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  • As if a million tube geeks cried out in horror…. – IanVisits
    been on our side of the pond filming a series of new programmes for the apparently very popular television series 24 Being in London and requiring all the usual London Themes to be included Big Ben Gherkin City of London skyline etc there is also the now obligatory trip on the London Underground It s curious how the tube network has become as mandatory a this is London part of films and TV series recently as the sound of Big Ben in the background was for an office to be known to be in Whitehall Unless you are Number 6 of course then the chimes of Big Ben are deeply misleading Anyhow this new TV series will have tube geeks howling an anguish as the televisual hero races to catch a circle line train by apparently boarding a tube train at Charing Cross and then walking down the inside of a Circle Line train I ll just sit back with the popcorn and watch the fury unleash when the show appears on British television screens Mea Culpa been pointed out below that this might be an old Jubilee Line train after all Whoops Facebook 17 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 8 8 26 charing cross london underground 7 thoughts on As if a million tube geeks cried out in horror Tom Jones says March 28 2014 at 9 17 am I m more annoyed that they ve seemingly cast Max Clifford as the US President Reply Kevin says March 28 2014 at 9 26 am When it s something that is easy to sort out you wonder why they keep making these mistakes They would notice if the DC Metro or the NY Subway was on the wrong line after all Reply Josh says March 28 2014 at

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  • Photos from the Railway Tunnel Under London’s Docks – IanVisits
    be extensively modernised Long term readers will be familiar with the site but in brief it s a Victorian tunnel built to carry trains underneath a water link between the two main docks in the area In the 1930s as boats got larger the central section of the tunnel was lowered so that larger boats could pass over the top However that central section was not as well built as its Victorian predecessor and has had to be completely removed and replaced with a new concrete box This was the first chance to see the new box after it had been completed Some photos The south side of the tunnel note the rough bases of the walls that was filled with ballast for the old railway and the floor is now about 5 feet lower than it used to be Into the Connaught Tunnel Again notice how much has been dug down to lower the floor this is necessary to allow space for the overhead power cables Those side walls are made of really quite lovely carefully lain brickwork The Victorian builders probably never expected anyone to ever see their 15 courses of brick exposed again but the work is still exceptional quality Further down into the tunnel Approaching the current work site here they are digging down even further and laying a fresh concrete floor The under digging work site For safety reasons they have to to the work in slices dig down a slice about 2 metres wide and fill with concrete Then move 2 metres away and repeat and then remove the central 2 meters And keep doing that leapfrogging action all the way along the tunnel It is an exceptionally tight working space A walkway past the main construction site gives an unusually close view of the massive brick arches overhead The bricks will be cleaned but will retain lingering remains of the soot of Victorian trains that is too deeply embedded into them Concrete delivery under way as we arrived Approaching the central section This is what it looked like in 2012 And roughly the same view today Standing underneath the docks The walls still leak a little but this is to be expected and is not a problem as the limescale build up within the tiny fractures actually helps to seal them Once the seepage has stopped the concrete will be polished off and you d never even know that patch is a mix of concrete and limescale Another view of the new concrete lining The northern half of the tunnel You can probably just about make out the concrete sides of the wall at the bottom that is how the southern half will look like once they finish all the under digging works A slightly overexposed view to show the tunnel and the last of the under digging works being removed The long slow curve of the tunnel as it approaches Prince Regent DLR station Similar view And finally back out into the

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  • 40 years ago, Zardoz speaks for the first time – IanVisits
    idilic future of mental peace but as with so many heavenly edens decay has set in Authoritarian obedience to the collective will is imposed as democratic free will is obliterated It is oddly the savages that live the real lives even as they are deluded by the vision of the giant floating stone head that vomits forth 19th century weapons The then popular Neo Malthusianism concerns about human overpopulation is memorably summed up by the classic line The gun is good The penis is bad Despite the strange plot the film got a lot of media attention at the time of its launch with lengthy interviews in the Times newspaper and a half hour piece on the BBC Despite that audiences and critics were less enamoured of the film possibly seeing in its agrarian future a concept that was too alien to the heavy industry that dominated 1970s Britain Add in though the sexual overtones and the allusions to physic powers in the lethargic Immortals and there is almost a Barbarella feel to the film Then again what on earth possessed Sean Connery fresh from fame as James Bond to agree to such a bizarre film However it is a chance to see the suave Scott playing a savage man and in his savagery become the salvation for the trapped immortals As a film it is both dreadfully cheesy in the way that so many utopian films of that time seem to date so badly Yet actually underneath it is quite an interesting idea and possibly one which looks dated because it is so naive in its idealism We are more cynical today In a way though the notion that the immortals shed of the mundane drudgery of daily toil would then devote themselves to art and enlightenment seems oddly

