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  • Footbridge for Crossrails’ Canary Wharf Station Completed – IanVisits
    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 An area of Canary Wharf that has been sealed off for years has recently reopened as a long covered footbridge linking the future railway station to the famous steel clad skyscraper has been completed A long straight elevated walkway it seems reminiscent of airports rather than railway stations The walkway is supported on large V shaped struts with the modern fashion for a shallow waterfall at the base Elsewhere landscaping has seen a row of staggered plant pots running alongside with seating facing away from the walkway Up closer the main entrance next to the road still waits to be completed Down below the completion of the walkway also opens up the

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  • Matters of life and death in a 17th-century church – IanVisits
    claims to represent I was personally of the opinion that the layout here reminded me of penitent parishioners lined up to pray before the altar An altar which has been laid out as for a final supper although this time with plaster cast objects of modern day life Among the exhibits is Damien Hirst s Saint Bartholomew Exquisite Pain 2006 an eight foot tall bronze sculpture that follows the Christian artistic tradition of depicting the martyred apostle with his flayed skin and instruments of torture It s a combination of art and science as historically depictions of Saint Bartholomew the patron saint of surgeons were often used by medics to aid their anatomical studies Elsewhere a huge ball of plants dominates one corner and a rather odd stick comes with an exceptional load of art fluff to describe it Why can t artists speak English Regardless of my views of the silly language used the placement of modern art work in an old building often works as a visual feast and here the dominance of plain white decoration on much of the art contrasts vividly with the ornate decoration of the church The exhibition is free to visit and makes for a pleasant distraction in the heart of the city Odyssey is open until 18 July 2014 seven days a week at the 17th century St Edmund in the City Lombard Street map link Times Monday Friday 11am 6pm Saturday Sunday 12 noon 4pm Facebook 9 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 8 8 19 3 thoughts on Matters of life and death in a 17th century church Fiona says July 6 2014 at 12 50 pm It seems the opening hours might be unreliable After seeing your post this Sunday morning I immediately headed out to walk to

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  • The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park – IanVisits
    abandoned ring road network sits on top of another road that runs underneath it That is in fact a subterranean car park and during its construction the Roman Wall was uncovered This fragment of Roman Wall is all that remains of a longer section of walling of about 64m which was uncovered in 1957 during clearance works for the new road and was for the most part subsequently demolished during the construction of the road and car park As much of the Roman Wall was actually later Medieval conversion that demolition is not as heinous a crime as it might sound Still a bit of a shame though Anyway to see this fairly fine remaining section head over to the Museum of London and then locate a suitable entrance into the underground car park My preferred route is the staircase down from next to the above ground section of London Wall next to the museum map link that leads directly to the car park Here it s a long walk along an empty at weekends at least car park that echoes to the sound of clomping feet as you stride along the long underground road to the very far end And here nestled amongst the motorbikes and motorcars a wall built in the era of horse drawn chariot It s not the nicest location and the smell of car parks always makes me feel light headed in a bad way Yet being hidden from casual discovery and not put into a sanitized display case makes it all the more appealing to visit Sadly the fragment and the nearby gatehouse are considered to be at risk by English Heritage due to the poor surroundings Do note that as it is in a car park you probably want to let the security

