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  • The London 2012 cauldron goes on public display – IanVisits
    city vies to have the most spectacular lighting ceremony ever Until the next city that is when they do the whole lighting spectacular again However the lighting ceremony cannot mask the fact that modest design changes aside the cauldron is emphatically a large single bowl with a flame in it A mark of continuity thorough the history of the modern games However one of the early discussions about the cauldron is that lighting ceremony aside few people can ever remember what a specific Olympic cauldron looked like It had started to become a bit of a tired icon but one that still required to be a single large vessel of flame Indeed when presented with the design brief for the 2012 games it stated clearly a bowl and no moving parts It takes some balls then to offer many mini cauldrons and lots of moving parts and in doing so managed to revive the image of the flame as a symbol of the games It was also explicitly designed not to be preserved with the mini cauldrons being given to each of the competing nations so it s a bit of a surprise to have the 2012 cauldron presented to the Museum of London as part of its permanent collection And it has just gone on display in a new gallery built especially for it What is going on display is some of the original base and stems and the copper petals used for testing the cauldron Three sets were made for the Olympics for the Paralympics and for the testing phase A set of models used for designing the petals has also been included as they show the construction phase for the petals each of which is unique Wooden moulds were created and then the copper sheet hand beaten around them before being polished and a bayonet type fitting added so that they could later be slotted onto the slender poles in the Stadium The lettering around the edge with each country name is also distorted when looked at straight on as it is designed to be seen from the outside face of the cauldron so the distortion creates the effect of normal text from another side Holbein s Ambassadors comes to mind when thinking about it which is possibly accidentally appropriate for an international gathering The base of the cauldron where the stems are maneuvered is also entirely mechanical in nature Hydraulics being ruled out due to the risk of something going wrong so in essence the base is a giant series of levers used to pull the petals upright The exhibition in the Museum of London shows the petals in two stages part lifted and in a corner fully upright which may surprise some as to just how tall the cauldron was in real life As the petals were dispersed to each of the countries after the Olympics and a brief period of cleaning as noted the petals used in the permanent display are the spare set

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/24/the-london-2012-cauldron-goes-on-public-display/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996 – IanVisits
    long including trailers about architecture One of them being presented by Jools Holland who took rather a fancy to the newish Canary Wharf and now offers us a chance to remind ourselves just what an exceptionally aloof structure the original tower was before it was surrounded by even more towers Being a celeb he is allowed to stand right at the top of the tower inside the pyramid and climb out onto the pathway that runs around the top a few floors below There s also a few comments about ground architecture and it was then that I realised I had seen the film before but was unable to find it as I had presumed that softly spoken Dan Cruickshank had presented it as the only bit I could really remember were admiring comments about the detailing on the lamp posts Nope a musician was the presenter so much for my fallible memory The film has a fleeting moment to delight transport geeks of early DLR trains pulling into Canary Wharf station A comical comment about the symmetry of Greenwich being ruined is actually quite an interesting point about how the long distance landscape affects views across London You can now also delight in nine minutes of Canary Wharf as it was in the year Ninteen Hundred and Ninty Six thanks to good old iPlayer where the entire serie s has also been put online Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 18 18 19 canary wharf iplayer 3 thoughts on 9 minutes of Canary Wharf in 1996 LadyBracknell says July 23 2014 at 6 46 pm I used to be able to see Canary Wharf just when I lived in the Deptford area and remember when One Canada Square stood in splendid isolation Now it s just

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/22/9-minutes-of-canary-wharf-in-1996/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Find the Tyburn Stone – 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 A macabre relic of mass murder can be found sitting almost unnoticed in the posh entrance of a London hotel A stone marking the half mile mark to the Tyburn Tree gallows stood at the top end of Edgware Road for well an unknown period of time The stone originally stood opposite the current junction of Star Street and Edgware Road and was presented to the London County Council in 1909 who erected it in its current location that March For many years it stood inside the window of the Lloyds bank on the corner until fairly recently it was shifted again this time as part of a refurbishment of the Hilton London Metropol hotel Now it just happens to be just inside the covered entrance to the hotel where it looks more like a piece of modern art than a historic relic The stone itself has some faded text on one side but is otherwise unadorned A small plaque nearby indicates its significance I wonder how many of the hundreds of thousands of people who pass the hotel or the many thousands who pass through the doors ever stop to look at the stone as it stands there mute testimony to a grizzly past Certainly it s something to show off to friends if you are in the area and dazzle them with your knowledge of London arcana map link There are claims that this could be Oswulf s Stone which stood where today s Marble Arch stands although I am personally dubious It s easier to carve a way marker monolith from specially chosen stone not a random lump Of course if you

