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  • Gothic Horror arrives at the British Library – IanVisits
    of key elements that define the novel as being Gothic but one of the keys is atmosphere and the British Library has gone for atmosphere in its exhibition from the screams already mentioned the doom laden music in red painted corridors to the diaphanous black drapes that separate the displays Dim lighting needed to protect precious manuscripts adds to the gothic atmosphere All that was missing was the fog of Olde London Towne but the books probably wouldn t have appreciated it For all the atmospherics though we are in a haunted library and this is an exhibition of books Lots of books in glass cases to look at and read up on why they are a notable moment in the evolution of the gothic novel Some are obvious such as Frankenstein and Dracula others rather less so A model of a fantastical house makes me mourn the fact that it burnt down for the Gothic inspired not just novels but entire ways of living including Horace Walpole very own home at Strawberry Hill in South London While the Gothic novel can be seen as fantasy they were often influenced by real world events such as the French Revolution and later the lurid reporting of London crimes by the Penny Dreadfulls For in a world where monarchs can be deposed and people slain in the street who needs the gothic novel Leading the novels to ever higher levels of horror to entertain their audiences Even still by the standards of today some of those early novels seem tame to our modern eyes No one who has ever read Dracula comes away scared no matter how brilliant the writing In fact it it wasn t for Hollywood I doubt many people today would have heard of the Eastern European nobleman It

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Bakerloo line extension southwards announced again IanVisits The RMT is consulting its reps for a two day strike on 14 and 15 October Socialist Worker Mayor announces new 75m fund to install lifts at Tube stations MayorWatch Chaos on Central Line platforms as police are called to deal with unsafe overcrowding Evening Standard Crossrail All London Crossrail Stations To Have Step Free Access LBC Mainline Overground Coulsdon residents unite to fight changes to train services Croydon Advertiser Norwood Junction station could be renamed South Norwood under Croydon Council plans Croydon Advertiser Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train IanVisits DLR A cross river DLR service linking Newham with Thamesmead and Abbey Wood has been proposed by Greenwich Council Wharf Miscellaneous A burglar who spent 17 hours in a tree overhanging train lines in Charlton while trying to evade police has been jailed of 18 months after causing travel chaos for thousands of passengers London24 Epping Ongar railway defaced by vandals Local Guardian Army of angry Spartans startle commuters on the Tube in central London Evening Standard TfL has

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  • An ode to the London Underground – 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 Today is National Poetry Day and if you head through either Oval or Covent Garden tube stations today you will be aurally entertained by more than the usual amount of prose laden station announcements A poetry enthusiast and station supervisor at Covent Garden station Pele Bapere has persuaded his colleagues and those at Oval Station to record a number of poems which will be broadcast from 10am to 10pm today Visitors to Covent Garden and Oval stations will also be able to get hold of a free limited edition Poetry Society Oyster wallet and free advance copies of a special Poems on the Underground anthology which is being published as part of London Underground s commemoration of the centenary of the Great War of 1914 1918 The anthology features poetry written by ordinary soldiers and their loved ones in response to the conflict and all the poems have appeared on the Tube over the past several years marking Remembrance Day each November At 11 30 12 30 staff in uniform will be joining passing Londoners in an open mic to recite their favourite poems in the Piazza in Covent Garden outside the London Transport Museum The First World War had a profound impact on London and its transport

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  • Attend the Messiah in St Paul’s Cathedral – IanVisits
    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 An annual tradition is being continued this Christmas with an uplifting rendition of Handel s Messiah in St Paul s Cathedral I attended last year and even if the purists moan about something called the accoustics for the average joe stiring song and music in the stunning surroundings of the mighty Cathedral is an overwhelming evening Tickets are available now and are entirely free The performance takes place on Wed 3rd December at 6 30pm A collection tray will be passed around during the toilet break in the concert The Messiah is part of the Cathedral

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  • The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument – IanVisits
    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 Where once a mighty stone gate stood baring the entrance to the City of London now stands a tall ornate monument A monument erected in 1880 that is often passed at a distance yet if you go up close a remarkable sculpture becomes visible For around the base of the edifice is a deep relief frieze marking the last time a Monarch passed through the stone gate that once stood here This is the Temple Bar Monument and it stands just outside the Royal Courts of Justice where by tradition the Lord Mayor presents his sword of state to the Monarch as a sign of loyalty whenever the Monarch visits The urban legend that the Monarch needs the Lord Mayor s permission to enter the City is of course just that an urban legend Part of the reason why few will notice the frieze that runs around the monument though is that not only is he eye drawn to the statues that dominate it but also because it sits on a very small island between two often busy roads filled with unforgiving taxis and impatient buses That makes getting up close enough to appreciate the detail rather difficult The long frieze on either side depicts the procession by Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales heading to St Paul s Cathedral for a service of thanks following the Prince s recovery from typhoid which took place in 1872 The two decorations on the narrow sides show two different events in

