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  • Haunting photos of the planets go on display – IanVisits
    being both deeply technical but also eye wateringly beautiful Some of that beauty gone on display at the Natural History Museum We have long gazed upon the stars with a mixture of wonder at the scene painted above us as well as the innate curiosity that is mankind The best telescopes gave hints at the planets but it wasn t until mankind reached out with its ambitions and sent far flung planet probes that the wonder of the solar system came so vibrantly to life The probes delivered science by the bucket load but if scientific results are measured by public response then astronomy also delivers by the bucket load Recent events such as the rovers on Mars or the flypast of Pluto show that the wonders of the solar system are both delightful to behold and able to capture the attention of the public like almost no other branch of science can achieve What is curious about the photos we see though is that they are estimates of what is out there The probes are scientific instruments and their photography is rarely in full colour but B W shot through filters or not even in the visible spectrum at all When photos are published they are composite estimates of what distant worlds look like and it often takes an artists eye to turn the ultraviolet and infra red images into something rather more human It is a selection of photos that have been composited by the artist Michael Benson that have now gone on display in the Natural History Museum Some are almost too familiar to warrant attention from the vast photo of the Earth which showed mostly not earth in the form of oceans and clouds to the moon and the planets Landscapes of Mars are almost unique

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/24/haunting-photos-of-the-planets-go-on-display/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Bombardier invited to bid for 2 5 billion London Underground contract Derby Telegraph The tube at a standstill why TfL stopped people walking up the escalators The Guardian Tube door opens between stations on Piccadilly line BBC News TfL s proposals to demolish a former Tube depot and turn it into flats have been met with fury by the businesses using the space Standard TfL has backtracked on plans to shut Caledonian Road station for eight months Islington Gazette Stemmer Imaging has worked with London Underground to deliver industrial camera assemblies that are mounted directly onto trains to provide data on the condition of the track Novus Light Crossrail Over half of Londoners reject Chelsea Crossrail station in TfL consultation say campaigners GetWestLondon Crossrail 2 Woking MP vows to fight for service to connect commuters to London Get Surrey Crossrail 2 plans to demolish Dalston homes blasted by Hackney Council Hackney Citizen Crossrail has been hailed by Rail Minister Claire Perry for its role in attracting more women into engineering Rail Mainline Overground Government backs TfL plan to run London s commuter rail services The Guardian New rail route would link Heathrow with Waterloo in 43 minutes GetWestLondon Staff at Surbiton station told passengers they have no first aid training and asked what they should do when an elderly man collapsed on a packed train Kingston Guardian MPs and campaigners are deeply concerned that the Department for Transport has buried a report which could have undermined the case for HS2 GetWestLondon A busy Croydon commuter train was late more than 80 per cent of the time on journeys last autumn new figures show Local Guardian Barking to Gospel Oak Overground line

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/21/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-133/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: The Oxford Street flyover – IanVisits
    level Underneath would have been paved over and given to pedestrians with escalators up to to the elevated street for bus stops and the like The scheme was estimated to cost 47 million in 1982 prices and some of the funding would have come from leasing out the new space under the road to smaller shops Imagine a long line of food and coffee bars In addition one of the architect s trademarks would have been a glass canopy between the road and the shops effectively turning the entire of Oxford Street into an indoor shopping mall The elevated road would have dipped down to street level at Oxford Circus for the interchange with pedestrians themselves being elevated over the road within a glass dome As Byran Avery said all the traffic could be accommodated exactly as existing whilst also increasing the pedestrians realm dramatically Initially welcomed by both the Oxford Street Association and Westminster Council following a presentation concerns were raised about the viability of the scheme One of the big arguments against it apart from cost was that it didn t deal with road pollution The doubts meant that without further financial support it wasn t possible to expand on the concept into a fully fleshed out proposal so it remains unbuilt Every decade or so talks emerges of an attempt to pedestrianise Oxford Street Back in the 1960s a report by Professor Sir Colin Buchanan suggested dropping the road slightly into a shallow depression and raising the shopping level up by 20 feet The report also dismissed its own finding noting that it was already too late for such a radical rebuilding of the street and that banning the motor vehicle entirely may be the only solution Most recently it was suggested that a light rail or

