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  • Upminster Windmill gets restoration funding – IanVisits
    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 One of London s surviving windmills is to be saved following the award of a 1 4 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund HLF The Upminster Windmill was built in 1803 and remained in use as a family owned business grinding corn until 1934 In 1960 Essex County Council demolished the outbuildings though in the following years repairs were undertaken enabling the Mill to be opened to the public staffed by volunteers in 1967 The mill is now just one of only six with sails surviving in Greater London and is one of the most complete examples of a smock mill remaining in the country The name refers to the sloping sides of the structure that give the building the appearance of a countryman s smock The building is currently on English Heritage s At Risk register and the HLF grant will enable Havering Council which owns the site working with Upminster Windmill Preservation Trust to restore the mill and bring the milling machinery back to full working order Although situated in the midst of a built up area the five storey octagonal mill still sits within a one hectare open field setting The restoration project will also create an education and training centre in a separate building that will allow public access for the first time to a wide range of historical documents At present the mill is only able to open at limited times for guided tours about 30 days a year Forthcoming open days 19th 20th July 2nd 3rd August

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/12/upminster-windmill-gets-restoration-funding/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London Underground lays on trains for beer drinkers – IanVisits
    to Kensington Olympia will return to mid week service has revealed that it will return between 12th to 15th August When TfL withdrew the service during week days they said that it would resume if there was a significant event taking place at Olympia What is happening at Olympia in the early weeks of August Nothing less than the Great British Beer Festival So London Underground is laying on its very own ale train for the beer drinking visitors although possibly with a sense of irony as of course drinking beer on the train itself will be very naughty indeed Not that I would expect a beer geek to permit themselves to down a pint of finest artisan ale in the 3 minutes its takes for the train journey That s more for the Fosters drinking classes And just in case you are interested the week day service will also run between 16th 19th December and on the 22nd December which is the International Horse Show Facebook 26 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 8 8 35 kensington olympia london underground 4 thoughts on London Underground lays on trains for beer drinkers Gill says July 11 2014 at 9 22 pm I had the joy of experiencing the replacement bus service from Earls Court to Olympia last week after a significant event in my view the Love Natural Love Organic show Coming back from Olympia we waited and waited for the shuttle bus When it arrived the driver was clearly in a rush After shutting the doors on a woman with a buggy who was being slow to get on in his view the driver was then maniacally driving on his accelerator and brakes in the evening rush hour traffic blaring his horn at pedestrians cyclists and car drivers

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  • See the largest ever collection of Routmaster buses this weekend – IanVisits
    on Sat Sun from 10am to 6pm Nearest tube station is probably Manor House although it s only a short walk from Finsbury Park Events Routemaster Parades at 2pm on both days The Buses from the Decades Parade will take place on Sunday at noon Catering buses including Routemasters of course with RML2291 and RML2715 confirmed Special vehicle displays including Historic Vehicle displays from the decades before and after the Routemaster and the usual collection of stalls and displays that come with any heritage event of this sort Free bus rides For both days of the Routemaster 60 event there will be operating a free circular service numbered X60 by Routemasters from outside the park and adjacent to Manor House station The service starts at 11am on both days it finishes at 5 30pm on the Saturday and 4 30pm on the Sunday Facebook 35 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 15 15 50 routemaster 4 thoughts on See the largest ever collection of Routmaster buses this weekend LadyBracknell says July 14 2014 at 7 26 am I went on Sunday and it was the perfect day for such an event in that it bright but not hot and still so you did not have to fight any wind to get a picture especially if all you had was the camera on your phone I was able to relive my youth on the buses and even hopped aboard the Routemaster s predecessor on which I made journeys to school back in the late let s draw a veil over when I took a few snaps before the camera app went into spasm but I have enough for a reminder of the day as well as a little model I am glad I made the journey as I missed the

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Campaigners celebrate new wheelchair accessibility ramp at Kilburn tube station Times Series Danzer has won a 125 000 contract to provide permanent training facility for staff at London Underground s Cockfosters depot Specification Crossrail Pressure grows on Boris to bring Crossrail 2 to Worcester Park Local London TV documentary about Crossrail on BBC2 IanVisits Crossrail chief says worker who died in tunnel construction shouldn t have been where he was Independent When exactly is Crossrail due I ask because the completion date seems to have been slipping ever further into the future Diamond Geezer Mainline Overground Millions of pounds is to be spent on faster wi fi for commuter trains across England and Wales BBC News Beckenham residents have called on Bromley Council to fight to save vital rail services to central London Local London Greene King is to invest a seven figure sum launching its first station pub at London s Euston station The Publican Duo to update Brunel designed Paddington station roof NCE Eurostar cancelled some train services through the Channel tunnel on Tuesday after Eurotunnel failed to resolve problems with overhead power lines that led to the evacuation of a train on Monday FT Britain s best passenger railway is owned by the German Government

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/11/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-53/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Seagulls on the roof of the British Museum – IanVisits
    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 bizarre sight at the weekend as a load of seagulls seem to have taken a liking to the front part of the British Museum s glass roof Judging by how much muck has built up it s either a prolific number of birds or has been going on for a while although I have never noticed it before Weirdly only the front quarter of the roof has the problem and the rest is perfectly fine Of course anyone below is going to be deeply grateful there is a glass ceiling between them and the seagull s aerial droppings No pigeons to be seen just seagulls

