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  • Visit a future Crossrail train depot – IanVisits
    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 When the future Crossrail trains go to sleep at night one of their bedrooms will be a large new depot being built at Old Oak Common and next year there is a chance to have a look at the site The trains will be maintained at the depot which will be built by Bombardier Transportation s subcontractor Taylor Woodrow the civil engineering division of VINCI Construction UK Also the concept design for the Old Oak Common Depot requires a hybrid renewables energy scheme comprising of multiple energy sources The site tour is part

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  • Museum Meals – Museum of London Docklands – IanVisits
    that has fallen into the shoe Anyway pondering where to eat at the weekend I wandered over to Canary Wharf A row of old warehouses lines one of the docks in docklands and at the very end can be found the Museum of London s local outpost Next to the museum and seemingly nothing to do with it is a place called Rum and Sugar I had long noticed the almost unnoticeable doorway between the museum and the restaurant but presumed it to be a convenience between two separate venues but no the restaurant is actually part of the museum Not that you would have known as there is no museum branding within the restaurant whatsoever and it was only a conversation at the museum s Barbican outpost a few weeks back that alerted me to the link OK the museum s Wi Fi signal is strong inside the restaurant but as Wi Fi never respects boundaries that is hardly an indicator of ownership But ownership issues aside what is the place actually like An old brick warehouse with monumental beams seemingly made from Cadbury s Flake holding up the ceiling and a decent enough furniture But at 1pm on a Saturday less than a handful of customers Normally a warning sign A special offer of any main course plus drink for a tenner is also sometimes a warning but I plumped for the Shin of beef on mashed potato with mushrooms and onions Plus a glass of house red Unbidden and unexpected bread and oil were provided and water with ice and lemon So far not bad And decent but not overly fussy service It takes a while to prepare the food so the bread was useful and a chance to catch up on some reading Some potential customers came in but wanted feeding within 15 minutes which proved beyond the venue s capability A couple over on another table had huge plates of fish and chips delivered which had an aroma that was causing me to seriously want to rethink my order An order which arrived fairly soon afterwards It looked professional A cylinder of beef on a thin platter of mash with the rest piled up beside And the meat just peeled away as the fork touched it Delightedly tender the sauce added just the necessary flavours The mushrooms had been cooked to that very difficult point where they are still flavoursome but not too soft which also applied to the baby onions The house red was decent enough It was really quite remarkably good Such to the point of sitting there in some bemusement as to why the place was empty on a Saturday lunchtime The fish eating couple having finished were effusive in their praise and I was no less delighted I sat there thinking that this was all just too good Where was the flaw that would bring it back down to earth to give me something that let me write a piece not

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  • The quiet murmuration of the Tower of London – IanVisits
    souls volunteered to stand in the moat hammering metal spikes into the ground ready to receive their ceramic red crown Then the crown itself arrived as The Queen turned up to have a look and the sea of red grew from an isolated display into the sea of red that it promised Green moat runs red with symbolic blood And the crowds came More that anyone expected Tower Hill tube station closes when the crowds get too large Signs sprung up asking people to use other stations and walk Sometimes TfL can be really quite useless at signposting and other times exemplary and here the signs are simple and obvious and repeated all along the route The Tower is traditionally advertised with the silhouette of the White Tower a recognizable castle shape for the tourists Now the castle has been supplanted by a splash of red with a dark heart The poppy is the destination not the castle Most people seem to come for the poppies either for the remembrance or for the awesome sight of the entire moat being filled with a single blood coloured stain But many come because the many have come Told to come for the spectacle to see something that is ephemeral transitory temporary To come now or miss out And it is the crowds that turn this event into something special Quiet murmurings not loud shouts dominate the scene in an unworldy manner A sea of nearly silent humanity collectively standing awestruck by what they are seeing The poppies are the main attraction but is the crowd standing in dumbstruck quiet that turns the display into something really remarkable There some who have to take selfies and some with big cameras or cameras on sticks Some are on phones telling friends to come along before it is too late A worker carrying a bag walked through the crowd impatiently deliberately knocking each person he passed as he took his frustration out on people who dared obstruct his way But overwhelming is the slow steady movement of the respectful who have come to see something they will never see again To feel the emotions of the sheer scale of the display the mass of the crowd the quiet reflection in the hushed conversations Formal ceremonies on Sunday will remind people of those who died but in a formal arranged choreographed order At the Tower people wander they mingle they are free to do as they want until they join the mass that walks along the external walkway Then slowly the mass flowed as a human glacier past the walls Hardly anyone can see anything but the participation is what counts The display is in fact also art but also art that doesn t seek to tell us what it stands for it simply stands for itself and leaves you to decide what if any meaning it should have There is a campaign to keep the poppies but that would be wrong The temporary nature of

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Police are hunting a man who jumped a ticket barrier at London Bridge underground station and floored an employee with a single punch Telegraph Virgin Media announced that it has switched on Wi Fi in six more London Underground stations taking it to the 150 mark The Inquirer MPs back petition calling for lifts at Newbury Park tube station Ilford Recorder London Underground launches new uniform from Wayne Hemingway The Guardian London Underground visualises Victoria Line to detect signal failure will extend to entire network ComputerWorld Mainline Overground Politicians unite to demand Camden residents hit by HS2 are given fairer compensation Ham High A 476m upgrade plan for rail services on the Norwich to London line is being considered by the chancellor BBC News Network Rail has been told to go back to the drawing board over plans to replace a 130 year old footbridge with a new one without access for wheelchairs or baby buggies Camden New Journal C2C expands ITSO smart card ticketing Railway Gazette Miscellaneous How many hours do you waste on the Tube Millions every month CityAM Crowdcube takes over Bank Tube station with investor growth ad campaign Western Morning News Oyster card users are paying up to 107 more to travel each week on London s transport network compared with contactless card users BBC News Fitch affirms TfL s debt rating at AA with a

