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  • Last chance to visit the De Morgan Centre before it closes – IanVisits
    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 You have less than a month left to visit the De Morgan Centre before it closes its doors possibly for a very long time The what centre It s a small art gallery museum that focuses on the pottery of unsurprisingly William De Morgan and the paintings by his wife Evelyn De Morgan It s a bit of an acquired taste as an art form Either you like Arts and Crafts style pots or Pre Raphaelite chocolate box paintings or not It like it but in moderation However the collection has struggled a bit in recent years with the foreclosure of the lease on their original site by Wandsworth Council in 2009 Since 2011 they have occupied what might be considered a spare space at the Wandsworth Museum Now that museum is also moving and so the current site has to also be vacated They said that they will look for a new permanent home for the collection in a location with good amenities and footfall but if you want to see the current collection in its current location then you have until the 28th June After that who knows when the display will be seen again Entry to the museum is 4 50 and it is open Tue Fri noon to 4pm and on Saturday 11am 5pm map link Their final

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  • Memorial sound to echo down the Thames – IanVisits
    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 eerie sound may be heard along the Thames later this month as all ships jointly sound their horns in mourning The event is not a mandatory one but ships are being encouraged to sound one long prolonged blast of their ship horns at 6pm on the 28th June to indicate mourning in memory of the firing of the first shot in World War One It s actually a UNESCO idea for all vessels moored in harbours worldwide to use a remembrance sound signal The Port of London Authority has now granted authority to ships to do that if they want to As an event it might be something that is more spectacular if that s the right word for a memorial further down the river near the ports where more cargo boats are based Although if HMS Belfast joins in then that could be quite something to hear In addition vessels underway in the port are encouraged to fly their ship s flag ensign at half mast at this time in conjunction with ships at sea Facebook 37 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 12 12 50 port of london authority thames 2 thoughts on Memorial sound to echo down the Thames Christopher West says June 5 2014 at 6 57 am Interesting article Maybe the boats in St

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/04/memorial-sound-to-echo-down-the-thames/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Overnight rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament – IanVisits
    bus delivery truck or worker but the whole area was sealed off and given over to the military For this was the traditional early hours rehearsal for the State Opening of Parliament The roads usually close at 3am so it was a bit alarming to see them still in use when I arrived but lots of police around suggested something was afoot and indeed this time they decided to close the roads at 4am as frankly that s when it all starts The military form up along the route just as they will on the formal event although this morning having the luxury of wearing normal uniforms and not the heavy full regalia of ceremonial dress That aside what takes place is exactly as will happen at the main event A pleasant morning weather turned wet for a while but calmed down enough to cope with The police were generally in the usual chatty mood that I find on this early rehearsals There s hardly anyone around so the job of crowd control is replaced with chatting to the few bystanders who know what is happening or the occasional people passing through who needed redirecting At around 4 20am the musical marchers turned up and found their place along with lots of shouting in the distance for the honour guards that lined the route Around 4 40 the main action commenced and royal carriages made their way down Whitehall to the Sovereign s Entrance built above a sewer by the way and passed within to the courtyard on the other side A suitable delay and off back out they went The horses trotted off and slowly the military formed back up and left The next army took over the army of street cleaners to remove the muck the horses leave

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/03/overnight-rehearsal-of-the-state-opening-of-parliament/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Lego exhibition comes to London – IanVisits
    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 They seem to be announcing it rather early but later this year will be a chance to see an awful lot of plastic bricks on Brick Lane in East London Specifically a big display of large Lego sculptures is being put on inside the Old Truman Brewery near to Shoreditch Overground station What can be seen as part art event part geeky fun and frankly part promo for a plastic toy manufacturer the Art of Brick exhibition should have more than 75 objects on display made from over a million bricks You can already book tickets even though the venue doesn t open until this September I suspect the 20 foot tall Tyrannosaurus will be the most popular item on display However it better be really good to justify the 16 50 entry price for weekend tickets Not sure why the T Cs need to explicitly state No use of illegal drugs Isn t that implicit in the fact that they are illegal Of course being London the best Lego is the ones used to create tube maps last year Facebook 49 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 5 Twitter 25 25 81 lego

