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  • Huge model of London to be replaced – IanVisits
    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 If you haven t been to the Building Centre to have a look at their huge scale model of London you might want to get along sharpish as it is about to be replaced and only a few months after it finally gained a model of The Orbit to sit next to the Olympic Stadium Fret not for a replacement is being built rather than adding bits piecemeal they have decided to completely rebuild the model from scratch The New London Model built by Pipers to a scale of 1 2000 will cover more of London to include areas such as Earls Court White City and Old Oak Common Meanwhile an interactive digital display system will tell the story of London s historical and physical development from the Romans to current times Key projects including recently completed as well as proposed schemes with planning permission will be highlighted The model will be previewed at MIPIM in March as the centrepiece of the London Stand with the official launch at the Building Centre later this Spring However if you want to see the model that has been delighting people for the past decade you have until the end of June to do so Facebook 47 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 31 31 79 building centre 4 thoughts on Huge model of London to be replaced Mark Pack says January 25 2015 at 12 27 pm It s a fantastic

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/24/huge-model-of-london-to-be-replaced/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Line London Reconnections Passengers at Victoria can expect disruption for three years as TfL begins a 700million upgrade at the Tube station London24 Decathlon tests first click and collect store in London Tube station Retail Week HawkinsBrown Daniel Buren s op art tube station On Office Union bosses call ballot over driver sacked for allegedly failing alcohol breath test Independent Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station may be destroyed Artlyst Amersham Tube station lift plan stuck after funding turned down GetBucks Labour have described the 134m cost of closing 301 Tube ticket offices as staggering and say passengers are being asked to pay more money for less staff support on their journey MayorWatch Crossrail Transport Secretary congratulates 400th Crossrail apprentice Press Release Big turnout for Crossrail 2 consultation meeting in Tooting Local Guardian Mainline Overground An investigation has started after two rail workers were nearly struck by a train in west London BBC News Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett has criticised Southeastern for its rail services after a summit held by rail minister Claire Perry Bexley Times The full picture of what went wrong with London s overrunning Christmas engineering works NCE Google Cache DLR 48 hour strike to hit commuters next week CityAM Miscellaneous Posters for the revival of Kevin Elyot s play My Night with Reg have been banned from appearing at London Underground stations for featuring male nudity PinkNews Man dies at Pinner Tube station London24 Man Sentenced for Sexual Assault on Local Overground Train FulhamSW6 Tube mad Dagenham boy 7 impresses Boris B D Post Parliament commemorates Magna Carta with films on the Tube Campaign Bromley Council have branded plans for a Bakerloo Line extension to Hayes disappointing and unacceptable preferring to bring the DLR and Tramlink to the borough instead NewsShopper

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  • Museum Meals – National Maritime Museum – IanVisits
    into the newish extension to the Maritime Museum for a bit of lunch while I waited The canteen type space or the Brasserie was the question and after wandering past the toilets a small staircase indicated the Brasserie was above my head The prices seemed reasonable so why not treat myself I thought I did have a hangover to dispose of after all Considering the slightly dark approach the restaurant itself is all glass and light and a fantastic view over Greenwich Park The waiter ummed a bit when I arrived as to where to put me in the nearly empty room but we both agreed that a window seat would be suitable I later realised I had sat facing the sun But that was for later Unbidden water was brought and the menu The daily special being baked cod wrapped in bacon with cockles and an aniseed butter dressing A starter of pulled pork with chutney The starter took a while to arrive but when it did was presented well and tasted just as good The pork pulled away in my fork delicately and the chutneys added just the right amount of flavour Another slightly too long delay for the main course which was a bit well somewhat bland The aniseed butter had no aniseed flavour in it at all which wasn t too much of an issue as it s not my favourite flavour but a hint would have been nice The cockles were delightful but the cod was well a bit like cod often is all soft textures and no real flavours to it I had hoped that the bacon would add something but nope not this time It was a nice meal but not quite outstanding The starter blowing the main course completely out of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/18/museum-meals-national-maritime-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Heavy Metal art in a church crypt – IanVisits
    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 Gothic art and heavy metal music fans might want to head over to Euston next weekend as a two day only exhibition of art work is being held appropriately enough in an underground church crypt Artist Zbigniew Bielak and photographer Ester Segarra are joining forces with the band Shards to put on an exhibition of their artwork audio and visual Born in 1980 Zbigniew Bielak is a Polish artist and architect best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations which among others include meticulously handcrafted artworks of Watain

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/17/heavy-metal-art-in-a-church-crypt/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tours of the Government Art Collection announced – 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 Although the art collection owned by the Monarch is often on display at the various Royal Palaces and at the Queen s Gallery seeing the art owned by HM Government on our behalf is rather harder However lunchtime tours of the Government Art Collection storage facility have been announced In a little known office in a side street the art collection store is actually right in the centre of London just off Tottenham Court Road map link It is here that Ministers or their advisors and diplomats sometimes come to see what they might like to hang on their walls Some have strong views about what they want while others are more open to using the art collection to show off British artists especially in overseas embassies In fact the Government Art Collection is often used as a form of soft power by governments over the years and they will often pick pieces that show off British culture to its best for foreign visitors to admire Ed Vaizey Minister for Culture selecting works at the Government Art Collection It s an art collection that is rarely seen outside government offices and tours while routine are hardly a weekly affair Tours are free and last between 1 1 5 hours The building the Government Art Collection is house in is not suitable for wheelchair users The tours are aimed at visitors who are over 16 years old I ve been before and it really is a warehouse space not a gallery but probably

