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  • 30th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine – IanVisits
    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 On the afternoon of the 4th September 1984 a new children s television series started on ITV and has gone on to become an icon Thomas the Tank Engine Friends It was actually the second attempt to put Thomas onto the small screen but an attempt by the BBC back in 1953 was so badly delivered that the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and the book publishers refused to work with them again So it was not until 1983 that a group came together to try and turn the books into a TV series again The first series was shot in studios based in Battersea although later production moved to Shepperton That first episode of that first series was finally shown 30 years ago today Viewers in London very nearly didn t see it as a strike by staff at the TV company had ended only the day before A near miss for railway history Thirty years later the TV show is still in production although it has changed radically from the original concept It s one of those shows that often introduces young future trainspotters to their art and it s reliance on steam trains shows that despite all the modern advances in transport services we still love the old engines and their puffs of steam Even modernist crazy Japan loves Thomas In decades to come children are probably going to still be growing up entertained by talking steam trains and a fat controller Facebook 0 Google 3 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 12 12 15 thomas the tank engine 2 thoughts on 30th anniversary of Thomas the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/04/30th-anniversary-of-thomas-the-tank-engine/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Life-size mock-up of a Tube station – IanVisits
    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 There s an exhibition next month devoted to making London s transport more accessible to people with disabilites or of a certain age The event will highlight current and future innovations aimed at making it easier for everyone to get out and about in the Capital The day will feature a range of interactive exhibits and activities including Life size mock ups of Tube and rail stations and street environments Real buses taxis coaches and Dial a Ride vehicles An innovation zone including a bus which tells passengers when there are empty seats upstairs which I have written about before A workshop where young people can swap tips on using public transport and discuss their experiences and priorities for the future Seminars discussion sessions and workshops The event takes place at the ExCeL center on Thur 2nd October and is free to visit Register for tickets here Facebook 0 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 5 Twitter 6 6 11 tfl 2 thoughts on Life size mock up of a Tube station johnhb says September 3 2014 at 1 56 pm and

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/03/life-size-mock-up-of-a-tube-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – Foulness Heritage Centre – IanVisits
    wall that lead into a small kitchen at the back of the building It s almost stretching it a bit to include this as a museum meal as it was more of a WI style service with homemade cakes and instant coffee on offer with a selection of biscuits from a tin Yet in a literally captive market being inside an MoD firing range and with no alternative supplies they could have racked the prices to eye watering levels but don t Not many places you can have a coffee and a biscuit for 80p and a generous slice of cake for the same Carrying a tray through the museum curators gasp in horror and nearly tripping over the ledge of the door curators faint most people took tea in the cottage garden next to the museum building A summer s afternoon Dragonflies buzzing around A local church steeple poking up in the distance built higher than it needed to be because it also acts as a navigation aid Cheap coffee and cake Delightful Museum food doesn t need to be posh A cup of instant coffee after a long cycle ride was all I needed to replenish wasted reserves Cost 1 60 for a coffee and a cake Stars 4 out of 5 Date 3rd August 2014 Summary Simple basic cafe served through the hatch inside one of the UK s oddest museums Not special but all the better for it Foulness Heritage Centre Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 4 4 5 foulness 3 thoughts on Museum Meals Foulness Heritage Centre Tom Tired of London says September 1 2014 at 12 06 pm My cheese and pickle sandwich probably pushed it over into 5 out of 5 territory for me but that could ve just

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/09/01/museum-meals-foulness-heritage-centre/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Chance to visit some Crossrail building sites – 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 As part of the London Open House Weekend a number of Crossrail building sites will also be opening their hoardings to the public The future stations at Farringdon Moorgate will be open to the public but only by pre booked tickets At Moorgate visitors will get a birds eye platform view of the 55 metre deep shaft plus other works and will have the opportunity to quiz engineers about the construction At Farringdon visitors will access the site viewing platform to view the western and eastern ticket hall construction Around 700 tickets are being made available and booking opens on Monday morning 1st Sept at 10am In addition you can turn up and go inside at Canary Wharf to go down to the ticket hall and platforms levels Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 14 14 15 crossrail 5 thoughts on Chance to visit some Crossrail building sites Josh says September 1 2014 at 9 05 am Far too many NERRRRDS in London Took less than 3 minutes to sell out Reply Dan Tonks says September 3 2014 at 2 39 pm I nailed two Moorgate tickets D Reply Annabel

