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  • I have a new mobile phone – IanVisits
    as I was getting back into photography by then in part inspired by taking photos on the older Nokia phone Anyway I stuck with that email phone for many years until need necessitated change By now I was using Twitter more and some barmy idiot though it would be fun to see if it was possible to take two Boris Bikes to Paris and back in a day and live Tweet the trip So a new phone with decent data decent camera but most importantly of all a decent keyboard Unlike most people who seem to have taken to touchscreens with gusto I still prefer a physical keyboard and after much hunting found the HTC Desire Z a smartphone with good sized screen and a proper keyboard And that has been my handset until now excepting a replacement identical model bought off eBay early last year But the keyboard is starting to struggle with keypresses and as people like to comment on Twitter about my apparent appalling spelling that is a motivating factor I am also finding problems with mobile apps I use few of them but they are slowly dropping support for older smartphones or I am shown new apps that simply wont work at all on older phones We older phone users still make up 15 of the market but we are deemed too insignificant to support now I can t imagine many industries where telling 15 of your potential customers to go away is acceptable but IT seems to be one of them So a new phone at last Actually it s an old phone It s a year old already and has been replaced by a newer model But I am not one for buying the latest technology simply to be the latest if something else does the job just as well Yes the newer phone is better but would the average Joe really notice the difference A difference that would have cost me 200 at a time when that is a silly amount of money to waste So nope an old phone that was free on a monthly tariff that is also cheaper than the old tariff I bought it from CPW and if I could have had it delivered to the home it would have arrived last week but I wanted to collect from a store so had to wait 5 days before it would be available Not quite the click and collect that online purchases are supposed to offer And a chance for the sales person to try and unsuccessfully flog me an extended warranty The new old phone doesn t have a physical keyboard though such things are deemed out of date so I shall struggle with the touchscreen but in the knowledge that I can buy a keyboard adaptor if I really need to But it has a better camera so can act as an emergency standby should my main camera finally die as that seems increasingly likely to do so

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/10/new-mobile-phone/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A Victorian shop and a roof garden at John Lewis – IanVisits
    years of retailing heritage From the founding father through to the son who gave it all away following a near death bed conversion through the destruction of WW2 and the rebuilding that followed Through the dark and gloomy world of Victorian retailing suddenly into the bright white heat of technology and then beyond It s a not entirely surprisingly rather upbeat vision of the retailer and its history and much is made of the Partnership scheme which marks the company as ever so slightly different from the rest I do wonder how much of that difference is due to the Partnerships and how much is down to the fact that as a retailer it undeniably caters to a more upmarket customer base Would the Partnership issue still define the retailer the same way if it was a variant of Lidl Should your wallet fell suitably upmarket there is a history book for sale for 20 just outside the old store which is inside the modern store Of course what you really want to do is head upstairs further still to the fifth floor for on the sixth floor is a roof top garden which is accessed via the fire exit on the fifth floor For a short while you can relax on the fake grass that independent greengrocers used to cover their displays with before the independent greengrocer disappeared along with their paper wrapped apples and soil covered potatoes It s not all fake grass and nostalgia up here though the edges have been lined with real plants the roofs are covered with real plants and it is actually surprisingly easy to forget that the ground is not as real A rather good facsimile of an English summer garden fete and of course no garden summer fete can be quite

