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Hacking the Oyster Card

It seems that the RFID chip used in London Underground’s Oyster Card – supplied by former Philips subsidiary, NXP Semiconductor – has been hacked by researchers at the University of Virginia. The researchers were testing the claims in a report

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London’s First International Airport

Long before Heathrow was London’s primary airport, Croydon Airport was the place to go for rich Londoners seeking the exciting experience of flying – and there is a heritage museum there which is open on the first Sunday of each

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This is not just a high tide…

…this is a stunningly high tide which is about two foot higher than normal high tides – this is an M&S High Tide. This is a section of riverside path near where I live earlier this afternoon.

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London Transport Museum – Acton Depot

Went off the to the Transport Museum this morning – not the one in Covent Garden, but the reserve store at Acton Town. Met up with a fellow transport geek and we went in, and thanks to a warning from

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Exhibition on Radio and Mobile Communications in London this weekend

The telecommunications mast at the corner of Swain’s Lane and Bisham Gardens is a familiar landmark in Highgate, and can be seen from across London. It has a a history of more than 70 years, playing innovative roles in early

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Now they can paint solar panels on to buildings

I was reading this morning about a novel new paint application which can be applied to the steel panels which are used as cladding on office buildings – which then generates electricity. The conversion rate is low by solar cell

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Transport for London excel in stupidity this weekend

Transport for London has just made one of the most insane decisions known to mankind. Even by their standards, this takes some beating. Checking the weekend engineering works email I get every Wednesday, I spy something which makes me worry.

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Don’t go shopping in Rockhampton, Australia

It’s a dangerous place is Rockhampton, Australia. Mon – Car damaged in supermarket car park Tue – Shopping trolley rage leaves woman in fear of shopping Wed – Public split on trolley rage incident I can’t wait for tomorrows edition

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Crossrail lecture at The Building Centre

Just back from a very interesting lecture at The Building Centre in central London, hosted by David Anderson, the Engineering Director of Crossrail. After wandering round the upstairs exhibition on subterranean London with a coffee – we were herded downstairs

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The British flag flying on the moon

Over the weekend, over on another private website the old chestnut of the fake moon landings was raised, and sensibly put in the bin where it belongs. As part of the discussion, I mentioned one of the things I learnt

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Flood barriers at Waterloo Station

I notice that the underground station at Waterloo is to get refurbished starting from this April, with work continuing until next May. I use the station a moderate amount to swap between lines, so rarely go “upstairs” to the main

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Sheeps Wool from the Falklands Islands

When reading this week’s issue of Railway Herald, I saw a short note that wool from the Falklands Island is to be transported by rail – fortunately, only once it arrives in the UK. It turns out that twice a

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450 years of Gloriana

Being bored and channel hoping last night, I alighted upon a repeat of Dr. David Starkey’s TV series, Monarchy and settled down to watch it. Incidentally, it seems that the Discovery channel, no longer satisfied with a Discovery+1 also now

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Tours of Somerset House

Today, I paid a visit to the impressive Somerset House in central London for a tour of the buildings. They hold tours on the first Saturday of each month which last about 45 minutes and are free of charge. However,

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Oedipal Mothering Sunday

Wandering up to the main Canary Wharf shopping center via the underground station – I passed a florists which a huge banner promoting the forthcoming Mothering Sunday and exclaiming “You remembered your lovers, now remember your mothers”. One fervently hopes

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