IMG 3367fi 460x270 - Extinction Rebellion #2

The protests continue into their fourth day with protesters having as much of a hold on Central London as at the start of the week. Police have continued to attempt to remove people, however its currently making no difference. Tonight there was an attempt to clear Parliament Square and reinforcementsRead More →

DSC 0945fi 460x270 - Extinction Rebellion #1

The Extinction Rebellion took over much of Central London, as well as other cities in the UK, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and in a number of countries abroad. The activists’ aspirations is to hold out for at least two weeks, although the police have given warnings they should holdRead More →

nukemushroom 460x270 - The ending's always near...

Yesterday we had Notre Dame burn to the ground. Many of us were shocked and even in tears. I have been there, I used to go to Paris a lot, and loved it. I thought about putting my photos of it on social media, but everyone is doing it, soRead More →

IMG 3235fi 460x270 - Burlington Arcade celebrates its 200th

This is the one with the Beadles! The Burlington Arcade has reached two centuries and its one of perhaps a couple of places in London that has continuously employed Beadles on its watch. The arcade is found on Piccadilly right next to the Royal Academy, just round the corner fromRead More →

IMG 6028fi 460x270 - Hammersmith bridge's in such a state!

The oldest most upstream road bridge on the fully tidal section of the Thames suddenly closed a few days ago much to the anger of many. It however provided an opportunity for me to go and investigate exactly what ailed the bridge, especially as I have taken a number ofRead 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 →

01011223afi 460x270 - The Southwold Railway

The Southwold Railway – England’s premier three foot narrow gauge passenger railway! This week its ninety years since the last passenger trains ran. 2019 is also the 140th anniversary of the line’s opening. This somewhat quirky railway was in service for just fifty years, and remained moribund for several decadesRead More →

IMG 6622fi 460x270 - Network Rail wants historic crossing closed...

It seems the increased popularity of the Angerstein Wharf foot crossing in Charlton has caused some concern at Network Rail and they are seeking to close it. There is a new development has been built and this will mean many more wishing to use the crossing to gain access toRead More →

2019 03 23 0fi 460x270 - London's Shop Linker bus anniversary

Forty years ago one of London’s short lived bus routes was seen on the capitals streets for a few months. This was Shop Linker with its red and yellow buses. The idea of the service was to provide an easy and convenient link between the West End and Kensington HighRead More →

2019 03 23 8fi 460x270 - The 40th anniversary of LT's last RT services

Eighty years ago the first RT bus entered service with London Transport. This was RT1, formerly ST1140, a temporary hybrid of a bus allocated to Hanwell garage on the 18c route. By April 1939 it had a new body and after evaluation was allocated to Putney (Chelverton Road) for RouteRead More →

tulipfi 460x270 - A nip in the bud?

The controversial 305m Tulip Tower was approved by by the City of London Planning and Transportation Committee held in London’s Guildhall yesterday – with 18 votes for and 7 against. The next stage is to see whether The Mayor approves it too. He has approved some rather objectionable buildings soRead 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 →

crossfailfi 460x270 - Crossrail 'progress' March 2019

Its been a while since I wrote fully about Crossrail so here’s a new post! Its a look at what is currently happening at the two central stations on the line, namely Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. There might not seem much in terms of Bond Street and thereRead More →

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 →

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 2593fi 460x270 - Hammersmith CBTC begins

The long awaited automation of the sub-surface lines began today with the implementation of the Hammersmith to Latimer Road CBTC section. After a full days work testing yesterday it was decided the scheme should be implemented with effect from Sunday. Hammersmith signal box was used for the last time earlyRead More →