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Gas Lighting in London

A long time ago, London was lit by gas lamps – but with the advent of electricity the use of gas for lighting streets fell out of favour. However, there are still parts of London which are still lit to

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The tale of London’s attempt to build an “Eiffel Tower”

One hundred years ago, a huge explosion was heard in Wembley, Nth London – by the site of the modern day soccer stadium. It wasn’t an accident though, but a the final death throws of an ill-fated attempt to give

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The original “London Eye”

On the last day of 1999, Tony Blair opened the London Eye on the South Bank. But, just over 104 years earlier, another great Ferris wheel was opened in London – The Great Wheel This was a 300ft tall wheel,

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Twists in smoking history on trains

In the 1950’s it was (apparently) almost impossible to sit on a train in the UK without sitting next to someone puffing away on a cigarette (or pipe in first class), so it may come as some surprise to realize

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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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