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Met Police Issue Advice to Amateur Photographers

There is an ongoing and sometimes very contentious debate about the rights of people to take photos in public spaces and the attitude of the police and security officers when they see a camera pointing at something interesting. There have

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The Annual Vintners Procession

Another old City of London tradition occurred today as the Company of Vintners carried out their ancient procession to a local church following the inauguration of a new Master. The procession’s path is swept clean by a Wine Porter using

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Harry Potter – analysis paralysis

Harry Potter and the Fascist Ubermensch Rowling’s controversial declaration of Albus Dumbledore’s homosexuality, admitted only after her far right audiences had a chance to buy and read her final book, does not redeem the Potter universe. Clearly, this author is

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Brian Cox on the Moon

When the BBC needs a media friendly scientist, they invariably turn to Professor Brian Cox – a photogenic physicist who fits the modern image of a science programme. I have been informed by Nature Network that he will be presenting

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Gosh and Golly – its a tidal mill

Dan Cruickshank, the softly spoken mutterer of goshes and gollys on BBC2’s various history and architecture programs has been roped in to front a fund raising campaign for the Tidal Mills at Bow. I was there the other month for

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The Internet: Saviour or Corruptor of Democracy?

Wandered over to a debate in Parliament yesterday evening entitled “The Internet: Saviour or Corruptor of Democracy?” with a panel of various new and old media types. The panel was made up of Nick Robinson (BBC Political Editor); Peter Kellner

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TfL bike hire – not available until May 2010 – advertised today

The bike hire scheme being launched next year is one of those transport ideas that I like, a lot. I was looking forward to cycling into the West End, dropping off the bike and staggering home on the tube via

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A Horn Fair Procession From Rotherhithe to Charlton

As much as a admire the Victorians for many achievements, they did have two rather annoying habits. One was to rewrite, or at least censor ancient history when they discovered the supposedly enlightened folk were rather keen on Bacchanalian propensities.

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Website listing all (eventually) of London’s Gardens and Squares

Those fine chaps (and chapesses) over at the London Parks & Gardens Trust, who organise the annual Open Gardens Squares Weekend have launched a new project to create an online database of every notable garden and park in London. The

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Flypast over Tower Bridge

An FYI – on Friday 26th June 2009, there is due to be a flypast over Tower Bridge sometime between 12-1pm as part of the London Armed Forces Day. I haven’t been able to confirm who is doing the flypast,

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Vintage Trains at Marylebone Station

I think this is a case of caveat emptor, as while “vintage trains” are promised, they seem to be a footnote to a larger event. Basically, it is the 100th anniversary of Birmingham Moor Street Station on Saturday, so Chiltern

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Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train

Busy weekend, but culminated with a trip on a restored 1938 tube train running along the Northern Line, probably for the very last time, as new signalling work later this year will make it impossible to run old trains along

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Hoxton Hotel’s £1 Room Sale

The semi-regular sale held by the Hoxton Hotel is on again, and offers a brief opportunity to book hotel rooms for a proverbial song. They have 1,000 bedrooms up for grabs on their website: 500 at £1 and 500 at

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Drive Sheep Over London Bridge

If you came here looking for details about the sheep drive on Wed 21st Sept 2011, it’s been cancelled by the organisers. Sorry. Fancy acting like a Freeman of the City of London and drive some sheep over London Bridge?

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Tours of the Beefeater Gin Distillery

Last year, the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington held their first public tours – as part of the London Open House Weekend – and it was a fascinating place to have a look around. I have just had a note

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