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  • London tube train appears at Glastonbury – IanVisits
    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 People camping out in the fields around the Glastonbuty Festival have a London interloper amongst their midst a tube train in fact 451264950 gettyimages com 451228370 gettyimages com It s a tube train shaped tent and from the images looks to be from the same company that put one up on the South Bank a couple of years ago Whether its a PR stunt or someone is rich enough to pay the 2 000 price it costs is unknown Then again it sleeps plenty of people and with the Festival tickets costing 200 each the cost of the tent split between the occupants is probably not that much more on top Of course as anyone who catches the late trains will tell you it s not that uncommon for people to sleep in tube trains Although that is usually thanks to the influence of Dionysus rather than Apollo It s not the first time a tube train has been seen at the Festival though as one was there in 2011 as well 116065419 gettyimages com 116032344 gettyimages com Facebook 106 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 113 glastonbury london underground tube train 2 thoughts on London tube train appears at Glastonbury Jack says June 30 2014 at 8 49 pm Not sure about whether the tube tent was a PR stunt or genuine as there was no one around to ask when I went over for a look but the other tube train part of

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  • A temporary museum to the history of Queens Market – IanVisits
    East London s Queens Market has popped up inside the market itself Literally popped up as it is a series of those portable display banners than roll out from a container on the floor and are held up by a small pole at the back For once a pop up that actually is a pop up Open on Tuesdays Fridays and Sundays until the 11th July the museum has small snippets of comments from the traders shoppers and campaigners that have used the market over its 110 year history The market situated as it is next to Upton Park tube station has seen a lot of changes from being a street market trading along Green Street to being moved in 1904 to Queen s Street as a tram line was due to run down the old location and then in the 1950s it moved into its current location as an opportunity to take advantage of land cleared by the unexpected attention of German bombers A roof was later added over the open air market which has tended as with many of these sorts of indoor street markets to make it less welcoming not more Street markets are ahem pungent places and need to be in the open Not to mention giving them better access to passing trade The site today is still as vibrant a place as you would expect from any local street market catering to an audience more Lidl than Waitrose but who still have legitimate needs to be catered for It was in fact the local council who wanted to push the street market upmarket and had planned to demolish the entire site replacing it with a smaller market a supermarket and luxury flats A vociferous campaign ensued and in May 2009 Boris Johnson told the local

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  • South London’s Severndroog Castle to reopen to the public – IanVisits
    castle restoration started last year and will open to the public along with the obligatory cafe next month Severndroog Castle is in fact less a castle than a folly albeit one that looks not unlike a small castle Built in the middle of a wood near Eltham in 1784 as a memorial to Sir William James by his wife She wanted to celebrate Sir William s most famous exploit when he destroyed the fleet and stronghold of pirates on the island fortress Severn Droog on the west coast of Malabar India in 1755 She died herself in 1798 and over the years the castle passed through a number of private owners and was nearly demolished in 1847 by plans for a massive cemetery on the site In around 1850 public access to the tower was closed and in 1922 it was sold to the public in the guise of the London County Council During WW2 it proved to be a useful watch point for the Royal Observer Corp who watched out for enemy bombers It s the view from the top that is likely to be as awesome today as it was useful then Closed once again to the public in 1986 it has been derelict and rotting ever since I used to live nearby and it is a significant local landmark and I have often stood wistfully at the barred metal doors and occasionally pushed at them in the vain hope that the locks might have finally rusted away and would yield hidden delights within It has on at least one occasion been open before on Open House Weekend but a conspiracy of railway closures bus delays and a car crash prevented my arrival until after the castle closed for the day But now it will open on a

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  • Haynes publishes an Owners Manual for the London Underground – IanVisits
    appear It is however not really a workshop manual as the tube network and its various parts are so manifold that the need an entire library of manuals to cover them all So Haynes has trodden a slightly well worn path by producing a history of the London Underground instead Starting with the reasons and difficulties of getting the first underground railway built the book takes short looks at each of the key phases of the tube network s development Written by a former designer for London Underground it may at times seem to spend maybe too much time going into details about the design features of the trains and the stations for which should be a generalised history of the transport network However as most other history books of the topic spend less time on design and more on engineering and soporific detailing of tube stock specifications this books does fill an overlooked niche in that regard Most of what is written in the history will be familiar to any die hard tube geek but the glorious use of photos many of which haven t been published before does make it an enjoyable book to read through at leisure and at least refresh the memory about moments in history that had been forgotten about I certainly was prompted to make notes for further research The only downsides is a picky issue of too liberal a use of photos sourced from Wikipedia Considering that a key selling point is the use of previously unseen photos they would have done better to source photos not from a free website by from a good archive It adds a sour note to an otherwise quite enjoyable read As a London Underground manual it doesn t go into detail about Crossrail other than to

