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  • Timelapse film of the works at London Bridge station – IanVisits
    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 For the past couple of weeks Southern and Thameslink trains haven t been able to call at London Bridge station as rebuilding works take place and a timelapse video of what was going on during the blockade has been released New track and power supplies have been installed while signal engineers have been commissioning a new signalling system to incorporate the two new platforms and the re modelled approaches to the station Some Thameslink Programme work at other sites on the network has already been completed allowing some services to resume This included new signalling installed on the New Cross Gate to Sydenham corridor and also in South London near Bermondsey allowing resumption of planned Southern and London Overground passenger services Work to replace tracks at the entrance to the Hornsey Depot in North London was also completed Southern or Thameslink services will resume with a revised timetable for 2015 on January 5 There will be further changes on January 12 when platforms 4 5 and 6 are taken out of use for rebuilding and we begin a 20 month period where Southeastern s Charing Cross trains run through the station without stopping London Bridge facts Over 117 million people a year go to London Bridge or through it to Cannon Street and Charing Cross 54 million start or end their at London Bridge itself Platform 6 is the busiest in Europe serving 18 trains per hour The new concourse at London Bridge will be bigger than the pitch at Wembley increasing passenger capacity by 65 London Bridge will be longer than

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  • MPs mistaking arms for anus – IanVisits
    that the official record of their debates at Hansard can often mistakes arms for bums ADDRESS IN REPLY TO HIS MAJESTY S MOST GRACIOUS SPEECH Major General Ivor Herbert February 12 1918 I will follow the example of the noble Duke who preceded me and will not indulge in any arrogant boasting of our feats of an us whose far reaching effect can appear only when the whole course of military operations can be viewed in a true perspective NAVAL AND MILITARY MOVEMENTS INQUIRY Mr Winston Churchill April 28 1914 We had the statement of the right hon and learned Gentleman which I have read to the House about his expenditure of large sums of money upon anus and ammunition IRELAND Mr Ignatius O Brien July 15 1919 Outrage murder illegal drilling raids for anus intimidation and an utter disregard of the law on the part of the great majority of French Canadians OBSERVATIONS Mr William Forster March 8 1867 Volunteers ought not to be employed in their military capacity in quelling disturbances but in point of law they would be justified in acting as individuals in aid of the civil power and in a serious emergency they might use their anus if necessary EMANCIPATION OF THE JEWS Mr Thomas Macaulay April 17 1833 The fact was however that bigotry and intolerance never wanted anus however much they might want whenever it was thought desirable PORTUGAL Mr Peter Borthwick June 14 1847 The Junta of Provisional Government of the Kingdom considers it its duty to address to the civilized nations of Europe a brief and sincere exposition of the motives which have impelled the Portuguese nation to take up anus in defenc e of its liberty and of its injured rights MOTION FOR A COMMISSION Hon Francis Charteris June 23 1868 The Prussian army rests upon system where the whole nation is accustomed to anus SUPPLY Sir Albert Braithwaite July 13 1944 You can put anus in and use the new American method of power loaders and conveyors I want the Ministry of Labour to take note of this because this is an opportunity to train Bevin boys Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Bill Mr James Hill November 25 1981 My constituency in Southampton will welcome the Bill with open anus Cadets Hon Nicholas Soames March 5 1997 Bearing and self discipline rank and rate structure of the Royal Navy naval customs basic seamanship and swimming navigation and rules of the road maritime affairs squad drill anus drill firefighting first aid communications Great Lakes Dr Jenny Tonge November 14 2000 I want now to discuss my favourite topic of anus embargoes to which the Minister would expect me to refer Export Control Bill Dr Vincent Cable July 9 2001 My other general point was mentioned by the Conservative spokesman who gave me a friendly trailer on the way in which the anus business functions in this country A bit of a bum post to end the year on Hatttip Reddit Facebook

