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  • London’s civilian VC to be commemorated – IanVisits
    near Bristol It was carrying 927 pack horses bound for the Western Front and its Master Frederick Parslow was making his eighth such trip of the First World War The attack Around 8am the ship was spotted by the German submarine U 39 The clear weather revealing no other ships in the vicinity the U boat commander decided upon a surface attack to conserve torpedoes An initial warning shot was followed by the signal flag message Get into your boats You cannot get away Merchant ship convoys were not introduced until May 1917 so not only was Parslow s ship unarmed it was unescorted too Parslow called for emergency full speed 14 knots and instructed the wireless operator to try contacting any nearby Royal Navy vessels Capable of 16½ knots on the surface the U 39 began to gain and informed by its own wireless operator that the SS Anglo Californian had contacted a Royal Navy ship began firing its 88mm deck gun Parslow now cleared the open bridge save for the second mate his son at the wheel Parslow faced aft and ordered a zig zag course staying stern on to the submarine By 9am the U 39 had closed to 1½ miles its firing becoming more accurate Parslow ordered the crew below and his son now steered lying flat on the deck At 10 30am the submarine signalled Parslow to abandon his much damaged ship Not wanting to risk his men any further Parslow rang for the engine to stop and ordered boats to be lowered His wireless operator then passed a message that two Royal Navy destroyers were on their way Encouraged Parslow immediately ordered the boats inboard and full speed Taken by surprise the U boat commander ordered fire to be directed at the bridge supplemented by a machine gun and rifles This continued for another hour until Parslow his ship badly holed and on fire decided to heave to in the interests of his crew lowering boats Even then the 88mm gun continued firing until at around 11 20am Parslow was cut in two by a shell which also carried away the peak of his son s cap As the U 39 closed to within 50 yards the Royal Navy ships appeared Fired upon this time the submarine hastily dived and escaped Aftermath The action that day was later described by a shipping company executive as One of the gamest and most unequal fights ever put up by a shipmaster while the crew of the U 39 told the press in the then neutral America that Parslow deserved the Iron Cross Together with the Master some 33 of the SS Anglo Californian s crew had been killed as had 30 horses The ship was taken into Queenstown now Cobh where Frederick Parslow and 8 of his men are buried in the Old Church cemetery while 14 without a grave are named on the national Merchant Navy Memorial on London s Tower Hill Of the 22

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/26/londons-civilian-vc-to-be-commemorated/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tours of Bonham’s HQ building – IanVisits
    2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Next month a host of posh art galleries are hosting a weekend of open house events to show off their wares and their buildings If you fancy a curator led tour of an art gallery instead of the usual headphones or peering at small labels then this could be a good chance to hear why curators say the things they do about paintings All gallery talks will be free to attend but places will be limited A number of talks and presentations fill the weekend but the highlight could be an architect led tour of Bonhams new global HQ on New Bond Street In addition for the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/26/tours-of-bonhams-hq-building/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Night Tube map revealed IanVisits The spoof Poke The night tube replacement bus service Diamond Geezer Green tiles have been removed from Sloane Square Tube station and people are angry Metro Mainline Overground Commuters have called for a stench at a train station to be cleaned up after two months of no action Enfield Independent Train commuters get a preview of new Oxford Parkway station s services to London This is Oxfordshire Stranded travellers bedded down in London St Pancras station over night as a day of chaos in Calais brought Eurostar trains to a halt Evening Standard A woman and child have died after being struck by a train at Ealing Broadway Ealing Today Police are hunting a suspect after a commuter and railway ticket inspector had a substance thought to be acid thrown in their faces on a train in north London HuffPo Cycle superhub planned for Waterloo Station SE1 DLR A Docklands Light Railway train has been given a colourful makeover in celebration of this year s Pride in London Festival Wharf Miscellaneous A Game Of Zones Sir Peter Hendy to Leave TfL London Reconnections Mock train crash staged in Bromley for training exercise BBC News Police have released CCTV images after a pregnant woman was assaulted at Waterloo Underground Station SE1

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/26/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-103/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Sounds of the sea come to tube stations – IanVisits
    do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life On Friday a number of tube stations will wash with the sound of waves breaking on stony beaches and the cry of seagulls looking for discarded chips For one day only the National Trust and Transport for London bring sea sounds from our coastline to selected London Underground stations including Waterloo Embankment several along the Thames as well as Seven Sisters the namesake of a stretch of cliffs cared for by the National Trust The project is part of a Transport for London

