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  • How the Motor Car Reshaped English Architecture – IanVisits
    multi story car parks and even the petrol stations they have all had a defining impact on the landscape we see around use The exhibition is both an informative collection of photos and display cards as well as maybe a nostalgic look back at a time when the motor car was still a bit of a luxury and motorways were still waiting their first traffic jam One thing I wasn t aware of though was just how early the multi story car park had arrived as early as 1902 for the first one The explanation for their early arrival was however strikingly obvious when explained In an age when the motor car was still more of an open carriage on wheels parking the car outside was not desirable in the English weather hence car parks However while town centers built car parks homes were often to follow much later with garages added where possible but in the early days a car could well be stored at the local garage and brought to the home when needed Of course as the motor car gained ascendancy it s effect was felt From vast motorways snaking through the countryside to grand post war schemes running right up to the 1970s to have motorways run right into the centre of cities or at least encircle them in a deathly ring road The ring roads and town center car parks bringing prosperity from the edges to the town centre but in doing so also bringing pollution and residential blight to those forced to live too close to the concrete constructions I know we are supposed to deride Milton Keynes for its US style regimented road layout and superiority of the motor car but actually they probably got it right as the roads are surrounded by raised mounds of earth and planted with vast numbers of trees It s actually quite pleasant if you can drive a car that is Concrete is of course the dominant feature of the architecture of the motor car primarily as most of the construction of associated services such as the car parks the service stations and their like took place while concrete was still as popular as the car it supported Interestingly a couple of drawings of what early car enthusiasts thought a motorway of the future would look like involved brick and looked more like giant railway arches than the sleek concrete structures we see today And while often stained and neglected motorway flyovers do have a certain sort of brutal charm about them I ve long enjoyed walking around the Hammersmith area with its dual appeal of massive construction and urban decay mixing together so effortlessly And a good scrub at home to wash off the pollution If you want a good overview of how the architecture associated with the motor car changed the English landscape then this is as good a way to start Do take a notepad if you are like me there are a lot

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/17/how-the-motor-car-reshaped-english-architecture/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Your last chance to visit the Trocadero – IanVisits
    the tube station stands closed and deep down that oft used tunnel now a few boys danced rhythmically Not an isolated curiosity in the empty tunnel as a sign by the entrance warned that it was a no dancing zone Some sad remnants of the old games arcade line deserted walkways trying to eke out a last few coins from the lost and bored who wander up this far into the void However a row of arcade games in empty spaces lacks all the atmosphere that made playing them so enjoyable It wasn t just a single stand along game it was an entire room of digital explosions it was the crowds the excitement What s left looks like the nightclub at the end of the night when they turn on the lights to hurry the stragglers out and you see the horrid appalling state that the darkness conceals And in a way this has always been a building of façades and cloaks as it covered up walls with futuristic decorations that were how we all saw the future looking when we stood back in the past Not for the 1980s the austere white of the Apple decade that we live in today The future was neon synthetic and loud and lots of it While seeking to ape the sci fi look of the future in its current state it eerily reminds me of another type of sci fi story The one where a paradise city is left to ruin and usually taken over by a malevolent force that kills anyone who accidentally ventures within The dark evil of the science fiction writer depicting a decayed fun palace often mirroring the dark reality of these places that so often lured the overly young and troubled to their glittering lights only to be seduced into the darker life that Soho offered The fun is over for the Trocodero the website was last updated in 2011 the lights are switched on and the last drunken revellers are having a final lonely dance You have until the 25th to join them Facebook 0 Google 7 Linkedin 1 Reddit 0 Twitter 70 70 78 Trocadero 12 thoughts on Your last chance to visit the Trocadero Gillian Lawrence says February 16 2014 at 8 56 pm Excellent write up Even schools had end of term trips there Reply Chris S says February 16 2014 at 9 54 pm Looking at the state of the place now I m imagining Bonnie Langford having a refreshing dip in the pool oblivious to the lurking terrors beneath Reply Lewis says February 16 2014 at 10 18 pm It s so hard to describe to those who only know of it s more recent flea market days just what an awesome buzzing vibrant ace place this was in the late 90s SEGA WORLD with its 7 themed floors of games and rides The double deck drop tower ride causing scream to ring through the building The various simulators horror

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  • Early morning photo opportunity at The Shard – IanVisits
    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 The View from The Shard is having a couple of early morning openings for photographers and will be relaxing the usual ban on tripods and other heavy equipment that are not permitted during normal open hours The mornings are at 8am on the 22nd and 29th March Frustratingly that s too late in the morning to catch sunrise but for dedicated photographers it is a reasonably rare chance to lug heavy equipment to the top and get higher quality photos than most of us get away with Commercial photography needs a separate permit Cost is 29 50 and booked via this website The venue normally opens at 10am

