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Humanity and the Geological Record

Some while ago I was half watching yet another documentary about the meteorite impact which caused significant problems for the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. One of the big scientific clues is the layer of iridium in the rocks,

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Happy Birthday to the City & South London Railway

Tomorrow (18th Dec) will be the birthday of the first commercially successful deep level electric railway – the City & South London Railway (C&SLR), which ran from Stockwell in South London to the City at King William Street via a

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Sleeping with the ghosts under London Bridge

Earlier this week, I was invited to spend the night sleeping in the undercroft under the old London Bridge. The site itself is being cleared out and made good for a new theme exhibition and had been popping up in

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Goodbye Kings Cross Thameslink…

…hello to the new St Pancras International replacement.

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Today, I became a micro-lender

I had an email from a former boss I used to work with, inviting me to join an organisation which offers micro-credit loans to people in developing nations. Rather than the usual idea of using big banks, all the funds

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I hate being ill

Picked up a cold at the weekend and spent most of this week aching, sneezing and with a brain that can barely work out how to work the TV remote – let alone actually do any writing. I hate it.

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A morning at Heathrow Terminal 5

I spent the morning pretending to be a passenger at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 so that they can test their services with “live people”. Today was apparently their first big test, with some 2,000 members of the public turning up to

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The World’s Oldest Clock Museum

I spent a rather pleasant 45 minutes at a small museum in the City of London devoted to the history of clock (and watch) making in London. The collection was begun in 1814 by the Clockmakers guild and is said

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Greenwich goes Advent Crazy

Various shops, offices etc in Greenwich town center are to become a “living Advent calendar” this December. Each day, from the 1st Dec., a new display will be unveiled to the public until all 24 “windows” have been unveiled –

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100th Anniversary of the Ice Skating Disaster

As we approach the annual ice skating season in London, it is worth recalling that ice skating has been going on in London for many years – indeed, most people will recall the stories of the River Thames freezing over

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The One Million Pound Note

For the average person, the largest denomination UK bank note that we would see is the £50 note – and even that is moderatly rare with the £20 being the normal largest note in day-2-day usage. However, little known about

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Does Digg think I am going bald?

Just recently, Digg has started running adverts from a hair loss company – a lot of adverts in fact. OK, I accept that my hair is receeding a bit, but it isn’t that bad!

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HMS Westminster & Tower Bridge – A photo opportunity

One for photo fans – checking the forthcoming Tower Bridge lifts, I notice that the UK naval frigate, HMS Westminster is arriving in London for a few days, and will pass under the raised Tower Bridge just before 5pm on

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Hangmans Gallows on the River Thames

I am starting a bit of history research as background material for a group social walk along the Greenwich Peninsula I am organising next month for Thingbox members. There is tons of history in the area, and thanks to a

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Have a Very Merry Swissmas

I was heading towards Covent Garden yesterday and noticed a forlorn looking church near Neal Street and wandered over to have a look. It was closed and in need of repair, but a sign on the front was advertising much

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