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  • parliament – IanVisits
    Parliament Gardens April 27 2015 History Leave a comment A 700 year old stone wall has been discovered in the grounds of Parliament which could show the shoreline of the Thames before the embankment was constructed Read More MPs mistaking arms for anus December 31 2014 Politics 4 Comments Our elected masters are often accused of talking out of their bums and indeed often talk about bums when debating sexual offenses but it seems that the official record of their debates at Hansard can often mistakes arms for bums Read More Military flypast over Parliament on Wednesday June 23 2014 Events and Tours 5 Comments For reasons which I am still unable to determine there will be a World War 2 era plane flying over Parliament on Wednesday evening Read More Overnight rehearsal of the State Opening of Parliament June 3 2014 Events and Tours Leave a comment Had you been in Westminster at 4am this morning a most unusual sight would have greeted you Not the occasional night bus delivery truck or worker but the whole area was sealed off and given over to the military Read More Parliament appoints a Suffragette Artist in Residence May 15 2014 History Leave a comment Parliament has commissioned an artist Mary Branson as its official Suffragette Artist in Residence to develop a permanent work of art to commemorate the women s suffrage campaign Read More Why it will take 6 000 dead goats to build the HS2 Railway January 1 2014 Random 10 Comments If or when the High Speed 2 railway is constructed it will require roughly 6 000 dead goats Read More 40th anniversary of New Year s Day as a Bank Holiday January 1 2014 History 2 Comments It may seem like an ancient tradition but the idea of

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  • Unbuilt London: A Bronze Slab Next to Parliament – IanVisits
    public were swiftly dropped and a bomb proof glass wall added to the design However the top would have been a secret room with a roof garden and views across London When shown off to the public nearly 14 000 people visited an exhibition of the designs although it was noted at the time that fewer than half of the MPs visited the exhibition which was after all about a new office for their convenience The GLC started expressing doubts about the design and various amendments were made to assuage their rising concerns However by the following May even MPs were starting to get cold feet about the design Later it was alleged that the government misrepresented the design to MPs in an effort to get more on side for a plan to quietly ditch it Despite that in June 1973 MPs approved plans to to build the new bronzed slab next to the river However although the architects carried on developing the scheme construction never started and an economic downturn made starting it even harder Eventually in July 1975 the plans were dropped as costs soared from the original 7 million to 30 million excluding the cost of the land and MPs were told to look elsewhere for cheaper offices With its cladding of bronzed glass it would have looked exceptionally dated within the decade Today with bronzed glass utterly decried as rightly awful and the building unfit for modern use it would have probably been demolished when the Jubilee Line came burrowing through the area And rather than a squat tired looking 1970s office block we d probably still have the current Portcullis House Or maybe one of the runners up Sources Hansard Illustrated London News April 29 1972 November 25 1972 Demolishing Whitehall Leslie Martin Harold Wilson and the Architecture of White Heat Movietone News Architects Journal December 1972 The Times 2nd March 1973 17th July 1975 Building April 1973 yeah yeah whatever Facebook 31 Google 0 Linkedin 1 Reddit 0 Twitter 14 14 46 houses of parliament parliament 2 thoughts on Unbuilt London A Bronze Slab Next to Parliament martin says February 14 2016 at 9 29 pm Interpenetrated F narr Reply The Duke of Waltham says February 15 2016 at 2 30 pm I knew there was an abortive competition for a building on Bridge Street but I had no idea it would have resulted in this abortion It would have looked so horribly out of place between its Victorian neighbours that its unpopularity seems assured with a probable fate much like that of the Palast der Republik in Berlin On the other hand Portcullis House may have shocked me a little at first but I have warmed to it and this post certainly makes me like it even more It is a building sensitive to its location with an interesting profile and detailing that will stand the test of time far better than the strident sterility of 70s modernism The long delay in its