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  • Big science opens its doors for tours – IanVisits
    who are under 16 years of age If there is a specific facility you want to see If you have any special requirements for access etc If you have a pace maker metallic implants are pregnant or breast feeding also let them know Tours are free The annual open day takes in most of the facilities on their campus including ISIS A pulsed neutron and muon source that produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments often described as super microscopes From the original vision over 30 years ago ISIS has become one of the UK s major scientific achievements ISIS Source The beam for the whole ISIS facility begins in a tiny ion source This produces H ions which are turned into protons that are accelerated and used to generate neutrons A community of more than 2000 scientists use the neutrons to research subjects ranging from aircraft wings to babies lungs Space Testing Facilities To ensure instruments survive both a rocket launch and the extreme conditions of space they need to be thoroughly tested on the ground before they start their long journey to space See how they keep things clean assemble them and test them in some of the UK s leading space test facilities Robot testing The Autonomous Systems Group at RAL Space develops terrestrial test equipment which is used to test instrumentation and software for space The group s eleven robots are used not only to test technologies for exploring the Moon and Mars but also to research a large number of potential applications here on Earth Vulcan Control Room Vulcan is a unique Petawatt 10 15 Watts laser which delivers a focused beam which for 1 picosecond is 10 000 times more powerful than the National Grid to support a wide ranging programme in fundamental physics and advanced applications Vulcan Target Area When the Vulcan laser fires a laser pulse the target in the interaction chamber experiences a light intensity that is similar to taking all of the sunlight shining on the Earth and focussing it onto a pin head The physics of what happens during this extreme interaction is explored by capturing the radiation that comes flying off at or near to the speed of light Astra Astra is a high power ultra short pulse high repetition rate laser It uses titanium doped sapphire TiS and works at 800 nm in the near infra red just outside the region visible to the human eye The pulses from Astra are so short that they are like sheets of light energy thinner than a human hair which can be focused to a spot a few thousandths of a millimetre across Target Fabrication Group The Target Fabrication Group works with the scientists using the Central Laser Facility to design and modify the targets of each particular experiment Cryogenics The Cryogenics Group at RAL work with a wide variety of instrumentation at incredibly low temperatures

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Tube strike power workers extend walkout to two weeks Evening Standard Taylor Woodrow has been awarded a 44 3m contract to upgrade train depots at Ealing Common and Upminster Construction Index London s upgraded Victoria line operates up to 34 trains an hour Railway Technology Crossrail Main Crossrail works set to start in Maidenhead Local Advertiser Written statement to Parliament Annual update on Crossrail 2014 UK Gov Allegion is to provide 600 steel doorsets for Crossrail in a contract worth 1 25 million Specification Mainline Overground Calls to re open second entrance at Kingston station Local Guardian RMT urges safety probe into Heathrow Express appointment Morning Star Transport minister Stephen Hammond unveils 6million investment in Wimbledon train depot to improve maintenance works Local Guardian Trains services to be suspended from Watford Junction Bushey and Kings Langley stations for three weekends in August Watford Observer Network Rail have accelerated their planned 12 month maintenance programme along lines served by FCC to three months with upgrades to track power supplies signalling and drainage to be completed by the end of July Haringay Independent DLR DLR gets into Tour de France spirit with Froome and Cavendish trains Wharf Miscellaneous Haynes publishes an Owners Manual for the London Underground IanVisits A man has been jailed for four weeks after walking into a London Underground station naked from

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  • London’s lost bridge across the Thames at Blackwall – IanVisits
    claiming that the large piles were discovered running across the river during the laying of a new dock at Blackwall 1 Some documentary evidence does exist elsewhere though For example a letter send on the 4th August 1599 from Rowland Whyte to Sir Robert Sydney noted that Lord Cumberland is gone to make a bridge over the the Thames and the 6 000 men from London appointed to guard it 2 And again ten days later a second letter between the two confirmed that A bridge is to be made over the Thames at Blackwall 3 That seems to be the sole surviving record of the bridge 4 unless some reference to the alleged piles is ever uncovered in the archives So letting us presume that the structure existed as can be seen below it would have had two forts on either side of the river leading to two giant piers almost meeting in the middle of the river Tantalizingly close to forming a bridge across the Thames Incidentally the use of the term bridge in the letters cited above almost certainly refer to piers as the two words were interchangeable up until around the middle of the 18th century So an Elizabethan bridge would have been two piers reaching to the Thames and not intended to form a link between two sides as a bridge would be expected to behave today But that begs a diversion into speculation could they have ever been linked Realistically at the time of their construction the knowledge to build a large bridge that could also be opened to allow ships to pass through simply did not exist or at least not in a manner to make such a bridge viable As an impediment to cargo arriving in London it would have been too great a barrier But let us speculate a little and presume that it had survived as two large piers Come the era of the docks it might have been seen as a convenient way of linking the two sides of the river at a time when cross river traffic was exceptionally difficult and with presumably existing roads leading to the two piers much of the infrastructure would have existed on either side of the river The history of London s docks could have been a very different one thanks to defenses built to protect London from a Papist invasion Today though that is still a vital river crossing but carried out by tunnels instead of a bridge The Elizabethans were just 300 years too early Notes 1 Chronicles of Blackwall Yard 1881 p 6 2 Historical Manuscripts Commission Report on the Manuscripts of Lord De L Isle Dudley vol II 1934 p 380 3 Historical Manuscripts Commission Report on the Manuscripts of Lord De L Isle Dudley vol II 1934 p 383 4 Survey of London vol 43 44 page 548 Facebook 48 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 10 Twitter 53 53 113 blackwall north greenwich queen elizabeth river thames

