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  • New London Overground Map includes the Barking Extension – IanVisits
    extension from Barking along the existing Tilbury line and then via a new section of railway to be built as a raised viaduct heading south after the railway passes underneath Renwick Road Bridge The route would end at Barking Riverside The new terminus neatly avoiding the close call of terminating at the scrapped Dagenham Dock station In hindsight extending the Overground does offer a lot more capacity than the original plans for the DLR extension which is one small benefit of the delay The delay though could see construction on the Overground start in 2017 which is roughly when the DLR extension was due to open As this is just the consultation phase albeit one that implies that the route will go ahead then there will be some public exhibitions Barking Library Learning Centre 2 Town Square Barking IG11 7NB Saturday 20 September 1300 1700 Thames View Library Bastable Avenue Barking IG11 0LG Tuesday 23 September 1430 1900 The Rivergate Centre Barking Riverside Minter Rd Barking IG11 0FJ Monday 6 October 1500 2000 Or you can fill in the online survey here If approved then TfL plans to apply for the necessary permits by the end of next year and the line could open in 2019 by which time the rest of the Overground that it connects to should also be electrified Tantalizingly the design of the plans allows for the possibility of a further extension south at some point in the future which could be the oft rumoured connection to the heart of transport wilderness that is the Thamesmead estate Oh and if you re looking at the Overground map take a look at Western side for a new station there as well Facebook 44 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 10 10 55 barking dagenham london overground

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/08/new-london-overground-map-includes-the-barking-extension/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – Wallace Collection – IanVisits
    watching a steam train trundle through the London Underground and taking a wander down to Oxford Street for some shopping remembered the Wallace Collection has a rather grand looking restaurant I also vaguely recalled that their temporary exhibition space was hosting some key objects away from the usual clutter so a quick detour was in order I like the Wallace it retains the atmosphere of being a grand house and going inside really feels like entering a good old fashioned hotel than an art gallery However on this occasion I darted straight ahead and past the staircase to the main courtyard behind This has been refurbished in a manner not unlike the British Museum with a big glass roof over the old open space which gives you a huge atrium space to sit in It s nice to have large spaces for sounds can dissipate and there s something other than other diners to look at Again I was too early for lunch but lunch was ordered and a coffee delivered to while away the time Another day for a salad and I ordered what sounded like a variation on the classic Waldorf Salad with Roquefort cheese and a much lighter dressing When it arrived it looked frankly delicious Laid out with quality leaves around the edges and the main course in the centre and a dressing dribbled over the top that added flavour without dominating The cheese was a bit much which is always a risk with that particular one but I can honestly say it was one of the best salads I have eaten in a long time Someone took time to lay out out nicely and not just chuck a load of greenery on a plate It s only a salad but it matters when the venue

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/08/museum-meals-wallace-collection/ (2016-02-16)
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  • How to request your own Red Arrows flypast over London – IanVisits
    a WW2 era bomber Amazingly it s possible Well it s possible to ask Whether they say yes is another matter And on top of that if they do say yes then the flypasts are completely free of charge The only birthday they ll turn up for is The Queen s so unless Her Maj is reading this blog post don t bother applying for birthday parties Almost anything else is worth trying for though The most likely flypast you can request is by a Spitfire operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight BBMF but they also have larger aircraft such as the Lancaster Bomber for special occasions Rather less likely but worth trying because you never know is a flypast by the Red Arrows Requests for next year need to be sent in by the end of this month Generally unless you are a military venue or somehow linked to a major event your chances of a flypast are going to be based on whether there is a plane in the air nearby visiting such a venue therefore the more flexible you are in requesting a date the greater the chance of the plane making a slight detour to visit you For example the BBMF flies over London a couple of times a month during the summer mainly over the RAF Museum so if you could say any Saturday afternoon in June and plan your event around their availability your chances are much higher than requesting a specific date Likewise for the Red Arrows although they very rarely visit London so you might have a better chance if you try to synchronize your request with something else happening in the South East that the Red Arrows are likely to be visiting Such as the Airshows at Southend Farnborough

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/07/how-to-request-your-own-red-arrows-flypast-over-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Robin Ince performs a Christmas Carol – 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 Just a heads up that Robin Ince is hosting a series of evenings in the run up to Christmas that will attempt his usual blend of science comedy and atheism into a single event The events run over 5 nights each being based on the Dickens novella of a Christmas Carol Tickets cost 27 50 per evening Ghost of Christmas Past 15th December A night of comedy music and little lectures on the last 4000 years of civilisation With Tony Law Phill Jupitus Natalie Haynes Joanna Neary Josie Long Steve Pretty s Origin of the Pieces orchestra and other guests yet to be named Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come 16th 17th December What did we expect the future to be when we were young and what can we now predict may be just around the corner from the images of Mega City in Judge Dredd to the possibilities of revolutions in genetics Professor Steve Jones Phill Jupitus Professor Jon Butterworth Joanne Neary Ben Goldacre Josie Long Robin Ince Steve Pretty s Origin of the Pieces band and a host of guests yet to be named The Ghost of Christmas Present 20th 21st December A night of comedy and nonsense about the last 50 years of human imagination