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/09/victorian-shop-roof-garden-john-lewis/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Crossrail 2 could lose both its Chelsea and Hackney Stations – IanVisits
    to the point of the line however even with the identified savings Reply SurboTurbo says June 9 2014 at 10 34 am The dog leg detour to Chelsea has never made any sense for the vast majority of commuters coming from the south west It would needlessly add 5 minutes to the journey and given likely congestion at Tottenham Court Road increase the likliehood that City Canary Wharf bound SW London commuters would opt to use the existing Waterloo route instead That would obviously undermine the whole rationale of CR2 as a congestion reliever for sw london Reply dave says June 9 2014 at 10 40 am Instead of kinking to the west and serving affluent Chelsea could it not kink east instead and give us another station south of the river where public transport is massively overcrowded Reply ianvisits says June 9 2014 at 11 01 am Such a loop would struggle to economically go anywhere other than where two new Northern Line tube stations are already planned Reply Tim says June 10 2014 at 8 33 am The whole project should be scrapped and instead transport projects outside London should be given priority funding Reply ianvisits says June 10 2014 at 8 42 am Funding for CR2 is not a case of build one railway somewhere and London won the bid to the detriment of other bidders but an investment that will pay back more in economic growth than it costs to build the railway In other words UK PLC makes a profit on the deal If you can make similar arguments elsewhere then do so as it becomes much easier to then win the bidding for funding for those projects Reply Tim says June 11 2014 at 8 29 am It s the obsession with BCRs that has led to the complete disparity in regional funding In the end they are just made up numbers complete guesses figures plucked out of the air Fairness should be a much greater consideration and it s time to redress the balance away from London Reply Abraham says June 11 2014 at 11 59 am Why not just cancel the Chelsea stations and have the line go strait from Clapham Junction to Victoria but instead build a new underground line from Victoria to Old Oak Common via Fulham Broadway Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush with two intermediate stations being in Chelsea That opens up a transport Corridor which would be very welcome in both Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham and will take capacity of the district line during Chelsea matches If they do decide to build a station in Chelsea on crossrail 2 this underground line that I have suggested could start at Chelsea rather than Victoria Reply Transtraxman says June 18 2014 at 5 04 pm You cannot base the construction of an expensive underground line on its use being at most for 4 hours on one day every two weeks Reply Paul says June 18 2014 at 10 41 pm

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/09/crossrail-2-lose-chelsea-hackney-stations/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Crossrail stations exhibition opens in City Hall – IanVisits
    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 has set up a display of the initial design proposals for public areas surrounding 31 of its stations It s a bit of a display boards on stands sort of exhibition and nothing about the tunnels here it s all about the stations themselves Some stations are obviously huge new constructions but once you get away from Zone 2 and into the regional stations Crossrail is more about refurbishing existing mainline stations Although Abbey Wood is getting a new station with a distinctive Manta Ray design Lifts licks of paint new paving slabs Not as sexy in some respects as the big tunnels but probably more important in a way as they are the places where people will feel comfortable waiting for a train or not Also with the increased crowds the stations have to be reconfigured somewhat to cope as do the streets and pavements outside them Wider pavements new crossings better bus stops In this regard Crossrail says it has learned from some of the mistakes of the past where stations were simply dumped where the tracks went This time they are trying to tie the stations more tightly into the local landscape and passenger needs Not always easy as some of the existing stations are in very odd places indeed The design proposals on display are at a high level

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/08/crossrail-stations-exhibition-opens-in-city-hall/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A hidden garden of delights in Peckham – IanVisits
    Square is the sort of gated community that would destroy the loathing felt by some for gated communities for it is truly a community And a seemingly rather eclectic one Every single one of the little cottages has a small patch of garden and every single one of them has been tended with some degree of care whether it be a small patio for sitting in or a riot of planting On this the annual open day the residents didn t just put on a display of gardens but a display of their characters Books for sale pots for sale paintings for sale brick a brac for sale Tea cakes pimms music all the fun of an English summer fair squashed into a narrow alley in a way that meant squeezing past people often caused most un English levels of intimacy While most of Choumert Square is more of an alley there is indeed a hidden square at the far end Well a hidden rectangle to be accurate Less planting here more communal space and a momentary respite from the tube style intimately of the narrow space behind There is barely space to swing a cat although about a dozen cats live here including one astonishingly handsome chap who loved tummy strokes The owner suddenly realised she could have charged 50p for a cat stroke to raise money for charity on the day Maybe next year The open day is a charity fund raiser with the 4 entry going to the National Gardens Scheme and some of the other items sold within the same Such is the riot of planting that bees were seem being busy almost everywhere and totally ignoring the sweet cakes and drinks handled by humans A couple of police men popped in for a look and

