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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    London Underground New Tube showdown looms as Bob Crow says no to driverless trains Evening Standard Nearly half of all reported thefts at train stations in Waltham Forest last year occurred at Leyton station Local Guardian Stratford should be moved from Underground Zone 3 to Zone 2 3 to maximise the Olympic legacy and improve perceptions of the area according to a new report Newham Recorder Noisy Tube station repairs keeping neighbours awake at night Get West London Ion Iorga jailed for exposing himself on train near Croxley station Watford Observer 10 more tube stations to get Wi Fi coverage Cellular News Asda aims to open more click and collect tube delivery points Independent Crossrail The architect behind the acclaimed transformation of King s Cross station in north London has been parachuted in to work on Crossrail stations as a row over design quality on the project continues The Guardian Crossrail archaeology finds on display in new exhibition IanVisits Questioning Capacity How Quickly Will Crossrail s New Trains Fill Up London Reconnections Crossrail Ltd has appointed Julie Leonard as its official artist in residence with a commission to create a pictorial diary of Crossrail s construction Construction Index Costain Skanska has handed over of the Western Ticket Hall Box at Bond Street 6 weeks earlier than planned Construction Mainline Overground Thameslink franchise may stagnate rail services through Kentish Town and West Hampstead Ham High HS2 bosses set to abandon Camden Town link stage of high speed rail project Camden New Journal Thameslink and Southern train services need urgent improvement says Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake Local Guardian A Sycamore tree in front of West Hampstead rail station was saved from the axe by a last minute protection order following a protest Camden New Journal Germany s Deutsche Bahn has

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/21/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-36/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Napoleon’s death and the 200th anniversary of the Great Stock Exchange Fraud – IanVisits
    London while he followed on by horse However it was a lie and it was the start of the Great Stock Exchange Fraud that would see the value of government bonds soar then collapse leaving a tidy profit for three men At the time Britain in coalition with a number of other countries was at war with France in what is formally known as the War of the Sixth Coalition part of the wider Napoleonic Wars France was successfully recovering from its disastrous campaign in Russia in 1812 13 and defeated the coalition in a huge battle in Dresden in August 1813 However Napoleon lost the Battle of Leipzig shortly afterwards and was forced to retreat He was continually harried by coalition forces as he retreated to Paris In London speculation was rife that Napoleon was variously captured or killed which seemed to trigger the fraud that was to come Back to the morning of the 21st February 1814 The signal from Deal had arrived in London within minutes of the messenger s arrival thanks to a network of towers built between London and Deal that could transmit messages by visual flags being used as signals As the news of Napoleon s defeat reached the stock exchange when trading started later that morning the value of government bonds soared as investors took delight in the prospect of less government spending on war However by mid morning prices were falling as the news didn t seem to be substantiated by anyone Then rose again as French men in the city were seen celebrating the Emperor s downfall In the afternoon though the government formally declared the news to be false Napoleon was still very much alive and the identity of the messenger who claimed to have arrived at Dover was unknown

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/21/napoleons-death-and-the-200th-anniversary-of-the-great-stock-exchange-fraud/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Boring Snoring Conference Returns to London – IanVisits
    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 Set your alarm clocks because tickets to the most boring event in London go on sale next week They are being released in batches so there will be multiple sales dates but the first for your diary is 1pm on Fri 28th Feb and the second batch a week later also at 1pm on 7th March They are still putting the details of the conference together but expect an eclectic mix of talks about seemingly very boring topics that are often actually really quite fascinating People have previously talked about sneezing toast IBM tills the sounds made by vending machines

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/20/boring-snoring-conference-returns-to-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Giant hot-dog passing through Charing Cross tube station – IanVisits
    caffinated fizzy drinks thinks that Japanese consumers will find the sight of a massive hot dog passing through a nearly deserted tube station in London an incentive to purchase its refreshments I am not sure why but what you are left with is the exceptionally bizarre sight below Yes a tube station with just one passenger in it If reading this in the RSS feed you need to visit the website to see the video sorry Tube geeks will doubtless be fully accepting of the idea of giant hot dogs in tube tunnels but will be outraged that the exit he uses isn t the correct one for the Charing Cross station Actually which station is he coming out of Facebook 88 Google 3 Linkedin 1 Reddit 0 Twitter 43 43 135 charing cross 8 thoughts on Giant hot dog passing through Charing Cross tube station JaJaWa says February 20 2014 at 12 28 pm Is the Next Train Indicator showing Upminister and Circle Line left modified from Skyfall Sherlock Reply David Caldwell daithaic says February 20 2014 at 1 13 pm I think the real strange story is still to come Ian is the sole passenger on the Underground still alive after eating a hot dog from a cart aka A Roach Coach outside a Tube station I look forward to the update Reply Anon says February 20 2014 at 1 40 pm He s out side Monument Reply brian glass says February 20 2014 at 3 18 pm the more unbelievable thing about this is a real hot dog vendor on the streets of London and serving dill pickles Reply Antonio Rodríguez says February 21 2014 at 1 38 am Can you remove auto play I m not sure you would be able because it s an external

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  • Eat some brains in an underground WW2 bunker – IanVisits
    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 Next month a group are putting on a dining event inside a WW2 bunker underneath Dalston and will serve up a heady mix of brains to eat and science to feed the brains in your heads A limited number of tickets will be available each night featuring a five course meal created by food designers Blanch Shock For daring diners it will culminate with the serving of real brains There will also be gin Scientists will accompany the meal to discuss different facets of the mind and each night members of Headway East London charity that supports people affected by brain injury will share their experiences and personal insights into living with brain injury Within the bunker some of the rooms have been converted into art venues all based around the brain and its thinking At 45 it s not a cheap event but is certainly different Can t say I will ever look at a cauliflower in quite the same way again though Brain Banquet runs March 13 15 start time 6 30 and ends at 10pm You need to dress warmly and wear waterproof shoes Booking details here Facebook 0 Google

