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  • Three Art Galleries to Visit. Maybe – IanVisits
    put up a weird and disjointed display inside an old hotel just off Oxford Street The building was more interesting than the art Could they do any better this year Well incredibly they ve done worse What is described as an explosion of rarely seen archival material has been put on display inside their former home on Dover Street Today it is an upmarket market but now with ICA art mingling with the goods for sale At least I think it is In fact I have no idea what I was seeing Was that art or an object for sale The only hint that I was in fact in the right place were some reproductions of old ICA posters Baffling The Institute for Contemporary Arts is fast becoming the Institute for Incomprehensible Arts ICA Off Site Dover Street Market James Turrell Recent Works Unlike the ICA the art here is exceptionally easy to identify as it is huge and in empty rooms Four large panels of coloured glass that is backlit and that is about it Placed in darkened rooms the best thing to do is stand back and just admire the design although dark shadows of people who insist on going right up to the light can be irritating at times They are presumably the sort of art that is sold to galleries or office blocks for their foyer as they are vastly too large for any domestic setting That said they reminded me of some considerably smaller Habitat lights I bought about a decade ago Which is probably not what the artist would want to hear James Turrell Recent Works Kino Film Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen A small gallery off Great Portland Street has put up some posters of films shown in Russia from the 1920s

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/03/01/three-art-galleries-to-visit-maybe/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 The head of London Underground says he wants to work with designers to create a New Tube for London following the example of Thomas Heatherwick s New Bus for London Design Week London s mayor has approved plans to order driverless trains for the Underground prompting one of the Tube s unions to promise all out war Financial Times Google Cache The oldest underground network in the world is poised for an overhaul as its operator seeks to capitalise on one of London s last untapped retail estates Retail Week Google Cache Reduced lift service at Elephant Castle tube for six months SE1 Tube tickets offices process millions of transactions every year ITV Crossrail Photos from inside a Crossrail tunnel IanVisits Mainline Overground Training for trains Railway towns bid for HS2 college BBC News DLR A new survey claims that London City Airport is the easiest UK capital city gateway to reach by train which shouldn t come as a surprise really as it is actually the only airport in London Airport World Miscellaneous Experience I lost my dad on the London underground The Guardian Tube staff who volunteered to work during this month s strike have been awarded 25 vouchers by way of a thank you from transport bosses BBC News Litter bugs fined nearly 400 after dropping cigarette ends at Barking station B D Post Cleaners on London Underground are to ballot for strikes because their employer outsourcing giant ISS is

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/28/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-37/ (2016-02-16)
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  • We’ve won an award! – IanVisits
    the hand luggage However while it can sometimes be like getting blood out of a stone when trying to get an answer from a company about something they are doing as soon as they win an award they are gushing in great excitement about it Which is odd as frankly prizes of this nature are worthless They indicate to a certain degree that someone thinks your product is rather good but does that trophy lead to any extra sales Yes in consumer land where a movie Oscar gets a really quite odd amount of publicity but in widget land does being the called the best widget manufacturer really sway any sales Buyers are fairly hard hearted sorts and a little logo on the sales brochure saying that you won an award isn t really going to matter Buyers care about technical specifications and prices So why the fuss about awards I think and it is just a bit of a guess that I have worked out I used to sit next to a marketing team in my last job and worked with them on a few award submissions So it is the PR Marketing department that leads the process of winning the award which will usually be based on the documents they submit than any impartial research by the judges It s very much a validation of the marketing effort rather than the underlying product being lauded And of course having won an award for their effort the marketing department quite understandably wants everyone to know how clever they are and as they are very very close to the PR team very easy to get a press release sent out Meanwhile there is a department somewhere in the company sitting on something really interesting something that will gain news coverage