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  • A list of London’s brewery and distillery tours – IanVisits
    relaxed enough to walk home with a crate of booze without even remembering using your credit card Beefeater Distillery Beer Bexley Brewery Offers occasional brewery tours you need to need to be added to their mailing list and they then notify you of upcoming dates Brixton Brewery Offers regular tours on Saturdays although you have to check in advance for times and details By the Horns Brewing Offers pre booked tours for groups of 5 30 people Either a taster tour with 3 1 2 pint tasters for 10 or a complete tour with 3 pints bottles for 15 Camden Town Brewery Offers prebooked tours lasting 90 120 minutes with a beer to start with and to finish with and ingredient tasting between There are also some turn up tours available on Saturdays Tours cost 12 per person Clarkshaws Offers a full day brewery experience For a surprisingly low price of 20 Crate Tours on Thursday evenings lasting about an hour followed by tastings Tours cost 23 Five Points Brewing Monthly brewery tours on the first Saturday of each month Each tour begins at noon and lasts for an hour and a half Tours include an introduction to the brewing process and brewing ingredients as well as a tasting session Tours cost 12 Fullers A huge brewery in Chiswick offers regular pre booked tours The tour lasts around one and a half hours and culminates with a tutored tasting of some of Fuller s ales Weekday only though they don t do weekends Tours cost 10 Hammerton Tour will last around 1 to 1 5 hours and include 4 half pint samples and a branded pint glass Tours cost 13 49 Islington Brewhouse Not tours but an experience day and as such with prices starting from 75 per person rather more expensive than a tour elsewhere London Fields Brewery Regular tours at the weekends and mid week evenings The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and includes a full tour of the brewery followed by a tutored beer tasting in the Tap Room Tours cost 12 28 They also offer a brewing day where you can make an experimental batch of beer That costs 95 Meantime They offer regular tours of their Greenwich facility followed by tastings Tours cost 20 Sambrook s Brewery Regular tours on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the evenings which have to be pre booked Tours cost 15 Trumans Brewery A relaunched brand from 2010 they offer tours every Thur and Sat Tours last around an hour followed by tastings of three beers Tours cost 15 or 30 Twickenham Fine Ales Tours on the second Wednesday of every month lasting around two hours and included 3 pints to tast Tours cost 15 Spirits Beefeater Tours used to be rare but the opening of a new museum means they offer regular tours lasting around an hour now Tours cost 12 City of London Distillery Tours of both the still room and the bottling facility followed by

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  • What’s on in London in January 2015 – IanVisits
    A glorious festival at Bankside laid on for free by a troupe of actors Expect to see the Green Man arrive by boat followed by a host of characters including a traditional Father Christmas hobby horses and musicians After greetings a mummers play is laid on followed by a parade to Borough Market An evening with The Bletchley Girls and Tessa Dunlop 8th January Marking the publication of her new book Tessa Dunlop will be in conversation with some of the women who worked at the government code breaking base Bletchley Park during WW2 London Gothic 10th January An exhibition that is open most days of the week but rarely at weekends so a chance for more of us to see this display of manuscripts and documents The Cold War and the Culture of Secrecy 13th January A lecture by Professor Matthew Connelly on how the culture of secrecy during the Cold War was also used as cover for political aims and social repression Hogarth s London 14th January Political cartoonist Martin Rowson The Guardian The Independent will explore the life death and afterlife of William Hogarth the grandfather of cartooning The lecture ties in with an exhibition at the museum at the moment Immortal Memory Toast 18th January Head to the Painted Hall at Greenwich where you can raise a glass of port to the memory of Admiral Lord Nelson A tradition that can either be looked at as something serious or a quirky bit of fun 5 15 Viktor Wynd The Gentle Author Lisa Hannigan Mike Figgis Franny Armstrong 21st January Hear from five people in a fast moving event where each person is required to talk on a topic for 15 minutes without notes Alexandra Palace History Tours 24th January A fairly rare chance to go behind

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  • Broomway 2015 walks and tours announced – IanVisits
    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 Earlier in the year we took a visit to one of England s most remote museums on the military island of Foulness Although sealed off from casual visitors the military island of Foulness can offer tractor tours across the ancient Roman roadway and mud flats that run around it Booking details have now been released for the tractor tours and some occasional walking tours They go along the mud flats as they are still open to the public and offer an unusual way to see the coastline It s important to take guided tours as the mud flats can be treacherous if you don t know the area All booking details here Broomway Tractor Tours 2 hours 6 miles tractor tour to Fishermans Head They drive along the same path used for hundreds of years to access the Island and you will have an opportunity to walk stand on the sands Tractor Tour out to the Swin 2015 A drive to the waters edge of the Maplin Sands on the incoming tide about 3 miles out from the shore You will be between the sand banks way out on the river bed and get a real chance to enjoy the solitude and open space of the Sands Guided Broomway Walk The first known recorded name The

