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  • TfL’s curious travel suggestions – IanVisits
    line to Stanmore This is not to criticize TfL explicitly as anyone who looks as the vast array of transport options that exist in London would be probably impressed that it is able to suggest anything at all I am just lucky that I know the network well enough to ditch the computer generated advice and go by human intuition instead My preferred route also has better options for buying a morning coffee once I get the first wage packet in the bank Facebook 24 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 26 transport for london 19 thoughts on TfL s curious travel suggestions Ian N says June 15 2014 at 1 19 pm The excellent citymapper com app site gives a 56 minute option for Loughborough Jn to Stanmore when set to arrive 08 30 Monday morning They suggest Rail from LJ to E C Bakerloo from E C to Waterloo Jub from WL to Stanmore It may be that their two minute changes are somewhat ambitious Reply Annabel says June 15 2014 at 1 23 pm Yes they are But they do give some good ideas How about Victoria Line to King s Cross St Pancras then Metropolitan to Wembley Park etc Reply Annabel says June 15 2014 at 1 21 pm So delighted to hear you have a new job at last Does it really save that much time changing away from and back to the Jubilee line again Reply greatkingrat says June 15 2014 at 1 32 pm Perhaps the simplest option is Loughborough Junction West Hampstead Stanmore Reply Jan says June 15 2014 at 3 22 pm yes I wanted to suggest the same Reply Kevin says June 15 2014 at 1 59 pm Hope the job is nice Reply Michael Kalman says June 15 2014 at 2 10 pm Congrats I used the Brixton Oxford Circus Baker Street then Jubilee to Finchley Road to get out that way to my parents as all the connections are cross platform Time savings felt huge when long ealks were taken out of the equation Reply James says June 15 2014 at 4 50 pm Maybe you checked at a time when the FCC train had a longer wait so the system at that point thought that via the tube would be faster Or else there s a conspiracy by tfl to gain more revenue by suggesting everyone goes via tube that rail Reply Simon says June 16 2014 at 1 55 pm I had sort of noticed that the system has a rule of thumb that says do as much of it by tube as possible So it always tells me to change from train to tube at Brixton even though the train would be at Victoria before I ve made it down the stairs I hadn t assumed it to be connected to revenue though but you may be onto something Congrats to Ian on the new job Reply E says June 15 2014

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/15/tfls-curious-travel-suggestions/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Red Arrows to fly over London today – IanVisits
    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 If you re planning to watch the large military aircraft flypast over Central London at lunchtime and want to know what each of the aircraft overhead is then the list has been released The flypast itself approaches from the East coming into London from the North East and lines up with The Mall for the flypast over Buckingham Palace at 1pm It disperses but quite a lot of it will head North West for a flypast over RAF Northwood which is having an open day today The flypast formation is made up of 2 Puma and 2 Chinook helicopters

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/14/red-arrows-fly-london-today/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    at The Engineer Crossrail gets a baby Tunnel Boring Machine IanVisits A two mile railway tunnel under the Thames will be unveiled by the Chancellor ITN I had no idea that Crossrail was reusing the old Brunel tunnel Taylor Woodrow wins 142m contract for London Crossrail depot at Old Oak Common Construction News Google Cache Mainline Overground Work is about to begin on a project to raise the height of platform 4 at Elephant Castle railway station SE1 The first overground train has been sent for its 5th car upgrade London Reconnections Miscellaneous A group of Underground geeks have become the first to beat the world record for visiting all Tube stations in London AND New York in the fastest time possible London24 A gang who police say has caused damage put at 109 000 to ticket machines at railway stations in London and Hertfordshire is being sought BBC News Cleaners at London s St Pancras International railway station started a ballot on strike action over attacks on their jobs pay and working conditions Morning Star Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground IanVisits More than 300 Transport for London staff now earning over 100 000 CityAM JCDecaux and TfL are revamping the outdoor media sites Old Street roundabout in London revamped with four digital screens from October MediaWeek Get Your Animals On The Underground Stationery Londonist The image above is from March 2013 Take a ride on one of London s Miniature Steam Trains Facebook 5 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5 11 transport news roundup 19 thoughts on Weekly round up of London s railway transport news Phil says June 13 2014 at 8 17 am Hi Ian Whilst I d like to preface this statement with a declaration that I am definitely NOT a train greek this weekly round up is one of my favourite things that you publish Less concerned about roads and buses but I could see scope for them in a separate post Reply dave says June 13 2014 at 8 19 am I think it s pretty much ideal as it is Thanks for taking the time to compile it I follow rail news from different places online and yet you still manage to find plenty of stories I haven t come across I m not as interested in roads or buses but maybe others are Reply John says June 13 2014 at 9 25 am Thank you for doing this I think it s just perfect the way it is My personal preference I m not interested in road buses so I like it the way it is Thank you again Reply Fiona says June 13 2014 at 9 37 am I really enjoy the round up I like the focus on the railways but if you did start to cover road and buses more I m sure you d manage to get me interested in those too I only learned last year that

