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  • Two egregious PR pitches this week – IanVisits
    unicorns Secondly via Twitter Meg asked if I was interested in mens work wear at all This seemed very odd but as I do get a lot of odd press releases and pitches and I am always genuinely keen to learn why people think I would be interested in something I asked Having looked at my blog why would you think I would be interested in clothing You re wearing a jacket hard hat which is exactly the kind of man who would be interested in our clothing OK I do wear a hard hat and a high vis jacket in my twitter photo but that doesn t really explain why she is asking me about mens clothing for the blog Is the blog the correct place to write about clothing But having looked at my blog what about it says interested in clothing to you You have articles on bicycle riding the public transport appropriate clothing needed OK fair do I have got a single blog post about the Tweed Run right now but no decent PR person pitches based on a single blog post And yes I write a lot about transport So is someone reading about transport going to be the sort of person interested in mens work wear Frankly no Simply because the vast majority of you lot don t work on building sites And even the ones who do will not expect me to write about clothing unless there s something really interesting going on I tried a bit more but we nearly ended at By your subject matter your profile pic I will continue to believe we share the same audience but none the less thanks4your time We may share an audience but you havent pitched a good story Mens clothing yawn Exciting development in PPE Good You see here is the crux of the issue I would have thought that anyone looking at the blog would not then reasonably conclude that I am going to just write a random blog post about mens clothing However if the pitch had been about something really exceptionally interesting in PPE developments that affected for example railway workers then you know I just might have been interested It s those often overlooked aspects of construction the rarely seen enabling works the equipment the things that people never think about that can lead to a surprisingly interesting blog post So a really quirky bit of PPE news might have made me sit up in interest Hard hats with proximity sensors that vibrate when someone is too close to dangerous equipment might have been interesting and they are fairly new to write about But this was her reply Dickies isn t a yawn Don t even know what PPE is but def sounds like a yawn P And that is the point that my jaw dropped Meg doesn t know what PPE is OK most people don t know what it is either but it s the standard term

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/13/two-egregious-pr-pitches-this-week/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London Tube Station Appears in Steampunk-Style Computer Game – IanVisits
    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 Some sort of computer game is being released based in Victorian London that features some pretty stunning images of the city and the London Underground stations I am not much of a computer gamer in the modern console sense of the word but the imagery used in this game sent goosebumps down the spine In fact as a bit of a Manga fan I wouldn t mind watching a film set in this sort of scenery The official website has a background which is artwork of what the London Underground might look

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/13/london-tube-station-appears-in-steampunk-style-computer-game/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Date announced for this year’s “Tweed Run” – IanVisits
    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 One of my favourite events to watch and maybe one year participate in will open for booking next Monday at noon Now it its sixth year the Tweed Run is a mass cycle ride through central London in a more genteel manner than the lycra clad speeders who usually ply the streets of our city Cycles range from Penny Farthings to single gear antiques and even modern cycles are allowed in so long as the dress sense of the participant adheres to the requirement for gentility and decorum Attendance is again capped at 500 discerning chaps and lasses The Tweed Run itself takes place on the 17th May 2014 about a month later than usual for some reason but hopefully better for the weather My review from 2010 is here Tickets for The London Tweed Run 2014 will be 20 with 10 of that going to the London Cycling Campaign Tickets go on sale at 12 noon on 17 March 2014 Facebook 30 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 37

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/12/date-announced-for-this-years-tweed-run/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Abandoned Mail Rail to Open to the Public for Tours – 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 One step closer to taking a trip in a curious little train under the streets of London after Islington Council approved an application to open up the Mail Rail to the general public As reported back in October the Postal Museum and Archive had submitted a planning application to turn part of the Mail Rail depot at the local sorting office into a museum That also included an option to convert some of the carriages used to carrying canvas sacks full of letters to carrying fleshy sacks mostly filled with water aka humans on a short loop around the nearby tunnels The decision was expected by the end of last year but was pushed back for some reason and finally discussed yesterday It would seem that full planning permission was granted although the museum still needs to raise additional funds to secure the development of the museum But in a few years time empty abandoned tunnels deep under Farringdon could ring out to the sound of excited visitors Although maybe less excited if they

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/11/abandoned-mail-rail-to-open-to-the-public-for-tours/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Le Morte d’Bob Crow – IanVisits
    going on what does the death mean for the rest of us From grudging respect for his skills in negotiating exceptional terms for LU staff to a curiosity as to what the transport network would be like if it wasn t operationally wrapped up in so much suffocating red tape I never met the man but I listened to him at length on several occasions and frankly was surprised that such a person would lead a union He obviously had intelligence and drive and ambitions but I was always struck by a surprising lack of ability to articulate that Where a diplomat would ease their perspective into a debate he steamrollered over everyone Probably just as effective in the short term but he didn t win many friends outside the union with his public pronouncements That lack of public support could well have backfired in the long term with increasing support for a clamp down on unions driven largely by the larger than life in so many ways of the gargantuan union boss looming over London s commuters People seemed to be getting tired of the old ways and unions that are stuck in ways of working that the average person simply cannot understand I used to get copies of some of the RMT newsletters and they really are relics of a long lost era But we cannot lay the cause at Bob Crow he was simply the figurehead Those RMT leaflets were written by local activists who were as delighted in deeply arcane red tape and bureaucracy as the train geeks are in collecting train timetables Those activists drove the union agenda and give us the RMT that we have today Reading some of those newsletters I often wondered how much of the rules and regulations that were negotiated