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/27/weve-won-an-award/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Dante’s Modern Inferno at Leicester Square – IanVisits
    sins Virgil is busy today so your journey will be alone in person but surrounded by hundreds of lost souls seeking well who knows what they are seeking in this curious place A warm blast of air greets you as you enter and overwhelms the senses with added aromas of the products that were once mere confections but are today an entire exercise in branding The gateway to this hell is through an old London bus that has had its entire middle cut away Lacking Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch intrate over the top it is here in spirit if not in font The uncommitted stand around looking in bemusement at what this place offers them Is it heaven or hell they are still unsure This strange land is dominated by the five demonic colours Blue Orange Yellow Red and Green each representing one facet of the anthropomorphized confections Is it branding or commerce for everywhere the company logo leaps out at you devouring your soul as readily as some visitors have so obviously over consumed their products No object fashioned by mankind has been left untrammelled by the sulphurous touch of the marketing hand Need clothes No problem you can be a walking advertisement Need your name on some fridge magnets Yes so long as you have their mark of the beast next to it so that you can show your fealty to the unholy five They may be the impish quintet but they come in cuddly forms to lure unwary children to their eternal damnation Sip the cup of Christ the goodly are told but here the mark of the brand is found upon cups made from the dead clay of the land To lure the lost down further into hell descend the grand staircase Do not look

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/24/dantes-modern-inferno-at-leicester-square/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Operator – connect me to Whitehall 1212. Urgent! – IanVisits
    1111 Possibly because it was easy to dial a 1 by a loose connection or jiggling the hookswitch The 3 also made it clearer that it was a telephone number with four numerals avoiding confusion between 1 and the letter I Reply Bob says February 23 2014 at 11 56 pm Southend is 01702 431212 01708 751212 Romford I see a trend in the provinces as well Reply Adrian says February 24 2014 at 12 22 am The 1212 ending only went wrong when they added more police stations to an existing region I ve yet to find more that one station within an STd code with 1212 endings I wonder if there was an internal direct dial system that prevented this Ie there was only 99 stations originally allowing a 2 diget direct dial like 43 for Southend or 75 for romford Reply Adrian says February 24 2014 at 12 23 am digit Reply Mick says February 24 2014 at 10 49 am 230 1212 is forever stuck in my head thanks to Shaw Taylor and POLICE 5 In the late seventies our canteen lady a very firery Irish lady asked if anyone knew a number for a cab company I immediately said 230 1212 After asking if she could use an office phone she went to make the call Shortly from a distance we heard the handset crash back into the cradle chair legs scrapping on the floor followed by a string of very rude words Sorry I said It just came out Reply Sam F says February 24 2014 at 12 50 pm As I live in Rotherhithe Bermondsey exchange my number goes 020 7237 XXXX 237 being BER It s nice to have that small link to the past in a district that has changed beyong recognition since the fifties I believe that new lines in the area no longer have to begin with the exchange code however Reply Mick says February 24 2014 at 7 44 pm Back in the 60s Ewell where I live changed to 01 393 xxxx thereby also keeping EWE The oddity is Ewell is part of the Borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey I believe it had a different Phone Company many years ago I remember that when STD came to the Exchange on the Open Day you could make a call for free I called my Auntie in Manchester as it was the only number I could remember Reply MikeP says February 26 2014 at 7 51 am Mick The grouping of exchanges will have more to do with the inter exchange cabling topology especially connections to director exchanges than any political boundaries http en wikipedia org wiki 020 has a possibly correct list of areas within the GLA boundary that aren t in 020 as well as the converse Also maybe interestingly back in those days the electro mechanical routing equipment was kept simpler by building a hierarchy of routing down the numbers so all the surrounding

