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  • Film screening – Glimpses of Lost London 1930-1980 – 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 For one week from this Friday the Hackney Playhouse will be screening Seven Streets Two Markets and A Wedding a collection of vintage film clips all about London There is something oddly compelling about films of the past an almost foreign land to us now It s not just the colour tone of the old films when they are in colour that look so odd but these are places that we instinctively know yet are strange to us The homogenous nature of the clothing the hairstyles even the faces seem odd ever so slightly different foreign maybe It s like watching footage of people at play in another country People at leisure in some far flung part of the Old Empire Yet this is London The past is foreign to us and as fascinating as a tourist holiday abroad This film travels from Brent to Southwark via Hackney and Hampstead Heath in this heritage showcase produced through Made in London a Film Hub London initiative It comprises ten films a mix of Super 8 and 16mm footage shot between 1932 and 1979 It s on at the Hackney Playhouse until next Thursday There are just seven screenings so it s a rare chance to see this film although

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/21/glimpses-of-lost-london-1930-1980/ (2016-02-16)
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  • TfL removes advert from website homepage – IanVisits
    spam team Google has a very strict policy that no website that wants to appear in Google search results should sell adverts on its website in a manner that passes pagerank from one website to another for payment Basically TfL has a website that thanks to being very popular has a pagerank of 8 10 Any link from the homepage will acquire some of that link juice and benefit from it So someone might offer to pay TfL to put a link on its website to theirs so that they benefit from the association And Google does not like that Not at all No really they do not like it Websites selling paid links are allowed to do so but only under a very specific situation where they add a special tag to the code to tell Google please no not consider this link Then Google will ignore it but we humans can still see it a href I am a special offer a needs to be a href rel nofollow I am a special offer a TfL hadn t done that A conversation with TfL last Friday confirmed that this was just an oversight and not meant to happen and as of today the link to the advertorial page has been removed from the website TfL has done the correct thing and it was just a little mistake that only us nerdish sorts would have actively noticed However Google s automated tools would have picked it up fairly quickly and might have slapped a search ranking penalty on the TfL website Had that happened then TfL s website might have been downgraded in the search results which would have lead to lots of people struggling to find it when looking online Sometimes as I know only too well it can take ages to recover in the Google search results even when it was just an innocent mistake or maybe as I am suspecting innocent oversights are actually harder to recover from With today s 6 monthly major Panda update at Google TfL has just avoided that Which is fortunate for all of us wanting to check the weekend engineering works Facebook 8 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5 14 tfl transport for london 2 thoughts on TfL removes advert from website homepage Greg Tingey says May 22 2014 at 6 40 am Which is fortunate for all of us wanting to check the weekend engineering works NO IT ISN T Because the ghastly still new TfL web disaster shows the weekend map as totally unreadable as it has done from day one The whole web site still after how many months does not have tube timetables nor first last tube train times An utter disgrace Reply Sam Jones says May 27 2014 at 5 06 am Ian interesting article and it made me think that it can t be that easy to be knocked down a page or ten by Google because we all know some

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  • Watch the ancient Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues on Friday – 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 The ancient Ceremony of the Constable s Dues will take place this coming Friday 23rd May as sailors from the German naval ship FGS Niedersachsen pay the traditional price for the protection offered by the Tower of London The tradition dates back to around the 14th Century when ships had to pay a fee to the Constable of the Tower for the added security that came from landing their cargo next to the Tower Today it is more of a quaint ceremony and very enjoyable to watch if you are into that sort of thing Past offerings have included barrels of rum or oysters mussels and cockles this year the Tower s Constable General the Lord Dannatt will be presented with a barrel of wine The ceremony takes place largely inside the Tower but there is some of it visible from outside The sailors and their barrel of wine will march to the Tower at noon where the gates are ceremonially shut in their face They seek permission to pay their Dues and the Yeomen then let them in and they march into the Tower where the presentation ceremony takes place If you re inside the Tower you can see the whole thing The photos above from the Ceremony that took place in 2012 In advance of the ceremony FGS Niedersachsen will

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/20/watch-the-ancient-ceremony-of-the-constables-dues-on-friday/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Win a trip in the drivers cab of a tube train – IanVisits
    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 One of the childish delights of the DLR is to sit at the front and pretend to be a train driver a joy denied to us on the rest of the tube network Until now For two people A chance to ride in the drivers cab of a new tube train which isn t technically a tube train but petty pedantry aside wooo Even well connected persons struggle to secure permission for a drivers cab trip so I suspect a lot of tube geeks will be trying to win this one To enter you have to leave a comment on their Facebook page telling them what famous monument the new train would be twice as high as Which is easy if you don t know as you can just read all the other comments and copy them The competition ends on 27 05 14 at midnight You have to be aged 18 or over to enter The formal prize is for two places to ride in a driver cab of a Tube car Circle District Metropolitan or Hammersmith and City lines anytime between June to September 2014 Failing that you could

