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On board HMS Illustrious: Part 1

Thanks to an awesome invitation from the Royal Navy, I had the pleasure of of an hour on board HMS Illustrious this afternoon. I’ll do a proper write-up tomorrow as I am quite tired this evening – but if you

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Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Transport

I am a bit of a fan of the slightly rose-tinted memory of the so-called “golden age of transport”, and the posters that it inspired – although far too poor to be able to afford to collect them, alas. Like

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HIGNFY with Jack Dee

Back from a slightly bizare recording of Have I Got News for You, hosted by Jack Dee along with Clare Balding and Fred Macaulay. I was in a bad mood as one of my own guests turned up late, so

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Helicopter flypast over London

Wandered down towards Greenwich at lunchtime to watch the flyover of 20 helicopters over HMS Illustrious as part of the week’s celebrations. I actually stayed on the north side by Island Gardens as I hoped to get shots of helicopters

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Fireworks over HMS Illustrious tonight

After seeing photos of HMS Illustrious at Greenwich once before with fireworks, on a whim I just checked the PLA website, and they have a navigation warning that advises that there will be fireworks tonight (Thur 7th May). The barge

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A couple of photos of Lusty

I took loads of photos of the aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious (Lusty) passing through the Thames Barrier, on her way down to Greenwich, but here is a quick couple that looked “not bad” on quick glance. I’ll fiddle with the

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The Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot

I want one!

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HMS Illustrious @ Greenwich – May 2009 Events

As part of the Fly 100 events to commemorate the Royal Navy’s first “airship”, the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will be in Greenwich from tomorrow (Wed 6th) lunchtime. For photo opportunity fans: The timetable is Gravesend at 9am and Greenwich

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London’s Tidal Mill

Lurking round the corner from a gigantic Tesco in Bow, East London is what is thought to be the world’s largest remaining tidal mill and thanks to the failure of the aforementioned Tesco to turn it into a car park,

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Electric toasters

Yesterday I brought an electric toaster. OK – it is slightly more interesting than that, as I used to sell toasters about a decade ago. In those days, we had two types, 2-slice and 4-slice and that was it. Then

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The Fowlers Troop Jack in the Green

On May Day, the Blackheath Morris Men parade around parts of South-East London in a revival of an old Jack in the Green tradition. According to the ubiquitous Wikipedia, The tradition dates back to around the 16th and 17th centuries,

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Last chance to visit Hampstead Observatory

Just a note that the Hampstead Observatory will close for the summer months this weekend. The final night of star gazing will be 8-10pm on Saturday 2nd May. The observatory re-opens in October when the sky is dark enough to

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The Sanitas Fumigator

As sold by a firm based in London’s Bethnal Green, and topical for today’s news items.

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The ditch carp of democracy

Aimed at US politics, but this quote from the ever excellent PJ O’Rourke is my “quote of the day”. The ditch carp of democracy The Left is the party of government activism – the party that says government can make

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Tanks can’t run on toasters

Due to metal shortages for the war effort during World War Two, GEC ran this advert in the Illustrated London News reminding people why the modern “electric toaster” was no longer available. But worry not – for once the war

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