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  • Train rides up an escalator – IanVisits
    the thought of a tube train riding up an escalator For that is exactly what happened yesterday across the Pond in Chicago It is a very serious accident and there are reports that the train driver may have fallen asleep just before the train jumped the tracks and plowed ahead eventually riding up the escalator at the end of the platform CTA too early to say what protocols failed didn t fail that led to train jumping platform hitting escalator pic twitter com xFjarwgNAT WGN TV News WGNNews March 24 2014 Fortunately it s a huge station for if such an accident were even possible in London the train would have been squashed into a tiny tunnel space Not unlike the Moorgate disaster which would have been a far worse situation Fortunately the accident here took place at about 2 50am when the line is at its quietest Most of the injured passengers were treated for minor injuries and released And yet for all the expectation of concern for those injured the travel disruption being caused etc I just can t get past the amazing sight of a train stuck near the top of an escalator It s just not something you ever expect to see outside of a weird dream one night The most astonishing photo is here In fact it reminded me in a gallows humour sort of way of this press photo from a couple of years ago promoting a tube train shaped camping tent for children The CTA website confirms unsurprisingly that the escalator is now out of action although so is most of the line in the area Facebook 10 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 17 4 thoughts on Train rides up an escalator Sykobee says March 25 2014 at 10

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  • Visit the Prefab Museum — while you still can – IanVisits
    the comforts offered to soldiers and their families and yet even these luxuries were only a modest waiting room to keep the people content while a mass house building exercise produced even more luxuries and delights Of course most of those new builds ended up being the sink estates of the 1960s and 70s Left behind were the residents of Excalibur Estate in their cheap prefabs and probably quietly grateful that they had escaped the unintended horrors that could have awaited them in council concrete and crime Here lies heavy the decades of memories and community Place a stone on the ground and it slowly sinks down a bit becomes part of the soil immobile Here the heavy hand of decades of community spirit has sunk into the land and become its genius loci But the leaden hand of government regulation deems these homes to be unsuitable Too expensive to modernise to modern standards Too difficult to preserve Too many reasons to finally sweep away the past By an exceptionally tight vote the residents agreed I suspect walking around that I could have marked off each prefab resident s vote by how well cared for the building looked Half the estate want modern facilities Half worry about the loss of community and the decades of memories in their home So now a dark shadow looms over the estate literally as well as figuratively for down one end can be found dark gloomy walls An oppressive mass slowly consuming the estate as prefab homes are abandoned to its bloated mass this is the new building site that will soon sweep away this last relic of war time hope A few will be saved A token gesture A mote of what was there before restored modernized sanitized Ruined I have no romantic illusions about life in those homes they would not suit me But they suit some people People who so evidently loved and cared for them For some they are houses Cold drafty small petty For some the sense of community can be oppressive I saw people greeting each other all the time as I wandered around I prefer some level of anonymity To hide within walls But this is an estate that could have been saved Should have been saved And there are people who would love to live here For them these are homes Architecturally the estate is unique for it is the size of the estate that gives it such an exceptional atmosphere An architectural Holland dropped in amongst the hills Soon though all around will be hills of brick and steel and a tiny hollow will remain The grandeur and scope of the wide open arena will have been swept away Cut down a forest and leave a few trees and you don t preserve a piece of the past you make a mockery of it Here the prefabs will be swept away save a small cluster huddling together It is an offensive conceit But for a