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/16/tours-of-the-government-art-collection/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Commuters were forced to evacuate a London Underground train after reports of smoke coming from a carriage Evening Standard The revamped Tottenham Court Road underground station has opened with a new entrance and enlarged ticket hall Construction Manager The first London Underground D78 Stock train to be withdrawn from service is due to be delivered to Vivarail at Long Marston shortly on January 19 RailMagazine Crossrail Crossrail is on course for a humiliating signalling failure when it opens in 2018 Independent Watch Crossrail gains from grout plant all in one box CNPlus Vinci wins early role on 20bn Crossrail 2 project Construction Enquirer Mainline Overground Plans to extend the London Overground to Barking Riverside have been backed by 90 per cent of those taking part in a consultation MayorWatch Shenfield to London slow trains to get refresh before end of year Brentwood Gazette MPs say they are sceptical about whether the government s HS2 rail line will deliver value for money BBC News Network Rail apologises for service around London Bridge not being good enough this week Kent News Southern Rail s London to Brighton service was late every day for a year Metro Wonky algorithm hikes online rail fares for commuters to London Bridge ComputerWorld Plans for new West Hampstead station look like petrol station Camden New Journal DLR Interserve has won a seven year contract to provide cleaning and security services for the DLR FM World TfL has revealed it s looking into running the Docklands Light Railway over the proposed Gallions Reach Bridge Wharf Miscellaneous Nurse saves pensioner s life after he defended her from Tube

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  • Tired of London? Maybe it’s time to change postal districts – IanVisits
    such a man may be merely living in the wrong postcode A BBC commissioned study of 56 000 Londoners claims that a person s life satisfaction depends at least in part on whether their personality suits the place where they live The results are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The researchers found geographical differences and clustering in levels of life satisfaction and certain personality traits For example people clustered around central and urban areas were the most open and to a lesser degree the most extroverted with levels decreasing when moving to outer regions Areas of greater average openness also showed a mixture of neighbourhood characteristics including higher population density and higher housing prices higher ethnic and religious diversity and higher crime rate The findings are said to support previous research showing that openness is associated with broad interests and tolerance for alternative lifestyles and ideas and that these dispositions are often thought to characterize residents of densely populated urban areas The least agreeable areas were found in western central London an area that has the highest crime rate busiest pedestrian traffic and some of the highest housing prices in the capital The researchers believe this could be interpreted to support the popular notion that residents of big cities tend to be less considerate towards other people As with previous studies the researchers found that people who were most emotionally stable and or extroverted tended to have the greatest life satisfaction and this was not affected by the area in which they lived Importantly the researchers also showed that the strength of associations between personality traits and life satisfaction were dependent on neighbourhood characteristics For example people tended to show greater life satisfaction if they were more open to new experiences In areas that

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/13/tired-of-london-maybe-its-time-to-change-postal-districts/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos from inside the SkyGarden – IanVisits
    their bags inspected more thoroughly to make sure their bike repair kits weren t weapons A brisk ear popping ride to the 35th floor and a polite greeting Are you here for the bar The restaurant No just a look around Ok then feel free to wander around And indeed that s what you can do Some have described the place as more like an airport lounge I would say more a posh office foyer which is more appropriate considering that it is sitting on top of an office block It s very clean very open and very impressive as a space It s almost possible to forget you are standing on the top of an office block except for the views OK a dark wet windy night wasn t the best time to visit but the views are still impressive The outside area was sadly closed off on the first night lest a blast of wind caused people to be unfurling their brollies for an unexpected Mary Poppins esque decent to street level The smallish garden spaces are very nicely laid out with the sort of planting that looks good and works well within the indoor space they have In fact it probably looks better than the vast open terraces of boring grass that had been shown in the original plans I also noted approvingly the lack of barriers around the planting zone You could if so inclined have run amongst the plants and rolled down the slopes At least until security throw you out and send a large bill for the damage Hopefully no drunken city folk will despoil the planting and there will never be a need for barriers to protect them Seen during the day the garden will probably look less interesting fewer decorative lights and fewer twinkling reflections But then the city will be the view to admire not the garden And the view is impressive Three sisters of the neighbouring skyscrapers sit at the back in the voluminous empty space that will doubtless be filled with corporate functions in the years to come In fact its the sheer amount of open space that makes this viewing floor so remarkable It should be impossible for so much space to exist at the top of a skyscraper yet here it is No pointy nibbles of space carved around the edge of the lifts here Large open atrium s that slightly defy engineering logic The stair cases leading from lower to upper level politely skirt the edges of the windows giving ample opportunity to see the view or peer down over the edge to the streets below The planting its decorative Very decorative but that s all and as most people are likely to come here for the view out not the plants maybe it wasn t too bad a decision to cut back the plants More space for the bar should you have a deep enough wallet It is however possibly amusing to note that the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/01/12/photos-from-inside-the-skygarden/ (2016-02-16)
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