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  • Visit a museum in the middle of an MoD firing range – IanVisits
    need to come up the river that cuts the island off from the mainland After that it is just a long very long slog along a single long road to the eventual destination Eventually delight as the farmland is replaced by a cluster of houses the very obvious church and a sign to the local museum Even though I had little inkling of what to expect what was utterly unexpected was a display of classic cars on the nearby field We had arrived on the annual display by a local car club I mean seriously what were the chances of that However it s the museum that was the reason we were here and what a museum it is Any local museum would be proud to be its equal and it soars above them by sheer dint of the difficulty of managing a museum in the middle of a MoD firing range As with most local museums of the sort expect displays from prehistory a whale bone through to pre war agriculture Befitting a military location much is made of the local military connections and they have their own ROC observation bunker Elsewhere it s mostly about the people who lived and worked on the island with a lot of photos and accompanying text to keep us busy for the couple of hours we were in the place A London memento had been dug up and it was evident that a former resident had once paid a visit to the original London Eye back in Victorian times Trophies for potatoes and pigeons Gramaphones for entertainment Lanterns still in use until the 1950s until electricity arrived All the paraphernalia of local heritage A banner demanding that the locals be protected from Foulness was puzzling until it turned out to be a protest against plans in the 1970s to turn part of the island into a new London Airport A large amount of space is given over to drawings of birds eggs of birds and a couple of stuffed birds for the island is a significant site for nature conservancy and as we traveled to the museum some signs warned to drive slowly to help preserve the local wildlife Bombs aside that is In another room many people had come to pour over detailed genealogy tables and seek out knowledge of long dead ancestors I didn t really know what to expect when I arrived maybe a small room in an old building and a short visit of an hour at best The museum is actually two large and overflowing rooms packed with local heritage and would be worthy of a visit on its own However the sheer difficulty of getting to it and the uniqueness of the location push it firmly up the rankings into one of my top recommendations if you ever fancy the trip And on the day were were there lots of people evidently had fancied the trip from the local history fans to the cyclists in the

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  • A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf – IanVisits
    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 Somewhat hidden at the moment around the back next to a fire exit can be found a mighty memorial to those who died during the two great wars of the last century These are the memorials to staff of the London Joint City and Midland Bank today part of HSBC who joined the military forces in Europe and never returned The memorials had previously been located in Leadenhall Street in the City of London where the then Midland Bank was headquartered but when it moved to Canary Wharf while the monuments came with the bank they were somewhat relegated to the back of the building Although it will always be the back of the bank it will soon get more prominence as a walkway as the new Crossrail station is being built next to it and will have a couple of entrances leading from the railway station to the walkway A currently empty footpath will see crowds at last and some of them may stop to remember the 717 men whose commute to work was unexpectedly cut short Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 17 17 19 canary wharf hsbc ww1 3 thoughts on A mighty memorial to the dead of WW1 in Canary Wharf Nigel says August 6 2014 at 11 59 am Thanks Ian for publicising these hidden war memorials I came upon these by chance after visiting the Crossrail station as part of London Open House I was somewhat incensed that HSBC had relegated these to the rear of the building when presumably they were in the entrance hall of their previous HQ in the City There is plenty

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  • Remembrance Wreaths being lain at London Transport locations today – IanVisits
    1 000 B type buses were requisitioned by the War Department for use on the Western Front Not all of them returned B Type St Eloi Belgium 1914 photo courtesy London Transport Museum However it was also the mass movement of troops as they passed through London to the coast and then to France that occupied the efforts of the railway staff During today there will be wreaths lain at the memorial to staff from the Metropolitan Railway at Baker Street Underground Station the memorial to staff of the North London Railway at Hoxton Overground Station and at LU s memorial at the Petty France offices Leon Daniels Managing Director of Surface Transport will be joined by bus staff and Old Comrades at Merton Bus Garage An exhibition at the London Transport Museum talks about London s Home Front during the First World War and tells how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort At the heart of the exhibition is Ole Bill a 1911 B type bus No B43 on loan from the Imperial War Museum It was one of the first buses to be requisitioned during the war and after the conflict was refurbished as a permanent memorial to the role played by London bus staff On 14 February 1920 the bus was inspected by King George V at Buckingham Palace the first time the King had boarded a bus Because of the war service by civilian staff of the London General Omnibus Company King George V agreed that a contingent of transport staff would be allowed to march to the Cenotaph in the annual service on Remembrance Sunday for many years the only civilian organisation afforded this privilege This year the recently restored B type Battle Bus will accompany the London Transport

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  • Food as art on display in photo exhibition – IanVisits
    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 Soylent Green is people but are people dessert or the main course An artist with an agenda has turned people into deserts but wants to do so to sell a message about over consumption of food James Ostrer is the artist and is said to have based his images on the result of a corrupted globalization and increasingly dangerous methods of food production He has taken people or himself covered them in confections and photographed the results which are now on display in an art gallery As images they are as bright as the artificial colourings that make up the cheapest end of the confectionery business and his evident anger at the food industry represented by the sometimes quite explicit imagery chosen They are grotesque images and not entirely pleasant to look at yet also the underlying political message is somehow lost in the images which seem to be more the ravings of the hyde park corner soapbox than a considered study of the problems being alluded to I am personally not overly happy with the abdication of responsibility that the artist seems to think is going on where the blame is not the person but the