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  • Evacuation training exercise at the Cable Car – IanVisits
    onto the pylon I guess this qualifies as a good viewing location If a bit windy And scary OK this is how they get back out again the climb along the cable wires Back out to the maintenance car which seemed to be acting as a useful resting point half way between pylon and cable car Rest over time to carry on climbing over the cable car And arrived More followed on behind All three together on the cable car and two on the maintenance car behind Over the edge to open the doors and go inside Inside and comforting the crash test dummies More people doing things on the maintenance car seemed to be lowering ropes of their own A rope is lowered with a heavy weight attached to keep the rope steady in the wind Out goes the first passenger Lowered away Down to a waiting boat And safe again Realistically the rest was going to be fairly similar and as it was freezing cold I headed home I would presume that abseiling out of the cable car would be the absolutely last thing they would do if none of the other options existed and somehow all the backup power supplies and motors all broke down at the same time But wouldn t a passenger have a great story to tell over dinner time Facebook 49 Google 1 Linkedin 2 Reddit 8 Twitter 0 0 60 cable car 11 thoughts on Evacuation training exercise at the Cable Car Gordon Ross says March 23 2014 at 2 51 pm But how does the maintenance car get there Normal there s more than one passenger cabin Reply IanVisits says March 23 2014 at 3 50 pm I would guess that if the maintenance car cant carry them up then they would simply walk up the stairs in the pylons to get to the top Reply Ed says March 23 2014 at 3 53 pm think this may be all for show most likely they would leave you there until problem solved it be safer unless there was some sort of threat to life like fire or possible collapse then maybe helicopter s may be used and what of the London Eye what would happen there if all power failed perhaps this cable car thingy should not been built instead a decent bridge would have made more sense when you think of the sort of places cable cars are normally used in the world Reply IanVisits says March 23 2014 at 3 58 pm As I noted they have to have a viable escape plan and abseiling down is significantly easier than trying to winch out from a helicopter As to the bridge it was looked at and was considerable more expensive than the cable car as a transport option Reply Ed says March 23 2014 at 3 55 pm and have we moved to daylight saving time a week early on here Reply Ed says March 23 2014 at 4

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  • TfL Roundels — as a 2048 game – IanVisits
    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 2048 is a frustratingly easy game to learn that is both deeply addictive and actually quite annoying Quite simply match up any two symbols numbers whatevers and they fuse to form a single higher rank whatever and you keep fusing matching symbols until you reach the very last possible one Them clever chaps at UsVsTh3m have released a make your own 2048 so I have And it is based on the TfL roundels obviously Work your way through the trains the buses the road transport right to the end if you ever get there to a roundel that very few people seem to realise exists To play the game click here Good luck Facebook 41 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 15 15 57 tfl 7 thoughts on TfL Roundels as a 2048 game Greg Tingey says March 23 2014 at 9 16 am OK UndergounD Overground Tramlink DLR Crossrail Buses Coaches Dial a ride Bikes or River River or Bikes Reply Martin says March 24 2014 at 9 15 pm plus TAXI PRIVATE HIRE Reply h thomas says March 28 2014 at 12 26 pm UndergounD Overground Tramlink DLR Crossrail Buses Coaches Dial a ride river Taxi Private Hire Reply h thomas says March 28 2014 at 11 45 pm Wow I have

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  • London Street Views from 1840 – 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 Long before Google drove around in camera wielding cars or Charles Booth s poverty mapping or Phyllis Pearsall didn t walk the streets of London there was John Tallis Tallis s London Street Views were published in 88 parts between 1838 and 1840 and they show side elevations of major streets in central London They are a fairly unique view of how the streets would have looked when seen from the ground Each street elevation was sandwiched between either a map of the area and a featured building or between two buildings A street directory was printed on the inside of the covering wrapper and within the four pages of adverts was a central section giving historical information about the street Each part intended to assist strangers visiting the metropolis through all its mazes without a guide was advertised on the title cover as being available for the bargain price of three half pence from all Booksellers and Toy shops in England Wales Ireland and Scotland The Museum of London has 35 of the guides and is seeking to crowd source some help in converting them into searchable data that can be published on its website There is

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