Gloucestershire that occurred on Monday to my events guide – the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling. I didn’t go myself (I work

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Watching Brain Surgery – Live

The TV channel that lobotomises half the population with its Big Brother show also managed to redeem itself this week by broadcasting a series of live surgery events from the Wellcome Collection in central London. Last night I was there

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There is a leopard in my living room

I needed to take out a second mortgage today as I was about to embark upon the replacement of an ink cartridge for my printer. I dutifully noted down the make and model of the printer and after a detour

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The cartoons of Maggie Thatcher

Wandered along to the Cartoon Museum, which is conveniently close to the much larger British Museum. Like a fusion of the memes though, the Cartoon Museum focuses on British cartoons, going right back to the 18th century. © The Cartoon

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A tour of the London 2012 Olympics Site

Today marks the one year anniversary of the start of construction at the 2012 Olympic site, and various illustrious celebrities and notable persons will be donning hard hats and high-viz jackets to pose for the media. Yesterday, a bunch of

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You are Blacklisted!

I recently signed up to a newsletter offered by a venue in London to keep abreast of their events lest any of them would be worth adding to my listings guide. Alas, they were one of those organisations who seem

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Get a tour on the latest Royal Navy warship

If you are envious of the recent tour of HMS Illustrious I wrote about, you might be interested to learn that it has just been announced that, as part of a weekend of Navy events,  tours of HMS Daring will

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Job Cuts at Channel 4 News

A news item was brought to my attention this morning which suggests that Channel 4 is about to take the axe to some of its news production teams and cut back on the news broadcasts. While it seems that the

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Watch Heart Surgery – Live

…or even Brain Surgery. Just over a year ago, I attended an absolutely amazing event at the Welcome Trust in central London where they showed open heart heart surgery being carried out live at a hospital theatre (broadcast by satellite

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