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  • New tube train for the London Underground goes on display – IanVisits
    stations Shorter times waiting at stations means faster journeys which also translates into more carrying capacity for the tube line Central line 25 equivalent of up to 12 000 customers per hour Bakerloo line by 25 equivalent of up to 8 000 customers per hour Waterloo City line by 50 equivalent of up to 9 000 customers per hour Piccadilly line by 60 equivalent of up to 19 000 customers per hour As I recently reported the trains will also be designed for fully automatic operation although that would not be expected to come into effect until the late 2030s at the earliest A formal Invitation to tender is expected to be issued early next year and a contract to build the new trains to be awarded in 2016 The first train is expected to come into service on the Piccadilly line in 2022 The Piccadilly line currently serves 210 million customers a year and demand is expected to grow 20 by 2020 The Piccadilly line has therefore been prioritised as the first of the four lines to benefit from the new trains and signalling system The cost of the proposed 250 new trains varies between 1 0 billion and 2 5 billion The New Tube for London programme will see approximately 100 trains for the Piccadilly line 100 trains for the Central line 40 trains for the Bakerloo line 10 trains for the Waterloo City line The New Tube for London exhibition is at King s Cross St Pancras Underground station Northern ticket hall from Thursday 9 October until Sunday 16 November Facebook 86 Google 3 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 53 53 142 london underground 7 thoughts on New tube train for the London Underground goes on display Richard says October 9 2014 at 2 56 pm boring

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  • From Beef Tea to Battleships – IanVisits
    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 The Guildhall Library in the city has put on a small display based on the personal letters and experiences of those who served during World War One Rather than the official accounts of the war these letters tell the more human side of the war the difficulties that affected how people coped with the deprivations of wartime life How they coped and the humour that it is so often inherent in their struggles Notable is a huge archive of letters from boy to his mother although its estimated that just a quarter were successfully delivered home Boy joined the Royal Navy in 1912 and died in 1917 while serving on a submarine in the Baltic based in Russia His story is told through his surviving letters home enhanced by photographs and offers a rare insight into the life of a naval rating harassing German shipping lines I was like this for nearly three weeks and only had beef tea to live on I have seen better washing up water absolutely the limit one could not even taste meat in it Sadly he died while serving in Russia officially of consumption although there are suspicions that he might have been

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/10/07/from-beef-tea-to-battleships/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Visit the Museum of Methodism – IanVisits
    West Hampstead Life In 1778 a new chapel opened on the edges of the City of London for the new Christian movement known as the Methodists and it s still there just down the road from Old Street tube station with a museum in its basement The museum has been recently refurbished hence what was for me a return visit the previous one being thwarted by the refurbishment works So down in the basement can be found the new museum dedicated to the history of this austere branch of Christianity and its founder John Wesley A question to the receptionist about taking photography had to be repeated several times and eventually I caught her attention which nearly scared her into an early grave And yes photos were permitted Walking over a flooring made of grave stones the display is laid out in a small square room with a video on a loop in the middle which on my visit was educating four people who sat on the seats rather than the church pews One glass cabinet celebrating the construction of dedicated chapels for the Methodists wouldn t have looked out of place in the Freemason Library down in Covent Garden Another wall is still empty awaiting funds for the museum s completion The difficulty for me is that the museum is very austere and while the artifacts on display are significant for the religion and there were some boards about the history of the faith somehow I got the feeling that the lay visitor wasn t being catered for This is a museum for the faithful not the curious bystander That said anyone with an interest in the history of London will probably enjoy this brief diversion into part of its religious past However upstairs is also the chapel itself

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/10/06/visit-the-museum-of-methodism/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – The Geffrye – IanVisits
    unless you work in a hotel but that is how the Geffrye museum is laid out A row of old alms houses has been knocked into one long corridor with each remaining alms house living room left as a display of life in the past The museum is one of my annual pilgrimage venues for how they decorate the place for Christmas However I was in the area and hungry and it was pouring down with rain so the Geffrye seemed an ideal place to stop for lunch After squeezing past the people looking at other dining rooms first that is Unlike the heritage of the alms houses the rest of the expanded museum is modern in nature although an attempt to expand with a bit more modern was blocked recently by a vociferous campaign against knocking down an old pub to make space The restaurant is called a cafe although in this case it really is more of a restaurant with table service and menus Contemporary fittings sit ill at ease with a stone floor leaving me with a wobbly table Being in the east end and not favouring a salad on a cold wet day I took the East End Hash a mix up of local sausages Spanish chorizo bacon potatoes and duck egg The egg was scrambled and taken off the hob just before all the moisture had solidified Some don t like eggs that way but I prefer it The chorizo was unusually strong but that added a necessary spiciness that could otherwise have left the meal feeling filling but a bit flat In fact this was more a good breakfast than a lunch but no quibbles about that Coffee was late but the waitress apologized and said she would look into it even before I