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  • Old and modern photos of London Bridges – blended – IanVisits
    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 The Museum of London Docklands has released some hybrid photographs showing then and now views of London and its most iconic bridges across the ages The 16 images which juxtapose historic views with their present day perspective have been created using photographs showcased in Museum of London Docklands new art exhibition Bridge that opened on Friday While facinating to look at long term fans of Saphire and Steel would not approve of blending photos though Henry Turner active 1930s A Windy Evening on London Bridge c 1937 From Wordsworth to T S Eliot the crowds streaming across London Bridge have always attracted attention Turner was a photographer and General Secretary of the Empire Press Union later Commonwealth Press Union He made this image for E Arnot Robertson s book Thames Portrait 1937 Henry Turner Museum of London Unknown photographer Lower Pool with Tower Bridge under construction Glass lantern slide c late 19th century Museum of London George Davison Reid 1871 1933 Looking north across London Bridge c 1920s Taken from inside on the 5 th floor of No1 London Bridge George Davison Reid Museum of London Unknown photographer Charing Cross Railway Bridge Glass lantern slide c late 19th century Taken from South Bank Museum of London Henry Turner active 1930s Southwark Bridge c 1935 Henry Turner Museum of London Christina Broom 1863 1939 Waterloo Bridge from the Embankment c 1903 10 Taken from the North Bank of the Thames Christina Broom Museum of London The exhibition Bridge at the Museum of London Docklands is open until

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  • Flotsam from the EU privacy ruling against Google – IanVisits
    for people who find that actions in the past continue to haunt them as they seek to repair a life once shattered However as a pseudo journalist I had a job to do which was to write up lawsuits and prosecutions when they are news worthy Then along came search engines and what would once have required a trip to the local newspaper to read their archive in person can do be achieved by a few clicks of a mouse All that has changed in that stance over the past 200 years is that it is now much easier to trawl through a newspaper archive to see if a person has a shady past than it once was So while a bit uncomfortable about some aspects of the European ruling that it applies only to the search engines and not to the publications themselves is a sensible compromise I can still go to The Times website and use their own search engine to search their archive It s a slightly slower process to check two dozen news websites individually than one Google but quite manageable As a researcher I am used to firing searches into dozens of websites already Google doesn t have everything Also as employers get used to the new privacy regime they might well find that there are employment agencies who will carry out searches on newspapers and blogs on behalf of the recruiter to check if there is anything about the potential recruit that might have been blocked from Google I wouldn t be entirely surprised if someone write an automatic tool to search dozens of newspapers for you and show up those that return a positive result Where a rule exists someone will find a way around it I am writing about this today as I have had yet another request from a person a formerly highly ranked executive at a very large firm who sued a motorist following a road accident The person wanted a lot of money in compensation for claimed brain damage and depression The judge agreed that the person had suffered but limited the payout to a tenth of the amount claimed Still a very large sum of money but the payout was limited as the person was still of above average intelligence following the accident In fact the issue set legal precedent about accident compensation claims and as such was very widely reported in the news and has a dedicated page on Wikipedia about the court ruling The person concerned has sent the latest in a string of requests to have the article written in 2007 removed from the website They cited the European ruling which does not actually apply to the publication More troubling to me though they hold an opinion that because online content can be removed with a click of a mouse by the publisher that there is nothing wrong with asking for such a thing to be done How would The Times have reacted in 1982

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