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We’re closing your credit card account

Just had an email from one of my credit card suppliers saying that as I am not using my card – they will close the account if I don’t make a transaction within a set period of time. It’s one

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It’s a “paradigm shift”

Dear companies – when making a big PR announcement to the world media, it is normal to explain who you are – as it can be difficult to keep up with every single firm in a global industry. To that

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The History of the Oxford English Dictionary

I recently popped along to the Gresham College in Holborn for one of their free lunchtime lectures, and I learnt two things. Firstly, that they have an overflow basement for when the main hall is full – and that the

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A day in Bradford?

Well, maybe not Bradford itself, but there are two rather impressive brick viaducts on the edges of the city, and I suspect I might be booking a day trip up to the city in the summer with my bike and

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Climb up Big Ben – a video

A somewhat speeded up video of the climb up the Clock Tower to stand next to Big Ben when it bongs the hours. I suspect the sound of feet on the steps is not real. The video was mentioned by

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The Ig Nobel Tour of Improbable Research

I had a truly entertaining night after wandering along to the London leg of the Ig Nobel tour – where various scientist types are invited to give a short talk about some recent research which has landed them with the

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Churchill’s other Cabinet War Rooms

Another in my periodic series on how to visit little known places. — Whilst well known in subterranean and military lore – there are few members of the general public who are aware that in addition to the infamous Cabinet

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Crossness on The Victorians

Over the past few weeks, my Sunday evenings have been delighted by the presence of Jeremy Paxman presenting a TV series on The Victorians, looking at the history of that era through the art it inspired. Wonderful stuff and more

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Carnal lectures of the sins of the flesh

While updating the events diary, came across this rather interesting series of spring time lectures from the The Royal College of Surgeons of England – which need pre-booking in advance, so worth highlighting on the blog. The evening lectures brings

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Scavenger Hunting @ the Acton Depot

Yesterday was one of the periodic opening at the Acton Depot, which holds tons of kit that can’t be fitted into the Transport Museum’s Covent Garden venue.  This weekend was themed around miniatures, so the place was also manned by

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London Transport Museum’s Open Weekend

Just a tip – if heading over to the periodic open weekend at the Acton Depot this weekend, you would be strongly advised to try and get tickets from the Covent Garden museum before heading over to Acton as the

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Times newspaper removes incorrect story from website

A story was published this morning by The Times newspaper on their website claiming that RyanAir had joined the Twitter site and was dispensing customer “don’t” care in their unique and inimitable style. Naturally, lots of comments as the RyanAir

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The Watchmen PR Failure

Last night, I wandered along to the South Bank to see what was being touted as a fairly major PR stunt for the forthcoming Watchmen movie. The event was billed as: “Dr Manhattan, the blue skinned, super-powered being beloved of

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How to get tickets to watch Have I Got News for You

Update: The procedure has changed since the below was written. Click on the link for the latest details of how to request tickets to see Have I Got News for You being recorded Regular readers will know that I am

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What a mistake-a to make-a!

Is it the silly season already? I ask as a LibDem councillor has been suspended for going to a fancy dress party dressed up as a Nazi officer – causing cries of outrage from the generic “cries of outrage” lobby.

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