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  • Bakerloo line extension southwards announced — again – IanVisits
    for another report to say pretty much the same thing The Central London Rail Study by the Department of Transport was one of the early reports proposing both the current Crossrail line and its likely Crossrail 2 successor It noted that the Bakerloo extension was desirable but felt that the rest of the network was already too congested to be adding to passengers at the time In 1988 another proposal from the London Regeneration Consortium 4 could have seen the Bakerloo line extended to Canary Wharf as an alternative to the eventual Jubilee line extension Although to offset the loss of the Camberwell extension the Northern line would have inherited that particular project More recently in 2005 5 a report by TfL outlined a number of congestion hotspots and mentioned the Bakerloo extension but more in passing and as an area of concern but without any form of timetable In 2010 the London Mayor s Transport Strategy again noted the extension but now seemed less of a small section of tunnel to Camberwell than a much larger extension that would hook up to overground lines and relieve congestion in South London In a way they would be using the Bakerloo line much in the same way as the Overground was slotted in between existing services along the Clapham Juntion extension This time the longer extension is seen as diverting some passenger traffic from heading into London Bridge and taking it directly into Waterloo and thence to the west end Then last year chatter about the extension picked up again No definitive plans just lots of chatter which is usually a sign that someone somewhere is planning something and leaks are getting out In recent months Boris has repeatedly hinted at a major announcement and most of what has been announced today has already been leaked Yes the Bakerloo line extension is on again However the extension would almost certainly not run to Camberwell Despite having been the planned route for 80 years today the preferred option is straight down the Old Kent Road towards New Cross and Lewisham A cheaper option then stops at Lewisham or the option that is likely to have locals campaigning like mad to get would see it run over the existing National Rail line down to Hayes Currently six trains per hour use the Hayes line to London Bridge An extended Bakerloo line to Hayes could mean up to 15 trains per hour could serve this route The cost of extending the Bakerloo line as far as Hayes is currently estimated between 2 and 3 billion Despite that the tone of the wording in the consultation is clear TfL prefers the New Cross to Hayes option The Camberwell Peckham route hasn t been totally ruled out but it looks less likely now A long mooted plan to reopen Camberwell s mainline station that closed in 1916 may mollify locals If it goes ahead If funding is identified construction could start in 2023 but the extension

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  • 20 years since Aldwych Station closed – IanVisits
    it occupies today That was mainly due to the demolition of most of the land between Strand and Holborn for the Kingsway redevelopment The shuttle service finally opened in November 1907 As it was expected to be the terminus of a much longer line it had two platforms capacity for six lifts although only two were ever installed and a number of side passages and exits that were designed to cope with the huge crowds of people who would use the line It even had its own left luggage office However the company weren t total idiots although they built the station for huge numbers of passengers they didn t complete the fittings for all the tunnels leaving some of them in their raw state ready to be brought into use later Indeed initially it looked like it might be a success as a year later a special service running from Strand to Finsbury Park was inaugurated for late night theatre goers However the northern extension of the line beyond Holborn never took place leaving the shuttle and its grand station being that rare thing on public transport too large for too few passengers In April 1917 the newly renamed Aldwych station stopped opening on Sundays In October 1922 they closed the ticket office and started selling tickets in the lifts so closing ticket offices is not a new thing Things livened up a bit in 1927 when a home made bomb exploded in the toilets The Times news report noted that even then the station was the quietest on the entire Underground network although traffic picked up markedly over the next few days as people came to see if any damage was visible it wasn t In 1929 and 1933 there were serious plans to close the station entirely and indeed it did close between 1940 1946 An attempt to close the station took place in 1958 but a compromise saw it stay open but with just peak hour services and a limited service on Saturdays In 1962 the Saturday service was cancelled leaving it as just a Mon Fri morning and evening service During it s life there were plans to try and do something with the shuttle line including in 1919 and 1948 plans to extend it down to Waterloo When the Jubilee line was constructed in the 1970s the tunnels ran towards Aldwych from Charing Cross but stopped short of meeting the station which would have become an interchange Note the Picadilly line tunnels face north south so the Jubilee line would have had its own platforms turning a little used station into a major hub The Jubilee line obviously ended up heading elsewhere in the end and the Charing Cross bit closed off Before anyone mentions it the end of the tunnels are a solid plug of concrete There s nothing else down there Anyway when in 1993 it was decided that the lifts needed replacing the station s fate was sealed To spend 3

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  • Museum Meals – Horniman – IanVisits
    eclectic collecting passion of its founder and as such appeals to a much wider range of visitors than a specialist museum might have The museum exists thanks to the legacy of the English obsession with a cup of tea Frederick Horniman inherited his father s tea trading business and spent the money on collecting and in 1901 donated that collection as the base of what is the Horniman Museum As the museum owes its existence to drinking tea it s not surprising that they have a cafe and one that is placed front and square next to the main entrance to the museum I was in the area having dropped off most of my life in a pile of boxes at a flat in Crystal Palace and decided to walk up to Forest Hill for lunch On a warm day the chance to sit outside for lunch was too alluring and that is one of the advantages here as they have a covered terrace area The outside terrace also does a lot to dissipate the sound of shouting children which echo around the indoor space it s a very child friendly venue Although described as a cafe it is almost a restaurant with trays for basic purchases and table service for hot meals I opted for some lightly spiced fishcakes which came with watercress salad and chili sauce A scone and coffee to finish off Sitting outside on a warm but not overbearingly so day is a delight The trees seen through the canopies and flower bed still resplendent at this time of year It s an idyllic setting The fishcakes turned out to be the thin wide variety which I prefer personally compared to the doorstop wedges you can sometimes get The mild spices added just the right amount of extra flavour that fish can sometimes need The salad could have been just a heap of watercress but a scattering of olives and red onion turned it into something just a little bit better than average The chili sauce was almost an unnecessary addition though Two huge wedges of lemon was overkill for me but for those who love covering fish in lemon there is nothing worse than feeling the venue cheapskated on the lemon Even so a lemon glutton would have been sated here The coffee was just about strong enough to leave its mark although served in wide bowls that are impossible to carry to a table without leaving the saucer swimming in coffee Curiously they charge 25p extra for milk in the coffee Cost 11 75 for fish cakes coffee and scone Stars 4 out of 5 Date 27th September 2014 Summary On a warm day lunch outside can be delightful but beware of the noise level if required to sit indoors The food is family friendly offering quality for parents and child friendly options for kids Horniman Museum Facebook 20 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 22 horniman museum 4 thoughts on

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