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  • It’s the 100th anniversary of the Bakerloo Line extension – IanVisits
    were ready on time and it didn t go where it was originally planned The original plans by what was at the time the world s most valuable stock market company the London North West Railway called for a new line running from Queen s Park down to Euston where it would have terminated in a loop underneath the station as at Embankment However that plan was changed in 1911 and the line down to Euston was turned into the overground line we have today However they also decided to build a tunnel down towards Paddington instead and this was to become the extension of the Bakerloo Line which eventually opened in 1915 One hundred years ago today in fact Of the four planned stations only Warwick Avenue and Kilburn Park opened on time namely the 31st January 1915 with Queen s Park opening on the 11th February and Maida Vale following on the 6th June 1915 The delays were put down to wartime conditions The Times newspaper writing about the new extension noted the new stations are fitted with moving stairs instead of lifts but the greatest shock about the new extension was the stations they were staffed by women Yes women allowed to do a man s job and quite necessary as the men were away in France at the time playing football or something with the Huns In fact when it opened Maida Vale was a women only zone as far as staff were concerned Even more amazingly the women were paid the same wages as the men which was almost unheard of at the time But back to the moving stairs as there was no longer any need for an engine room for the lifts the new station buildings at Kilburn and Maida Vale were built

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/31/its-the-100th-anniversary-of-the-bakerloo-line-extension/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 TfL to review Waterloo and London Bridge tube station ticket office closure plans SE1 Lewisham Labour politicians have accused Bromley Council of being narrow minded nimbys over opposition to a Bakerloo Line extension NewsShopper TfL is turning property mogul after identifying 50 locations it will develop into properties for homes and retail over the next decade CityAM EIB agrees 480m loan for London Underground extension Railway Gazette Crossrail Has Crossrail work revealed a long hidden river From the Murky Depths Crossrail submits plans for improved West Drayton station Get West London Crossrail has taken on thousands of unemployed people and even created a special academy to train them but who wants a job that takes you underground BBC If London wants Crossrail 2 the Treasury will need to stump up a lot more cash City Metric Mainline Overground Southeastern describe rail performance as good despite hundreds of complaints NewsShopper Flooding in Farringdon causes chaos on Thameslink line London24 And a video Vine Know When To Run The Story Behind The Xmas Kings Cross Problems London Reconnections Widespread commuter travel delays and chaos on Monday were caused by a server crash which meant that information to display screens was not being updated ITV DLR DLR 48 hour strike suspended after last minute breakthrough CityAM Miscellaneous Tube worker stabbed in the face at Lancaster Gate tube station WestEndExtra Meet Britain s

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  • Giant flying whale to dominate the Natural History Museum – IanVisits
    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 The main hall of the Natural History Museum home for the past 30 years to the replica dinosaur is soon to have a giant flying whale in its midst The museum has announced that from 2017 the Diplodocus cast that has stood in Hintze Hall for 35 years will be removed In its place a real skeleton of a giant blue whale will be suspended from the ceiling But a large flying whale Where have I seen that before Ah ha the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy The museum though said that the decision to suspend the blue whale skeleton from the ceiling of Hintze Hall previously Central Hall is not a homage to Douglas Adams but part of a larger plan to show new specimens in the space The swapping out of the dinosaur for the whale marks the beginning of a decade of change for the Museum described in its new strategy The Museum plans to change how the collection is developed and displayed for future generations as well as how it creates and shares its scientific research The whale was found beached and injured by whalers in Wexford Harbour Ireland in 1891 It was bought by the Museum and first went on display in the Mammal Hall in 1938 where it currently hangs above a life size model of a blue whale The Diplodocus cast known as

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/29/giant-flying-whale-to-dominate-the-natural-history-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Annual Tweed Run tickets released on Friday – IanVisits
    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 Fancy a gentle cycle ride around London dressed in vastly more sensible clothing than the overly revealing attire of the regular chap Then utter a huzzah as tickets to the quickly selling out and delightful annual Tweed Run are to be released tomorrow Fri at lunchtime The Tweed Run takes in some of London s finest landmarks making stops along the way for a spot of tea in a fine square a picnic break in the park and ending up at a beautiful Art Deco ballroom for a drink and a bit of a knees up Tickets to the Tweed Run will be 25 which includes a 5 donation to the London Cycling Campaign This year there is also the Tweed Run Brunch hosted by Pol Roger Champagne for an extra 25 You can also reserve a Gourmet Hamper for the Picnic Break each hamper serves two and costs 30 you can also of course pack your own picnic for the day You can see the full menu for both of these options here Tickets for the event and the optional extras go on sale on Friday 30 January at 12 00 noon via www tweedrun com tickets They ve added extra spaces