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/10/06/museum-meals-the-geffrye/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Special train service on the Central Line – IanVisits
    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 Had you been waiting for a train on parts of the Central Line on Saturday you might have had a slight delay due to a special service passing through Normally when a special service is advertised then usually it s a broken down train limping home to its depot for a repair but just occasionally they are actually quite special Well special to some of us who delight in seeing unusual train movements and while most of the people on the platform stared into the distance a few swiftly pulled out cameras to capture what was passing by An engineering locomotive pulling old train sleepers and tracks Not hugely unusual but certainly not the average train you would see in the middle of the afternoon No I didn t plan to photograph the train I just happened to be in the station when I noticed the forthcoming special train so decided to skip a few normal trains to see if it was anything interesting I nearly wet myself though not from geekish excitement but because the delay proved perilous following a fourth cup of coffee earlier Facebook 61 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 62 central line london underground 4 thoughts on Special train service on the Central Line George says October 6 2014 at 6 49 pm I hope it did its maiden auntish LT whistle as it went through Reply Roger Rowley says October 8 2014 at 11 09 am I ve seen a special pass through a

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/10/05/special-train-service-on-the-central-line/ (2016-02-16)
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  • List of London’s 2014 Bonfire Night Fireworks – IanVisits
    displays spread over two weekends If I ve missed any as I am bound to have then send me a note and I ll update the details Clever bit Click on the headers in the table below to sort the columns as you might prefer Area Date Gates Open Main Fireworks Cost price in advance Notes Alexandra Palace 1st Nov 3pm 7 30pm 7 Street food and beer festival Barking 1st Nov 5 30pm 8pm 5 Funfair and Live Music Stage Barkingside 5th Nov 5 30pm 7 30pm 5 Children s display at 6 30pm Barnes 1st Nov 5 30pm 7 45pm 15 10 Childrens s display at 6 30pm bonfire lit at 7pm Barnet 8th Nov 6pm tba tba Battersea 8th Nov 6pm 8pm 10 6 50 Tickets in advance only Bonfire lit at 7 30pm Beckenham 1st Nov 6pm 8pm tba Bexley Welling 1st Nov 6pm 8pm 10 6 Funfair Blackheath 1st Nov 4pm 8pm Free Funfair from 4pm Bloomsbury Holborn 7th Nov tba 5 15pm Free Primarily for children Brockham 8th Nov 6 15pm 8 15pm Free Huge event with parade and bonfire Brockwell Park 5th Nov 5pm 8pm 7 Food stalls and craft stands Brent 5th Nov 6pm 8pm Free Children s show at 7pm Bromley 2nd Nov 5pm 8pm 5 Bonfire lit at 7 30pm Carshalton 8th Nov 5pm 7pm 7 50 5 Caterham 1st Nov 6pm 8pm 5 Torch procession through the town Central London 8th Nov na 5pm Free Riverside display for the Lord Mayor s Show Cheshunt 1st Nov 4 30pm 6 45pm 7 5 Chislehurst 1st Nov 6pm 7 30pm 6 Crystal Palace 5th Nov 6pm 8 30pm 6 Children s show at 7pm Dulwich 1st Nov 5pm 7pm 5 Bonfire lit at 6 30pm Ealing 8th Nov 6pm 7 45pm 6 BBQ and bars Enfield 1st Nov 6pm 7 30pm tba Fairground rides and refreshments Hackney 8th Nov 5pm 7 30pm 7 50 Tickets in advance only Havering 1st Nov 7pm 7 30pm 3 50 Loughton 1st Nov 6pm 7pm 6 Bonfire lit at 6 45pm Epsom 8th Nov 5 30pm 7 30pm 7 50 5 Finchley 8th Nov tba 7pm 4 Fulham 7th Nov 6pm 8pm 8 6 Children s display at 7 15pm Hammersmith 8th Nov 6pm 8pm 8 6 Children s display at 7 15pm Hampton 8th Nov 5 30pm tba tba Harrow 8th Nov 3pm 7 45pm 6 Hillingdon 2nd Nov 6pm 7pm 5 Kempton Park 8th Nov 6pm 8pm 9 7 Funfair Kilburn 5th Nov 5 30pm 6pm tba Kingston 7th Nov 6 30pm 8pm 5 4 Children s funfair rides Morden Park 1st Nov 5 15pm 8 15pm 8 Children s display at 6 30pm Petersham 1st Nov tba 6pm tba Redbridge 5th Nov 5 30pm 6 30pm 3 Bonfire is lit at 6pm Richmond 5th Nov 6 30pm 7 30pm 5 Ruislip 2nd Nov 4 30pm 7pm 10 8 Entertainment starts at 5pm Southgate 8th Nov tba tba 7 6 Southwark 5th Nov

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  • Timelapse video of London Bridge station demolition works – IanVisits
    do in London today Things to do in London tomorrow Things to do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to 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 A timelapse video has been published showing the demolition of some of the platforms at London Bridge The video shows the revealing and demolition of the old brick arches underneath the platform to make way for the new concourse This latest timelapse video taken in September shows the demolition of 19th century brick arches underneath platforms 10 and 11 which are currently being

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/10/04/timelapse-video-of-london-bride-station-demolition-works/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Guided tours of Two Temple Place – IanVisits
    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 There is one more opportunity this year to have an extended private tour of Two Temple Place Two tours are offered on Monday 13th October at 10 30am and 6 30pm These tours are for Friends of Two Temple Place only but if you are not yet a Friend the annual membership fee is only 10 so in essence the tours cost a tenner As a Friend you will also be invited to the Private View of the winter exhibition before it opens to the general public The gothic inspired building was

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