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  • See the Astonishing Interior of Two Temple Place – IanVisits
    that is worth a visit in its own right if you haven t been before And most people haven t as it only open to the public for a few months each year and even then only since late 2011 This is the former Astor House and nestles just behind the Temple complex for lawyers and more conveniently around the corner from Temple tube station Now with a more anonymous name this is Two Temple Place Entry is via a double door and staff will inform you that this time the exhibition is on both the ground floor and upstairs which is perfect for upstairs is where the building will blow you away with its decoration But you re here to see the exhibition aren t you This is Art Science Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums and can be best described as a random collection of curiosities lent by the museum to put on display somewhere Nothing especially amazing stands out it is all really quite reasonably interesting That said the full skeleton of a Dodo is a rarity as was the replica model of the DNA double helix in the staircase In a way it is the sort of collection that a modestly well off Victorian gentleman might have built up and is now on display in a late Victorian era house So do linger a while but pass through doors you must to the grand staircase to head upstairs And what stairs they are No not the stairs themselves look up at the ceiling Have earthly leaden feet ever elevated a person skywards towards such a vision of heavenly delight Dotted around the upper landing are paintings and portraits but go through the gift shop and into the great hall Stop looking at the building you

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/06/see-the-astonishing-interior-of-two-temple-place/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Open days at the Transport Museum’s overflow warehouse – IanVisits
    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 Next weekend will mark the occasional opening of the Transport Museum s overflow warehouse out in darkest Acton and if you haven t been then it is worth a trip To the depot that is not Acton Basically a former train shed right next to the current sidings for tube trains it has a good number of old tube trains in various states of repair a big collection of old buses and trams and for me the best bit a couple of floors packed full of station junk Actually I quite like it as a museum as there is limited effort to curate the exhibits or make the place look nice for visitors it is just a warehouse they let people into at times and is all the better for it There s an electric mini railway you can sit on and which will run around the depot and another outdoor ride on mini railway This particular weekend the depot will be in celebration of buses Big ones small ones and even teeny weeny ones The bus bonanza is part of National Science and Engineering week and features static bus displays bus pit tours a bouncy bus curator led small object store tours a small bus rally and bus themed films and talks There will also be a number of layouts from various exhibitors with a special emphasis on buses Look out for the LEGO and BAYKO bus displays You can buy tickets on the day

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/05/open-days-at-the-transport-museums-overflow-warehouse/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Exhibition – The Brits who Built Modern Britain – IanVisits
    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 As a tie in with the recently completed homage to British architects on BBC4 their spiritual home at RIBA is holding an exhibition of some of their work It s a modest affair lots of drawings on walls some in cabinets and some models They claim to have 190 objects and drawings on display which is probably correct but it felt smaller Of course the big cat nip for architecture fans is models and sadly this display has just a few choice pieces If you went to the huge display at Cannon Street in 2012 then you will be disappointed but if you missed it then the RIBA display can be considered

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/04/exhibition-the-brits-who-built-modern-britain/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Paddington Bear movie trailer released – IanVisits
    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 preview trailer has been released of the forthcoming Paddington Bear movie with some lovely and suspiciously clean footage of Paddington Station Not sure if I should like this or not generally turning a much loved children s character over to the CGI wizards at Hollywood usually ends up an awful mess However the film also seems to be set in modern day London which is probably good for the London tourist board but it does lack the squeal out loud in delight opportunity of seeing a steam train arriving in Paddington Station And frankly in these modern times an unattended

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/04/paddington-bear-movie-trailer-released/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A hidden oasis of calm next to Marble Arch – IanVisits
    and into an equally plain chapel room It is not the room that matters here but the small ornaments that line the walls that call visitors to the site for here are the relics of the Catholic martyrs A blood stained fragment of cloth a bone a hand written note All were perilously snatched from the dying person in defiance of the authorities who would probably have imprisoned the collector The punishment for the Catholic martyr was a traitors death of the being hung drawn and quartered and not much less could have happened to the collector of relics All the martyrs were slain upon the Tyburn Tree that notorious place of execution having often been dragged head down on a hurdle from Newgate Prison Fans of a certain Pet Shop Boys song might be discomforted to learn that the then popular saying Go West was slang for those who were taken from the prison to be hung at Tyburn To go west was to die In the chapel two tiny fragments of wood are thought to be the only known relics of the Tyburn Tree itself which was taken down in November 1783 As with most religious buildings its a very calm and peaceful room even though the walls are lined with the mementos of murder and suffering A small courtyard next door where the murmur of road traffic is again only barely noticeable is also home to the grave of Mother Marie Adele Garnier who established the convent Today s nuns campaign for her canonization and prayers for her intercession are placed next to her grave The nuns pray continuously in shifts and sing Mass seven times daily Apart from that their day is spent in silence except for one hour of recreation or talking to visitors Playing scrabble is still a favourite although it seems a brief flirtation with Snooker has died out In the 1980s the convent hosted the Nuns World Snooker championships Something else that has died out and more recently is an annual silent procession from Newgate to the Tyburn Convent where a Cardinal would traditionally address the crowd from the balcony that can still be seen on the front of the building Sadly it seems it was curtailed around the turn of the century partly due to the cost but also because according The Telegraph the route passed down Oxford Street and that disturbed the shoppers out on a Sunday pilgrimage of their own to Mammon If so even this heathen minded sort would gladly campaign for its restoration If the Salvation Army can march along Oxford Street each weekend then why not some Nuns once a year It would be a charming thing to see You don t need to share the faith to appreciate an effort to remember those who were willing to die for a belief regardless of what that belief was In a modern world of fuss and bother it is nice to have these pockets of silence in