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  • Clothes shopping – IanVisits
    socks All together and ties hats all manner of accessories all put in one place Although I ve never quite understood why the socks and pants are together I makes more sense to my mind to put the socks near to the shoes New shoes sir How about some nice new socks to go with them So it is deemed that for some products grouping them by product type is sensible but for others they have to be grouped by the name of the label on the inside of the jacket or the lining of the trousers I don t really care what the name of the designer is I care about whether its a nice cut a nice colour is the right price and most difficult of all in the right size I would love to go into a shop and find all the jackets in one place where I can browse with my jacket buying mode activated then wander to another place and activate my trouser buying mode then elsewhere the shoe buying mode But department stores don t think like that So I really dislike clothes shopping But the sales were on and in frugal times a few bargains were eked out of the stores today A pity that when I got home I was also exhausted Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 8 8 thoughts on Clothes shopping Kit Green says August 2 2014 at 6 30 pm Most women I know like the fragmentation into brand concession zones They love wasting half a day browsing in an apparently random meandering manner Most men I know just want to be in and out of the monstrous soulless shopping centres as fast as possible Is there some equality law that states that shops must present their wares in the same manner to everyone Probably not so why are large stores so determined to make men stressed whilst shopping Reply Scots Lesley says August 2 2014 at 6 59 pm I hate the big stores too But then I mostly shop in charity shops and supermarket clothes depts these days and they are mostly ok But even Sainsburys has separated out their fashion range by Gok Wan from the normal run of clothes Reply annuca says August 2 2014 at 7 16 pm Not all women like shopping D One of the reasons I like TK Maxx is that items are grouped by type AND by size So I don t even have to look at jackets in the wrong size Bliss Reply annie says August 2 2014 at 8 12 pm Hello Ian many thanks for all your interesting posts In return here s something I think I know about and can offer advice on though I love shopping and clearly missed my vocation as a personal shopper I appreciate not everyone enjoys it If you don t like shopping and like to do lightning raids for essentials a department store is

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  • Queen Anne is Dead – IanVisits
    the last Lord High Treasurer to hold the post for a decent period of time and exercise all its powers himself Lord High Treasurer was the third highest official in the country below the usually vacant Lord High Steward and Lord High Chancellor As Lord High Treasurer Robert Harley was the de facto head of the Monarch s council and in some ways an early prototype for the role of Prime Minister He was an immensely powerfull man in one of the highest offices of the land Until he was sacked Yet in that quaint way that British politics operates the job has never been abolished and it carries on operating to this very day What happened is that the role occupied by a single person was put into commission that is a group of people act as one authority Known as the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury it is that commission that underpins the existence of modern government for the Prime Minister is indeed the First Lord of the Treasury while the Chancellor is the Second Lord while a number of government whips adopt the titles of Junior Lords of the Treasury The post of Lord High Treasurer still exists along with all its powers it s just exercised by a group of people acting in concert together Part of the reason for that was the accession of the Hanoverian monarch George I who spoke very little English at least at first and trusting such an awesome position to just one person was most unwise at a time when the future of the Hanoverian claim to the throne was still in doubt Such is the importance of the role that within the House of Commons the front bench upon which the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury sit in their

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  • This Friday — visit the Clown’s Museum in Dalston – IanVisits
    each month for several years and as is often the case with things that are always there good intents to visit never materialised until last month Entering the church by the welcoming sign that can be found down a side passage However what greeted the visitor was a sign of some dereliction but the sight of people working away in the far corner drew me along to find out whether the clown gallery still existed And yes it does inside that little room In fact it has always been there in storage and pulled out once a month to go on display But the reason for the rather makeshift appearance of the church is because a local school is to use it on a temporary basis as a classroom necessitating the construction of a giant shed inside the church For while clowning on can be certain to occur within the shed the historic clowns cannot be outside it They are instead getting the storage room on a more permanent basis and as I arrived paint was being applied signs hung up and much activity taking place to make the museum ready if not for visitors on the day then certainly for visitors this week It is or is likely to be a display largely of memorabilia with a special focus on Britain s greatest clown Joseph Grimaldi As I arrived his original clown costume in protective glass case was being prepared to be hung up on a wall Grimaldi is buried nearby in another church yard but the clown archive has long since decamped to Holy Trinity Church a few streets away and while is was also the home to the annual clowns service that is now so big an event that they had to move that to another local

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  • Steam trains return to the London Underground this weekend – IanVisits
    it didn t take them long to start extending the line Supported by the Met and the Great Western Railway GWR the Hammersmith City Railway H CR was built from the GWR s main line a mile west of Paddington station to the developing suburbs of Shepherd s Bush and Hammersmith Built on viaduct largely across open fields the line opened on 13 June 1864 with a GWR service from Farringdon to Hammersmith So an anniversary give or take a few weeks and a chance to drag out the steam trains to delight onlookers The bits being used include the Metropolitan Locomotive No 1 Metropolitan Milk Van the Chesham Set the 1920s Sarah Siddons electric locomotive and the beautifully restored Jubilee Coach 353 You can either buy tickets to be on the trains here or watch from the sidelines A reminder that if watching from within stations they have strict rules about no flash and no tripods other than that the station staff seemed to be having as much fun as the spectators were when they did this last January Trains run on both Saturday 2 and Saturday 9 August updated 30th July with more details of the timetable Journey 1 Northfields to Moorgate Steam hauled Electric on back Departs Northfield 8 24am Passes through Earl s Court at 8 48am Arrives Moorgate 9 19am Journeys 2 3 4 Moorgate Hammersmith Moorgate Electric hauled out Steam hauled return 2 Moorgate 9 55am Hammersmith arrive 10 26am depart 10 59am Moorgate 11 31am 3 Moorgate 12 10pm Hammersmith arrive 12 41pm depart 1 13pm Moorgate 1 46pm 4 Moorgate 2 45pm Hammersmith arrive 2 56pm depart 3 28pm Moorgate 4pm Journey 5 Moorgate to Northfields Electric hauled Steam on back Departs Moorgate 4 25pm Passes through Earl s Court at 4

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