IMG 6362fi 690x495 - Burberry's Bear at Marble Arch

I had no intention of making a post on this first day of the new domain/blog name, most definitely not one from ‘Hyde Park’ either! However that soon changed when I spotted this huge inflatable bear from a passing bus! It was just being put up, this was about 17.30pmRead More →

16 08 03fi 690x495 - The Golden Jubilee Buses #1

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee was in February 2002, and for a period of three years from 2002 to 2005 a number of London’s buses were painted in gold to commemorate the occasion. Most however worked 2002-04 thus this month would be roughly halfway between those points in time, this beingRead More →

DSC03264fi 690x495 - The man in the glass box

Does anyone remember a man living in a glass box hanging above the River Thames near Tower Bridge? He promised he would stay there 44 days! Thousands came to cheer him on and he kept his promises by staying up there, cooped in this little space for the entire 44Read More →

1sept1968fi 690x495 - The Victoria Line 50th Anniversary Special

The Victoria Line has now attained its 50th anniversary. Certainly 2019 will be seen by some die hard enthusiasts as the true 50th anniversary as that is when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new tube route. The first section opened in 1968 (Walthamstow to Highbury/Warren Street) thus most ofRead More →

queenpilatus 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - Pilatus

The third installment in this Switzerland series covers Queen Victoria’s trip to Pilatus. This took place just a few days after the Rigi venture, in fact today (31st August) is exactly 150 years since the Queen made her ascent of Pilatus. There’s very little said about the Queen’ ascent. ReportsRead More →

DSC 0901headlinefi 690x495 - Crossrail delayed by a year!

Crossrail is f**cked according to the news today. Well it isnt actually as such, but its been delayed quite severely and probably wont open until the autumn of next year. I picked up the first copies of the Evening Standard today straight after a meeting in Central London and soRead More →

vllondonspridefi 690x495 - Victoria Line anniversary news & tweets

The big anniversary is upon us – the Victoria Line turns 50 this weekend! There will be events taking place this weekend (and articles on this blog with pictures not seen before.) Quite a few people and organisations are already tweeting on the 50th anniversary of the line and aRead More →

queenvrigi 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - The Rigi

It’s less than half as high as Switzerland’s tallest mountains, yet the Rigi has held many in its grip, from writers like Mark Twain, to painters including JMW Turner, and composers such as Richard Wagner…. According to the bible of 19th century travel guides for European destinations, John Murray’s Handbook,Read More →

DSC 0485fi 690x495 - Victoria station shambles!

Just a quick post – many people complaining the new facility at Victoria tube station is useless. TfL apparently imposing a one way system that forces people to walk ‘miles.’ From tomorrow access to from the Victoria Line and District and Circle Lines will be only possible via Cardinal Place.Read More →

derschweizfi 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland

England’s favourite Queen, Victoria, spent an entire month in Switzerland a hundred and fifty years ago during August and September 1868. She was stationed in Lucerne but spent many a day travelling through the country in her favourite carriage, the Balmoral Socialble, or trekking on her favourite ponies, Flora andRead More →