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  • Things to do outside London during January – IanVisits
    Year s Day Bath Race 1st Jan The Pirates of Poole take to the water in a variety of unusual craft for the annual New Year s Day Bath Race Poole Dorset The Mari Llwyd 1st Jan The ancient tradition sees a horses skull draped in a white shroud and paraded through the town Llangynwyd Glamorgan Apple Howling 3rd Jan The proceedings begin at 6pm with a torchlight procession followed by a noisy racket created by the crowd Bolney West Sussex The Icicle Balloon Meet 3rd 4th Jan Informal hot air balloon meeting with on average around 100 balloonists Marlborough Wilts Wassail and Ashen Faggot 5th Jan Burning the Ashen Faggot on Old Christmas Eve is one traditional custom which has not died out thanks to the Curry Rivel Wassailers The ceremony is practised to ensure good health and good harvest Curry Rivel Somerset Land Letting auction at Hubberhome Parliament 5th Jan Ancient annual auction of poor pasture owned by the Church held in the pub which doubled up as the vicar s meeting place the timing of the auction is based on a candle burning down Hubberholme North Yorks Bodmin Wassail 6th Jan Dressed in top hats dickie bows waistcoats and tails Bodmin s wassailers visit homes public houses and shops on the 12th day of Christmas Bodmin Cornwall Twelfth Night Wassail 6th Jan Traditional parade through the town centre in the evening by the local Morris Dancers after the crowning of the Lord of Misrule Guildford Surrey The Haxey Hood 6th Jan Every year villagers in Westwoodside and Haxey dress up to compete for possession of the Hood This 700 year tradition started when Lady de Mowbray was out riding and a sudden gust of wind blew her hat off Haxey Nth Lincolnshire The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from Archway station after smoke was seen billowing out of the tunnel Islington Gazette Lanes solves rain drain problem at heritage Tube station British Builder Almost everyone who has been on a London Underground train will have seen products drawn up and manufactured in Radan by sheetmetal subcontractor Sweetnam Bradley Mcadcafe Tesco Click Collect service launches at Hounslow West tube station Get West London Giant Grey Goose vodka ad spans the walls at Bank Tube station Grocer New Victoria Station An Exclusive Look Behind The Hoardings Londonist Crossrail The Turner Prize winning artists Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright have been chosen to create art for the flagship Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station Artlyst Photos from Crossrail s huge Stockley flyover IanVisits Bennetts Associates has submitted a planning application for its Hayes Harlington Crossrail station scheme in west London Architects Journal Mainline Overground Govia Thameslink issues apology after disgruntled passengers launch petition Borehamwood Times Abellio Greater Anglia has announced a further 1 5m investment after fully recognising customers want better performance Herts Essex Observer Rail workers tuck into some festive cheer Chips rather than turkey ITN Early Christmas present for Ewell West train station Funding promised to improve access Local Guardian After six years of planning work has started on rebuilding Bicester Town Station as

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  • A history of Pubs on the London Underground – IanVisits
    Spiers and Pond which was tantalizingly close to the platforms but not quite on them Spiers and Pond also operated a venue at Moorgate station and while on the station proper it appears to have been accessed from outside the main building In fact Spiers and Pond were the WH Smiths of refreshment rooms on the London Underground having been there from the very start and ending in 1932 with venues at Baker Street St John s Wood Road Marlborough Road Swiss Cottage Aldersgate Farringdon Street King s Cross Edgware Road Praed Street Queens Road Bayswater Notting Hill Gate closed in the 1950s Moorgate Street South Kensington Gloucester Road Hammersmith Ladbroke Grove Westbourne Park They were in place after signing a deal with the Metropolitan Railway while it was still being built and the British Periodicals of Sept 1866 noted that the new Moorgate street station building while only temporary was much improved by the the presence of Spiers and Pond s refreshment rooms The partnership of Spiers and Pond undeniably revolutionised catering on the transport network and ended up with some 200 venues across England and some 60 dining cars A writer in All The Year Round of December 1867 praised the modern magicians who had ended an abuse under which the British railway traveller had groaned ever since railways were In a description that apes later British Railway s catering railway food before Spiers and Pond were described as the scalding infusion satirically called tea the stale bad buns with their veneering of furniture polish the sawdusty sandwiches so frequently and so energetically condemned and more so than all the icy stare from the counter the insolent ignoring of every customer s existence which drives the hungry frantic Some of their branches acquired a less savoury reputation though with Edgware Road closing in 1968 thanks to being a popular location for commuters seeking succor in the arms of a lady of the night By the 1960s Spiers and Pond was owned by Grand Metropolitan Hotels who in 1971 bought Truman Breweries This lead to a mini revolt as the bars on the Underground switched from Bass and Worthington to Truman s beers the following year Some of their other outlets on the London Underground that were of note included a bar at South Kensington station which acquired the nickname of The Snakepit for reasons which no one has ever quite worked out Paddington Station had a blue room which was more due to the habit of calling the best room in the house a blue room and by railway standards this was said to have been quite a posh establishment Baker Street s ticket hall bar was known not unsurprisingly as Moriarties Rather grander is the pub to be found above the station in the old Chiltern Court block of flats which is still there and now a branch of Wetherspoons A Broom Cupboard is the average size of a flat today but was once the nickname of

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