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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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One hundred and fourty years of London Underground complaints

I have a small (and slowly growing) collection of old issues of the wondrous Illustrated London News. I originally started collecting them as sources for research, but I actually find they are quite wonderful to read (although sometimes I think

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The woman who could sell Time

In the early part of the 20th century, domestic clocks were still not hugely reliable and regular resetting was generally needed. People who owned a telegraph line or one of the modern radio could listen for the time pips, but

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Kirk Douglas in flowing silk

Kirk Douglas wearing flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors? Well, if the infamous movie The Vikings was to be filmed today, then that is what Hollywood’s Mr. Macho might have to wear as opposed to his manly leather

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

An interesting article in this weeks issue of The Economist drew my eye to a new body being set up by the UK government – the UK Statistics Authority. This is designed to try and fix one of the big

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750th Anniversary of the Provisions of Oxford

In just a few weeks time, it will be the 750th anniversary of one of the most important events in English legal history. On the 7th April 1258, there was a confrontation between King Henry III and his barons in

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Exploring Beckton

Yesterday I went to Beckton – not this time for a photo session and general nosy at the industrial stuff – but for honest to goodness shopping. I am currently clearing out unwanted Dr Who video tapes on eBay and

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Lectures and exhibition on London’s Hidden Infrastructure

The ever wonderful Building Centre in London will be setting out a new exhibition from the end of next week all about “London’s Hidden Infrastructure”. 28 FEBRUARY – 19 APRIL 2008 As London’s skyline becomes ever more clustered with new

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More hidden tunnels under London

I am sure you are familiar with my fascination with underground tunnels etc – and you probably know that in addition to the obvious tube network and municipal services, that there are a fair number of other tunnels under the

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Future moon exploration funded by PPP

I was reading the technical document for the proposed UK-US moon probe which was announced a few days ago. I was reading it as the press release made a short comment about a future mobile phone network on the moon

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