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Stella Artois airship over London

A few weeks ago, I read about plans to fly airships over London as a tourist attraction. It seems that the giant Zeppelins, sponsored by Stella Artois have started their flights as one drifted over South London heading towards Greenwich

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Polo

When I was somewhat younger and living in Windsor, the summer Sundays would always find me wandering up to the Guards Polo Club for a spot of Polo in the afternoon. I picked up the passion for the sport from

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Sick idiots drown cat in The Thames

Three teenagers are being sought by the police after a cat was drowned in the Thames. The cat was a rescue puss from the Battersea Dog and Cats Home and was just starting to settle down as the “cat in

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Duckspeak

Duckspeak is a Newspeak term meaning literally to quack like a duck or to speak without thinking. Duckspeak can be either good or “ungood” (bad), depending on who is speaking, and whether what they are saying is in following with

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Of Polonium and the death of Alexander Litvinenko

Many of you will be aware of the death of the Russian, Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned by the administration of a dose of Polonium 210, allegedly in some sushi. Much has been made of the fact that a rare

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The City Pride – redevelopment

A local pub near where I live is about to vanish under the weight of a 200 metre tall tower if planning permission is granted, and the developers are holding a public consultation on their proposals. It was this which

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Hungover

Champagne and Pimms on a Thursday night is not a good idea. *whimpers*

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The pigeons are not happy

It seems that the management at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – which manages the huge Wimbledon tennis extravaganza have got fed up with pigeons hanging around and hired a marksman to start shooting them. The ever

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Tunnel under the Thames at Battersea

Yesterday, I wandered over to Battersea Power Station for a viewing of the exhibition for the latest (of many) plans to redevelop the huge industrial wasteland – and because we could also then go on a tour of the building

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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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