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/03/lego-exhibition-comes-to-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Post Office Railway a step closer to offering public tours – IanVisits
    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 Plans to open the mothballed Post Office Railway to the public as part of a new museum got a boost today when the Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a 4 5 million grant to the British Postal Museum Archive BPMA Approximately 95 funded the museum says that it is now focusing on raising the remaining capital necessary to enter the build phase with construction expected to begin later this year When completed the new museum will do the usual that you would expect for a museum of postal heritage However it s the plans to open up the subterranean railway that garnered the most attention after I first highlighted

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  • Ride around Colindale in a Tank this weekend – IanVisits
    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 Almost missed this one but as part of the D Day events this weekend there is a chance to ride around Colindale in an Armoured Personnel Carrier or as they put it a tank Technically not a tank but surely even the most tedious of pedants will not begrudge them that The FV432 which is the APC in question was introduced in the early 1960s around the 3000 were built it has seen service all over the world with the British Army Recent upgrades has seen its service life extended under the name of Bulldog Depending on your perspective about the area an opportunity to lay waste to the local architecture is not on offer Nor sadly I presume a chance to tear up the lawn of the local police training grounds Tours will depart from the RAF Museum and all slots must be pre booked Tickets can be reserved here Each tank tour lasts for 20 minutes and costs 8 arrive on site 10 minutes before your booking Of course

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/02/ride-around-colindale-in-a-tank-this-weekend/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tickets go on sale for a London Underground Tour – IanVisits
    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 Tickets to ride around the sub surface lines in the last of the old C Stock trains are going on sale today It s a special tour around the network as the old workhorses of the circle line come to the end of their lives The farewell tour itself takes place on the 29th June and lasts pretty much the entire day Departing from Moorgate this official last C stock tour covers its former territory including the Hammersmith City Circle and District Lines and finishes at Hammersmith Passengers will have the opportunity to visit the London Transport Museum pop up shop at Barking Station

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/02/tickets-for-a-london-underground-tour/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A chance to sit in the cockpit of a nuclear bomber aircraft – IanVisits
    Vulcan bombers did indeed bomb Port Stanley although it was the Brits doing the attacking While of militarily dubious practical use the attack demonstrated UK resolve in retaking the islands so had enormous propaganda benefits Also the sheer difficulty of flying half way across the planet has rightly gone down as one of the great aeronautic accomplishments The planes were mothballed following the end of the cold war and while one is still flying and another might be restored to flight the rest are in museums including one in London The bomber in the RAF Museum is now open for access on the last Wednesday of the month although June has already sold out and there are only a few slots left for July Clamber up the two ladders through the cabin and into the cockpit where one of the museum aircraft team will talk you through every nook and cranny of the flight deck Book tickets here Facebook 1 7k Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 29 29 1 7k raf museum 14 thoughts on A chance to sit in the cockpit of a nuclear bomber aircraft Andrew says June 1 2014 at 11 46 pm Hmm 20 I am torn between thinking that is a far too much and b a bargain I think your last link should go to http www rafmuseum org uk london whats going on events acces the avro vulcan Reply ianvisits says June 2 2014 at 6 48 am Fixed Thanks Reply Des says June 2 2014 at 7 25 am It only costs 50p to go in the vulcans cockpit at Newark if it s open 20 is far too much Reply baz says June 2 2014 at 9 56 pm The Solway Aviation Museum At Carlisle Airport have a Avro Vulcan B 2 XJ823 that you can go inside for a lot less than that http www solway aviation museum co uk page id 105 go to there and look for Vulcan Cockpit 360 Degree View to see it now Reply Martin Walker says June 2 2014 at 7 30 am I go to airshows each year to watch XH558 fly Would love to get an opportunity to get to go inside But being nowhere near London guess I ll keep dreaming And the price isn t too bad to keep a piece of history for future generations Reply John Broadfoot says June 2 2014 at 7 40 am Fantastic Aircraft Do not worry The Cockpit Price is there To keep it SAFE JB Reply Chris Bates says June 2 2014 at 7 48 am 20 is a complete rip off As stated above Newark and for that matter Midland Air Museum at Coventry charge 50p or 1 Reply Jim says June 2 2014 at 7 53 am Just a word Midland Air Museum have a Vulcan on static display cockpit access is only permitted now under supervision this was due to some low life stealing a piece from the

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