Miscellaneous

DSC 0495 460x270 - Cockfosters station - the full article

Despite being the butt of many a joke, ‘Cock Fosters’ as it once was, is a real place and noted for being the northern terminus of the Piccadilly Line. The location itself prior to the opening of the tube was not even a major settlement of any sort, just aRead More →

7years700postsfi 460x270 - The 700th post!

Yes! 700 posts published so far! That’s in seven years. And this one published on the 7th of the month too! So that’s essentially 7/7/700. I bet you all though I’d only posted a couple of hundred to date. This blog has been running since 2012 thus there has beenRead More →

loherloopfi 460x270 - The Schwebebahn's Loher Looping

There’s one question that has bugged people for more than a century. Which came first? The Schwebebahn or the München Looping? Today we have the answer. The famous German monorail beat the München Looping in terms of plans and concepts by a whole century. How did that even come about?Read More →

googlewskxfi 460x270 - Warren St/King's Cross photo surveys

A series of pictures to show the alignment between Warren Street and King’s Cross tube stations can indeed be seen, as well as both stations from the main entrance to Euston station by the gatehouses at Euston Grove. Upon doing these extra surveys I found it was much easier toRead More →

DSC 2572fi 460x270 - London's furthest sighted tube stations?

Everyone talks about how near or how far a tube station is, whether its for walking, a short cut or simply an out of station interchange. Or for example its a means of avoiding the tube altogether – like Leicester Square – Covent Garden, White City – Wood Lane, QueenswayRead More →

selfridgesname 460x270 - Sod Selfridges....

Today I went to Selfridges store to take some photographs of their Xmas windows, I’ve been doing this for a while as some will judge from the number of posts I have written about Selfridges over the past six years. As soon as I had taken my first picture aRead More →

DhrPBiHXkAEHn7f 460x270 - The Abano Pass

Another post featuring an exotic location! A number of non UK places have been featured before – USA, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Austria and so on. This time it’s a part of the world few know exists. Yes the country in question is one many should have heard of however theRead More →

parkourfi 460x270 - Parkour versus the Tube

We’ve seen a few videos where people race the tube, namely between Mansion House and Cannon Street, and yes people beat the tube easily. This one is different. Its a parkour race against the tube. For those of you who do not know what parkour is, its jumping, acrobatics, oftenRead More →

DSC 0531fi 460x270 - Don't forget Tom

A quick post today, and one where I picked up a book for free. I suppose it would have been thrown away otherwise. What caught my eye initially wasn’t the subject itself but the publisher, Adams and Charles Black, whom some of you may be aware was a famous bookRead More →

DSC 0087fi 460x270 - London's Bug Hotels

This isn’t some dodgy London hotels that have a bug or two in their rafters! Its the art of conservation in fact. These are genuine attempts to provide homes for bugs. They’re the kind of insects that everyone loves, like bees, butterflies and ladybirds, Its quite hard for these livingRead More →

sdcard128tbfi 460x270 - 128TB sd cards!

News is hot today that future SD cards will hold in theory a max of 128TB. The new format was announced recently. It wasn’t that long ago they announced a 1TB SD card. Now its 128 times more than that size (still in exFat though.) 1TB cards haven’t even beenRead More →

tfl logo 460x270 - That TfL Response

I had a comment from TfL yesterday in response to my post on the Night Overground services to New Cross. It concerned me a bit and also I wasnt sure if it was a spoof however investigation shows it definitely came from TfL, though whom I dont know and they’reRead More →

DSC 0154fimg 460x270 - A London Shakespearean forger?

Louis Charles Alexander (L.L.D., F.R.C.S., F.R.Hist: S) is not a well known London based author except for one other book which is too of some disrepute besides the one we will discuss below. L. C. Alexander was a learned man and a member of the Society of Authors. He wasRead More →

yellowbkfi 460x270 - Legible London & other missing files

Many people comment on the fact many original files and documents related to Legible London are no longer to be found on TfL’s website – or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve added a few other goodies discovered along the way! sad to discover most of the design docs forRead More →

DSC 0603fi 460x270 - Xmas Knightsbridge Rhino!

Remember the Knightsbridge Rhino? I wrote about that earlier this year. Its now a Christmas Rhino! Fully fledged in Santa Claus costume. How did they get those xmas clothes on? I mean a Rhino wouldn’t be easy to measure up. Think of the struggle trying to hold it whilst itRead More →

coverfi 460x270 - A Different Hal

As most of us know, HAL is the very awkward computer in 2001 A Space Odyssey, whose main aim seems to be one of taking humanity back to the dark ages. He wanted neither astronaut (Bowman and Poole) discovering the truth and sought the most devious ways to prevent anyRead More →

brolly1fi 460x270 - A Brolly Good Show!

Lots of audacious moped robberies going on in London. This was Avery Row, just off Bond Street, 10 October 2017. Love the way this pensioner attempted to stop these robbers with the simple use of a large brolly! Sadly that was barely reported by the media. Guy comes out ofRead More →

IMG 9043 460x270 - Southgate and Winchmore Hill

Southgate and Winchmore Hill are suburbs of North London within the borough of Enfield, formerly Southgate District Council. Both locations were at one time small villages well out in the countryside, and until the coming of the railways and tube, they remained largely as such. This is not meant to beRead More →