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  • 200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display – IanVisits
    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 If you think modern political satires are cruel at times take a journey back 200 years for the crass display of bodily functions as satire was not just normal but applauded when applied to the enemy One such enemy being Napoleon Bonaparte and the British Museum has lain on a lavish exhibition of contemporary prints and cartoons in what is fast becoming one of my favourite rooms within the museum The print trade had already made the work of contemporary British artists familiar across Europe Continental collectors devoured the products of the London publishers and artists across Europe were inspired by British satires Two large spaces are filled with prints adorning the walls and a few glass cabinets of related curiosities The exhibition begins with portraits of the handsome young general from the mid 1790s and ends with a cast of his death mask and other memorabilia acquired by British admirers Along the way the prints examine key moments in the British response to Napoleon exultation at Nelson s triumph in the Battle of the Nile in 1798 celebration of the Peace of Amiens in 1802 fear of invasion in 1803 the death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and Napoleon s triumph at Austerlitz delight at his military defeats from 1812 onwards culminating in his exile to Elba in 1814 1815 sees triumphalism after Waterloo and final exile to St Helena but some prints reflect an ambiguous view of the fallen emperor and doubts about the restoration of

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  • Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper – IanVisits
    the Museum of London Archeology MOLA team were given access to the grounds as the remains of the mostly 1950s 60s offices were cleared away As with many buildings of the early post war era most of the archeology was simply bulldozed but this area was slightly blessed in that the basements didn t go down too deep so while the remains of medieval London now reside in an Essex landfill there were some deeper remains from Roman times to be uncovered Although the remains were patchy there was enough left to justify publishing a book about the findings What turns up from the careful application of trowel to soil is that the site was probably first occupied by the Romans as early as AD 50 5 when land clearing for housing can be detected In addition to the finds you would expect of pottery and the like there were also some animal remains offering insights into the culinary practices of the time Horse was found but in the absence of processed food at the time it is presumed that it wasn t accidentally eaten It was however in AD60 61 that much of Roman London was razed to the ground by the Iceni revolt lead by the famous Queen and here the archeologists were able to find physical evidence of the burning of the houses on the site of the modern skyscraper The book notes that typically the layers uncovered were composed of burnt brickearth ashy silts and charcoal Marble from Turkey was also found in the burnt layer along with fragments of imported fabrics and fine ware vessels Unsurprisingly when the Romans rebuilt the city more fortifications were added and it is presumed that some of the later buildings on the plot were associated with a military garrison fort that sat next to where the Walkie Talkie is today However with just a few exceptions the buildings built by the Romans appeared to be mainly residential with just one building showing signs of having been used for metal working Later the land seems to have been cleared a bit maybe for more high status houses with larger gardens and one building in the 3rd century AD was found to have remains of its cellar still intact A separate publication is being prepared about the cellar The book is a formal academic tome but the first half is still very readable and gives a good timeline of the plot of land now occupied by the skyscraper The second half is a catalogue of the finds with some commentary about the more significant objects It s copiously illustrated with drawings of the finds maps of the area and photos of the excavations The book is available from Amazon or from MOLA costs just 15 It s a sad fact that while buildings that go up can be either loved or loathed at least if loathed they can be torn down and replaced However the way that the 1950s 60s treated

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  • Unbuilt London: The driverless cars experiment — in the 1970s – IanVisits
    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 Google may be getting the publicity for its driverless car today but London once considered a similar project all the way back in the 1970s What was to be known as Cabtrack was a planned elevated roadway running along Victoria Street in central London and eventually further afield with automatic cars running along them The Royal Aircraft Establishment came up with the idea as an alternative to the railway and the bus and it would have been able to transport around 6 000 people per hour at an average speed of 22mph 1 One of the many advantages cited of the London scheme over some other automated transport services being considered is that the lightweight cars would reduce the size of the elevated roadway and reduce the cost of building it Meanwhile Westminster was looking at a rival scheme the MiniTram which retained some of the small cab benefits of the Cabtrack but was closer to a public bus service and would have seen the roadways attached to the sides of buildings along the streets 2 That would have seen a network of elevated roadways linking Charing Cross and Waterloo with six points in Covent Garden a branch up to Holborn and a potential loop running through Soho to Oxford Street That s not too dissimilar to plans proposed in Victorian times to run railways along roads above the pedestrian paths It was expected that the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/02/28/londons-driverless-cars-experiment-in-the-1970s/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Announcing the single blend coffee cafe – IanVisits
    of the one product concept store They are starting up what they say will be first ever cafe that will specialise in just one specialty bean coffee to be served in a specially designed pop up cafe Where other one product cafes have stuck to a single genre but then baffled customers with a bewildering array of cereals or porridges the Cff Cf adopting the internet trend of dropping vowels will offer just a single blend of coffee which was hand selected by the two owners following back packing trip through Indonesia When asked why they had chosen the blend Joseph Arbuthnot said that they were inspired by the hard working farmers who still hand pick the berries and dry them in the villages and then take them down the mountain paths to the local river where tradesmen ferry the dried coffee beans to market His partner Sebastian St John Smythe added that nothing could act as a greater exemplar of their ethos as former computer programmers than the purity of how the natives worked the soil for a living Dismissive of how other coffee shops clutter up their offerings with different blends and roasts and a confusion of styles the two young men noted that the coffee would be served plain without milk or sugar as those were a distraction from the absolute essence of the single blend single product coffee shop Even the cups will be made from the crushed remains of the coffee blends to ensure that nothing sullies the hipster yearning for an absolutely simplicity delivered in the most complex of methods The Cff Cf will be opening shortly on a wasteland patch near Shoreditch high street The question is will this article remain a parody or is it a prediction Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Proposals to extend the Bakerloo line received a boost when chancellor George Osborne asked TfL to supply detailed costings for the project SE1 The Metropolitan Circle District and Hammersmith and City lines are to run 24 hours at weekends from 2017 Mayor Watch Ahead of crash anniversary Moorgate survivor tells how Tube disaster still haunts him 40 years on Islington Tribune Use of toilets at Eastcote station is being monitored by staff after drug paraphernalia including needles were found in them GetWestLondon How to close 300 tube station ticket offices Diamond Geezer Crossrail A construction worker was crushed to death as nearly a tonne of wet concrete poured on him an inquest has heard BBC News The Overlooked Surface Sections London Reconnections Free tours of Crossrail building sites announced IanVisits Walkers Crisps has pulled its latest advert featuring Gary Lineker following the start of an inquest into the death of a Crossrail worker Brentwood Gazette The Francis Crick Institute is warning that vibrations and electromagnetic fields generated by Crossrail 2 could interfere with its scientific work Nature Mainline Overground Former Crossrail director joins HS2 Construction Index Train tracks appear to explode in front of passengers waiting at south east London station Evening Standard The head of Network Rail A lack of women working on railways leads to macho culture where hundreds are injured each year Independent The need for a new rail line linking London and Stansted Airport is greater than ever according to a transport expert

