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Broadband Back!

Last night almost exactly 36 hours after my ADSL died at home, lots of lights started flashing on the router and my broadband returned. So, today I am working from home again and feeling a little less stressed. However, I

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A bar and piazza outside my flat?

I popped home from my office/Starbucks to have a short break and see if BT had managed to get my broadband working after they left a voicemail asking if it was OK now. After a futile conversation with BT –

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Back in Starbucks

I have lost my broadband connection at home! Eeek! So, it looks like I shall spend a few days in the local Starbucks working from there. I may be a tad hyper as well, as the local branch has run

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If Tunguska occurred over a major city

I am sure you are familiar with the infamous Tuguska event where a body (asteroid or comet) entered the atmosphere and probably exploded about 5 miles above the surface in Russian Siberia. I was half watching a documentary on one

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The UK’s oldest newspaper gets a web relaunch

The London Gazette was first published in Oxford on 7 November 1665. Charles II and the Royal Court had moved to Oxford to escape the Great Plague of London, and courtiers were unwilling to touch, let alone read, London newspapers

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Friday wanderings

This morning, I had the “pleasure” of a hearing test at Barts Hospital. It went fine actually, and I didn’t have to wait too long for each bit of it. Slightly annoying though – they can’t find anything wrong. I

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New residents on the balcony

Woke up the other morning to see that I had a number of new residents on my balcony – a flock of birds.  I tend to get the odd bird land on the balcony at times, but I have never

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Get a “free” trip on the Eurostar

When I had the tour of the new Stratford International station last month, mention was made of plans to do tests of the new Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras – and that they would probably open it to the general

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How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames

I am carrying on my periodic researches into the Whitehall and Waterloo railway – and thanks to an odd letter of reply in a Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineering – published in 1902, commenting on

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Have I Got News for You

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing another live recording of the BBC show, Have I Got News for You. I am not actually that big a fan of watching TV shows being recorded after some friends took me

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Docklands in the Fog

Woke up this morning to see – well, not a lot frankly as it was very foggy. Couldn’t resist and went out with the camera to take some photos instead of sitting down to do some work. More at my

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Weekend goodness

Apart from my somewhat spoilt Saturday afternoon in The Chandos pub, I actually had quite a good weekend – and just had a follow-up reply to an email I sent. I meant to visit the Clock Museum in the City

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Smoking ban and screaming babies

I love the smoking ban in pubs – I really like it. However, it seems that so do families. Since the ban, I have noticed a significant increase in families going indoors at pubs as opposed to sitting outside. Alas,

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Having babies and carbon offsetting

Carbon offsetting – the act of paying someone else to deal with your carbon emissions on your behalf. Having a baby – often said to be one of the most massively enviromentally damaging things a couple can do. I have

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Lonbai?

Listening to Ken Livingstone on the news this morning talking about the long-delayed agreement to build the £16 billion (US$31 billion) CrossRail project, he was talking about how it was esential to keep London as a major financial center in

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