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/08/hidden-garden-delights-peckham/ (2016-02-16)
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  • See London’s Six Swiss Railway Clocks – IanVisits
    s famous accuracy and timekeeping If you want to see these clocks synchronize in unison then a Swiss railway station would seem the place to be or London maybe In fact there is a cluster of Swiss railway clocks here in London At Canary Wharf to be precise Back in 1999 Canary Wharf wanted a village square clock as a meeting place next to the soon to be completed Jubilee Line station and put out a tender To everyone s surprise rather than one clock they went for six of them The design by Konstantin Grcic has one slight difference from the Swiss clocks in that each face only has one numeral With six clocks and twelve faces the numbers on the clocks collectively add up to make a single face If you are particularly clever you can say you will meet under the 4 clock at 4 O clock Other than that they behave exactly like their Swiss counterparts with a seconds hand that also takes 58 5 seconds to reach the 59th second Facebook 104 Google 4 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 31 31 139 canary wharf 8 thoughts on See London s Six Swiss Railway Clocks James Cridland says June 7 2014 at 8 08 pm I am quite a fan of my picture holding up a Mondaine watch against one of these Do I win a prize Reply Antonio Rodríguez says June 9 2014 at 6 26 pm After Apple being sued by the company that makes these clocks for using its design as an iOS icon without autorization it s ironic that the typeface used for the numbers in the faces is Chicago which was designed specifically to be the original Macintosh s system font Reply ianvisits says June 9 2014 at 6 49 pm

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/07/see-londons-six-swiss-railway-clocks/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 A farewell to the last of the C Stock trains Diamond Geezer InPost has installed its first parcel locker at a London Underground station PTI London Underground will start closing ticket offices by the end of the year Tube boss Mike Brown today told London Assembly Members Mayor Watch A man reportedly set himself on fire in Holborn during rush hour on Wednesday London24 London businesses and MPs have backed calls for Boris Johnson to lay on extra late night Underground services to get fans home after England s opening World Cup game against Italy Evening Standard Crossrail Redesigned proposals for improvements to Ealing Broadway station have been revealed by Crossrail Press Release Newham commuters have started an online campaign for a fully accessible Crossrail station at Manor Park Newham Recorder DfT and TfL publish report setting out options for step free Crossrail Press Release Crossrail starts shortest tunnel drive Construction Index Bombardier to build new test facility for Crossrail trains Global Rail News Mainline Overground The man who started a late night sing song on a Southeastern train travelling through Bromley and Swanley has been named News Shopper Rail workers on the Heathrow Express service went on strike on the day that Heathrow Terminal 2 opened BBC News Commuters have criticised a decision not to replace disgusting trains for three years on a major line through Waltham Forest Local Guardian Colas Rail and TNT Express have operated a trial freight train from Rugby to London Euston carrying express parcels and perishable products for distribution in central London Railway Gazette Queen Unveils

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/06/weekly-round-londons-railway-transport-news-51/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tours and Talks around Battersea Power Station – IanVisits
    West Hampstead Life Nine Elms on the South Bank is hosting a series of events throughout June as part of London Festival of Architecture LFA Three out of four days of the showcase will take place on the site of Battersea Power Station with the other taking place in Ballymore s Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite There will be tours around the a walk past building site at Battersea Power Station or alternatively a visit to the roof of the Embassy Gardens marketing suite There will also be two architectural walks around Nine Elms on the South Bank How to secure tickets Those wishing to attend the talks or walks must register their interest by sending their contact details and their attendance preferences by email to nineelmsonthesouthbank thecommunicationgroup co uk While the event is free to attend spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and admittance will not be granted to those not on the list The Programme Thursday 19 June 11am 1pm The Missing Link Erect Architects J L Gibbons Landscape Architects and Vauxhall One talk through plans for the Public Realm across Vauxhall 2 4pm KPF architects present their vision for One Nine Elms an integral part of the Vauxhall Tall Towers cluster reaching 60 storeys at its highest point Venue Battersea Power Station Friday 20 June 11am 1pm Wandsworth and Lambeth Council Planning teams discuss Nine Elms and Vauxhall from a local council perspective 2 4pm A talk from Foster Partners on the architecture of Phase 3 Battersea Power Station and The Electric Boulevard a new High Street for London Venue Battersea Power Station 11am 12 30pm Vauxhall One lead a talking tour of Nine Elms on the South Bank Commencing at Battersea Power Station the tour will finish at the Garden Museum at

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/05/tours-and-talks-around-battersea-power-station/ (2016-02-16)
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