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  • Expandable dress creates a personal space on trains – IanVisits
    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 An American designer has developed an expanding dress that can theoretically be worn on public transport and used to deter overly affectionate menfolk from getting too close It s just one of those daft concepts designed to get headlines but the use of a demonstration video in Hong Kong alludes to the stereotype of some Asian men being a rather lecherous in their behaviour on trains The dress in question seems to be a bit well weird

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/27/expandable-dress-creates-a-personal-space-on-trains/ (2016-02-16)
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  • We are living in the era of Phantom Time – IanVisits
    meant that 13 days were added to the Gregorian calendar but in fact just ten days were added If the calendars were to be in sync then some 300 years of solar discrepancy had somehow not happened Where had it gone Even more curiously in the 10th century Romanesque architecture was still prevalent in Western Europe yet if the Roman empire had indeed fallen 500 years earlier then the architecture should have long fallen out of favour But maybe it would still be in use if only 200 years had passed Somehow the entire European calendar had jumped from 614 to 911 seemingly overnight It is not the year 2014 but actually 1718 It is thought by those who subscribe to the theory of Phantom Time that the adjustment was introduced by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III who wanted to be on the throne at the moment of the first Millennium so ordered all the calendars changed to reflect that The significance being that it was thought that Jesus would return to earth on the Millennium and Christianity being a remarkably flexible religion decided being rather bored of waiting around for a thousand years they could speed things up a bit simply by changing the date on the calendar Pretending it s Christmas Day doesn t actually make it so though and even if Jesus was planning a return visit he presumably stuck two fingers up at the Emperor and declined the invitation Of course the other reason why Jesus might have declined to pop down other than the obvious one that Jesus is a myth is that the era of Phantom Time is also a myth Or more correctly a conspiracy theory invented by the by German historian and publisher Heribert Illig He genuinely noticed that there seemed to be some problems and then taking a range of unrelated incidents created a conspiracy theory around them It is also a theory that doesn t stand up to any serious investigation Too much evidence of things happening during the missing 300 years exists to disprove the theory Also it would be essentially impossible to have concealed such a dramatic shift in European calendars from history The conspiracy theory was presented at a conference in June 2005 You can read the paper here Of course what this goes to show is that if you take a collection of unrelated facts it is often easy to link them together to create an unsubstantiated theory You can draw a pentagram over London in all sorts of places if you chose the correct buildings for the key points Doesn t mean London was designed by a master planner with demonic intent just that a lot of buildings just happen to be in locations that you pre selected That tens of thousands of other buildings are in the wrong location is overlooked Such is the delight of conspiracy theories More worryingly though had the theory been correct then England wouldn t have had an

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/26/we-are-living-in-the-era-of-phantom-time/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 2 – IanVisits
    Holiday giving TfL and the Brunel Museum three whole days of track access Three days incidentally that the railway couldn t perform its normal function and lead to lots of people turning up at Rotherhithe Station hoping to catch a train and sent away often snarling a bit Not snarling was the queue that waited around the corner for their chance to walk through a tunnel that normally carries about 60 000 people per day through it Air conditioned carriages filled with glum commuter faces replaced with excited faces walking along the tracks instead In through the main single span arch and down to the twin arches of the original Brunel tunnel Some of the arches within are still exposed with brick as a compromise with the heritage lobby who wanted the entire tunnel restored The rest is sympathetically coated in concrete Preserving the tunnel by coating it in concrete was a controversial decision but then again these rare tunnel tours aside who ever sees them And the new lining is rated to last for 120 years At the entrance to the twin tunnels the gushing sound of water can be heard and little known is that beneath the feet lies two more levels of hidden chambers These are the sump pumps that store the water leaking into the tunnel and then pump it away Even down here the tunnel has hidden depths Above the heads a concrete slab is fairly recent and now forms the floor of a theatre space being built inside Brunel s original shaft The shaft at Wapping station is still in use for stairs and lifts but here it will become a theatre space for the museum In fact with half the 72 000 raised from ticket sales going to the museum this is a major contributor to the 125 000 they need to fit out the shaft more permanently Any rich benefactors to stump up the rest The other half of the funds goes to the Railway Children charity and all the staff around during the weekend are unpaid volunteers Our guide on this trip was the Brunel Museum s own Robert Hulse giving a talk about the history of what he calls the 8th wonder of the world The history of the tunnel is recounted elsewhere though so I wont repeat that I am sure the 4 000 visitors will have been exhorted to buy a copy of the guide book as well The Thames Tunnel is not a tourist attraction and frankly with the Overground upgrades in the area expected to be completed later this year unless Crossrail unexpectedly needs to close Whitechappel again tours like this are probably a decade or more away While there are limited opportunities for another walk through something as exciting is being planned Subject to all the boxes being ticked all the paperwork being signed and the contracts agreed then next year they hope to run a steam train around the London Overground And yes through