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/11/le-morte-dbob-crow/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The secret ticket that only works in one tube station – IanVisits
    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 the London Underground there are a number of different sorts of tickets that you can buy but there is one ticket that works at just one station and you can t buy it You can however download it from the TfL website and if presented at the ticket barrier will let you though to see something interesting It is in fact a rare platform ticket and while you can still buy platform tickets such as this 20p pass to go through Southwark tube station to get to Waterloo East the one I am talking about is rather different This mysterious platform ticket can only be downloaded from TfL s website and thanks to an error on their website it s not where you are told it is and then it will only work at Canary Wharf tube station on the Jubilee Line and only so that you can go to the little used far eastern end of the upper ticket hall For back here can be found a work of art and some benches if you want to sit down and admire the art It s one of those video art installations that tends to be very Marmite in its appeal The video art runs Mon Fri 8 30am 7 30pm and Sat Sun 10am 6pm You can download the free platform pass to go and watch the art from here But would you even need to download the ticket at all After all most people can just use their Oyster card to go in and out of the station at will However any tube geek worth the title is now busily downloading a Canary

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/10/the-secret-ticket-that-only-works-in-one-tube-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • TfL Tests Intelligent Pedestrian Crossing Technology – IanVisits
    setting However if they detect lots of people and as crowds take longer to cross add a few seconds to the crossing time Two types of sensor will be used during the trials which will be aware of the number of people waiting at a pedestrian crossing and depending on how large the crowd is and depending on the needs of the road traffic may change how long people have left to cross the road The sensors are off the shelf equipment that is often used in supermarkets and shopping centres to track shoppers which have been modified by TfL They use stereoscopic vision essentially 3D viewing to identify individual lumps which are presumed to be people One type monitors crowd density and can say that the waiting area is a certain percentage full Another sensor counts numbers of people entering and waiting within the waiting zone Three seconds before the crossing light turns green a decision is taken about the size of the crowd and either 1 2 or 3 seconds added to the crossing time Note there is a legal minimum time for pedestrian crossings so the system would never reduce crossing time only add to it where needed The trial which starts this summer outside Balham and Tooting Bec Tube stations will last until the end of the year and then they will decide if it is a viable technology While we already have the push buttons at pedestrian crossings to indicate that someone is waiting there they have never been able to know how many people are waiting TfL is thought to be the first organisation to use people tracking technology in this manner to see how many people are waiting to cross the road and then adjust the crossing time accordingly The main uses are expected to be in areas where there can be short lived unpredictable surges in pedestrians wanting to cross a road such as outside tube stations schools or sports venues Privacy Obviously there will be concerns about yet more CCTVs in London but for once the scaremongering will be just that Scaremongering The sensors are deliberately quite low resolution simply because the tracking software prefers pixilated lumps to high quality video Also the video is processed locally within the camera and the only information that TfL s central computer gets is the final score when a decision about what to do needs to be taken That s partly for privacy reasons but also it is a lot cheaper to only send a simple number score over the backhaul connection than feeding high bandwidth video feeds from traffic junctions everywhere The video is also not recorded anywhere which might disappoint crime prevention sorts but frankly the quality of the video we saw wouldn t be good enough to use anyway A test sensor can be seen mounted on this pedestrian crossing outside Southwark tube station Effect Essentially it adds pedestrians into the mix of levers that TfL has control over to try

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/07/tfl-tests-intelligent-pedestrian-crossing-technology/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    London s Brompton Road Tube station sold for 53m BBC News See inside IanVisits Conditions for the Croxley Rail Link which will create a visible boundary between Three Rivers and Watford were discussed at a council meeting Watford Observer A man was detained under the Mental Health Act after being hit by a Jubilee line train at Finchley Road Tube station Ham High A popular coffee business which was threatened with closure due to the planned extension of Walthamstow Central station appears to have been saved after MP Stella Creasy intervened Local Guardian Tube Lines depot staff balloted for strike action London24 Crossrail Custom House station takes shape as sections arrive on site Construction Index House prices show first signs of Crossrail Effect Evening Standard Mainline Overground Politicians warned London Midland about the potential problems at Watford Junction before the redevelopment took place according to the town s elected mayor Watford Observer Railways will receive only a fraction of the funding earmarked for the HS2 high speed rail project should it be scrapped a report claimed Evening Standard A hawk has been spotted prowling the platforms at Paddington station Evening Standard ICE 3 0 Will New High Speed Train Ever Make It to London De Spiegel Too little is being done to ease congestion and clear graffiti at Whitton station Labour campaigners have claimed Get West London Train companies have been criticised for dumping toilet waste on the tracks at some of London s mainline stations BBC News Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin admits that the government is unlikely legislation to get the HS2 Bill through Parliament before the next election The Spectator Disability campaigners have warned plans to completely redevelop Tottenham Hale station do not take the needs of disabled people into account Haringay Independent Miscellaneous Waitrose are to move

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/07/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-38/ (2016-02-16)
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