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  • Pay a visit to the Museum of Teapots – IanVisits
    Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A small village in the middle of the Kent countryside sports a few pubs a windswept train station a canal and a most unusual museum On the appropriately named Teapot Island sits a cafe which has been there since the 1950s but in 2002 the private home next to the cafe was turned into a museum for teapots Thousands of teapots An estimated 7 100 teapots are on display in a grotto like collection of small rooms each filled floor to ceiling with small medium and some huge decorated pots of all shape and design all with just one thing in common a spout and a handle Beyond that practical necessity nothing is the same Many of the teapots are display pieces being totally impractical for common use but a lot are the sort that an eccentric sort could possibly use to brew their morning cuppa Some are by famous potters and names printed on paper labels had the air of familiarity thanks to years of watching Antiques Roadshow Others are valued for the signature on them as gifts from celebrities All around novelty and surprise Political teapots science fiction teapots Christmas teapots A collection of miniature teapots A huge space rocket of a teapot that can probably serve a small conference venue of tea drinking conference attendees All around moments of delight surprise or simple curiosity Teapot Island was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004 for being the largest collection of teapots but lost the title in 2011 to a man in China with a reputed 30 000 teapots The owner Sue Blazye might not recover the title as she prefers post 1970s teapots

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/11/04/pay-a-visit-to-the-museum-of-teapots/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – Science Museum – IanVisits
    with warm gallery induced headache I ll save that for another visit So off to the cafe that most people probably use which is sited right by the entrance and the gift shop It s run by the same firm who seem to run a lot of museum cafes and aren t doing that well in my review stakes but this place looked a lot better than the previous so maybe I was just unlucky in the past The food looked better although keeping hot meals under hot lamps never works so I don t know why companies still persist in doing it I opted for the roasted sandwich in the end after having to ask what was in each of them A museum full of labels but they can t label the sandwiches You get a choice of salad with the sandwich but the notion of putting a hot sandwich on a cold plate half filled with cold salad reintroduced me to my friend the laws of thermodynamics Add in a delay for a coffee to be made and yeup half the sarnie was cold by the time I was able to sit down Other than that it was acceptable A generic roasted sandwich The bean salad was acceptable but bland More a pile of mushy carbs than anything flavoursome I prefer a bit of spice in my bean salads It filled a gap but adequately as opposed to pleasingly I d prefer to have opted for one of the many cafes next to the tube station but it s difficult to write reviews of meals in museums that way Cost 9 75 for sandwich bean salad and coffee Stars 2 out of 5 Date 1st November 2014 Summary Plenty of quantity but woefully lacking in flavour or service

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/11/03/museum-meals-science-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum – IanVisits
    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 massive triumphal arch is on display in the British Museum at the moment but unlike the grand stone arches dotted around Imperial cities this one is made of paper Commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I the print took 3 years to produce and required 195 woodblocks to be hand carved inked and placed on the paper sheets As Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian was the titular ruler of huge swathes of land from Austria to Spain but he lacked the power and money to govern them effectively The three portals of the arch are a reminder of the monuments commissioned by Roman emperors in antiquity as military triumphs but Maximilian s considerably cheaper version is printed on paper rather than rendered in sculpture or architecture It would have been used as wall decoration in the palaces of the courts of Europe to emphasise the power and dynastic ambition of Maximilian and the Habsburgs with an extensive and spurious family tree and key events from the Emperor s life A number of the prints were also hand coloured but very few of those survive As such it is either something you can stand back and admire the sheer size and scale of work involved or get up close to study individual panels of the

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  • At just 26 days, London Underground’s shortest lived tube station – IanVisits
    is Monument once known as The Monument for a while but in 1884 for a few weeks only as Eastcheap It s not been possible to find out why only that it had been referred to as the Eastcheap station as early as Sept 1877 The company prospectus for the expansion of the railway into the full circle the Metropolitan Inner Circle Completion Railway of Nov 1877 also referred to the station as Eastcheap However as it got closer to the railway opening it seemed that the station was renamed as King William street station and also appeared on maps as such while under construction and then just before it opened back to Eastcheap which The Standard of Sept 18th 1884 said was a very bad idea as King William Street was far better known as a location Despite that it opened as Eastcheap on the 6th October 1884 but just a few weeks later it was renamed The Monument on 1st November 1884 Why the name changed has proven difficult to work out What I do know is there was some correspondence between an Alfred Frampton who seems to have been a lawyer based in Lincoln Inns Fields and the District Railway on the 26th September suggesting that the name should be changed to Monument and that the railway company s secretary responded on the 9th October saying that the matter was being put to the Directors and was likely to be agreed to Sadly I don t know what reason was given in the letter as it must have been quite a strong one for the railway company to agree to a name change so shortly after the station had opened And thus on the 1st November 1884 Eastcheap ceased and The Monument was born although when The

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