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  • Parliament appoints a Suffragette Artist-in-Residence – IanVisits
    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 Parliament has commissioned an artist Mary Branson as its official Suffragette Artist in Residence to develop a permanent work of art to commemorate the women s suffrage campaign This work will commemorate the protests which led to the 1918 and 1928 Acts of Parliament that gave women the vote What s worth considering though is that while Parliament now has an artist in residence it once had a Suffragette in Residence Albeit one that Parliament never intended to have On the night of 2nd April 1911 Emily Wilding entered Parliament as the public are permitted to and then managed to hide inside a cupboard inside the chapel that leads off from Westminster Great Hall and spent the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/15/parliament-appoints-a-suffragette-artist-in-residence/ (2016-02-16)
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  • This Saturday — test Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal Building – IanVisits
    Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life As the new Terminal 2 prepares to open later this year they have been carrying out tests with members of the general public pretending to be a passenger This Saturday is the last of the trials and they still have places left if you want to get an early view of the new terminal building It s a bit of a slog frankly and last time I did one they refused to let us take photos but can be fun if you want to do something a little bit different You need to register for the T2 Trials then reserve a slot for the trials this weekend Warning don t use your normal web password when registering as they send you the confirmation email with your password in plain text for anyone to see Considering their weird and very tight password rules to send your supposedly secure password in plain text via an email is a hideous security mistake While you are there though take a trip over to Terminal 5 and have a play on their private pod railway Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 7 heathrow 4 thoughts on This Saturday test Heathrow Airport s new Terminal Building dave says May 13 2014 at 12 49 pm Looks like registration is closed Reply Tom Jones says May 13 2014 at 1 12 pm Booo Thank you for your interest in helping us get Terminal 2 ready Unfortunately registration for trials is currently closed Reply David says May 13 2014 at 2 20 pm I went to the trial on April 30th where they were more than happy for us to snap away except in the Security check area and

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  • Night Bus – IanVisits
    up Tulse Hill a steady climb The gradient s against her but she s on time Past empty streets as the night gets colder Past nightclubs and taxis waiting on the hard shoulder Diesel grumbling noisily as she passes Silent miles of sleeping houses with gardens of neat cut grasses Early birds turn their heads as she approaches Stare at buses as bleary eyed passengers look back from within coaches Drunken revelers cannot turn her course They stager on with barely a pause In the flats above shops she passes no one wakes But a smartphone in the bedroom gently shakes Dawn freshens the climb is done Down towards Clapham she descends Towards new blocks of flats yelping down the glade of cranes Towards the fields of apparatus the concrete towers Set on the dark plain like gigantic chessmen Clapham waits for her In the side street and the high street Men long for respite from a long walk home Utterances of relief as she approaches the bus stop Utterances of thanks as they embark the bus Clutching bills and invitations To nightclub events a weekend away And text messages glow with timid lovers declarations Selfies with snaps to enlarge in Messages with faces learing in the margin Texts from flatmates friends and drunken acquaintances Written on smartphones of every shape and hue The white the black the gaudy decorated cover The smartphone fashion icon held by users catty boring or adoring Long nights out reveling Hearts relaxed by alcohol leading to outpouring Clever stupid short and long The typed and the printed and the spelt all wrong Thousands are still asleep Dreaming of terrifying monsters Or of friendly coffee in Starrbucks or a Costas Asleep in working Balham asleep in well set Tooting Asleep in South Morden They continue

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  • A few random thoughts… – IanVisits
    questions What are the Must Sees the Must Eats the Must Dos the Must Experiences etc etc etc I see reviews in newspapers describing a television show as a Must Watch Art gallery exhibitions are Must Sees Restaurants are Must Book Reservations Everything is a must do now What happens if you don t do something described as a must do Do you die Imprisoned If you are visiting London the only things you Must Do are eat drink and sleep Everything else is optional No museum art gallery or event is so exceptional that it becomes a Must See to the point that a failure to see it is so catastrophic that frankly you might as well just kill yourself now I know it is just semantics but damn it s an annoying one Celebrity and Wikipedia Whenever someone famous does something deemed to be news worthy has sex sings a song gets arrested dies I sometimes struggle to work out the deep level of public interest Yes I can google the name to figure out who they are Yes I can read up their list of things the famous person has done on Wikipedia or other suitable sites But what is lacking is the emotional explanation I intellectually know who OneDirection are or who a range of celebs are thanks to a spreadsheet of achievements but what these websites rarely explain is why the public hold them in levels of adoration that goes vastly beyond simple popularity I am still left baffled Remember how people used to write bluffers guide to the classics and high culture so you could get away with attending a dinner party We need something similar for popular culture Not just that celeb A is now sleeping with celeb B but why it is deemed to be newsworthy that they have done so Thanks I put out a bit of a desperate plea last week as money was proving to be rather non existent at the moment I have been genuinely stunned at the reaction and deeply grateful for all the contributions As much as the money salves the fiscal wound it has been the comments that were most uplifting Having run a number of websites and services that were a bit generic I have tried with IanVisits to be a bit more unusual and fill a gap that needed filling even if only to give me something to do The events guide itself only evolved into existence by accident but seems to have been a very happy accident As much as I know people read the website what matters more to me is that people are actually going out and doing things It is exceptionally rewarding to know that you are having enjoyable days out as a result of the work put into compiling the events guide Again thanks It meant a lot Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 1 5 thoughts on A few random thoughts Adam