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  • Free tours of Crossrail building sites announced – IanVisits
    being taken yet they have announced which sites will be open Illford Yard Ilford Yard will be a vital part of the Crossrail route providing tracks to store trains overnight and to carry out train maintenance It is a complex project carried out in a live railway depot site taking into account other railway companies that share the site during construction Liverpool Street At the eastern end of the Crossrail station a new Crossrail ticket hall will be constructed beneath Liverpool Street close to the Broadgate development The new ticket hall will provide step free access from street level to the new Crossrail platforms Nearby a 40m deep box structure will be located on Blomfield Street to accommodate ventilation electrical mechanical and systems equipment You will be able to see both of these sites on this event At the western end a further new ticket hall will be built by developing the existing Moorgate station ticket hall The development in which this is housed also contains a 33m deep draught relief shaft which has already been built in its lower basement to aid the Crossrail development Custom House Custom House will be a vital part of the Crossrail route welcoming regional and international visitors to London s largest conference centre ExCeL and creating a transport interchange with DLR and local buses providing further benefits such as enabling reduced journey times to ExCeL and London City airport for people coming from the West and reduced journey times to central London for those in the East Limmo Peninsula Limmo Peninsula is one of our busiest worksites including two shafts one temporary which service two Tunnel Boring Machines a wharf to unload concrete segments used to create the Crossrail tunnels and a wharf to load the earth dug from the tunnels onto barges

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  • Freemasonry and the First World War – IanVisits
    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 That secretive organisation that has a very large very obvious building in central London that anyone can enter for a look around has put on a display about how their organisation was affected during WW1 It s a modest display in a long line of glass cases within the library and mostly deals with examples of how Freemasons were affected by the war Probably the biggest section is given over to the problems faced by Freemasons wanting to hold meetings while in prisoner of war camps or interned as potential enemies in the enemy countries they were unlucky to have been living in at the time war was declared As lodges need formal permission to be set up and letters had to be sent to their respective headquarters it was difficult for Freemasons to meet in secret within their internment camps and often did so openly for all to see Except for Germans interned in the UK who were generally refused permission by the English Lodge to hold meetings unlike the German lodge which was more general to its English residents The war also created new war related charitable causes for which Freemasons raised funds prompted a response from the established masonic charities and fostered the formation of a major new masonic charity in the post war period A lot of letters including some from Buckingham Palace are on display showing how food parcels from Harrods of course were sent to English Freemasons in prisoner of war camps It wasn t all one way traffic as some prisoners were able to raise funds for an English hospital

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/02/24/freemasonry-and-the-first-world-war/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – Imperial War Museum – IanVisits
    among the decent sounded lunches settled upon a baked salmon At least that was my intent as after finally attracting service I was told that only pizza was available Now in the lengthening queue I said I would take a sandwich from the other counter instead as those sounded fairly nice as well Asking for the pork sandwich was told that they also weren t available oh no there they are pointing to some plastic covered rolls Was that it Oh and now with a sizeable queue behind me and being far too English to strop off in a huff I took one from the pile and ordered a coffee The coffee being not much larger than an espresso did not improve my mood and by the time I got out of the counter area the seating was as full as ever leaving me sitting on the side in what looked like the overflow space The roll sandwich itself was acceptable A bit tough to chew through but sometimes a good workout for the jaw is what I am in the mood for The pork was sadly buried under the texture of the chutney and even the mild flavours of the chutney were enough to wipe out the taste of the pork within The coffee was well as average as the size was small All told a rather disappointing lunch I went home and had a bacon buttie Cost 7 60 for roll and sandwich Stars 2 out of 5 Date 21st February 2015 Summary Indifferent service offering an indifferent lunch At least it was consistently indifferent Imperial War Museum Facebook 13 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 15 imperial war museum museum 6 thoughts on Museum Meals Imperial War Museum Gillian Lawrence says February 23 2015

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