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/25/walking-through-a-tunnel-under-the-thames-part-2/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1 – IanVisits
    finally entering the long straight length of tunnel that runs under the Thames itself A long unremittingly dull walk Footstep after footstep of dull grimy tile cladding monotony Yet down here is also the half way mark although not marked at the exact half way point But visual respite eventually comes in the third of the shafts and the northern counterpart to the spiral staircase we passed an age back Again the staircase is sealed off although you can get a bit closer to this one as the metal fence is either missing or never put in place Here the tunnel also takes on a new aspect almost as if the Northern side wants to be different from the Southern Where that was several straight lengths with sharp corners here all is long winding curves A long undulating curve to the left that ducks under The Highway and leads to the last of the ventilation shafts and one designs solely for that purpose And then a wide arc of a curve to the right and at last you can start to see daylight in the distance And eventually out into air that is as polluted as London air is yet feels a blessing of sweet countryside freshness by comparison to what has been endured within An estimated 20 people per day walk down this tunnel and hardly any more could want to It s noisy dirty unpleasant polluted and therefore quite obviously every Londoner should do walk though it at least once Facebook 24 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 77 Twitter 23 23 125 rotherhithe thames tunnel 15 thoughts on Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames Part 1 Edwin Chappell says May 24 2014 at 9 01 pm Well done for being that brave or mad and showing us all this walk I am fascinated by the fact that 20 people walk this tunnel each day Who had the exciting task of sitting there and counting them I wonder Reply Penny says May 24 2014 at 9 12 pm Is the pedestrian pavement really as narrow as it looks I would be worried about fast cars driving close to me Reply Ian N says May 25 2014 at 2 34 pm It has average speed cameras at either end now that ensure the traffic all drives below 20mph Did used to get some numpty driving in there before the cameras went in Reply Greg Tingey says May 25 2014 at 6 47 am The Tunnel entrances certainly the North one anyway are Listed Buildings Reply Pedantic of Purley says May 25 2014 at 9 55 am I am planning a walk trough but not until the only vehicles allowed are pollution free and they have cleaned it up I hope one day that happens and that they restore the staircases Reply Roger says May 25 2014 at 10 02 am I drove past you yesterday as you were taking pictures in the tunnel I did wonder who on earth

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/24/walking-through-a-tunnel-under-the-thames-part-1/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Platform to train ramps to be installed at Kilburn Stanmore and Wembley Park stations Get West London Tube network could be affected by strike action LBC and cancelled at the last minute Evening Standard Two left in race for 600m Northern Line extension Construction Enquirer Also It could be completed before Crossrail according to the project s head Graeme Shaw Global Rail News Steam trains to return to the London Underground IanVisits Hounslow East tube station inspires new artwork Get West London Crossrail Rail users make case for accessible Seven Kings Crossrail station Ilford Recorder Crossrail has won the London Infrastructure civil engineering award for managing to build Canary Wharf station beneath the docks and for restoring an old Victorian tunnel in east London Newham Recorder Tunneller to retire after 50 years underground Construction Enquirer Mainline Overground Pictured Train mayhem after man lies down on track near Penge East News Shopper Heathrow Express staff plan bank holiday walkout Socialist Worker Rail engineers on the Thameslink line are to be balloted on strike action over jobs which the RMT says follows the contract signed with Siemens BBC News Govia wins Thameslink rail franchise BBC News HS2 recruits Thameslink boss Construction Index King of the Underworld Building The Thames Tunnel London Reconnections DLR Blind man 80 assaulted on DLR at Canning Town