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  • Fairly rare open day at Trinity House – IanVisits
    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 In its 500th anniversary the usually closed to outsiders home of Trinity House will be open to the general public to have a look around It is open occasionally such as sometimes during Open House weekend or if you ever manage to get a prized slot on the few tours they arrange So a chance to see inside is something few have been able to do Originally founded by King Henry VIII in 1514 to manage shipping safety along the Thames what is today Trinity House was officially called deep breath The Master Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity and of St Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent They long decamped from Deptford to the City though and the current building was constructed in the 1790s and largely restored following the unexpected intervention of a German bomb in December 1940 It is therefore within a fairly grand building of the city livery companies style and I managed to grab one of the rare tours last year and can heartily recommend paying a visit And pay a visit you can on an open day being held on Saturday 17th

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  • The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey – IanVisits
    underground railway in Westminster to considerable fury of tube geeks who spent an inordinate time chewing over holes in the plot However in 1846 another chap called Moffat was also thinking about railways in Westminster and produced this grand scheme The Proposed Railway Street Through Westminster Not quite an underground railway although I suspect that considering the value of land in the area today it would have been built over by now I have however been unable to find out anything else about this proposed railway Where did it go who was planning it who was paying for it I suspect that it might be just one of those drawings put out occasionally by architects to drum up publicity for their practice or tempt potential investors into a project A very close look suggests that it would have run right in front of Westminster Abbey which is probably why it didn t get much further than a drawing There was a railway planed to run into Westminster the Westminster Terminus Railway but that terminated a couple of streets away so this can t be a drawing for that Indeed it would also be odd for W B Moffatt to be engaged in building a railway as from what little is known about him he had little if any experience in such matters He was in fact a builder s son who had collaborated for about a decade with the considerably more famous George Gilbert Scott in his early career During that time they mainly worked on workhouses for the poor and a few churches Later Moffatt went on to build a few churches of his own or refurbished others But railways nope doesn t seem likely Nonetheless it s an interesting picture so I leave it here as a curiosity

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/02/15/the-victorian-proposal-for-a-railway-to-westminster-abbey/ (2016-02-16)
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  • See the human skulls dug up by Crossrail – IanVisits
    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 Although most of Crossrail lies deep below any previous human habitation to get down there some of their buildings and shafts have punched through the archaeological layer and some of the findings have been put on display Some horses heads some human heads some pots and some old leather shoes are the highlights along with a lot of pottery and Roman coins And huge pile of iron chain found from docklands where some old docks used to be A Roman cremation urn flint tools used by Londoners approximately 9 000 years ago and objects found in a suspected Black Death Plague burial ground The display of some 50 objects is only a small sample of what has been found but it is a good choice selection Adding to the display though are some good descriptive boards about the areas where the find have been recovered from The exhibition is open in the easy to spot Crossrail office in the street just behind CentrePoint and is open until 15th March Sun Mon Closed Tues 11am to 7pm Wed 11am to 5 30pm Thur 11am to 7pm Fri Closed Sat 10am to 5pm The exhibition is free of charge In addition to the exhibition Crossrail s archaeologists will also be running a series of lectures each Wednesday evening discussing 19th Feb The

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  • War! What is it Good for? Exhibitions! That’s What! – IanVisits
    hang wringing angst way that this particular museum is particularly skilled at should children play at war It seems that every generation goes though this debate and never really comes to fact that young boys in particular seem to like running around shouting and pretending to fight wars with each other The debate has moved on a bit in recent years as to whether girls should be excluded from boys games or if participating do more than staff the first aid tent What could have been a good exhibition of war games and a history of them is instead every so subtly a collection of questions asking if these games are suitable Quite insidious as asking a question often itself drives an underlying motive that aims to raise doubt about views we were comfortable with Yes in a theoretically perfect society the children s brain would have evolved not to take pleasure from pain But we aren t there yet and probably wont be for a few million years so lets just accept that battle play is a natural part of being a child Whether human ape or tiger mock fighting seems to be an evolutionary requirement The question shouldn t be whether children playing at fighting is bad but whether it causes problems later on in life If we look around we can find examples of people who it might have been better had they been discouraged as children from fighting but the vast majority of us grow out of it Or more accurately redirect the energies into fervent battles on the football ground and what is football to most dedicated fans than war The enemy is to be crushed at all costs Is chess a war game There are some chess boards on display as it is a

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  • Quirky Posters depicting London’s Mysteries – IanVisits
    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 rather fun exhibition has opened inside London s Transport Museum where artists have taken curiosities of London as their theme for a possible future poster design As the curiosities were the only theme restriction this is a wide ranging display of art work styles sizes and schemes From somewhat scribbled works to very detailed it is almost less the technique chosen than how the curiosity has been interpreted that is interesting here Any London geek will recognise many of the quirky stories and some of them are very famous such as the Ravens at the Tower of London London Bells or the Red Bus jumping Tower Bridge Less well known will be the story of the munitions factory inside the Central Line tunnels during WW2 which is delightfully illustrated by a Spitfire flying down a tube tunnel The sight of HM Queen departing a tube train to an escort of soldiers is a hint of the rumoured Buckingham Palace tube station is funny and the block colour scheme works well with the caricatures chosen One of the legends shown was one that I didn t know about that the lions of Trafalgar Square would come to life if Big Ben ever strikes 13 I wonder how that story started Has it ever been tested in the

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