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has joined a campaign against plans which could close Tufnell Park Tube station for up to seven months while lifts are refurbished Islington Tribune Amazon Lockers to launch at London Underground stations Retail Focus TfL says eight days of planned strike action by power workers on London Underground will have no impact on passengers LBC Balfour Beatty has been appointed to two new frameworks by London Underground which will deliver a 250 million power upgrade across the entire tube network Builder Crossrail Crossrail have confirmed that Hanwell station is set to see at least four trains per hour during peak travel times Ealing Today Mainline Overground National Express to retain c2c rail services Telegraph Stagecoach hopes to increase the number of passengers able to travel from Waterloo by 30 per cent by reopening the former Eurostar platforms Independent Action station as artwork is unveiled on railway bridge Enfield Advertiser RMT vowed yesterday to fight off job cuts expected to be imposed by the new Thameslink franchise owner Morning Star Miscellaneous Punched and kicked for bumping into someone on the Tube London24 YouTube Clip Of Woman Biting Man On London Tube Triggers Police Investigation HuffPo Two years after Bankside hosted the House of Switzerland during the Olympic and Paralympic Games a Swiss Railway Clock has been installed in Borough Market as gift to the people of Southwark SE1 Driverless trains and robotic repairs are future of rail says report The IET Over 40

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  • Play with Google Glass this weekend – IanVisits
    London s railway transport news What s on in London Things to do in London 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 Should such things interest you there is a chance to test out the hype laden Google Glass devices this coming Friday and Saturday Oh and you get to meet some Google staff and have some light refreshments on their hospitality budget Should you want to try out the headset then head

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/25/play-google-glass-weekend/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Military flypast over Parliament on Wednesday – IanVisits
    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 For reasons which I am still unable to determine there will be a World War 2 era plane flying over Parliament on Wednesday evening Not a coup as far as I can tell but probably a flypast to mark an event within the hallowed corridors of power The flypast though will be visible to anyone in the area of course and while the BBMF is frustratingly silent on the routes their planes will take I would guess a flypast from east to west over the top of the building will take place so that our elected leaders on the riverside terrace can have a good view The plane in the flypast is the Douglas C 47 Dakota which was the main troop transport plane during WW2 and especially during the D Day landings The flypast will take place at 7 30pm on Wednesday evening 25th June weather permitting Lancaster bomber flypast in June 2012 Facebook 45 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 17 17 62 bbmf parliament 5 thoughts on Military flypast over Parliament on Wednesday Andrew says June 24 2014 at 7 03 am Anniversary of the start of the Berlin Airlift Or the start of the Korean War Reply Chris says June 24 2014 at 6 34 pm I m pretty sure it

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  • TfL testing new display screens in buses – IanVisits
    bums on seats Maybe it was a bus full of ghosts Expect to see live applications on the Number 12 bus route in a week or two The other bit of new technology is around the corner on the same bus and has been seen on some buses already a live travel map The map plots the route the bus is taking shows up the live position and the time to the next bus stops Apart from being an additional bit of bus route information putting up an area map can overcome the perennial question that bus drivers face of which bus stop is nearest to the venue the person wants It is actually surprisingly difficult for the brain to easily jump around between driving a bus knowing the route and also accurately knowing whether a familiar landmark is on the same route I often pause for a moment when giving directions simply to get it right in my head before I say anything Bus drivers are often asked the same things and also expected to remember that someone 20 minutes ago asked for a reminder when arriving at the hospital The live map is only in one location on the bus but should alleviate some of that issue More usefully for regular bus users the map is also tied into the TfL travel alerts so if approaching a tube stop by bus it can warn of problems on the tube before people get off the bus Buses are getting intelligent Facebook 322 Google 11 Linkedin 2 Reddit 183 Twitter 101 101 619 bus tfl 13 thoughts on TfL testing new display screens in buses Josh says June 23 2014 at 8 46 am The improved progress information is what I ve been wanting for ages I ve often undershot the best destination stop for not knowing if any better stops were next Reply Paul Vincent says June 23 2014 at 11 58 am Do the cameras know who is a passenger and who is a bag And will it work accurately as a line of passengers queue to disembark from the top deck If it s reliable then this could be a helpful tool although the seat plan looks like an unnecessary complication the count should be sufficient for most people Reply Maxy Stone says June 25 2014 at 4 17 pm I disagree with you about the seat plan Firstly as Ian has already said it allows groups of people to know whether or not there is room upstairs for them all to sit together and secondly it makes it obvious where the free seats are Not everyone has perfect vision and a device that allows them to see clearly where the free seats are sounds great to me Reply DW says June 23 2014 at 2 15 pm Paul no way If you know the front seats are free you can rush up to get those they give the best views Reply ssr says June 24 2014

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