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  • Crocodile God revealed at the British Museum – IanVisits
    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 In ancient temples did crocodiles dwell worshiped and admired until mighty Egypt fell A new empire in the North sending explorers to foreign lands to Kom Ombo ruined stones piled high concealing treasures beneath the sands Two mummies found within handed to the British Government and one disturbed from ancient slumber its secrets revealed Not seen for five and seventy years probed by deep seeing instruments the mummy surrendered long lost knowledge A last meal freshly consumed before death untimely maybe stones for ballast for the dead crocodiles rise and sink not

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/03/crocodile-god-revealed-at-the-british-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Routemaster bus tours of London’s architecture – IanVisits
    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 Fancy traveling in a vintage green routemaster bus conducting tours around London s architecture The National Trust had the very same thought you just had but did so a couple of years ago and have now outlined their itinerary for this year As you re on a double decker bus everyone is given a headset so you hear the tour guides The tours also include access to buildings not normally open to the public Cost is 36 75 for the roughly 6 hour bus trip Enquiries about the tours to London nationaltrust org uk The Living Tradition Contemporary Classicism in London Exploring the long tradition of drawing on antiquity to inspire contemporary practice this tour includes some of London s most important examples of classically inspired architecture ranging from the Queen s Gallery at Buckingham Palace to social housing Led by George Saumarez Smith one of the leading classical architects of his generation the tour will also include grand modern villas in Regent s Park commercial buildings in Mayfair and proposals for the future of social housing in Islington Saturday 9th April 10 30am 3 30pm Book your ticket s here The Genie Is Out Post Modernism in London This tour focuses on the Post Modern moment from the 1970s to the 1990s when many architects felt a release from constraint from the design codes the functionalism of the Modern era In the words of Sir Terry Farrell it was about colour and

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/03/routemaster-bus-tours-of-londons-architecture/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Great Flood of London in 1524 – IanVisits
    circles The previous Grand Conjunction of 1484 heralded the Reformation so it seemed likely that the next one would be equally deadly to society In February 1524 all seven major planets would be in conjunction and that would cause massive tides so the astrologers claimed which would inundate London Thus warned an estimated 20 000 people fled the city on the days before the flood was expected and made preparations Many of the richer sort took up their abode on the heights of Highgate Hampstead and Blackheath and some erected tents as far away as Waltham Abbey on the north and Croydon on the south of the Thames For example oft cited is the disputed story of William Bolton prior of St Barts church who erected a tower at his home in Harrow as a refuge from the predicted floods On the eve of the deluge he took residence in the tower with his servants and stocked it with provisions to last out the disaster The mass awareness of the impending doom was aided by the then recent development of the printing press which made it easier to distribute seditious leaflets about the prediction spreading the panic further than it might otherwise have reached The main protagonist was Luca Gaurico who was an astrologer based at The Vatican at a time when astrology was deemed to be perfectly sensible science and it was his writings which were interpreted as predicting a flood Another astrologer Johannes Carion published a pamphlet in 1521 showing the flood followed by social breakdown as the peasants revolted and executed a clergyman Other pamphlets warned that the flood of 1524 was just the beginning of the end of days It s estimated that more than 60 writers published predictions about the great deluge due to hit in 1524 It wasn t just London though with most of Europe in an uproar and reports of arks being built in Germany and Italy by the wealthy who were determined to ride out the storm Of course as is often the case with the failure of an apocalypse to arrive the prophets in this case blamed human error their calculations were out by a hundred years Following the failure of the flood to occur rival astrologers accused Gaurico of exaggerating his findings and censured him in the way that modern scientists are wont to do when faced with similar slights to their profession Weather wise the year 1524 was actually dryer than usual The title page of J Carion s Prognosticatio 1521 Sources Storming The Ark by Dr Romeo Vitelli Hull Daily Mail 29th March 1930 Esoterica Vol 9 2007 History of the Apocalypse by Catalin Negru Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds by Charles Mackey The Environs of London Kent Essex and Herts by Daniel Lysons Facebook 203 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 42 42 245 astrology flood london 2 thoughts on The Great Flood of London in 1524 Veronica says February 3 2016

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/02/01/the-great-flood-of-london-in-1524/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Save the Last Remaining British Rail Hovercraft from Destruction – IanVisits
    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 the 1970s the best way to travel across the English Channel was with British Rail and on a hovercraft Of the hovercraft that used to travel across the English Channel the huge SRN4 class were the most famous but now their future is in doubt As developers move in with bulldozers the Hovercraft Museum Trust is this evening fighting desperately to save one of the two remaining cross channel SRN4 hovercraft from destruction Two models survive the Princess Margaret and Princess Anne and one is likely to be sold for scrap but there is a chance to save the last remaining model Both hovercraft are based at the Hovercraft Museum down in Lee on the Solent The museum has been closed for several years but recently with little fanfare reopened to the public Although they are being stored at the museum it turns out that the SRN4 s are not owned by the Hovercraft Museum Trust and there has been a protracted legal battle between the craft and site owners which these gentle giants have found themselves caught in the middle of This came to a sudden resolution this week and the museum says that hovercraft now face destruction and removal unless a last minute reprieve is granted by the site owner The museum has acted quickly and submitted a proposal to the site owner to save the Princess Anne which is in the most favourable location and in better condition than the Princess Margaret which they

