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The Doors

You are approaching a wide set of doors at the entrance to a shopping centre – how do you get to the other side? Mr Hands in Pockets – who watches furtively for the door that is being held open

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Tower Bridge in the Dereliction

In the 1970’s-80s large swathes of the docklands area was left as wasteland following the development of container cargo trade – and as such there are quite a lot of photos of the area showing the wastelands left over from

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Watching The Shard go up

Looking up from the desk where I spend rather too much time typing on a computer keyboard, I can see the embryonic stages of a new skyscraper starting to rise up over London. To be honest, I can’t actually see

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Chance to visit the Kingsway Subway tunnels

Some years ago, I cam within a whiskers length of getting a tour of the Kingsway subway tunnel that runs near to Holborn in central London, and is now largely used as a storage box by the local council. Sadly,

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An improvement (maybe?) to the listings guide

I have been pondering for a while one of the problems with how the events listings on this website operates, and I think I have come up with a sensible solution. To clarify, the listings pages has two core aims:

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Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune

Sci-fi fans will be familiar with the novels by Frank Herbert, starting with Dune and leading onto several others – along with the later David Lynch movie and more recent TV series. What many are less aware of is that

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London Open House Weekend – The Naval Club

Another of the pre-booked tours for Open House Weekend were the guided tours of the Naval Club in the rarefied airs of Mayfair. The building itself is a notable example of early 18th century grand houses, and indeed, one of

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Europe – Proposals for Freedom

Had an invitation to go to the launch of a new political report at lunchtime today – so look away if politics sends you to sleep. The Henry Jackson Society was hosting the event in London, although the report was

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London Open House Weekend – The Thames Tunnel

Lurking not too far from where I live is a subterranean marvel that is considered to be one of the most important locations in engineering history. I am referring to the currently closed off East London Line railway – for

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Heritage Question Time

Various “bosses” of the UK’s heritage industry are to submit themselves to a Question Time type session in front of the public next month – but if you want to be one of the questioners, then you need to put

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London Open House – The White Tower

Another of the London Open House events that needed pre-booking, and this was a visit to the White Tower inside the Tower of London. Unlike the tourists who were a) paying and b) going inside the Tower, we a) didn’t

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London Open House – Westminster Town Hall

In my perambulations around London for the annual Open House events, I found myself in between planned venues so decided to wander around to Whitehall to see what was available san-queues to occupy a spare hour. I was already in

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New Dixons adverts

I saw an advert on the DLR on the way back from the annoyingly closed exhibition about London Bridge I had expected to visit. The advert by Dixons seems to be trying to imply that you can go to a

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The Fugitive Futurist – or how the Thames was drained of water

I am a bit of a fan of how people in the past thought the future would look like, and my memory was recently prompted to recall a short black&white film I saw for the first time last year –

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A talk by Tim Berners-Lee at the Science Museum

Many conferences are presented by a speaker who then has a moderately sized screen upon which the ubiquitous, and often quite boring PowerPoint slides are projected. To go to a cinema and watch a bunch of PowerPoint slides being projected

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