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/31/chance-to-visit-some-crossrail-building-sites/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Prefab Museum saved till 2017 – IanVisits
    who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A temporary museum that chronicles the soon to be terminated permanence of a temporary housing estate has itself started to ape its subjects by becoming increasingly permanent itself The Prefab Museum was supposed to be open for just a few months then it gained a bit more time and now it will linger on for a couple of years more The museum has attracted more than 2 000 visitors to the area so far and much like the prefabs themselves popular opinion has ensured that the museum which started as a temporary initiative has now been approved by Lewisham Council and will remain in place until at least 2017 In fact with the prefab estate it chronicles being slowly demolished by the council to be replaced with generic blocks of flats the museum could end by 2017 an isolated island within a building site Of the 186 prefab homes on the estate 30 have already been demolished although work seems to be in a hiatus at the moment as more attempts are made to preserve the remaining homes You d still be advised to get there sooner rather than later to see the estate as it is before the demolition work resumes The estate is as worthy a visit as the museum and indeed without the estate the museum loses something as it becomes a chronicle of what was lost rather than a living exhibition of the area that surrounds it The Prefab Museum is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm 17 Meliot Road Catford SE6 1RY London Autumn events Open House Weekend 20 09 and 21 09 10 00 17 00 Excalibur Estate Tour 18 10 from 14 30 Launch of Elisabeth Blanchet s book Prefab Homes 25 10 from 14

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/30/prefab-museum-saved-till-2017/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – 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 A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Bemused commuters look on as goat walks unchecked through Tube barrier at Vauxhall Evening Standard More tube strikes on the way RMT announces overtime ban for next week CityAM Crossrail Crossrail Tunnels uncovered at Paddington IanVisits Crossrail Farringdon Station construction The Rail Engineer Booming levy receipts may plug Crossrail funding gap Planning Resource Google Cache Mainline Overground A Look at Battersea Park Station London Reconnections London Overground donates rare oil tanker to museum Press Release A mentally ill man terrified Christmas

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/29/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-60/ (2016-02-16)
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  • New Routemaster gets Guitar Branding – IanVisits
    this time by the guitar brand Fender Stratocaster which is marking its own 60th anniversary this year One of the buses has been wrapped in a Fender inspired design which includes an image of a giant Stratocaster guitar emblazoned across it The launch of the bus took place last week as a number of music bands put on a bit of a gig for local teenagers and some ex teenagers next to a park in Camden It s possibly an indication though that the shape of the new bus is now sufficiently engrained into commuters that wrapping the red doubledecker bus entirely with an advert as opposed to just a few posters along the edges is not seen as a problem The mobile advert will now serve the number 24 route which takes in Camden and Oxford Street There is also a London Transport branded guitar available at 899 Guitar players with smaller budgets might prefer these tube map guitar picks for a fiver Commercial rights photos here Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 7 7 8 routemaster tfl 4 thoughts on New Routemaster gets Guitar Branding Lexi Revellian says August 25 2014 at 3 18 pm Hey you didn t cover the Adidas Routemaster which I love It has a look of Darth Vader about it all shiny and black This one s not bad either I think the natural colour of this bus is black rather than red Reply Annabel says August 25 2014 at 8 53 pm They had two of them on Route 23A today Thank you for letting us know about that we have had a lovely if wet day on Salisbury Plain Reply Simon says August 26 2014 at 11 09 am As someone who has the misfortune of having to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/25/new-routemaster-gets-guitar-branding/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – Museum of London – IanVisits
    has the look of a large kitchen with school canteen seating but really is just a cleaned up cafe A range of toasted sandwiches and cakes dominate the offering which is certainly aimed at the short visit I opted for the Andalucian a vaguely Spanish sounding sandwich which naturally had to come with Chorizo because nothing says Spain more than a couple of slices of that overwhelmingly popular sausage The cakes looked like generic mass production offerings with artisan price tags I avoided them as I usually do anyway Being asked to pay more than three quid for a small slice of factory cake offends the sensibilities The toasted sandwich itself though was actually fairly nice Toasted but not to the point of being incinerated where the toast overwhelms the flavours However the tomatoes dominated and the chicken might as well have not existed had it not been for its physical texture It was pleasant enough light and not too heavy for a snack but lacking the complexity of flavours that I had expected The coffee though I am actually fairly keen on mild coffee but this was mild to the point of being homeopathic I think a coffee bean may have once glanced at its direction at some point but that was about all that could be discerned A fleeting memory of caffeine swallowed up in a luke warm milky fluid It managed to wash away the flavours of the sandwich into a bland milky gloop Being served in a take away paper cup did not improve matters Overall it all seemed just too little and too insipid Cost 8 45 for sandwich and coffee Stars 1 out of 5 Date 6th July 2014 Summary Overpriced and bland food makes for a poor end to a visit to one of London s best museums Entrance Hall Café Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 7 7 9 museum of london 5 thoughts on Museum Meals Museum of London louise says August 25 2014 at 8 39 am Is it still run by a franchise I can t remember the name I always prefer the cafe and restaurant at the museum of London docklands Good coffee and comfy chairs in the cafe and excellent food in rum and sugar next door As a family their habit of giving free children s meals at weekends and our habit of drinking tap water with meals makes it a very cheap lunch The homemade burgers were just like my Mum used to make Reply Nicholas A says August 25 2014 at 8 50 am Actually there is a restaurant cafe you need to exit the main entrance and turn right going past the Pegasus statue and across the walkway There are multiple problems with the MoL s entrances and the use of space on the rotunda but they are not easily resolved But I agree that the Benigo franchise at the London Wall site isn t great the cafe at the

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