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/31/save-the-last-remaining-british-rail-hovercraft-from-destruction/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Chance to Test Greenwich’s New Driverless Cars – IanVisits
    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 flurry of publicity last week announced plans to test driverless cars in Greenwich this summer but few details on how to be a tester The driverless cars are adapted from the existing driverless pods that currently ferry people between Heathrow s Terminal 5 and the distant car parks and anyone can take a trip in them The Heathrow pods however run on a dedicated track whereas the Greenwich trials will see the pods driving along normal roads without any external guidance It seems though that each pod may carry a spare wheel in the form of a safety person to stop the vehicle if they look like having an unfortunate interaction with a pedestrian or other motorist Not a failing of the technology as trials in the USA of more conventionally designed driverless cars found all the accidents involved human failure the driverless car obeyed the traffic regulations and that confused the humans in the other cars who tend not to Traffic regulations not withstanding if you want to be one of the testers of the driverless pods simply send your details to gateway trl co uk and they will be in touch closer to the date The adapted pods are also rather better looking than the golf buggy

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/31/chance-to-test-greenwichs-new-driverless-cars/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Parish Notice — Website Redesign – IanVisits
    buttons the sidebar might need a bit more thought Thanks Reply Derek says January 31 2016 at 9 03 pm I am enjoying all that you publish please keep it up I must admit that I find the orange text irritating Reply Sykobee says February 1 2016 at 10 02 am Nice but the orange could do with being darker or purple Also there s an empty blob at the top on the right And the circles stations need to be a pixel or two further right The drop shadow is a bit too heavy and narrow but please keep it because I hate the modern flat square depth free UIs Reply Ian Visits says February 1 2016 at 9 25 pm The empty box is because you are disabling the thing that helps to pay for the costs of running this website puts food on my plate and keeps a roof over my head Thanks for that Reply The Duke of Waltham says February 4 2016 at 10 19 am I also don t see advertisements there and it s been some while that I disabled Adblock on your website I think they displayed before the redesign The Duke of Waltham says February 4 2016 at 10 20 am and suddenly I see one Huh MrTea99 says February 1 2016 at 10 18 am I don t mind the design but the smooth scrolling behaviour makes the site almost unusable with a touchpad Please could you look into disabling this feature if it s not integral to the feel of the site Reply Ian Visits says February 1 2016 at 9 25 pm It was a bit of code from the underlying template I ve removed it Thanks Reply Andrew says February 2 2016 at 7 56 am Oh that is better was struggling to read on my iPad the other day and couldn t work out why I m not convinced of the need for a change but it is your website so good luck Thank you for the great service you offer to your readers Reply John Bray says February 2 2016 at 10 27 pm I don t like the menu box floating at the top of the screen partly because it uses up screen space but mainly because it screws up PgDn scrolling as the page lengths do not take account of it I miss the calendar selector so I can see what exhibitions are running on a particular day next week The change towards small screen mobile focus seems worse on both PC screen my main access to the side and my big screen mobile which I run in desktop mode I love the content though Have you considered getting one of your transport articles in the London Reconnections magazine Reply John Bray says February 2 2016 at 10 45 pm And I don t like the images moving as I mouse over them Dynamic changes to pages as I read them fidgets me

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/31/parish-notice-website-redesign/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground TfL rejects council bid to extend London Underground to Croydon Croydon Advertiser The rising number of commuters parking near a station has left people unable to park on their own driveways Watford Observer Great Western Developments will invest 47m of its own funds into the tube developments at Paddington station CityAM Crossrail Drivers fined after Crossrail construction blocks Hayes station drop off GetWestLondon Mainline Overground South West Trains service from Surbiton to Waterloo late every day for final months of 2015 Local Guardian Ickenham residents could suffer three years of spoil dumping just metres from their homes if a proposed HS2 haul road goes ahead Get West London A city worker who spends more than 6 000 a year for a rail season ticket is forced to sit in a tiny cleaning cupboard with mops and a bucket because of overcrowding Standard Disused London railway site turned into Thameslink train wash facility RTM Miscellaneous The moment man sits on railway line and brawls with police at busy south east London station Standard warning autoplaying video Stop knocking rail improvements and investment should have started 30 years ago Lords of the Blog How we made the Eurostar We had whole meetings devoted to how hot the water has

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/28/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-134/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Gun Salutes in London During 2016 – IanVisits
    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 Big guns go bang bang several times each year in London at the Tower of London and in the Royal Parks The number of rounds fired in a Royal salute depends on the place and occasion The basic Royal salute is 21 rounds In Hyde Park an extra 20 rounds are added because it is a Royal Park At the Tower of London 62 rounds are fired on Royal anniversaries the basic 21 plus a further 20 because the Tower is a Royal Palace and Fortress plus another 21 for the City of London and 41 on other occasions The gun salutes at the Tower of London take place along the riverside so visible to all but the area is cramped Often you get a better view from Tower Bridge Herewith find a list of them as known so far Saturday 6th February The Queen s Accession to the throne Noon Green Park 41 guns 1pm Tower of London 62 guns Tuesday 8th March Reason to be announced Noon Tower of London 41 guns Thursday 21st April HM The Queen s Birthday Noon Hyde Park 41 guns 1pm Tower of London 62 guns May date to be announced State Opening of Parliament 11 08am Green Park 41 guns Thursday 2nd June HM The Queen s Coronation Noon Hyde Park 41 guns 1pm Tower of London 62 guns Friday 10th June HRH Duke of Edinburgh s Birthday Noon Hyde Park 41 guns 1pm Tower of London 62 guns Saturday 11th June HM The Queen s Official Birthday 11am Green Park 41 guns 1pm Tower of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/24/gun-salutes-in-london-during-2016/ (2016-02-16)
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