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/25/sounds-of-the-sea-come-to-tube-stations/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Vintage panoramas of modern London – IanVisits
    Things to do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Hand drawn panoramas of London taken from balloons were a staple diet of Victorian newspapers and in the modern age similar photos from up high can be equally captivating One artist has taken the old and new and blended to produce ink panoramas of modern London in the old style The artist Mike Hall says that the composition is based on photographs he took from the viewing gallery in February 2013 and was drawn freehand with a fineliner pen on Bristol Board and took around 4 months to complete The design features a decorative border and title cartouche with an index of eighty well known landmarks featured in the drawing which are labelled numerically and several locations are also labelled with text to orientate the viewer A number of sizes of the print are available here Facebook 0 Google 7 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 20 20 27 map the shard 2 thoughts on Vintage panoramas of modern London Andrew says June 24 2015 at 6 48 am Reminds me a little of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/23/vintage-panoramas-of-modern-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • More tours of WW2 deep-level shelters planned – IanVisits
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life TfL has confirmed that it plans to open up one of the WW2 deep level shelters to the public more often subject to being able to make some adjustments to the surface building The first batch of general tours take place later this year and the Transport Museum indicated that it might be possible to do more in the future Now TfL is holding a public consultation on what needs to be done to make that future come into reality Currently access to the deep level shelters underneath Clapham Common are via a round tower known as the rotunda which are somewhat run down and prone to graffiti Under the new plans the rotunda by South Clapham tube station will become an exhibition gallery showing off the history of the shelter deep underground To fund this they aim to build a cafe type building next to the rotunda and possibly enable access to the roof for high level seating An artist s impression of what the rotunda could look like TfL That cafe is essential to fund the necessary facilities such as toilets storage and refurbishing the surface access so more public tours are contingent on the cafe or something similar being built There will be public exhibitions at the rotunda to show the plans on the following dates Thursday 25 June 3pm to 7pm Friday 26 June 3pm to 7pm Saturday 27 June 10am to 2pm A planning application is expected to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/22/more-tours-of-ww2-deep-level-shelters-planned/ (2016-02-16)
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  • TfL publishes the official Night Tube map – IanVisits
    to Stanmore Northern line 4tph Edgware to Morden and 4tph High Barnet to Morden both via Charing Cross combined 8tph between Camden Town and Morden with no service on Bank or Mill Hill East branches Piccadilly line 6tph Cockfosters to Heathrow Terminal 5 Victoria line 6tph Walthamstow to Brixton Around 560 000 people already use the tube after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays equivalent to 8 of all trips while night bus usage has rise by 170 since 2000 TfL s modelling suggests that nearly 180 000 trips will be made on the Night Tube between 00 30 and 6am Just under half of this is expected to be newly generated trips with the remainder resulting from people switching from buses and taxis to trains It s estimated that those switching from bus to tube will reduce journeys by an average of 20 minutes although for people at the edges journeys could be up to an hour shorter It s also expected that the Night Tube will support around 2 000 permanent jobs 85 train drivers and 180 station staff and 1 700 indirectly in the night time economy taking into account impacts on London s night time economy and the additional London Underground staff that would be required While a lot of the attention will understandably be on the nightclubs etc that send partying people home in the hours after midnight it may surprise you to learn that they represent just a third of current night bus traffic The biggest impact is likely to be on traffic heading in the opposite direction A survey carried out in 2008 for TfL indicated that just under half of night bus passengers are either travelling to or from work or on employer s business The early hours workers who clean the offices stack the shelves in shops handle the warehouse deliveries all able to get to work much quicker For many of London s lowest paid workers the Night Tube is an extra half hour in bed Subject to the usual fuss from the unions about the service expect the first Night Tubes to run on the early hours of Saturday 12th September Additionally by 2017 night services could operate on London Overground services and by 2021 on the Docklands Light Railway Night Tube services will also be expanded to the Metropolitan Circle District and Hammersmith and City lines once modernisation programmes are complete Facebook 165 Google 5 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 89 89 259 london underground tube map 5 thoughts on TfL publishes the official Night Tube map Andy Hebden says June 22 2015 at 11 27 am Subject to the usual fuss from the unions about the service There doesn t seem to be much objectivity on display here It s a blog so objectivity isn t mandatory but it would nonetheless be welcome Reply rw says June 22 2015 at 2 01 pm I agree while I don t always support the unions in this case it does

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  • The Museum of London’s model tube trains – IanVisits
    Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Almost hidden in plain view in a dark corner of the Museum of London can be found a working model of the London Underground Simplified and part of a display that shows the changing forms of transport in 1930s London it s catnip to kids who like to push model cars and trains around but also rather good fun for tube geeks A lower set of trains can be pushed around by hand or if you press the correct button the roar of the Underground fills the air and a motorised train rushes around the upper sealed off tracks A few other buttons illuminate the darkness within a deep sewer been cleaned out by workmen or a higher level tube train running over the main line Period adverts adorn the tube stations both on platforms and ticket level and tube geeks will delight to see a replica tube map Even the design of the model shape has a distinctly 1930s feel to it with the wide curving corners Not unlike a cocktail cabinet You can find this model railway in the Modern London People s City gallery on the lower floor of the Museum of London next to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/21/the-museum-of-londons-model-tube-trains/ (2016-02-16)
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