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  • Brixton’s Burdensome Barrier Building – IanVisits
    onto internal facilities not bedrooms and lounges The concrete overhangs and zig zag shape a rudimentary method of breaking up the noise of the motorist Southwyck House is a barrier and not unsurprisingly known locally as Barrier Block Curiously had the flyover been built we might look at it today as a wise and clever design but shorn of its primary function it is left with just its secondary task to house people And the people were reluctant to come Squatted in by some it later became notorious for crime and drugs in the early 1980s The monolithic block was later split into three separate units to break up the pedestrian rat runs that had perpetuated crime although they have have limited effect on the drugs and other social problems Two inserts at either end of the barrier block are almost reminiscent of East German watch towers less facilitating access for residents than watching over them The steel entrance and glass blocks are more designed to withstand abuse than welcome visitors Two noisome corridors on either side lead to the residential estate behind the barrier but are even less welcoming than the watchtowers In the middle a steel staircase encased in steel with steel steps does nothing to reduce the oppressive sensation If a staircase could feel like a prison then these seem especially designed to achieve that It s almost as if the council thinking this is a bad building so how can we make it worse got their wish and lavished millions less on making it a more pleasant place to live in and hence crime less likely than simply surrendering to what they have decided is the inevitability of the situation and turning the building into a prison in all but name A holding cell for inmates who they presume will soon be moved to the nearby Brixton Prison instead Municipal intrusions aside though it is the sheer mass of monotonous brown brickwork that dominates the aesthetic High walls line lower garden spaces creating narrow brick valleys at the foot of the barrier The barrier looms over the rest of the estate that lies behind it overlooking the residents below Incidentally one of the young local councilors who approved the building plans was a John Major who lived on the local road who later went on to describe it as an example of grey sullen wastelands robbing people of self respect Probably the only redeeming feature is the legacy of the road plans as a wide open space remains outside barrier although in one place used by a car wash the greenery is not entirely unpleasant As a block curiously the barrier side looks the least offensive side It retains its brutal necessity untouched by signs of human occupation It is however the inserts added recently to try and cut down on crime that have actually despoiled the building and made it look more like the Brixton Prison that passersby often mistake it for Southwyck House is

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/05/11/brixtons-burdensome-barrier-building/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ewell’s tiny historic gaol – 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 A small building can be found off the High Street in Ewell that has a long heritage as a jail Known as The Watch House the small building appears to date from around 1777 and served a dual purpose as the store for the local hand operated fire engine and the local jail It has two doors one on the left with bars for a temporary lock up and one on the right for the Ewell fire engine which can been seen today at the Bourne Hall Museum The roof appears to have been changed at some point if you compare old photos to the current design Peering inside a solitary photo can be made out in the gloom otherwise it is a small empty wooden cell Only a small quirk of history but nice to see such things preserved It is sometimes opened to the public during the Heritage Open Days events map link Facebook 17 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 7 7 25 ewell One thought on Ewell s tiny historic gaol Mike says May 11 2014 at 12 15 pm I went

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  • Open weekend at the UK’s largest Particle Accelerator – 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 A brief note that the UK s largest particle accelerator is having a couple of open days next month The Diamond Light Source is a large particle accelerator that makes use of what was once thought to be a bit of a nuisance byproduct for particle researchers but is actually very useful indeed It is essentially a massive microscope housed in an equally massive doughnut shaped building just outside Didcot Big science My review of a visit is here The tours take place on occasional down times when maintenance is under way as the facility is usually fully booked for use both for scientific research and also commercial users Normally you have to apply by email but they are making it easier this time a simple website manages the effort The tours are on the weekend of the 14 15th June and are free of charge A local bus service runs between Didcot railway station and the research facility It s worth a visit Facebook 21 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 22 diamond light source didcot 2 thoughts on Open weekend at the

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Boris Johnson has told LBC that introducing driverless trains on London Underground would create more jobs LBC Simon Jenkins Now Boris Johnson needs a plan to keep the Tube moving Evening Standard The owner of a well known St John s Wood cafe fears for its future after Tube strikes and engineering works left him more than 1 000 out of pocket Ham High Local MP is pushing for Picadilly line trains to start calling at Turnham Green sooner than currently planned ChiswickW4 Crossrail WSP has been appointed to develop options and make recommendations for a London Overground station to link to the proposed HS2 Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common Press Release Crossrail whistleblower tells of incidents before construction worker s tunnel death Camden New Journal Crossrail could be coming to Bexley if the leader of Bexley Council gets her way This is Local London Plans for the redevelopment of Ealing Broadway Station for Crossrail need to be thoroughly reviewed and shouldn t be rushed through warn a group of local residents Ealing Today Mainline Overground Workers at London s mainline railway stations are due to strike for 24 hours over pay freezes and pension cuts BBC News Funding blow to bid to make Mill Hill Broadway station step free Edgware Today Work has started to extend platforms at five stations between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street to provide the option for longer trains and extra seats on the Chiltern main line Press Release A look at the emergency door system used on the London Overground trains Azom A recent project at Clapham Junction railway station in London reduced lighting energy usage by 40 BBC News Take a trip in

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