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The hottest temperature recorded on earth?

The mens’ deodorant brand, Sure is currently running a campaign on the tube (and probably elsewhere) claiming that their anti-persperant has been proven to work at, and I quote – “58 degrees Celsius – the hottest temperature ever recorded on

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Another 1938 train outing

As you may have read, I went on a trip on a 1938 tube train a few months ago – but today was THE BIG ONE, where the train did a full run along the entire Northern Line from Morden

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The Bank of England

Was off to the Bank of England this morning for an open day tour of the building. I have wanted to go inside for simply ages, but the main open day during London Open House Weekend comes attached to a

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The original passenger railway

Nearly 20 years before Robert Stephenson’s famous Rocket carried its first railway passengers, there was an earlier train which had for a short while been carrying passengers. It was in July 1908 that a radical locomotive was demonstrated in London

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Too many security cameras – or too much hype?

There is a general trend to cite the rise of the CCTV (security camera) as an example of the reduction in personal privacy we enjoy in the UK. Certainly as a totem of intrusion, there is no better image than

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Future Living in East London – an exhibition

There is a small exhibition over the next few days being held at the showroom for the Pan Peninsula development in Canary Wharf – focusing on future housing developments in the East End of London. I wandered along this morning

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Apple is a non-nuclear company

Despite being bashed all the time by Greenpeace for decidedly non-environmentally friendly behaviour, it seems that Apple is still a bit fluffy on some issues. Indeed, the end user license agreement (EULA) which we all just click “I accept” on

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Please think of the environment before printing

Have you noticed a rise in corporate email footers with the admonition to think of the environment before printing an email out? What was once a rare but oddly nice bit of comment has now become a flood as it

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Train announcements

Normally, I shudder with very real trepidation when I hear about “funny” announcements on trains and the tube, as it is usually some self-declared comic sharing his (it’s always male) unique sense of humour. However, just occasionally someone gets it

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Firefox 3 and that horid new url location bar

After being told how wonderful the latest version of Firefox is, I with some trepidation decided to “upgrade”. I was wary about this as I had downloaded a beta version a few months ago, and they have scrapped the conventional

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James Bond – the book covers

There is a rather small, but quite perfectly formed little exhibition going on at the moment, as part of the general James Bond/Ian Fleming centenary – and that is the cover designs of the original books as they were first

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Battersea Power Station

Yet another set of plans has been announced this morning for the perpetually derelict Battersea Power Station, and some of it is OKish – but the bit which really caught my attention was the transport aspect. As the area is

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Cart Marking

This morning, I wandered over to the Guildhall in the City of London to watch the annual Cart Marking ceremony, which can trace its roots back a good 500 years. The Cart Marking is carried out by members of The

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The wrong ladder

One of the many tedious adverts exhorting us to sue people for our own clumsy mistakes is featuring a guy who, in his words “was fitting a fire alarm system but had been given the wrong sort of ladder”. He

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An outdoor drinking ban in Soho?

Last week, I became aware of a protest group on the Facebook website which is protesting against plans by Westminster Council to ban outdoor drinking in Soho. The facebook group says “this petition has been created by the licensee’s of

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