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/19/eat-some-brains-in-an-underground-ww2-bunker/ (2016-02-16)
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  • When PR goes badly wrong – IanVisits
    they should send out Requiring a journalist to agree to a minimum level of reporting about an event before letting them attend it is pretty much about the biggest No No any PR firm can do so there is justified outrage from journalists As a mere blogger I am not the sort to be invited to such major events but I have been occasionally invited to their lesser cousins or to music venues and been told what the minimum level of tweeting photos etc I am required to deliver if I want a free ticket to the event Frankly those sorts of things are not the sort of thing I would attend anyway but it does seem that the minimum coverage requirement seems to be prevalent within the entertainment industry as in my experience they are the main ones demanding it When I receive invites of this nature I smile to myself wondering which bloggers will suddenly develop an interest in a holiday somewhere or a new electronics gadget or some thing else they have never written about before And as some have commented it might seem like a fair deal Send out a few tweets and get a free night out What s the problem Setting aside the ethics of it what people forget is that for most of us it is still a work night OK it s a very pleasant work night but ultimately most writers attending an event are there to work It is in the venue s best interest to ensure we have a good time so sometimes yes the alcohol can be generous and frankly as a writer some of my better stuff is best written when ever so slightly drunk and very heavily edited the next morning when sober But I never forget that it is still work or at least I try to approach it with a work frame of mind even if that relaxes later in an evening I am still looking around for things to write about when I get home OK I ll take the occasional freebie but even then I wont promise to write about it However no matter how enticing I will never ever attend an event where I am told what the minimum amount of writing will be required for a free ticket If the event is notable for some reason then I will freely write about it anyway That after all is why I am there in the first place to get the necessary so I sit down later and write something As a self publishing blogger I don t have to attend everything in a certain topic as a journalist might have to So I am lucky in that I tend to pick and choose what to go to so rarely come out of a venue thinking what the bloody hell can I write about that But it has happened In fact as a writer those are the worst events ever A good event

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/19/when-pr-goes-badly-wrong/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos from the deep excavations under Victoria Street – IanVisits
    as necessary The huge advantage of this method is that the ground floor slab is in place above the heads of the workers so that as they dig down it is possible to build upwards as well A site of this depth is going to punch through several layers of soil and as Victoria is built on formerly exceptionally wet lands the upper layers of the soil were unsurprisingly very wet In fact they detected the water levels moving in time with the tides in the Thames even though it s about a mile away What surprised me though was that it isn t that far down before you reach lovely London clay If you are a tube tunnel builder London Clay is lovely It is so solid and stable that you can tunnel through it and leave the walls unsupported for quite some time before having to put in the supporting rings Indeed it is probably the fact that early tube tunnels could dig through lovely London Clay instead of sandy sediments that enabled the early tubes to be a success Thanks to the solidity of the clay the surrounding diaphragm wall didn t need to be solid at this depth and you can see the clay standing up quite solidly between the concrete piles without any need for support There is something curiously impressive about standing 5 floors below ground and being able to walk up to a solid wall of clay and touch mud that was lain down around 50 million years ago London was probably a tropical forest at the time Back to modern times and further up finishing work is underway A padded plastic skin is being inserted between the outer and inner walls If or maybe when the outer wall starts to leak the plastic will stop the water from straining the inner wall and the padded effect leave drainage channels down to sumps below where the water can be pumped away Elsewhere in the basement will sit the unseen side of modern infrastructure A giant electricity substation As electricity consumption in the area is rising with all these new office blocks UK Power Networks need somewhere to put a new substation to cope As most the demand is because of Land Securities upgrades it is convenient that the substation could be sited underneath one of their office blocks It is also down here that a regulatory curiosity exists In a realm of concrete sits a large room made from brick It s a requirement that substations are built from brick to certain tolerances so deep under London in a concrete box is a brick room Because that s what the rules say The building next door has four floors of basement one for the retail stores and the rest for the plant room and machinery that makes modern office buildings work Interestingly they are trying out a new cooling system for the building for which the chillers will be down here as well

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  • Help with website problems – IanVisits
    one I have identified some issues that should be minor but you never know so lots of effort has gone into clearing up any little glitches that might have had unexpected effects The outbound emails are happy the social media is working the RSS feed is buoyant The website seems fine in oodles of different browsers I have tested it on Yet something is seriously wrong Somewhere The only possible suggestion left is that that execrable plugin AdBlock is killing the business as its launch in Internet Explorer mirrors the apparent decline in website revenue That was suggested earlier this week when a story that got a substantial amount of traffic as far as the webserver logs were concerned registered vastly lower levels of traffic on Google Analytics and hardly anything on Google AdSense There are ways of blocking AdBlock users but people get very political about such things Or maybe it s not that and there is something else Or maybe just maybe there s nothing technically wrong and I legitimately lost a quarter of the website traffic in a 6 week period Which seems bizarre to say the least I really don t like linking this blog to my day job but frankly desperate times etc If you could take a look at www cellular news com and if you can see anything really seriously problematic there let me know Meanwhile I am looking for a new job Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 4 4 5 5 thoughts on Help with website problems Steve says February 18 2014 at 9 36 pm I d go over the last year s site logs a month at a time with something like Analog That should establish whether you ve been seeing a gradual decline or whether

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