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  • Free Tours of the Royal Navy flagship at Greenwich – IanVisits
    compartment allowing smaller boats inside to be launched which sounds very much like the sort of thing a James Bond villain s luxury yacht would do On previous occasions when tours of Royal Navy ships have been possible it s been turn up and queue for ages to get on board This time it s ticketed Reserve your free tickets for tours on either Sat 31st May or Sun 1st June The ship visit will be strictly for ticket holders only and free boat transfers will be provided from Greenwich Pier The visit will last approximately 90 minutes As well as the ship visit there will be opportunities to witness the capabilities of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines ashore in the Old Royal Naval College grounds It should go without saying but sometimes needs saying this is an operational warship and as such all visitors must be able to move around her without assistance The ship is large with steep ladders and hatches and is therefore unsuitable for those with limited mobility Oh and turning up with prams not such a good idea Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 14 Twitter 41 41 57 greenwich hms bulwark royal navy 8 thoughts on Free Tours of the Royal Navy flagship at Greenwich Weak Knees says May 19 2014 at 7 01 pm will you be going with your camera Ian so that the so that those of us who can t cope with steep ladders and hatches don t have to but can still experience it vicariously Reply ianvisits says May 20 2014 at 6 15 am I wont be as I am busy and have been on quite a few big ships before Reply Elaine says May 20 2014 at 6 45 pm Hi I would love too

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  • A hidden riot of greenery next to the Oval cricket ground – IanVisits
    vegetables on a plot of derelict land Today 30 years later while the vegetables have long since vanished the plot of land is a riot of planting that delights the eyes if you ever wander in Access to the plot is as novel as the land itself for you might should care to approach through Bonnington Square and in the corner spy a small door that has been left open A corridor through the house of dark blue decoration and into a wondrous lush feast of green awaits It s an irregular plot of land that exists due to the actions of the GLA in the 1970s They bought up the land for the Inner London Education Authority which wanted to demolish a plot of houses to create playing fields The plan was never carried out but following dereliction decay and squatting a block of Georgian era houses was demolished Then in 1984 people started growing veggies there and then a local association formed to turn it into a proper garden The garden was designed and laid out between 1986 and 1988 and what was once an open plot with aspirations has now grown into a maze of nooks and alcoves to get lost in Thin winding paths that are sometimes almost too overgrown to pass along and yet all the more fun to squeeze through are dotted with splashes of colour in mosaic form which were added in 2009 At one end a couple of ladies were chatting on the swing At the other a chap engrossed in his laptop computer not even look as a photographer wandered around Some musicians passed through using the garden as a pleasant shortcut to the main road that runs along side For the past decade there has been an entrance on Harleyford

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  • 30th anniversary of the “monstrous carbuncle” speech – IanVisits
    few people do and read the speech in full the Prince who is often shown as being old fashioned was not expressing distaste for modern architecture in principle What he actually said in full is that he would understand better this type of high tech approach if you demolished the whole of Trafalgar Square and started again with a single architect responsible for the entire layout but what is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend So it was just one building in an area that wasn t really appropriate for it that concerned him More damningly it just wasn t very good architecture either Really good modern work can sit next to classical buildings and each enhances the other to the greater good The National Gallery proposal was neither good nor an enhancement It needed to be cancelled And cancelled it was then replaced with a building that shaken from the controversy of its previous plans seemed to seek to be as inoffensive as possible and probably now is too insignificant and too overlooked to be of much use other than a repository of additional square footage within The media fuss over the speech did shake up more than just this one building though and probably set back hi tech modern architecture a good decade before any planners would dare to approve anything so dramatic again The public generally sided with the Prince not the architects However while many bemoan that interfering old fool I think that largely it did architects a favour London and many cities held back a bit from excessively modern buildings and in doing so architects and structural engineers had more time to experiment on smaller scales and learn from the mistakes that were inevitable Much

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Scottish bank notes refused on London Underground Scotsman The comments correct the article Scottish banknotes are not legal tender Investigation under way after Tube train collision BBC News Anger as students rainbow mural advert is painted over at Archway tube station Islington Tribune Londoners overwhelmingly support calls to ban strikes unless more than half the workforce votes for them a poll reveals Evening Standard Magnum ice cream have wrapped a Central line tube train with an advert The Drum Crossrail Union activists are set to hold demonstrations across the Crossrail project if they are not given a greater role in the management of safety Construction Index Mainline Overground Rare ale tankards and pipes used by drinkers in London more than 650 years ago have been unearthed near the city s oldest railway station Daily Mail In Pictures A look Around King s Cross London Reconnections North Kent MPs have called on skanky Southeastern to speed up the refund process for disgruntled commuters News Shopper The future of Euston station continues to hang in the balance amid concerns from campaigners that the interests of private developers and property speculators are winning over senior political figures Ham High Miscellaneous Man

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