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  • Photos – Watch a railway bridge being replaced – IanVisits
    convenient window to do this although in fact the bridge was supposed to be replaced earlier this year but the weather put paid to that High winds and high cranes are not a good mix The local councillor was out and about keeping an eye on things for residents and as a self confessed geek enjoying every minute of the proceedings As she said this bridge is rated to last 200 years so accidents aside we will never see it being replaced in our lifetimes I was told that when a bridge a few roads down the line was replaced last year the locals backed little railway cakes but on the move date we had a drizzle and rain to accompany the bridge The old bridge was well very old and very tired and the rumble of trains overhead was loudly accompanied by the cooing of pigeons beneath Three cast iron poles supported the bridge on either side but the replacement would need neither poles nor offer accommodation to the pigeons The décor is apparently a special shade of heritage green that is appropriate to the railway as it once was when the bridge was first built and replica crests have been installed on the sides Some photos over the past few days The sealed off road ahead of the bridge removal To lift a replacement bridge you need a big crane A very big crane Best to give way when these come towards you Nice wheel turning action to get into the narrow side street Looming over the area the following afternoon Two lengths of green railway bridge had arrived at 8am all the way from Wales With a police escort The old bridge was now missing leaving just a maze of scaffolding in its wake The pigeons were most upset It s a flying railway bridge After a moment where the guide ropes got stuck in local branches under which was sitting my camera lens bag the bridge was free to fly again And swung around to slot neatly into place where the previous railway had sat for around 150 years Despite the huge size it took just four bolts to secure the bridge into place With some assistance from a crowbar and hammer Bolt in place several attempts needed It s quite something that a crane can both carry upmteen tons of heavy metal and yet also position it to near millimetre accuracy And one bolt in place Just three more to go then the second bridge after that On the Tuesday the bridge was firmly in place with trains running overhead as builders clean up the work site below Fresh detailing on the new bridge to mirror the old balustrade And replica crests on the stonework While trains rumble overhead no pigeons will be roosting here Although I have my suspicions about the walkways on either side Pigeons are stubborn like that From above a nearby vantage point The railway before the old bridge was removed

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/22/photos-watch-a-railway-bridge-being-replaced/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ride in the drivers cab along the old Central Line – IanVisits
    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 Want to ride in the drivers cab of a locomotive along part of the old Central line Well you can later this month As part of a Diesel Gala there will be the chance to ride in the drivers cab on some of the locomotives as they ply their way along the narrow railway line that was once part of the London Underground Now a heritage railway it reopened only a couple of years ago I took a trip in a drivers cab a few years back when the line was more bumpy and unkempt and it certainly sated this transport geek most handsomely So if you wish to gorge upon transport heaven the cab passes are being sold on the day and cost 10 for one way between Ongar and North Weald or 10 for a round rip to Coopersale That I should note is on top of the general admission charge of 14 12 in advance which gets you unlimited passenger trips throughout the day And also transport to the railway by vintage bus

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/22/ride-in-the-drivers-cab-along-the-old-central-line/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Shakespeare plays within the remains of an Elizabethan theatre – IanVisits
    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 If you fancy reading out Shakespeare s play within the grounds of Bankside s first theatre then such an opportunity takes place at the end of this month The Rose was established in 1587 and is older than the more famous Globe theatre just up the road Today the remains of the theatre sit underneath an office block and is fund raising for a conservation effort and based on the last time I saw the plans convert the space into a functioning theatre on top of the remains The Trust must now raise pledges of 3 million and are seeking slightly smaller contributions for a chance to read one of the bard s plays in the subterranean space Each play has been reduced to approximately 1 hour and it costs 10 per person per play to join in Alternatively you can be in the audience for the same fee Booking to be on either side of the stage is here Schedule of plays 10am Tamburlaine 11am Twelfth Night 12am Henry VI part I 1

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/22/shakespeare-plays-within-the-remains-of-an-elizabethan-theatre/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A few photos from the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station – IanVisits
    A Bronze Slab Next to Parliament Wellcome to your unconscious mind Weekly round up of London s railway transport news What s on in London Things to do in London today Things to do in 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 Just a quick update on works at the Crossrail Station next to Canary Wharf where the project eden style inflated skin is nearing completion The plastic windows are inflated through these air pipes as seen on

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/20/a-few-photos-from-the-canary-wharf-crossrail-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Drink a Pint of Science – IanVisits
    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 What started in 2012 as an interesting idea is back again this year as they were right about it being interesting and popular Basically a few days where lots of science people give talks about science things but do so in pubs The Pint of Science festival takes place in a number of London pubs between 19th 21st May and tickets have to be booked in advance Based on the popularity last year they are likely to sell out fast They are presenting on four topics Matters of the Mind neurosciences and psychology Understanding our Bodies life sciences Chemistry Physics Planet Earth earth sciences There are at the moment 48 talks taking place which is quite a lot to cram into three days even for the most dedicated science beer fan The full list can be found here Each talk cost 2 20 plus the cost of beer when you arrive Due to the timings as they all take place in the evening a lengthy pub crawl between different venues getting slowly more drunk

