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  • A new railway station has opened in Stratford – IanVisits
    already coming into effect in building design Huge staircases that dwarf the scale of the usual customer flow are in place and ready for the hordes to come A lack of escalators may annoy some but I recall reading not too long ago in a document I can t find right now that escalators have a slower throughout of people than static stairs Convenient when the height to ascend is great but that s all At just three levels up or down these are hardly onerous staircases to use and throughput is the name of the game at this station as mass crowds head to games in the park A single lift per platform does however seem possibly stingy but they weren t working on the opening day anyway The station itself is very much built in the modern design of concrete and glass and high visibility edging In fact take off the DLR roundels and this could be any London Overground station The colour schemes are surprisingly similar The design is also very much a railway line with a station wrapped around it Even though they were built together the two seem almost disparate entities Some nice detailing outside in the stonework softens the effect bit but there is no doubt that this is a massive plateau of a building Wide long and very flat From a distance the flatness seems as though it might be oppressively low but actually the ceiling is a good distance above our heads and the walls of glass lighten the effect somewhat Incidentally the glass enables the setting sun to cast really quite decorative shadows onto the platform floor Deliberate or not it s quite pleasing It s not a station that I can see anyone falling in love with for the architecture It is simple and functional However I suspect that those who use it during the massive crowd days will appreciate the huge staircases They might be less forgiving of the use of just two Oyster card readers at the foot of the staircases though That seems worryingly few for a potentially very busy station unless there are plans to add more later One member of staff expressed hope that the empty shop might turn into a Starbucks but seemed OK with the idea that maybe the nearby ViewTube might take up residence instead Another member of staff asked who I was taking photos for and while very polite and helpful and offering to answer questions it does annoy that photographers are questioned about their motives of photographing a new railway station on the very first day it opened Oh and they ve put up the wrong posters for the DLR map they still indicate that 3 car trains can t fit into the station correctly A little dagger sits obstinately next to the station name to annoy the pedants who are legion I would have liked to see the flat roof covered in some sort of green roof material but

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/28/a-new-railway-station-has-opened-in-stratford/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 150th anniversary of the Southwark Park Act – IanVisits
    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 On this day 150 years ago Southwark Park was born Or at least the government approved the law that was to see the park created as a recreational space for local dock workers in Rotherhithe and Deptford Passed into law on the 28th April 1864 it was however to take until June 1869 before the farmland in the area would be suitably laid out as a Victorian park The space the park took over was used for nursery farm and owned by the redoubtable sounding Field Marshall Sir William Gomm GCB It took a year to negotiate the sale of the land and then another year to settle the tenancies on the land Also while at first the act proposed that 130 acres of land were to be purchased in the end just 63 acres were secured At the opening ceremony the Illustrated London News noted that the streets around the area had a very gay aspect with flags and bunting And in spite of the inclement weather most of the assembled were described as the working class who had put on their best attire for the occasion The park almost didn t last much longer in its new state as by 1870 the Metropolitan Board of Works was eying 16 acres of the parkland for redevelopment to fund the cost of buying the rest of the park in the first place The Board of Works was well within its rights to do that as it was clearly stated in the original act that funding was to come from developments The cost came to 95 162 11 shillings and 3 pence

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/28/150th-anniversary-of-the-southwark-park-act/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Apply now for tickets to the 2014 Last Night of the Proms – 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 Prom season is starting soon and it s already time to dust off an envelope and postage stamp in order to apply for tickets to attend the Last Night of the Proms Tickets are allocated in two ballots The largest ballot is reserved for people who attend the Proms which is perfectly understandable and if you buy tickets to at least five performances then you can opt into the ballot which is for about 3 700 seats Just remember to tick the necessary box when buying tickets which go on sale at 9am on Sat 17th May Tip to avoid the holding queue that builds up on the booking website log in early in the morning and keep clicking on things to stay logged in until 9am The other option though is for the Open Ballot which reserves 100 Centre Stalls seats 87 50 each and 100 Front Circle seats 57 00 each for anyone to apply for There is an application form to fill in and that is now available on their website and just as in the main ballot you are limited to 2 tickets per household Applications have to be

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/27/apply-now-for-tickets-to-the-2014-last-night-of-the-proms/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Today is the 90th Anniversary of the British Death Ray – IanVisits
    inventor of the device was a noted if somewhat eccentric chap called Harry Grindell Matthews who had some successes with radio controlled devices and remote operation at a distances However every time serious investors or government officials wanted to study his radio devices he would refuse to show them the workings This is a bit odd but it comes only a couple of decades after Marconi had secured a patent on a box containing radio components that were not novel or innovative simply by refusing to let anyone study them closely until the patent was granted So in 1923 Harry Grindell Matthews claimed to have developed a device that could stop a motorbike from a distance explode gunpowder and even shoot aircraft out of the sky He made a few demonstrations to journalists but when the War Office contacted him he refused to show them how the device worked just demanded payment for the black box unseen When the War Office understandably demurred Matthews suddenly announced that the French were interested Which brings us to the 26th April 1924 when he finally demonstrated his Death Ray of officials at the Air Ministry where it is claimed he was able to stop a car in its tracks although some reports that be barely made a light bulb glow a little Skeptical they asked for a repeat demonstration but Matthews refused to give it and a court order was secured forbidding him selling his invention to foreigners A demonstration was made for Pathe News but frankly it shows nothing at all The Air Ministry was still somewhat curious about the Death Ray and probably slightly to respond to media pressure offered him 1 000 if he would demonstrate it again under conditions they felt more suitable to use in a military setting