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  • Unbuilt London: A Bronze Slab Next to Parliament – IanVisits
    swiftly dropped and a bomb proof glass wall added to the design However the top would have been a secret room with a roof garden and views across London When shown off to the public nearly 14 000 people visited an exhibition of the designs although it was noted at the time that fewer than half of the MPs visited the exhibition which was after all about a new office for their convenience The GLC started expressing doubts about the design and various amendments were made to assuage their rising concerns However by the following May even MPs were starting to get cold feet about the design Later it was alleged that the government misrepresented the design to MPs in an effort to get more on side for a plan to quietly ditch it Despite that in June 1973 MPs approved plans to to build the new bronzed slab next to the river However although the architects carried on developing the scheme construction never started and an economic downturn made starting it even harder Eventually in July 1975 the plans were dropped as costs soared from the original 7 million to 30 million excluding the cost of the land and MPs were told to look elsewhere for cheaper offices With its cladding of bronzed glass it would have looked exceptionally dated within the decade Today with bronzed glass utterly decried as rightly awful and the building unfit for modern use it would have probably been demolished when the Jubilee Line came burrowing through the area And rather than a squat tired looking 1970s office block we d probably still have the current Portcullis House Or maybe one of the runners up Sources Hansard Illustrated London News April 29 1972 November 25 1972 Demolishing Whitehall Leslie Martin Harold Wilson and the Architecture of White Heat Movietone News Architects Journal December 1972 The Times 2nd March 1973 17th July 1975 Building April 1973 yeah yeah whatever Facebook 31 Google 0 Linkedin 1 Reddit 0 Twitter 14 14 46 houses of parliament parliament 2 thoughts on Unbuilt London A Bronze Slab Next to Parliament martin says February 14 2016 at 9 29 pm Interpenetrated F narr Reply The Duke of Waltham says February 15 2016 at 2 30 pm I knew there was an abortive competition for a building on Bridge Street but I had no idea it would have resulted in this abortion It would have looked so horribly out of place between its Victorian neighbours that its unpopularity seems assured with a probable fate much like that of the Palast der Republik in Berlin On the other hand Portcullis House may have shocked me a little at first but I have warmed to it and this post certainly makes me like it even more It is a building sensitive to its location with an interesting profile and detailing that will stand the test of time far better than the strident sterility of 70s modernism The long delay in its construction looks

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  • wellcome collection – IanVisits
    supper and graphic sex all are an unexpected display of Buddhism at the Wellcome Collection Read More Mind Bending Fogs Fill the Wellcome Collection October 14 2015 October 14 2015 Events and Tours Leave a comment A room filled with dense fog coloured fog still fog murmurs in the fog faces fading into view through the fog This is the Wellcome Collection s latest art display Read More Go forensic at the Wellcome Collection March 5 2015 Events and Tours Leave a comment Forensics the mysterious solver of difficult to solve crimes that is the mainstay of many a crime novel and daytime TV series is also now the topic of a new exhibition at the recently refurbished Wellcome Collection Read More Museum Meals Wellcome Collection January 11 2015 museum meals Leave a comment A first museum meal of the new year and as with all new year resolutions time for something annoyingly healthy to offset the excesses of the past month Read More Japanese Outsider Art at the Wellcome Collection June 10 2013 Events and Tours 2 Comments Outsider Art the somewhat patronizing term given to art done by artists who are not formally trained as artists in big

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  • Passengers evacuated from Heathrow Express train – IanVisits
    would have any smoke or pyrotechnics down in the tunnel A briefing from the leader of the operations repeatedly said if we are detrained if we have to walk through the tunnels if we have to climb up an emergency escape shaft If We were only there assist in a serious test of emergency services for a chance to walk through tunnels and climb up emergency stairs Much sniggering as each if was uttered and briefing over time to head down to the platform to await our doomed train A whole train to fill up with just 50 people so being very British the volunteers spread out to ensure none of us were sitting too close to each other and some were delighted to wait for the fun to start in the luxury of first class The train headed off and after a few minutes rolled to a slow halt The fun had begun In fact the fun in this case being sitting around for quite some time as the train driver issued reassurance that a fault had occurred but everything was being dealt with After a while though some more ominous warnings the driver said that power to the overhead wires had been lost and the train was now running on battery power alone We might lose some services and some lights might go out Then the air conditioning systems switched off which was probably more significant than dimmed lights thanks to the sudden silence that accompanied it The driver was now calling for Heathrow Express staff who might be on the train to contact him Throughout the drill the driver said that we weren t in danger there is no danger the train is not in danger there is no danger remain seated wait for instructions Which unfortunately started to hammer home Danger Danger Danger Danger A post event feedback form suggested rewording that a bit Back to the drill suddenly all the lights in the train switched off It wasn t total darkness though in part thanks to the lighting in the tunnel but also to the considerable amusement of the trapped passengers the in train televisions playing adverts were still running Stuck in the dark being told that we couldn t use Oyster cards on the Heathrow Express was probably one of the more surreal moments of the night The lights were only off for a few minutes though At last the driver told us that we were going to have to get off the train Bad news for ordinary passengers for the volunteers this was where the real fun begins In fact it s quite a mundane thing as running along the tunnel is a pedestrian walkway Quite narrow but adequate for getting people off trains A short walk along the tunnels and off to a side door where staff were on hand directing people This way Sir up here Sir that way Sir Necessary levels of calm professionalism to calm down the nerves of