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/04/a-hidden-oasis-of-calm-next-to-marble-arch/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story – IanVisits
    thanks to the vagaries of climate changes over the aeon But to answer that question is the topic of the Natural History Museum s annual summer blockbuster exhibition which has been widely promoted recently with the genial face of a presumed Neanderthal man who once lived in England before foreigners arrived in the form of Homo Sapiens Yes you and I and UKIP supporters we re all ancestors of European invaders of Britain who then displaced the original inhabitants Or maybe bred with them although that bit s a tad controversial at the moment The exhibition itself is laid out as a series of rooms each focusing on one epoch within Britain s history For the purposes of this the fact that for much of Britain included the inhabitable grasslands of what is today the North Sea is conveniently mentioned just in passing Temperate times to times when Britain was abandoned by everyone as it was covered in an ice sheet from which the UK is still recovering Yes Scotland is still bouncing up slightly from the now missing weight of all that ice and in turn ever so slightly causing the South East of England to sink a bit Rich warmth returned and where once an ice sheet stood visible to anyone daft enough to stand there now hippos swam in the early Thames The Thames incidentally wasn t then where it is today The Thames having moved around quite a lot even within the past few thousand years before mankind constrained its meanderings with stone and brick Dotted around the huge display boards are the historical relics the bones and flints the skulls and skeletons the petrified wood and fibre remains all that tell experts so much about how the past looked and felt It s all very

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/03/britain-one-million-years-of-the-human-story/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Praise for the new SouthBank Centre Website – IanVisits
    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 Readers with very good memories may recall that just over a year ago I wrote a polemic about how the SouthBank Centre s website had redesigned its listings page in a way that made them essentially useless Well praise where praise is due for sometime last month they launched a replacement listings page and it is almost perfect Not quite of course for that would be a miracle but oh so much better than before What was a page of meaningless icons and headlines with no information about the event has returned nearly to what they had before which is a simply top down listing of events and a short sentence describing each event Hurruh So thank you SouthBank Centre for ditching the advent calendar for something that is actually usable if I may add put back the next month option Not sure why but a lot of websites seem to be removing that at the moment but if for example on the 20th Feb I wanted to see everything in March I only got the first three weeks of March Not sure why websites seem to be ditching that option but the SouthBank Centre isn t the only one who limits searches to next X days Also probably because I am a contrary sort who wants to see 30 days worth of stuff on one simple list all the css mouseovers etc really causes the web browser to scream in agony especially as I have to mouse over every single listing to see what it says Plain text works so

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/02/praise-for-the-new-southbank-centre-website/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Rant time! Stupid website security questions – IanVisits
    at the end of last week The chap said you ll need your password do you know it and I knew what sort of thing I might have had but I was wrong Eventually he handed me a oyster registration form opened to the password page with the questions and said you will have filled in this at some stage have a read and see whether you might remember your password He was clearly rather annoyed that no one could ever remember their password and had developed his own little system to prompt them Reply Dave Hodgkinson says March 2 2014 at 6 45 pm Use lastpass to generate and remember passwords Simple and secure Reply IanVisits says March 2 2014 at 7 09 pm I use that which is good for some purposes but less so for passcodes and drop down security questions which it can t remember or seems unable to Reply JJ says March 2 2014 at 6 59 pm Sarah Palin s email was hacked because she answered the security questions accurately Who is more likely to cause you real grief with hacking into your accounts someone in China probing a million accounts or an enraged ex brother in law Use fictitious answers Reply Gordon Ross says March 2 2014 at 7 02 pm Firstly never ever tell the truth on any website or security question unless you absolutely have to On many websites which don t really need my details I often register as say David Cameron or Joan Collins If it needs a date of birth to verify that you re over 18 make one up Next get a password manager There are many out there both free and paid for Then set a very secure password on your password manager and let it store and manage your passwords security questions etc A long sentence is actually quite a good password phrase If you don t want to use a password manager go the old fashioned route Pencil paper The instructions about not writing down passwords are rubbish And paper is very difficult to hack remotely Reply Gordon Ross says March 2 2014 at 7 06 pm PS You don t have to give a sane sensible answer to security questions What s to say you can t give your place of birth as Cabbage or your favourite colour as 9753 Reply IanVisits says March 2 2014 at 7 08 pm The issue is less what you type in to the form in 2014 than if you can remember it when you phone TfL in 2017 Reply James Cridland says March 2 2014 at 8 19 pm These systems also often insist that the answers are more than five characters Tough if you spent your first birthday in York or Rye or your first pet was called Boo Or your first childhood friend was called Ian Reply Lisa Hirsch says March 2 2014 at 9 19 pm I have a password safe for this

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/02/rant-time-stupid-website-security-questions/ (2016-02-16)
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