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/23/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-49/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Steam trains to return to the London Underground – IanVisits
    A short note that there will be more steam trains on the London Underground later this year Just a short comment in the Transport Museum blog that a small number of steam outings are planned on the network for 2014 The first outing will be the 2nd and 9th August to mark the Centenary of the Hammersmith City Line The train will be made up of Met No 1 Met Milk Van Chesham Set the restored Jubilee Coach 353 and the 1920s Sarah Siddons electric locomotive There will be five public journeys throughout the day The first run will go between Northfields and Moorgate steam hauled the next 3 runs will go from Moorgate to Hammersmith and return to Moorgate electric hauled out steam back and the last run will run from Moorgate to Northfields electric hauled steam assisted The second outing will be the weekend of 16th 17th August Ride the steam train on the Metropolitan line between Rickmansworth and Chesham The train will be made up of Met No 1 Met Milk Van the Chesham Set Jubilee Coach 353 and Sarah Siddons There will also be more tours of Aldwych tube station which is almost becoming a 6 monhtly routine now It may be the Year of the Bus the railway side hasn t been overlooked Naturally I ll flag them up on here as soon as booking details are released Enjoy the Thames Tunnel walks this weekend if you are going on one Updated added details for the August outing Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 13 13 14 london underground steam train 5 thoughts on Steam trains to return to the London Underground edb says May 23 2014 at 8 35 am As I understand it some of the trips will be celebrating

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/23/steam-trains-to-return-to-the-london-underground/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Rare photograph of London in 1845 gets first ever public display – IanVisits
    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 new exhibition opens next month at the Museum of London Docklands that offers a chance to see a rare photograph of a long lost bridge over the Thames Where the Hungerford railway bridge at Charing Cross now stands used to be an early suspension bridge built just for pedestrians Although I have written about it before and there are plenty of drawings photographs are somewhat rarer The photograph that will go on display is in fact the oldest photograph in the museum s collection and was taken by the photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot in 1845 The exhibition itself opens at the end of June and runs until November but due to the fragile nature of this special photograph it will only be on display for the first month of the exhibition and then in a special dark room with a push button light to briefly see it This delicate salt print photograph is based on a technique that predates the conventional photograph Fox Talbot began developing his calotype photographic process in the 1830s but only published his work in 1839 Up until 1845 methods of fixing an image were not fool proof and it was not until that year that he made his major breakthrough So this photo of Hungerford Bridge is also one of the earliest that could have survived intact This delicate salt print has never been out on

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/22/rare-photograph-of-london-in-1845-gets-first-ever-public-display/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Plans to revamp the riverside walkways in the City of London – IanVisits
    has the more developed and cultural route to walk along The City of London side has always felt rather jumbled a bit 1970s in places non existent in others A lot quieter at weekends and actually quite a pleasant walk in a sort of ramshackle sort of way As the floating walkway plans were killed off that is presumably given the City a remit to take a fresh look at their riverside frontage and have opened a consultation about the plans Lacking a huge demolish it all and start again these are more tweaks and tidy up proposals but some of them are quite interesting There has actually been a plan in action since 2005 and 15 projects have been carried out Now they are on the final and by the sounds of it most significant phase For me one of the pleasures of this part of the riverside is in fact the lack of tarting up that has taken place The passage underneath Cannon Street is undeniably a municipal road The narrow alleyways under some offices are clean but a delightful diversion from almost anything elsewhere in London I love the high railings and narrow sometimes flooded path by Custom House It is the inconveniences that give the walk some of its flavour So while I think the plans to improve the already wide spaces look reasonable enough it would be a shame to lose the fences at Custom House Lets keep some of the difficulties intact One difficulty that might be restored is the currently sealed off passages underneath Globe View and a new passageway underneath a hotel planned at Queenhithe which will avoid the need to leave the riverside as head inland a bit to walk along a noisy main road They sound like they could also

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/21/plans-to-revamp-the-riverside-walkways-in-the-city-of-london/ (2016-02-16)
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