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  • 30 years ago today – smoking banned in London’s tube trains – IanVisits
    ban was itself a not insignificant factor London Underground announced an immediate clamp down on smoking and for clarity simply said that it was banned on the entire network no exemptions Vast amounts of money were also diverted from other upgrades to improve safety on the Underground and tidy up the ramshackle approach to station usage that was prevalent at the time Yet it was also that fire which so massively shocked people s awareness of the issues and turned smoking on the tube from an overlooked issue that might get a person a fine from an annoying jobsworth into a social faux pas that would be deeply frowned upon today As an aside in 2001 it was widely reported that spending 20 minutes on the underground was the equivalent of smoking a cigarette in terms of harmful pollutants breathed in Of course it was journalist hybole And finally it seems that while London Underground had banned smoking entirely in 1987 their signs were not compliant with the ban on smoking indoors that applied to the rest of the country in 2007 7 All the No Smoking signs had to be replaced As The Times noted not the Tube s fault obviously but exactly which bit of No Smoking were people thought not to understand Notes 1 The Times Oct 17 1868 2 The Times Feb 7 1870 3 Chambers s journal of popular literature science and arts May 17 1862 4 The Standard Apr 17 1869 5 The Times Jul 10 1984 6 The Daily Telegraph Mar 21 2001 7 The Times Sept 15 2007 Facebook 60 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 53 Twitter 46 46 161 london underground smoking 19 thoughts on 30 years ago today smoking banned in London s tube trains Greg Tingey says July 9 2014 at 6 32 am And it was REVOLTING to smell breathe even then LadyBanana says July 9 2014 at 7 55 am The ban was such a relief not only on the tube but also upstairs on the bus I also remember when smoking was allowed on planes Simon says July 9 2014 at 12 39 pm The ban was in place long before I moved to London but I remember occasionally walking through the smoking carriage on intercity trains Good grief it was grim How things have changed I personally have absolutely zero respect for anybody that persists in smoking these days It s just such a ridiculously dumb thing to do Steven says July 9 2014 at 7 50 pm In reply to simon why is smoking such a dumb thing to do obviously you are one of these anti smokers who wish to impose their will on others smacks of fascism Josh says July 10 2014 at 4 03 am I don t suppose they ever knew whose match it was Stephen C says July 10 2014 at 7 22 pm For a short time in 1975 I was a carriage cleaner at Golders Green depot

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/09/30-years-ago-today-smoking-banned-in-londons-tube-trains/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A history of the London Mayor — in cartoons – IanVisits
    Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life The office of London Mayor maybe fairly young by British standards but it has spawned a huge array of satirical cartoons about the two mayors we have so far elected One selection is notable though for being a semi official collection of cartoons by Martin Rowson who did a deal with Ken Livingstone to become the Cartoonist Laureate for London Payment was one pint of London Pride to be paid for by the Mayor out of his own pocket Currently Ken is 6 pints in arrears on his debt Boris isn t much better having agreed to extend the contract he is also now 6 pints in arrears on the payment as he has never paid for a pint since he became Mayor It seems that getting paid by government officials is as difficult as ever Payment aside the collection is a good historic romp through the 14 years of the London Mayor laid out chronologically I like political cartoons as they often show a side of the news coverage that is harder to glean from simply looking at the news stories themselves They add an air of public opinion about the news at the time and reflect more often how people feel about what is going on in the world While satirical cartoons often mock politicians the best are the sort that so do with a slight wry grin and nod at the absurd situation The worst are just plain nasty While this exhibition probably leans slightly to the right as I suspect Ken Labour government comes off worse than Boris Coalition it s not that noticeable a tilt Obviously as a train geek with

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/07/a-history-of-the-london-mayor-in-cartoons/ (2016-02-16)
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  • TV documentary about Crossrail on BBC2 – IanVisits
    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 for your diaries as the BBC is to show a three part documentary about the construction of the Crossrail tunnels and stations Broadcast on BBC2 the Fifteen Billion Pound Railway starts next Wednesday 16th July at 9pm and follows the construction of the new train tunnels and stations under London Crossrail provided access over a two year period to the film crews to make the film Based on the reaction to the BBC2 series about the tube network this should be a hugely popular TV series The first episode Urban Heart Surgery follows the team of workers as they drive 1 000 tonne tunnel boring machine Ada through Tottenham Court Road station within 800mm of the operating Northern line It also looks at how Crossrail has ensured Bonhams auction house in Mayfair is able to receive its vintage cars for auction Episode two Tunnels Under the Thames sees the Bermingham father and son team follow in the tradition of tunneling greats the Brunels and build new train tunnels under the River Thames in southeast London Meanwhile Project Manager Linda Miller is rebuilding the Victorian Connaught Tunnel under the Royal Docks The final episode Platforms and Plague Pits tracks the team as they construct the cathedral sized new station at Canary Wharf The cameras join engineers as they carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations at Liverpool Street and Whitechapel And it follows archaeologists as they uncover a 14th Century

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