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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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It’s raining

As I leave the shopping centre to head home I notice a large crowd by the exit all peering intently at something evidently quite dire that is happening outside. As I approach the exit hoping to find a way past

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Afternoon tea with Dr Johnson and friends

This week marks the 300th birthday of the famous journalist, writer, and mutterer of notable sayings, not to mention, lexicographer, Dr Samuel Johnson – or at least it would were he still alive, which in which case he would be

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I’m not watching the Last Night of the Proms

After thinking about it in some depth, I have decided not to watch the Last Night of the Proms this evening when it is broadcast on the BBC. Ordinarily, I try to arrange my evening around being available for the

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Helping busy consumers to iron clothes even faster

Panasonic, a firm more noted for entertainment devices in the UK is also a manufacturer of so-called “white goods” in the USA, and has proudly announced a new domestic iron with a unique elliptical shaped soleplate to “help busy consumers

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Science and media disconnect? Maybe not, says a new study

An interesting report has wafted my way on the topic of science and interacting with the general public, although the report was actually more about scientists talking to journalists who then write stuff that the general public read. It was

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A chance to climb a tall sailing ship mast

Bit of a charity promo, but also the chance to do something somewhat different. In a few weeks time, the tall sailing ship, Tenacious will be moored in London’s Docklands, and for a suitable charitable donation you can climb up

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More Picnics Please

A slightly weird email arrived today from the Royal Parks in London promoting a new website and marketing campaign they are running to encourage people to have picnics in the Royal Parks. What’s weird about it is that it is

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Castrol GTX

When I was a teenager, it was seemingly impossible to turn on the commercial TV channels (both of them) in the evening without being exhorted to buy some lubricant for my (non-existent) motor car. A very simple advert with the

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Friday evening trip on the 1938 tube train?

Another outing for the iconic restored 1938 tube train – this time on a Friday evening along the District line. This weekend (29th/30th Aug) the Upminster depot is open to the public for its 50th anniversary, and the 1938 train

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