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  • People abseiling down Big Ben’s clock face – IanVisits
    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 Something to look out for as people will be abseiling down Big Ben s clock face next week Abseiling technicians will clean each of the four dials of the clock and inspect for damage working at a height of around 60 metres One week has been set aside for the cleaning to take place allowing one day for each clock face and contingency in case of poor weather conditions Last cleaned in August 2010 the Great Clock has four dials each made up of 312 pieces of pot opal glass held together by a cast iron framework The clock hands are made of hollow copper sheet which replaced the original cast iron hands when they proved too heavy As well as removing the dirt which has built up over the last 4 years the technicians will carry out a photographic survey to check the clock dials for damage The Great Clock will continue to measure time throughout the cleaning process but the hands of the clock will be temporarily paused as each side is washed Clock mechanics will take this opportunity to carry out essential maintenance to the mechanism that moves the clock hands Additionally workers will wear ear defenders to protect their hearing from Big Ben s trademark chimes

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/15/people-abseiling-down-big-bens-clock-face/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 A man was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries after he was stabbed outside Clapham North tube station in the early hours of Friday morning The Voice Child in buggy blown on to London Tube station tracks BBC News Metropolitan Line services resume following repair and replacement of track Watford Observer with some good photos Crossrail Crossrail to Tring An HS2 Hijack London Reconnections Battersea Power Station owner makes bid for new Crossrail 2 station Evening Standard Go ahead for Crossrail station at Ealing Broadway Construction Enquirer Crossrail tunneling machine Jessica completes her journey IanVisits Mainline Overground A burglary suspect fled from police along railway lines and climbed up into a tree causing the closure of part of the Greenwich line and widespread trains disruption News Shopper New Entrance for Hanwell Station Ealing Today Commuters have welcomed a new pedestrian link between stations which was originally promised almost two decades ago Local Guardian Improvements could be in the offing at Gunnersbury Station after Network Rail gave MP Mary Macleod its support for schemes aiming to tackle the rising footfall at the station ChiswickW4 Henry Moore sculpture appears outside King s Cross station IanVisits DLR Secrets Of The DLR Londonist Miscellaneous On Being Mistaken for a Pregnant Lady on the Tube HuffPo Card clash hits 2 000 Tube commuters

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/15/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-58/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The mathematical secrets of The Simpsons and Futurama – IanVisits
    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 If you are a Simspons and or Futurama fan then the Science Museum is laying on an event that may appeal Simpsons and Futurama writers Al Jean and David X Cohen will be at the Science Museum next month giving a talk exploring the serious mathematics hidden within the shows comic genius In an live discussion at the Science Museum s IMAX Theatre Al and David

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/14/the-mathematical-secrets-of-the-simpsons-and-futurama/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London Open House Weekend Bookings – IanVisits
    to the history of the building and hope to see the hotel lobby and grand staircase go up to the 5th floor and see an apartment in the Clock Tower before returning to the forecourt of the station Dunboyne Road Estate Tour of Dunboyne Road Estate guided by original architect and resident Neave Brown and local resident architect Takeshi Hayatsu Crossrail will also open up three building sites for tours but bookings for those don t open for a couple of weeks so I will flag them up later Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 7 london open house 8 thoughts on London Open House Weekend Bookings diamond geezer says August 14 2014 at 8 36 pm I m also wondering where my guide is although I see some people have received theirs already As I can t afford to faff around online on Friday morning because I have something called a job I too am less than impressed Reply Phil Smith says August 14 2014 at 10 30 pm Here s a quick list of the entries requesting advance booking this year E OE Barking Dagenham Castle Green Closed Loop Recycling Dagenham Park Church of England School The Broadway Revealing the Roding walk Barnet Phoenix Cinema Wrotham Park Brent Underground Bunker Neasden Wembley WC Pavilion Bromley Bromley and Sheppard s College Camden Place Chislehurst Golf Club St Mark s Square The Churchill Camden British Medical Association House British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre Dunboyne Road Estate formerly Fleet Road Estate Government Art Collection King s Cross Public Realm Lullaby Factory Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Royal College of General Practitioners St Pancras Chambers and Clock Tower St Pancras International The Coach House City of London Barbican Centre Broadgate Tower CityPoint Simmons Simmons offices only Crossrail Moorgate Construction Site Fishmongers Hall Mansion House St Paul s Cathedral Triforium Tour Tower 42 Watermen s Hall Sculpture in the City 2014 walk Croydon Fairfield Halls Whitgift Almshouses Enfield North London Hospice Priory Hospital North London Greenwich 21st Century Span House Emirates Air Line tour with ICE St Alfege Church Greenwich University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Hackney Adelaide Wharf Hackney Empire Stoke Newington School Media Arts and Science College Waddington Studios Clissold Park walk Further beyond the Olympic Park Nort to Walthamstow Wetlands Sat South to the Thames Sun walk Hammersmith Fulham BBC Television Centre Masterplan Bush Theatre Charing Cross Hospital Fulham Palace V A Study Centre Blythe House Haringey 66 68 Stapleton Hall Road Discover 150 years of Alexandra Park and Palace History Highpoint Havering The Queen s Theatre The Round House Rainham Hall and Marshes walk Hillingdon Old Water Tower Hounslow Gunnersbury Park Museum St Mary s Convent Gunnersbury Park Landscape Tour walk Hounslow Open House Guided Cycle Tour cycle Islington Caledonian Park Clocktower Crossrail Farringdon Construction Site John Jones Arts Building Oak Rooms New River Head St Paul Street Kensington Chelsea Royal Danish Embassy Victoria and Albert Museum