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  • Flying Scotsman to come to London – 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 Early morning commuters are in for a steamy surprise in a few weeks as the Flying Scotsman makes its inaugural passenger journey from King s Cross station The trip is set to take place on Thursday 25th February Scheduled to leave Kings Cross at around 7 30am it should be early enough for train geeks to get a decent view before heading to work with an unusually excited gait and smile for the morning commuter After leaving Kings Cross it is likely to head out of town via Alexandra Palace surprising bored commuters who are unawares of the momentous event taking place Some might even look up from their smartphones However rather than watching from the sidelines you can also be ON that train trip For those with generous wallets tickets will go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am at 450 per person For those of us lacking banking bonuses to pay for such delights there are five pairs of tickets being offered in a prize draw Enter here Photo courtesy National Railway Museum Facebook 95 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 37 37 132 flying scotsman kings cross steam train 3 thoughts on Flying Scotsman to come to London johnalot says February 4 2016 at 11 02 am Ian thanks for the heads up on

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  • transport news roundup – IanVisits
    transport issues Leave a comment A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news January 21 2016 January 22 2016 Random transport issues 1 Comment A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Bombardier invited to bid for 2 5 billion London Underground contract Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news January 14 2016 January 15 2016 transport issues 2 Comments A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news January 8 2016 January 7 2016 transport issues 2 Comments A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Commuters trampled over man 81 after he collapsed on Tube Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news January 1 2016 January 1 2016 transport issues 2 Comments A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news December 26 2015 December 26 2015 transport issues Leave a comment A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news December 17 2015 December 17 2015 transport issues 1 Comment A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news December 10 2015 transport issues Leave a comment A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news December 3 2015 transport issues Leave a comment A weekly round up of London s rail transport news Read More Weekly round up of London s railway transport news November 26 2015

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  • What's on in London - Friday, 1st January 2016
    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 Special Events Happening on Fri 1st Jan 2016 Free Tours of Hornsey Town Hall Hardly used for 15 years a chance to see inside on of the great buildings of 1930s modernism Hornsey 2016 01 01 Free New Year s Day Parade Annual usa style parade with floats and dancers in central London 2016 01 01 Free Brothers in Art Explore the life and work of acclaimed botanical artists Franz and Ferdinand Bauer South Kensington 2016 01 01 More Dates Tomorrow 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th February March April Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon 16 Christmas at Kew 2015 The one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world famous botanic gardens in a magical after dark experienc Ending Soon Sat 2nd Jan 2016 01 01 16 Dressed by Angels Iconic Costumes from the worlds of Film TV and Theatre Ending Soon Sun 3rd Jan 2016 01 01 Free Guiding Lights 500 years of Trinity House and safety at sea An exhibition that showcases centuries of work by the Corporation of Trinity House to help sailors navigate safely at sea Ending Soon Mon 4th Jan 2016 01 01 Free The Great Chronicle of London Agincourt The Great Chronicle of London illustrates how the news of Henry s campaign was sent back to London Ending Soon Thu 7th Jan 2016 01 01 Free Talbot House An Oasis in a World Gone Crazy This exhibition at

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