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International London

One of the things I love about London is how incredibly “international” it is. As someone who was brought up overseas and hopped around the place every other year – I am used to seeing/meeting people of all sorts of

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Gordon’s Alive?

I am off to watch another recording of Have I Got News for You this Thursday evening and thought I would check to see who the guest presenter would be. It’s Brian Blessed! And the guest panelists are Alan Duncan

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HMS Ocelot

As part of my day down at Chatham Dockyard, which I will write about in a day or two (as I am too tired right now), we went inside a submarine! In a dry dock is HMS Ocelot, an Oberon-class

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Getting into private homes to see private “bits of heritage”

Last night, while wandering round a museum of dead animals, glass of wine in hand – conversation turned as it invariably does to the weighty maters of taxation and art. Not totally unexpected as the museum has some artifacts which

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Lecture tonight

Off to do some brain exercising tonight – and will be attending a lecture at the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy on how nature affected how manmade materials and structures were designed. I like this sort of thing,

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Want to sponsor a tube station?

Dubai, city of skyscrapers and oil wealth is not quite so wedded to the motor car that it wont consider public transport and is nearing the completion of its own metro railway network. I saw an advert in this weeks

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A Trip on a 70 Year Old Tube Train

In 1938, a new modern tube train was introduced on London Underground – with the radical change in that it abolished the front locomotive which used to pull tube trains. In 1998, the 1938 stock made its final trip on

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Strange smells in London

Chatting on another website and quite a few people all over London are commenting on a very strange smell in the air this morning – almost manure like. I stuck my nose out of the window and sniffed, and yes

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Does Starbucks Love Paul McCartney?

They seem to play his Dance Tonight song every half hour in my local branch. I’ve noticed this trend in the past, but never heard enough of the lyrics to be able to Google and find out what the name

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Sub-Brit Lecture at the Building Centre

Was back at the Building Centre in central London this morning for the final of their breakfast talks on subterranean London as part of their current exhibition. This morning’s talk was hosted by Andrew Smith from Subterranea Britannica (sub-brit), an

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The annual lock-down

London Marathon today – and I am locked into my flat. The sealing off of the roads around Docklands means I am quite literally unable to leave my flat until around 4pm this afternoon. I used to be able to

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The Museum of eww, urgh and yeuk!

Alternatively known as the Hunterian Museum inside the Royal College of Surgeons of England – after John Hunter who collected most of the items on display. John Hunter was a surgeon of some note in the 18th century at a

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100 years of an Underground Tunnel in New York

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of a tunnel under New York’s Hudson river – and the launch of plans to start drilling two more tunnels to cope with modern demand. However, what is worth reading is

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The Kirkaldy Testing Museum

One of the things which I love looking at is monumental Victorian engineering. However, there is a side to these buildings and constructions that people rarely think about – and that is how did they know if the materials used

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Southwark Tube Station

Of all the tube stations which were built for the Jubilee Line extension – my favourite has to be the little noticed one at Southwark. While I like Westminster and (obviously) Canary Wharf, there is something almost serene about Southwark,

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