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Breaking personal ethics

Last night, I broke one of my core principles – a rule which I have lived by for probably all my life. The evening started with meeting up with some friends and going to watch a recording of Have I

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Have I Got News for You

Update: Click on the link for the latest details of how to request tickets to see Have I Got News for You being recorded Off out tonight to see Have I Got News for You being recorded – again. It’s

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The Village inside a Military Firing Range

Last night I popped along to a lecture on Brutalism and Militarised Space hosted by the Art and Architecture organisation. The event was based around three speakers followed by a short Q&A session and was a mixture of talking about

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459 Years since the Norfolk Rebellion

If you ever want a giggle, check out the House of Commons Early Day Motions for a laugh. Most are sensible, but quite often a howler is lodged and this morning I found the following EDM proposed by Ian Gibson

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Unboxing a Microwave Oven

When I was a kid, my parents brought one of the early microwave ovens – and we spent some effort in trying to cook using it, but like most people I suspect, it ended up being used for cooking TV

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The winter fuel allowance

There was a throw-away line in The Economist the other week, which made me think “how odd” at the time. Alas, I forgot about it until just now when I watched the weather report which was talking about snow in

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New recycling bins in the City of London

This crossed my desk this morning and looked interesting – a company which builds recycling bins for use on streets has won a 15 year contract from the City of London to set up 100 bins across the city, for

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Blog design changes

If you use the RSS feed, this blog posting will probably be meaningless to you – but if you are reading this on the website itself, then you might have noticed that I have changed the aesthetics of the blog.

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Another Crossrail lecture

Earlier this year I attended a breakfast lecture at the Building Centre on the topic of Crossrail, hosted by David Anderson, the Engineering Director of Crossrail. You might be interested to know that they are hosting a second lecture –

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Gin tasting event in a museum

An apt follow up to my recent tour of the Beefeater Distillery is this evening event at the Foundling Museum – a guided tasting of different gins being held on a Friday evening (7th Nov), so an ideal way to

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The end of an era on the railways

The East Coast Main Line National Express trains are to stop serving tea in cups and saucers. Apparently passengers in First Class dining cars complain about the noise of spoons rattling about in their saucers, so mugs are replacing cups

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Free B&W movies on the big screen

There are a couple of free B&W movies being shown on a big screen this week which may interest you – and which interest me which is why I am going to them. Tuesday 21st Oct at 6:30pm – the

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The Dollis Brook Viaduct

There is a section of the London Underground which has a short bit of track, and just a single train which shuttles between two stations at either end – and it isn’t the Waterloo and City line. I am referring

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Poster exhibition at the Transport Museum

Last night I (and friend) had tickets to attend the opening evening of the Transport Museum’s latest exhibition – a history of posters on the London Underground. It turns out that London Underground was probably the first transport network to

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Not Flash, Just Gordon

At the recent Number 10 press conference, a question came from a Swedish reporter in the back of the room. “Would you like to be called Flash Gordon Brown now, or just Gordon?” “Just Gordon,” said Brown. Flash, Flash, I

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