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/14/london-open-house-weekend-bookings-2/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ballot for Battersea Power Station Fiery Illuminations – IanVisits
    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 large possibly art maybe event based around fire is taking place next month at Battersea Power Station We are told that globes of fire and thousands of points of flickering flame will illuminate the Power Station as musicians play a mix of old style Parisian music with moody improvised sounds The Fire Garden is described as an illuminating artistic tribute delivered on a monumental scale to Battersea Power Station before it is closed for redevelopment The Fire Garden is a free but ticketed event and tickets will be issued via a free public ballot Winners will be picked at random and notified by email If you want to apply then click here The event itself takes place on Fri 5 Sat 6 Sep 6 30pm 10 30pm Some other Totally Thames events that need booking include Archaeological Walks various locations along the Thames foreshore River Fleet with Paul Talling above ground walk along the route of the river River Westbourne with Paul Talling as above for a different hidden river River Tyburn

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/13/ballot-for-battersea-power-station-fiery-illuminations/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Science Museum to Open New Communications Gallery – IanVisits
    who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life This October the Science Museum will launch what it says will be the first permanent gallery in the UK dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies Which then makes me wonder what their existing long running gallery devoted to communications technology was From the first transatlantic telegraph cable that connected Europe and North America in minutes rather than weeks to the advanced computing power of the modern smartphone the new gallery will look at the impact of developments in communication technology on all our lives More than 800 objects from the Science Museum collections will be put on display Information Age will explore how our modern connected world was created through six networks the electric telegraph the telephone exchange radio and television broadcasting satellite communications computer networks and mobile communications Thomson s original galvanometer used to receive the first telegraph messages sent across the Atlantic between President Buchanan and Queen Victoria in 1858 The original Marconi radio transmitter that made the first public broadcast in 1922 with the famous words This is 2LO calling announcing the arrival of the BBC and the birth of British broadcasting The intimate oral histories of women who operated our telephone exchanges until the introduction of the automatic dial Two of the world s fastest supercomputers in the 1960s the Russian BESM 6 and the American CDC 6600 and how computing became the front line of the Cold War The development of two generations of satellite communication technology told through the first worldwide TV broadcast starring the Beatles in 1967 and the crucial role of GPS satellites first used to help coalition forces navigate the desert during the first Gulf War The NeXT cube the original machine used by Sir Tim Berners Lee to design the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/13/science-museum-to-open-new-communications-gallery/ (2016-02-16)
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  • For 100 years, it’s been a Long Way to Tipperary – IanVisits
    s a Long Long Way to Tipperary but having since dropped one of the Longs maybe for being just a bit too long was written it is claimed in January 1912 The origin of the song was later to be contested in a bitter copyright battle but in 1914 minds were one more pressing matters and for reasons that are still shrouded in mystery the song became incredibly popular with soldiers The first record of soldiers singing it came from a Daily Mail journalist George Curnock who noted that he saw the Irish regiment the Connaught Rangers singing this song as they marched through Boulogne on 13 August 1914 and reported it in the newspaper on the 18th August 1914 As newspapers were regularly sent to the soldiers the news of the song spread quickly It was noted at the time that the popularity of the irreverent song was somewhat at odds with convention which favoured more military and patriotic songs Then again the Times of 29th Sept 1914 mulling on this phenomena commented on how the German was wont to sing patriotic songs but that our soldiers prefer a joke that reminds them of home to a song that tells them they are heroes The newspaper added that Tipperary may be less dignified but it and whatever else our soldiers may choose to sing will be dignified by their bravery their gay patience and their long suffering kindness We would rather have their deeds than all the German songs in the world A version recorded by the well known tenor John McCormack was released that November further boosting its growing popularity Sir Robert Baden Powell of scouting fame also supported the song saying that in war there are four C s needed Courage Commonsense Cunning and Cheerfulness The Germans

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  • Crossrail tunnelling machine Jessica completes her journey – IanVisits
    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 Crossrail s tunnel boring machine Jessica has completed a new train tunnel from Limmo Peninsula near Canning Town breaking into Victoria Dock Portal in east London The 1 000 tonne machine named after Olympic champion Jessica Ennis Hill CBE completed her 900 metre journey in just 9 weeks travelling as far as 41 metres per day The machine will now be dismantled with parts returned to manufacturer Herrenknecht for use on other tunnelling projects Jessica is 150 metres long and 7 1 metres in diameter and was staffed by teams of 20 people Tunnel segments were made in Chatham Kent and transported to Limmo by river barge It is Jessica s second Crossrail tunnel drive having already created one of the two tunnels forming the spur from Pudding Mill Lane near Stratford to Stepney Green Jessica s sister tunnelling machine Ellie will start the remaining twin tunnel from Limmo to Victoria Dock in the coming weeks Crossrail s rail tunnels are 83 complete with TBM tunnelling due to complete early next year Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 1 crossrail limmo 5 thoughts on Crossrail tunnelling machine Jessica completes her journey Tom Tired of London says August 12 2014 at 8 36 pm Boring Reply Simon says August 13 2014 at 10 51 am Comic genius Reply Chris says August 14 2014 at 3 20 pm Victoria and Elizabeth seem according to the Crossrail website to have been stuck somewhere in Whitechapel for about the last 6 months Is there any actual issue that you re aware

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/12/crossrail-tunnelling-machine-jessica-completes-her-journey/ (2016-02-16)
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