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/26/today-is-the-90th-anniversary-of-the-british-death-ray/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Prefab Museum extended until the “end of summer” – IanVisits
    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 I recently told you that you had until the end of May to visit the Prefab museum in a soon to be gutted estate in South London Well now you don t As they have had the opening of the small museum extended until the end of summer which is irritatingly lacking in precision but I guess they are in a certain state of limbo themselves not knowing exactly when the prefab home they occupy will be torn down So one more temporary reprieve for this historic estate of the temporary homes and a bit more time to pay a visit to see something quite unique in the UK My previous review of the museum and the plans to gut the estate here The museum is now open every Saturday from 11am till 5pm for as long as they manage to hold on However if you were to plan a special trip to make a visit the 10th May might be the best date to chose as Catford Bus Garage is just down the road and will be having an open day of its own Facebook 70 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 13 13 84 bellingham catford ww2 3 thoughts on Prefab Museum extended until the end of summer Elisabeth Blanchet The Prefab Museum says April 29 2014 at 8 11 am Thanks a lot Ian for the update I am afraid as you have guessed we can

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/25/prefab-museum-extended-until-the-end-of-summer/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Bakerloo line extension Old Kent Road route becomes more likely SE1 Croxley Rail Link drainage investigations carried out along route Watford Observer A Tube commuter has told how a sex attack has left her emotionally scarred and too terrified to travel Evening Standard A youth worker who jumped onto train tracks to save the life of a woman was among the unsung heroes honoured at the Merton Civic Awards last night Local Guardian Six more London Underground stations get WiFi as Android and iOS dominate network V3 5 000 Londoners join contactless Tube fare trial MayorWatch Crossrail Crossrail regeneration should be supported by land acquisition powers Out Law A few photos from the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station IanVisits Self employment row erupts on Crossrail Construction Enquirer Mainline Overground The Magic Circle has responded to the HS2 consultation although on mundane building issues not magicing up public opinion HS2 Website Photos Watch a railway bridge being replaced IanVisits Transport enthusiast in campaign to re open Hornsey Road Overground station Islington Gazette Miscellaneous Russell Brand the train ticket dodger I couldn t be bothered with the rigmarole of getting one Daily Mirror Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets 10k donation from TfL IanVisits King Charles III London Underground theatre poster pixelated amid fears it might cause offence The Independent TfL is about to test the use of smartphones for prepay travel payments Cellular News The chap who sneezed all over you on

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/25/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-45/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The wonderfully restored interior of All Saint’s Margaret Street – IanVisits
    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 Peeking out above the shops and offices just to the North of Oxford Street can be found one of the great hidden marvels of English church building Just behind the old HMV store is All Saint s Margaret Street which has recently been given a clean and refurbishment I first visited 7 years ago yikes and took some photos in the dirty gloaming within at a time when it was so dark that to take any decent photos needed a tripod and a decent camera Since then the dirt of ages has been swept away and the glorious Victorian decoration hidden beneath revealed once more I took a few photos recently on one of my visits to the area as I use it as a pleasant stop for a few moments rest and relaxation As a respite from the hustle and bustle of busy Oxford Street it is one of my favourite churches to just pop in sit down and relax for a few minutes I ve never found the doors locked and even if they were there is a modest little courtyard to sit in instead As a building and as a place it is such a

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/24/the-wonderfully-restored-interior-of-all-saints-margaret-street/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Do political website designs match their politics? – IanVisits
    website Does Labour s website have right leaning views Is the BNP actually leftist What on earth am I talking about The Conservative party has revamped its website and as I usually do with new website designs I take a peek at the source code to see if any juicy morsels exist such as the time Labour left a load of commented out links to future policy announcements However in web code elements such as text images layers etc can be either left aligned or float over to the right of the page Just as this article is on the left of this website and the navigation menus on the side float to the right They are just style commands but just how many times do the respective main UK political websites have style elements that lean the left or the right Conservatives Left 128 Right 39 Center 16 The Tory website is 70 left leaning Labour Left 19 Right 7 Center 0 Labour s website is 73 left leaning LibDem Left 59 Right 15 Center 21 The LibDem s website leans to the left 62 of the time UKIP Left 123 Right 38 Center 45 UKIP may want to rebuild their website which is a massive 60 lefty BNP Left 169 Right 86 Center 45 Although undoubtedly the winner in having the most right leaning style tags the BNP still ends up with a 56 left leaning website Greens Left 29 Right 7 Center 4 The greens are frugal with their css declarations as you might expect and also unsurprisingly lean to the left by 72 5 For this analysis I have counted aligns and floats and tried to include spelling derivatives Where a website has a splash page I have used the main website Conservatives http www conservatives

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/23/do-political-website-designs-match-their-politics/ (2016-02-16)
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