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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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Public tours of a Royal Navy frigate this Saturday

For some reason, this didn’t appear on my normal tracking systems, so sorry for the short notice, but this Saturday there will be public tours of the Royal Navy frigate, HMS St Albans (F83), which is in London for a

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Blink, Blink, Blink

I don’t cycle using my own bicycle as much as I used to, and although I now use the Boris Bikes a fair bit when in the center of town, I do recall some of the basic principles of cycling

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Cooling the London Underground

In March 2008, I attended a really quite interesting talk on the technological challenges in cooling the London Underground network, and it has been a topic which – probably understandably – has interested me ever since. A couple of months

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Quatermass and the Central Line tube extension at Hobbs End

Friday evening was an opportunity for me to watch one of my favourite cult films, Quatermass and the Pit in the fantastic setting of a Victorian Gothic revival church in Islington. It’s one of those “marmite films”, as being based

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A flaccid grey blancmange arrives on London’s Cheapside

The upper end of London’s Cheapside used to contain a rather generic looking 1960s office block of no outstanding architectural detail, but equally not excessively offensive to the eye. This was slowly demolished a few years ago, leaving open a

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A fire at last nights recording of HIGNFY

Yes, a real actual fire – but sadly outside the studio and so wont be on the tonight’s broadcast of Have I Got News for You. Arriving at around 5pm to get as close to the front of the queue

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At the Launch of the Geek Calendar

A group of people sitting in a pub one night got a bit tipsy and debated the various aesthetic merits of selected sciency people, and plotted how to meet them. From this drunken conversation came the Geek Calendar, born out

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Shop wont sell bird feed during winter months?

I have a balcony where I live, and it pleases me to put some bird feed out there to support the local wildlife. Over time, I have worked out what works best, not just at attracting birds, but at also

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Photos from the roof of Senate House

This is Senate House – the administrative block of the University of London – famous in part for its modernist style and the sheer bulk of the main tower. And this is the view from the top of that 19

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