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/20/drink-a-pint-of-science/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets £10k donation from TfL – IanVisits
    leading up to heaven as the original lead down to carnage Despite claims that the disaster was covered up and kept secret that is an urban myth that really needs to be banished as it was widely reported in the newspapers at the time It seems somehow discourteous to those who died to claim their deaths were covered up A small plaque later marked the spot of the disaster and more recently a more significant memorial has been planned and half built They are still fund raising for the rest to finish it If you want to donate to the memorial fund you can do so here TfL s 10 000 donation goes some way towards helping Incidentally the only way I knew about TfL s donation was by reading The Guardian where a short sentence in a wider unrelated article mentioned it and then found out that the memorial fund has a rarely updated blog mentioning it Shouldn t a cheque for 10 000 be shouted about A chance for a press release and tons of publicity in the media Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 8 8 9 bethnal green ww2 6 thoughts on Bethnal Green Disaster Memorial gets 10k donation from TfL Ed says April 20 2014 at 1 17 pm If as you say the disaster was not covered up and not kept secret then something else perhaps is discourteous This again as you say being worst lost of civilian life during WW2 so how come we still not finished building a decent memorial 75 000 being what is needed to finish the project may indeed be alot of money for most of us but come on this is London surely in all the time since the tragic event the money could have been raised many times over Shameful Reply IanVisits says April 20 2014 at 2 28 pm Londoners tend to be very generous when they know there is something to be generous about Maybe I am just not seeing it but the memorial trust seems to be fairly quiet about sounding its own trumpet Reply John Mac says April 21 2014 at 9 17 am Is this money that has ben raised by TFL workers or is this money that has been donated directly out TFL budgets If it is the later I am surprised that TFL as a remit to decide that money that should be used to run transport system should be donated to charity instead I know 10k isn t a lot in the grand scheme of things but still Reply IanVisits says April 21 2014 at 9 39 am TfL spends lots of money on things designed to enhance the environment from art displays memorials plants etc This is no different Reply sandra says April 22 2014 at 9 22 am We d love the press to shout loud about the 10 000 that Mayor Boris Johnson has given us particularly as he urged Londoners to read

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/20/bethnal-green-disaster-memorial-gets-10k-donation-from-tfl/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight at the British Library – IanVisits
    that makes a person go ahhhh is an art form in its own right and often results in content that is artistic as a stand alone document Unlike the plague of so called infographics that rarely present a single piece of complex information in a bold determined manner actual representations of statistics in graphical forms are an exceptionally powerful tool A tool that is often used to sell a political message or persuade politicians of the need for something to be done Turn a sheet of dense numbers into a simple pie chart and people simply get it and do things As Florence Nightingale so famously did with her graphics that turned long lists of mortality causes into as simple diagram and showed quite literally in the blink of an eye what caused the most deaths in war Not bullets but germs Ever since that simple diagram changed political fortunes people have turned to the graphic to illustrate the complex The hockey stick for climate change Booths maps of poverty John Snow s cholera charts all made it easier for the layman to understand not the science but the conclusion it reached It actually seems a curiosity to me that with ever greater tools at our disposal to present information in graphical form there is a movement away from the simple representations to the highly complex Gone is the simple chart and in comes the mega charts the more is more pack in as much information as possible approach In part this seems motivated by the skeptic movement that dismisses simple representations as misleading which in fact is true they are However the graphic is there to sell a single sentence a simple conclusion the end result of reading an essay it is not supposed to be the essay itself

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/19/beautiful-science-picturing-data-inspiring-insight-at-the-british-library/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tickets now available for UCL arts festival next month – 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 four day arts festival is taking place at the end of next month in central London at UCL with a range of free events Running from 27 30 May this year s special focus will be on the fascinating unusual and sometimes controversial objects from UCL s hidden collections Over 30 free events will take place around the UCL Bloomsbury Campus from film screenings discussions and lectures to exhibitions walking tours and musical performances Most of the events need booking in advance so it s worth checking them out now before they all sell out The full list of events is here My personal tips From Phantasmagoria to Science A magic lantern show the precursors to the cinema Subtitles Surtitles and Supertitles On the strange appeal of watching things in a foreign language with English subtitles Blimey We re All Cockneys Now A talk about how the term cockney originally applied to the lower middle class residents of now fashionable Islington and Clerkenwell Flickering Lost Forgotten London s Silent Picture Palaces Not sure if it is a walk or a talk but the history of early

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