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/21/find-the-tyburn-stone/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Euston Station to be Refurbished – IanVisits
    along the back of the building an 8 000 sq ft balcony will be created featuring a new bar a selection of casual dining outlets and a seating area overlooking the main concourse The balcony is expected to open to the public in late 2015 Phase two of the scheme will see the current station food court converted into an expanded retail area by the end of 2015 The planning documents submitted to the council cover just the exterior changes which seem to be minimal just shifting the food huts and tidying up the plaza so it s difficult to see in detail how the changes to the interior will look when completed One potential upside from this writers perspective is that people will be elevated upwards and will be sitting much closer to the often ignored ceiling which is a masterpiece of concrete design Maybe giving people a different perspective of the huge open concourse will sway a few more minds towards thinking its not that bad a building after all Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 21 21 22 euston network rail 8 thoughts on Euston Station to be Refurbished Josh says July 21 2014 at 4 05 am So I take it a major rebuild for HS2 isn t on the cards then Reply Gordon says July 21 2014 at 7 22 am Presumably Network Rail judges HS2 to be far enough away that they ll get their money back in increased rents on this relatively small makeover before a proper redevelopment whichever option is chosen is needed for HS2 Euston s had several tiny rejigs in the last decade i e adding the clutch of cafes in front of the station building and the removal of the octagonal shops inside on the concourse The TfL travel centre is behind builders hoardings at the moment as well No it s not a lovable building but the station proper suffers from being hidden by a really bad curtain of mostly low rise offices between it and the Euston Road so there s no view of the station building frontage to establish it in the mind But there again 50 years ago St Pancras was unloved unwanted and set to be demolished How times change Reply Gordon says July 21 2014 at 7 34 am Footnote ceiling note the ceiling in the Travel Centre always catches my eye when I m waiting to buy a ticket is it functional as part of a ventilation system or just decorative with those deeply curved downward pointing almost pyramids ending in square openings I think I like it If my description doesn t convey the appearance well enough google it there are pictures The trouble with looking up is you tend to bump into people Reply Greg Tingey says July 21 2014 at 7 41 am Knock it down put the Propylaeum back Reply Tim Hall says July 21 2014 at 9 34 am It needs to break down

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/20/euston-station-to-be-refurbished/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Timetable for a bus route to an abandoned village – IanVisits
    to an abandoned village during next month s Bank Holiday Monday Although it runs just once a year and relies on heritage Routemaster buses the service to the empty village of Imber is an official bus route registered as bus route 23A It s also the only one allowed to drive through the middle of the MoD s military training grounds of Salisbury Plains so you can have the surreal sight of London buses passing burnt out tanks and warnings of unexploded debris in the grass verge Only inaugurated in 2009 this now annual tradition will see at least 7 heritage buses and maybe the new double decker as well running from the railway station in Warminster to a number of locations in the Salisbury Plains including of course the abandoned village of Imber This year s run will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August Buses start at 9 50 and run right through the day This year also includes a new terminus for some journeys high on the Plain at Stoke Hill All buses will connect at an interchange point at Gore Cross to enable passengers to travel to from all points along the route Tickets cost 2 per trip or 8 for a day pass with the proceeds to charity My review from last year is here Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 15 15 16 imber 4 thoughts on Timetable for a bus route to an abandoned village LadyBracknell says July 20 2014 at 4 52 pm I definitely want to do this but shall avoid the Boris bus especially if it s hot It s going to be surreal Reply Deanna Massengale says July 20 2014 at 6 14 pm Watch for the tank crossing signs that indicate the roads tanks

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  • Most reproduced photo ever goes on display – IanVisits
    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 short exhibition has opened of photographs by John Hedgecoe but it is two contrasting photos of The Queen that might be the highlight of the show For it is John Hedgecoe who took what is now thought to be the most reproduced photo in history the sideways portrait of The Queen that was used on Royal Mail postage stamps While the famous photo shows all the awesome power of the state and Majesty with the familiar George IV State Diadem a crown originally made for a King yet most often worn by Queens What is also on display though is a photo taken just before the crown was put upon the regal head and shows the Queen smiling as she posed for the photographer who presumably is setting up his camera and lighting It s a surprising contrast from the stern photo that we are all familiar with even if only faintly as a background image of state power in the form of the postage stamp Also shows what a bit of decent lighting can do for a portrait As a photographer he was one of those society photographers who captured the various famous in prearranged poses but also the author of a phenomenally popular book on photography The exhibition is open daily from noon to 5pm in the Royal College of Art until the 5th August Facebook 49

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/19/most-reproduced-photo-ever-goes-on-display/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 How TfL plan to turn your local Tube station into a community asset Mayor Watch Dylan Thomas poems to feature on London Underground SW Evening Post London Underground depot upgrade receives L1 fire detection system Electrical Engineering Strukton Rail installs POSS monitoring system on London Underground Railway Technology Overground and Bakerloo Line to be suspended in Brent for five days Kilburn Times Three customers to get free London Underground WiFi access V3 Ferrovial Laing O Rourke to build 600m Northern Line extension Construction News Google Cache Crossrail Crossrail extension to Reading will save 10M NCE Google Cache The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway review nail biting Telegraph Franklin Jewellers quits Hutton Road store over Crossrail concerns Brentwood Gazette Barber Osgerby to design the interior of Crossrail trains Fast Company Mainline Overground Bombardier CAF Hitachi and Siemens have been shortlisted for a contract to supply 39 four car metro style electric multiple units for London Overground Railway Gazette Foamed concrete used to reinforce railway bridge in Catford BusByway Approval has been granted for a huge international freight terminal on green belt land in Hertfordshire after eight years of protest BBC News Britain s new railway revolution the shop arriving at platform 2 is for you Guardian France

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/18/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-54/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London – 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 Hidden underneath an uninspiring City office block is one of London s most important roman ruins and it has a rare open day tomorrow Sunday Situated next to the river which in those days was much wider than today the bath house was probably a very important building for local traders Entry to the basement is through a back door and down some stairs and then laid out beneath some scaffolding what is thought to be a Roman guest house or very early hotel The remains were first discovered in 1848 during the construction of the Coal Exchange but not excavated properly until 1968 9 when the road

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