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Of ancient paths, umbrellas and Chinese restaurants

The corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road is a place of considerable crush and bustle thanks to the very narrow pavement, tube entrance and market stalls trying to sell watches and tourist tatt. For that reason, when needing

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Temple Open Weekend – Visit the home of the Da Vinci Code

This year is the 400th anniversary of the founding of Temple in Fleet Street as a center for the legal profession – when in 1608, King James 1 granted land and buildings in The Temple, including the church to the

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Gizmodo-gate

You may have been following the Gizmodo scandal over the past few days – where one of their staff was visiting the huge CES trade fair, and acquired a TV remote control which enables the user to switch off TV’s

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The world’s second oldest underground railway?

London Underground is famously the world’s oldest underground railway – but which one came second? Well, that accolade goes to the Tünel, in Turkey’s Istanbul. It is also arguably the world’s shortest underground railway, being just 571 meters in length

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Hacking the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

It is rare that I have a genuinely laugh out loud (lol) moment, being more of a quiet snigger sort of guy – but this posting via my RSS feeds really did make me snort a bit, and in public.

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The lunatic inside Starbucks

One of the nicer things about working in a coffee shop in the morning is the hustle and bustle going on around you. I think there is a sub-conscious response to that, as I do work faster and harder when

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Of Roman Baths, Body Snatchers and Australian Convicts

Hidden away in central London is a historic bath house – originally credited as being built by Romans, although that is frankly, a rather dubious heritage. Anyhow, some years ago, I visited this spot when with a group of friends

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Starbucks runs out of cups

Yesterday, I popped into one of the several hundred branches of Starbucks in Canary Wharf (that is only a slight exageration) for lunch and the lady was preparing a paper cup rather than the usual china mugs. I squeeked a

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Amsterdam Subway Done With Mirrors

Was checking for business news video clips for my day job and came across this clip from the Associated Press about how mirrors are being used to monitor building movements when tunneling under Amsterdam. Thought it was mildly interesting –

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Humanity and the Geological Record

Some while ago I was half watching yet another documentary about the meteorite impact which caused significant problems for the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. One of the big scientific clues is the layer of iridium in the rocks,

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Happy Birthday to the City & South London Railway

Tomorrow (18th Dec) will be the birthday of the first commercially successful deep level electric railway – the City & South London Railway (C&SLR), which ran from Stockwell in South London to the City at King William Street via a

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Sleeping with the ghosts under London Bridge

Earlier this week, I was invited to spend the night sleeping in the undercroft under the old London Bridge. The site itself is being cleared out and made good for a new theme exhibition and had been popping up in

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Goodbye Kings Cross Thameslink…

…hello to the new St Pancras International replacement.

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Today, I became a micro-lender

I had an email from a former boss I used to work with, inviting me to join an organisation which offers micro-credit loans to people in developing nations. Rather than the usual idea of using big banks, all the funds

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I hate being ill

Picked up a cold at the weekend and spent most of this week aching, sneezing and with a brain that can barely work out how to work the TV remote – let alone actually do any writing. I hate it.

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