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/23/operator-connect-me-to-whitehall-1212-urgent/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Where is the first railway bridge out of London? – IanVisits
    for the line that runs from Charing Cross Station to Dover Each bridge or viaduct on that line had a code number They look a bit like this These Engineers Line References ELR as are a very useful way for the railway to know which bit of infrastructure is being talked about Should a vehicle hit a bridge a local might phone up to report it and rather than saying the bridge at the end of Acacia Avenue they can say 467 CAT and that instantly ties into a specific map reference for the railway Useful as last year there were 1 621 bridge impacts Obviously if every bridge has a number where is number 1 Just two lines running to London start in London although only one of them was built that way Over the years the numbers have been changed around a bit and a big tidy up took place in the 1980s Most of the railways terminating in London seem to numerically at least head into the city with their numbers counting upwards from outside the city heading in Just two lines count the other way So where should you go to see bridge number 1 in London The are two locations That is the ELR for Charing Cross to Dover Line and the first marker can be found in the arches underneath the station itself by the steps leading down to the arches on the west side of the station map link That is the ELR for the Victoria to Windmill Bridge Junction line and can be found on the street side of the railway bridge just behind the station map link I think we can say that the Charing Cross line marker is the first as it is ever so slightly closer to the start

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  • A chance to visit 10 Downing Street’s back garden – IanVisits
    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 As part of the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend that takes place later this year one rather special garden will be open to the public the one behind 10 Downing Street The site of the David Cameron Nick Clegg love in and where President Obama served burgers is not actually that exceptional a garden but in terms of damn difficult places for the public to visit it is practically at the top of the list To get access to the garden you have to put your name into a public ballot and then cross fingers or whatever superstition for summoning up the gods of chance that you prefer Just 40 people will be invited in so chances are very slight but what an exceptional opportunity it will be Even when I had a tour of the state rooms in the building some years ago it didn t include the garden so I ll apply as well Then glare in considerable annoyance if I dont get a ticket and one of you lot does To apply for the ballot click here The Open Garden Squares Weekend takes

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  • Photos from inside a Crossrail tunnel – IanVisits
    at Canary Wharf On to the photos The Permanent Shaft You can just about make out the two railway tunnels at the bottom of the shaft The scaffolding between them running to the surface contains two conveyor belts that takes the muck out of the tunnels from the tunnel boring machines still drilling away a few miles away Muck Conveyors The muck as they call the soil and clay that is dug out is taken over to barges waiting in the Thames next to the building site and there taken to an island in the Thames Estuary where the soil is being used by the RSPB to recreate a wildlife reserve Looking Up At the Bottom of the Shaft Here the two running tunnels are clearly visible This is the location that the tunnel boring machines launched on their journey westwards towards Farringdon Station in the City Looking Up Again Close up of the Eastbound tunnel The rail tracks are temporary and used just by the builders to travel down into the tunnels or carry equipment When the tunnels are finished the fitting out works will remove them and lay a slightly higher flat surface to carry the Crossrail tracks The Westbound Tunnel The site has changed a bit since I was last here back in July 2012 Looking back to the other shaft You can see the light from the secondary shaft which will later be filled back in again The tunnels haven t been dug yet but next year they will drive a short tunnel towards the Custom House station and then link up with the Victorian Connaught Tunnel Inside the loco Not easy taking photos through a mud splattered window but it is a building site so what would you expect Riding Through the Tunnel A grumbling growling train ride along bumpy rail tracks and in the gloom pockets of light showed up with service works still being carried out in the slick grey concrete tunnels Trying to Take Photos In was rather dark in the carriage No buffet service no wi fi plastic seats not even any lighting Future passengers on Crossrail trains can expect more luxuries People Working in the Tunnel As the tunnel boring machine leaves behind a solid wall of concrete side tunnels have to be cut out later Half way between the two exit points a short side tunnel is being dug out to link the two railway lines Useful space for electrical equipment and an escape route should something unpleasant happen in the future Did I say it was Dark Glimpses of the Tunnel At Canary Wharf About 15 minutes later we arrived at Canary Wharf Station In the future passengers will do that trip in about 2 minutes We are still in the tunnel side and the side wall here protects the station box from the tunnel workers The Crossrail Tunnel A look back down the tunnel we had just come through In the future this will be the direction

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/22/photos-from-inside-a-crossrail-tunnel/ (2016-02-16)
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