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tubeposter1 460x270 - Tube Vintage Poster Tweets #1

A goody bag of tweets covering many different types of vintage London Underground posters, many dating back to the very early days of the tube. This post was originally prepared in 2017, which explains why tweets only go up to that year. A new post has been done with thoseRead More →

IMG 7983FI 460x270 - Coal Drops Yard's confused outlook?

Today I was at CDY to catch up with what has been happening. Its not a terribly good picture. I was shown around the place (even though I know it well) and shown units that had closed for lack of business. There’s also units that have not yet seen aRead More →

IMG 4443fi 460x270 - Daimen Hirst rides London's Tide!

You may have not heard of it but London’s new Tide is coming! Riding it will be Damien Hirst himself – or rather – two of his sculptures! ‘The Tide’ is a high level walk from just outside the O2 itself to the Thames and is sort of a gardenRead More →

DSC 0044fi 460x270 - Carnaby Street feels the love

London’s famous shopping street, noted for its fashion and lifestyle retailers, and of course home of the sixties pop and rock mania, is currently running a very colourful campaign known as Carnaby feels the love. The campaign actually began in February but so far few in the media (nor anyRead More →

starchildfi 460x270 - 2001: A Space Odyssey - the critics

This is a review of the criticisms against Kubrick and his acclaimed film 2001: A Space Odyssey. All of these were made in the first few weeks the film was released, eg April and May 1968. I have added some of my own observations in relation to these. There areRead More →

IMG 3704fi 460x270 - London's JFK statue - update

I wrote about the vandalisation of London’s one and only memorial to the former US President John F Kennedy. The shocking act was barely reported in the media, and not one important blog mentioned it either – very unheard of. That is why I wrote a piece on the matter.Read More →

2001picfi 460x270 - 2001: A Space Odyssey title images

A fairly quick post, mostly with pictures! Many might think I do very little but a lot is done in fact. Last year for the 50th anniversary of 2001 A Space Odyssey I did dozens of titles because I had planned on doing quite a number of posts but thenRead More →

dwlmcoverfi 460x270 - The Dancing Wu Li Masters

One of the biggest non science works of physics books in my view. On a par, or even better, than Tao of Physics, and even better than the Quantum Society/Self. As you have so not guessed it, this is the 40th anniversary of the famous book – one even physicistsRead More →

toureiffel130fi 460x270 - La Tour Eiffel 130 Ans

The 130th Anniversary of the Eiffel Tower! The title’s in French to differentiate it from the main post I have done for this anniversary. This one is just a collection of tweets and news on the anniversary weekend. I’ll probably hit the delete button in a few days time –Read More →

eiffel130fi 460x270 - The Eiffel Tower's 130th anniversary!

This weekend its the Eiffel Tower’s 130th anniversary! On that day in history (Sunday 31st) 130 years ago the Eiffel Tower was opened for the first time with Eiffel himself leading politicians and Government officials to the top, a walk taking over an hour. The occasion marked the completion ofRead More →

thevesselfi 460x270 - The Vessel opens - and that elevator!

I have been watching the 154 foot high Vessel’s recent progress with interest and have been curious as to how the ADA compliant elevator sited on the south side of Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial gigantic artwork/sculpture worked. In a previous post I put forward some observations on its possible operation andRead More →

IMG 7838fi 460x270 - Whatever happened to the Moon?

The moon? What happened to it? Was it the Great Lunar Cataclysm? Nope that’s not due until August 2037. We have eighteen years before it breaks up alarmingly and dumps huge chunks of lunarscape upon the Earth. Well its not even that, that’s fiction as some of you will know.Read More →

DSC 0493fi 460x270 - TfL's Womens Day at Victoria

On a visit to Victoria station 7th March to check the very controversial one way system in use, the new exhibition set up by TfL for the 8th March – International Womens Day – could not fail to be noticed. Some photographs were quickly taken on the 7th however IRead More →

ffakefi 460x270 - Don't we just love fake history films!

Fake history films – ‘the new threat to truth’ as this recent article in the Guardian postulated. Wow! The truth is all history films are fake. There’s just no way the past can be replicated in any way or form. The closest one would see to the truth might beRead More →

DSC 0082fi 460x270 - Victoria Line 50th - a cake of a time!

September 1st 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first section of the Victoria Line. I had intended to do a report on the day’s events for publication just a few days after but it just got put to one side and eventually was forgotten altogether. FinallyRead More →

DtqpZ0RW4AAVL7Ffi 460x270 - Those Adidas tube trainers

You’ve read about these Adidas tube trainers right? Here’s a quick look at the different varieties and the lines they cover, plus special editions and possible quirks. They’re naturally expensive with prices starting at £80 or more upwards, and approaching £150 or more for the special editions. Prices are goingRead More →

DSC 0506fi 460x270 - Chiharu Shiota & Jonas Burgert

I have passed Blain|Southern’s gallery numerous times – its on a walking route I regularly use between Oxford and Regent Streets. The latest work on display by Chiharu Shiota looks really fantastic. However when I have passed the gallery has not been open, so have had to settle for aRead More →

DSC 3690fi 460x270 - Alazani wine

I had a very nice surprise today. A bottle of Alazani wine arrived from Georgia! (It was brought personally as a gift.) The bottle is very pretty its made of clay not glass which shows it is a wine produced in the now rarer but still traditional Georgian style. ItRead More →