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/13/weekly-round-londons-railway-transport-news/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Using cookies to boost website performance – a thought experiment – IanVisits
    those cookie warnings that people click on to get rid of without bothering to read But here is the thought if you visit as many websites as I do you will see a wide variety of cookie alerts placed in all sorts of locations But did the placement of the cookie box come under any sort of in depth thinking Some such as the wordpress plugin I use here have limited options for placing the cookie warning top or bottom others have little boxes in corners others do all sorts of things Ordinarily no major website puts anything onto the page without carefully considering the implications of the change Does the shade of blue in that weblink affect click rates yes as it happens will people like the placement of the image how does it affect conversions Etc tons and tons of testing done to optimise performance I am however but a small website and am deeply curious about the cookie warning If I were to put the cookie warning near to an ad banner would that affect ad banner performance Regular users will have a degree of ad blindness but now have to move the mouse to dismiss the cookie and in doing so are more alert to the advert near it Would the cookie banner appearing near to the email signup box affect signup rates How about instead of dismissing the cookie alert the close button actually replaces the banner with an email sign up box Yet considering that the cookie alert requires action to dismiss it and that any action on a large website is tracked in minute detail to test performance there is a uniform generic appearance to the cookie warning across most websites Stick it somewhere insignificant seems to be the main rule But what would happen if websites treated the cookie alert s impact on the performance of nearby elements on the page as seriously as the do any other element on the website It s a curious question and one that this little blog is too small to run A B tests in any meaningful timeframe to see what the impact would be But it would be a damn interesting experiment for a larger website to run and publish the results That annoying cookie alert that annoys website owners could inadvertently be a really nifty way of boosting ad revenues or email signups or whatever it is that the website considers its conversion goal It s a thought Facebook 3 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 3 3 7 cookies 4 thoughts on Using cookies to boost website performance a thought experiment Andrew says June 12 2014 at 2 11 pm Isn t this just the sort of experiment that websites and public services into nudge do trial to improve results Yes the colour location size font and wording will all affect the results You can devise your experiment with two or more options serve them up randomly to visitors and look

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/12/using-cookies-boost-website-performance-thought-experiment/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground – IanVisits
    train trip along part of the original Underground railway Trips will run over two weekends Sat 2nd and Sat 9th August Metropolitan Locomotive No 1 Metropolitan Milk Van the Chesham Set the 1920s Sarah Siddons electric locomotive and the recently restored Jubilee Coach 353 will make up the train Actors and a brass band will entertain passengers at Moorgate Station following the steam runs through some of London Underground s tunnels The first run 8 24am will go between Northfields on the Picadilly Line via Earl s Court to Moorgate steam hauled The next 3 runs 9 55am 12 10pm 2 45pm will go from Moorgate to Hammersmith and return to Moorgate electric hauled out steam back The last run 4 25pm will run from Moorgate to Northfields electric hauled steam assisted Tickets priced between 30 95 Tickets for both dates are now on sale via this website The second chance for steam trips is over the weekend of 16th 17th August The first run will go between Wembley Park and Rickmansworth steam hauled The next two runs will go from Rickmansworth to Chesham and return to Rickmansworth steam hauled out electric back The last run will go from Rickmansworth to Chesham and return to Harrow on the Hill steam hauled out electric back The train will be made up of Metropolitan Locomotive No 1 L150 steam Locomotive Metropolitan Milk Van the Chesham Set Sarah Siddons electric locomotive and Metropolitan Jubilee Coach 353 Tickets priced between 10 55 Tickets for both dates are now on sale via this website Facebook 607 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 55 55 664 london underground steam train 6 thoughts on Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground Paul says June 12 2014 at 9 57 am Chesham

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/12/tickets-on-sale-today-for-steam-train-trips-in-the-london-underground/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Boris Bike revamp to shrink the Barclays Logo – IanVisits
    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 A year ahead of Barclays ceasing to be the official sponsor of the cycle hire scheme they are to rebrand the bikes and shrink the Barclays part of the branding It s still a Barclays brand but the Barclays logo will no long dominate the bikes as they used to In future it will be more about LifeSkills The new livery will be introduced across much of the bike network as part of what the company said is a planned refresh A planned refresh that is taking place a year before the Barclays logo is removed entirely from the bikes after it cancelled its sponsorship deal early LifeSkills is the bank s youth training scheme The Barclays press release already describes them as LifeSkills bikes although I suspect most people will still call them Boris Bikes Facebook 8 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5 15 boris bike One thought on Boris Bike revamp to shrink the Barclays Logo Tom Rainbow says June 11 2014 at 11 14 pm The Barclays press

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/11/boris-bike-revamp-shrink-barclays-logo/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Museum of London opens a House of Muses – IanVisits
    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 If you pay a visit to the Museum of London over the next few weeks you will see for it is impossible to avoid a large white thing by the front door The thing is a sort of cubicle with a staircase inside so you can play being the king of the castle once more It also however is a House of Muses and you are encouraged to empty your brain onto little paper tags and hang them up inside the thing and let others digest your opinions We are told that the design of the structure designed by London Zurich based collective GRUPPE is conceived to invite visitors to think about what a museum could and should be and has been conceived as a pillar from an imaginary monument which sort of works if you squint As it has a staircase inside though the imaginary monument is almost certainly THE monument or maybe if you are wishful the Duke of York s column both of which have staircases within Of course the moment you ask the public to express an opinion you will get opinions Lots

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/11/museum-london-opens-house-muses/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Crossrail gets a baby Tunnel Boring Machine – IanVisits
    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 Crossrail rather famously has several very large tunnel boring machines but has now just launched a tiny little baby one as well Not to dig a tunnel for trains as it is far too small for that it is in fact drilling a third of a mile tunnel that will replace a sewer that will be cut off by the main railway services The old sewer sits just underneath the existing rail tracks at Westbourne Park and those are due to be lowered slicing the top off the sewer which naturally renders it useless or maybe a rather pungent open sewer hidden river This means the sewer must be replaced with a deeper one between Great Western Road and Tavistock Road passing beneath the Great Western main line and Hammersmith City line and then west under Tavistock Road to Basing Street Crossrail s contractors BFK and Barhale opened a competition for primary school students at Canada Blanch School in west London to name the tunneling machine And they chose to call it Molley presumably after the mole that it emulates Molley is too small to accommodate workers so is controlled remotely from the surface Works are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year It s not the only mini TBM being

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/10/crossrail-gets-baby-tunnel-boring-machine/ (2016-02-16)
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