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/29/annual-tweed-run-tickets-released-on-friday/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – V&A Museum of Childhood – IanVisits
    museum surrounded by exhibits This is a museum that puts food right at the heart of its offering so what s the food like It took several tours around the museum before I felt it might be safe to join the perpetually lengthy queue for food so that there would be seats available by the time I paid The food selection was kid friendly fish fingers or some pies or toasted sandwiches Opting for the pie a load of potato wedges were added unbidden and I was offered a handful of salad A coffee and time to find somewhere to sit I had timed it poorly and ended up asking a couple on a nearly empty table if I could share I think it was a social faux pas judging by the reaction and then the couple spent the next few minutes complaining about the noise of children in a museum of childhood I actually agree that screaming kids are not the most pleasant of sounds but what did you expect in a museum for children The food was also as disappointing being basically a supermarket pie and the rest The coffee was average All served on trays and canteen plates in a noisy cheap looking eatery Yet the place was packed It s not as if there is a lack of places to eat locally but maybe the size of the venue and its child friendly layout makes it an oasis for parents in need of a break An overpriced mediocre break though When I was paying the cashier announced that I was having the weekend special Sadly it wasn t to be Cost 10 40 for pie side and coffee Stars 2 out of 5 Date 25th January 2015 Summary Overpriced supermarket food in a canteen setting V

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/25/museum-meals-va-museum-of-childhood/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Naked Stig to stand erect in Soho Square – IanVisits
    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 A giant naked Stig will be standing in Soho Square this summer after Westminster Council granted planning permission for a work of art to go on display Perseus by Tom Maley Designed by Tom Maley it is actually supposed to be of Perseus slayer of Medusa and where he is often depicted holding the snake covered head of the Gorgon here he is in totalitarian pose with snake like mechanical cables forming a Manga style base The arms outstretched and the loop of steel being reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci s Vitruvian Man But it can t be denied that it

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/24/naked-stig-to-stand-erect-in-soho-square/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Layout maps of Kings Cross tube station – IanVisits
    23 23 136 kings cross london underground 11 thoughts on Layout maps of Kings Cross tube station Mr Graverol says January 24 2015 at 6 55 pm Are any more plans like this available Reply Graham says January 24 2015 at 7 23 pm Excellent I thought these might show where the secret passageway halfway down the Northern Line lift shaft goes but I guess then it wouldn t be a secret anymore Reply Peter says January 24 2015 at 9 20 pm I had recently been cursing walking miles inside this station these plans seem to indicate I could enter a different way and cut my walk Just a little bit further on the street for a massive saving in tunnels Reply Alan Fox says January 28 2015 at 9 44 am Interesting I always feel resentful when entering via the new access up by the Thameslink platforms it seems MILES to anywhere probably is this is not shown on these maps At least it confirms the best entrance for Victoria line is the Scala entrance Reply Mike J says January 28 2015 at 12 57 pm The most important things if using the Piccadilly are to exit via the signs to Northern Line which brings one up straight into the old ticket hall rather than a 100mile walk to St Pancras and also if entering from Kings Cross forecourt never follow the signs but just turn left as one used to and hey there is a direct escalator to Piccadilly lines Reply Josh says January 29 2015 at 11 46 am There s 3D maps online as well albeit probably a bit simplified http stations aeracode org kxx Reply geofftech says February 1 2015 at 4 42 pm uh if you buy my App am i allowed to

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  • Gun Salutes in London during 2015 – IanVisits
    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 A list of the gun salutes that take place around London during significant events in 2015 In the Royal Parks the gun salute is fired by the The King s Troop Royal Horse Artillery while at the Tower of London they are fired by the Honourable Artillery Company The basic Royal salute is 21 rounds In Hyde Park an extra 20 rounds are added because it is a Royal Park At the Tower of London 62 rounds are fired on Royal anniversaries the basic 21 plus a further 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace plus another 21 for the City of London while 41 rounds are fired for other occasions Date Time Location Reason Fri 6th Feb 12pm Hyde Park The Queen s Accession to the throne 1pm Tower of London Tue 21st Apr 12pm Hyde Park The Queen s Birthday 1pm Tower of London Tues 3rd Mar 12pm Tower of London TBC Tues 2nd June 12pm Hyde Park The Queen s Coronation 1pm Tower of London Wed 10th June 12pm Hyde Park Duke of Edinburgh s Birthday 1pm Tower of London Sat 13th June 11am Green Park The Queen s Official Birthday 1pm Tower of London Sat 14th Nov 1pm Tower of London Prince of

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