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/07/robin-ince-performs-a-christmas-carol/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway – IanVisits
    still be seen in the walls and the four arches leading to the subway itself To lock the station up at night huge wooden doors would have been slid in front of the staircases and in a rare development the doors were slid from recesses built into the brick walls Very tidy and still not all that common a design It is however the listed subway that runs under the main road that is the main attraction here Built by the cut and cover method it contains 15 columns supporting fan vaulted ceilings A recent survey by the council found that the structure is still sound and strong enough to carry 40 ton lorries above Indeed it is thought to be so well built that it could outlast the surrounding retaining walls before needing serious maintenance The columns though are not solid but hollow for some unknown reason not that has been an impairment to their strength There is a claim that the subway was built by Italian workmen specially brought over for the job but that might be an urban myth as there seems to be little to support the claim which can only be traced back a few decades Black metal circles in the ceiling mark the former locations of gas lanterns which would have no doubt flickered most decoratively amongst the brick work Although called a subway and indeed is under the road it is actually above the height of the railway station it once served so steep is the hill in that area Locked gates prevented us from accessing the landing where the steps would once have brought passengers up to their private entrance Access to the subway is sadly very tightly restricted by Bromley Council for some reason and it was only by special arrangement with the Friends of the CP Subway that access was possible for a small group from Subterranea Britannica Some more photos Facebook 950 Google 8 Linkedin 0 Reddit 101 Twitter 182 182 1 2k crystal palace 14 thoughts on Inside the derelict Crystal Palace subway Clary says September 6 2014 at 7 49 pm Wow it s lovely Thanks for sharing Reply LadyBracknell says September 6 2014 at 8 15 pm What a beautiful space What a pity that something cannot be done with it although I should imagine that funding is the main constraint Reply Francesca Fenn says September 6 2014 at 8 55 pm This is lovely In such good clean nick too I hope it ll be open to the public some day soon Open House weekend Reply ChrisMitch says September 7 2014 at 3 39 pm I am impressed that the brickwork looks so clean It s in great condition shame a use can t be found for it Reply Plinky Plonk says September 7 2014 at 7 58 pm Yes thanks for showing the photographs It is indeed a pity that it is not open for viewing more often I used to belong to SubBrit

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/06/inside-the-derelict-crystal-palace-subway/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Camden to get a miniature railway – IanVisits
    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 Later this month a small miniature railway will be installed running along the top of a shop in Camden Not that you would know about it if you read the information put out by the organisers of the London Design Festival who describe the event thus Collective invites artists and designers to produce temporary installations for the roof tops of Camden High Street We explore the creative possibility of these vacant upper corridors and offer an alternative perspective taking inspiration from New York s regeneration project The High Line From that we are expected to deduce that something potentially interesting is about to happen Something that I might write about and you might want to see Erm The organisers say that Viewers will be taken on a journey between the physical and fantastic and across themes of play travel and new encounters Which isn t really much help either Fortunately Camden New Journal have a bit more information and helpfully translated the marketing waffle into something approaching English A miniature rail line is to be installed high above the shops in Camden Town as part of a design festival The High Street High Line will run for 10 days on top of No 26 Camden High Street next month with images from an on board webcam being beamed to a screen at ground level Anyway if you want to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/05/camden-to-get-a-miniature-railway/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 100th anniversary of THAT famous poster – 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 Today marks the 100th anniversary of the publishing of one of the most famous posters from WW1 the one of Lord Kitchener pointing a finger at the viewer telling them that their country needs them Yet the history of the poster is a curious one for while it is today iconic and instantly recognisable it was hardly used at all during the war itself It didn t even start out as a government poster Its first incarnation was on the front cover of the London Opinion magazine where a graphic artist Alfred Leete adapted an existing portrait of Lord Kitchener and added the famous accusatory finger There seems to have been some occasional reuse of the image with variants during the war but a historian James Taylor says that he can find almost no evidence that the poster was widely used during the war Other poster featuring Lord Kitchener were widespread but none of them had that famous pointing finger or the simple short statement that their country needed them Although the magazine sold postcards of its original front cover the design seems to have not been used a lot on actual government posters It seems to have become famous after the event Considering that it was used as government propaganda maybe we should be used

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Tube needs more click and collect and fewer tatty shops says TfL chief Evening Standard Asda brings click collect to six more London Tube stations The Grocer TfL has awarded the contract to fit out the new Waterloo City line station entrance box at Bank station to Hochtief UK Construction Index Crossrail Woolwich Crossrail plans approved by Greenwich Council Construction Enquirer Crossrail to Get Mobile Data Connections in Tunnels Under New TfL Plans Gizmodo Will Self on Crossrail Projects don t get much grander or more phallic The Guardian Crossrail workers reinstated after Romford demo over sackings Romford Recorder Interview Terry Morgan Crossrail The tunnel visionary driving a fast track underneath London Evening Standard Mainline Overground Elderly and disabled rail users have been unable to access a station platform for more than three weeks because of a broken lift Romford Recorder The London Overground Line has added 80 billion to the value of homes within walking distance of its stations a new study claims What Mortgage SouthWestTrains has places an order for 150 new railway carriages The Courier Miscellaneous How three charities hijacked tubestrike Civil Society Brownnutt brothers visit all 270 tube stations in record time to fund holiday for children with Late Infantile Batten Disease Local London Public exhibition to open focused on making transport services more accessible IanVisits New Oyster card holders celebrate the Year of the Bus Creative Review Hoax tube terror attack message causes panic Telegraph Old map revealed at Embankment Station Master The image above is from March 2012 A look at the original

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