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/16/unbuilt-london-the-oxford-street-flyover/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London buses to drive through a military firing range – 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 Fancy taking a trip in a heritage London bus through the middle of a military firing range Well keep Saturday 20th August free in your diary Once a year a small fleet of vintage buses and maybe a few modern ones are allowed to run trips through the middle of Salisbury Plains past burnt out tanks and unexploded ordinance to a deserted village It s one of the rather odder heritage bus days and unlike most heritage runs this one uses a specially created but fully official bus Route 23A which is only in use on this one day of each year At least 7 former London Transport Routemaster buses will provide a bus service from Warminster Station to Imber and other isolated locations on the Salisbury Plain As the buses will be providing an ordinary bus service there will be no need to book in advance just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus If you fancy a fine day out in the countryside to visit an abandoned village and do so in a fleet of London buses then keep the 20th August free Facebook 18 Google 3 Linkedin

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/16/london-buses-to-drive-through-a-military-firing-range/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    London Underground Arriving soon heat from tube line piped straight to your home through 6m energy scheme Islington Tribune A man has called TfL unfair for excluding Wanstead and Snaresbrook Tube stations out of the rezoning of Stratford and neighbouring stations Ilford Recorder Zac Goldsmith vows to give startups retail space in London Underground stations CityAM Crossrail Call to extend Crossrail 2 further into Surrey BBC News Plans to extend the Crossrail 1 trainline from Abbey Wood to Gravesend have received further backing the latest from Bexley Council Local Times Crossrail 2 should extend to Dorking and Woking to cut journey times and overcrowding says county council Get Surrey Railway station in Turnford could be part of Crossrail 2 plans Hertfordshire Mercury Lambeth Transport Users Group argues Brixton Overground case weakened by poor Crossrail 2 response from Lambeth Council Brixton Buzz Bolts made in Essex will ensure Crossrail tunnels remain secure for more than a century whilst stabilising buoyant houses prices in the South East Brentwood Gazette Work begins to prepare Whitechapel station for Crossrail Wharf Mainline Overground Overcrowded London Overground route will not see extra carriages until 2018 Local Guardian High winds forced Network Rail to abandon the planned replacement of bridges near Purley meaning all four lines between Brighton and Croydon will need to close again Croydon Advertiser A report released by Centre for London has set out the case for a comprehensive upgrade of south London rail services as part of the London Overground network CILT The Queen vs DfT Questioning the East Anglia Franchise London Reconnections HS2 has sought support from Arup to provide a full Environmental Impact Assessment EIA for the initial second phase development of the HS2 network between Birmingham and Crewe Consultancy Second landslide at Barnehurst closes Dartford via Bexleyheath line until Friday

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/14/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-132/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Down Street Station Tours – T&Cs Change – IanVisits
    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 Just a silly one but the terms and conditions for tours of the disused Down Street tube station have been changed That along with changes to the description text might suggest that more tours are about to be announced but it was the changes to the T Cs for the visit which made this tube geek snigger a bit The new T Cs state Smoking is prohibited within the Station Nothing odd there unless you have the old T Cs and notice an amusing mistake in them Smoking is not prohibited within the Station Whoops Maybe Churchill was on one of last year s tours in spirit at least They ve also changed the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/12/down-street-station-tours-tcs-change/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies – IanVisits
    labourer fled a tunnel being dug and refused to go back in after he uncovered a dozen dismembered heads in the soil All very Quatermass Now a review by Museum of London Archaeology of excavations over the past 30 years has finally solved the mystery of the Walbrook Skulls and the answer is almost as intriguing as the original mystery The recently published Monograph by MOLA The Upper Walbrook valley cemetery of Roman London doesn t directly deal with the skulls which were found further down river but proposes an intriguing solution as to their origin and just as importantly where did the rest of the body go The biggest revelation is that no there wasn t some sort of head cult in Roman London these skulls were almost certainly buried intact with the rest of the body So why are the heads now being dug up a mile or so from where they were buried For this MOLA looked north to just outside the old Roman City to a time before the mighty Roman Wall was constructed To the area today known as Finsbury Circus but once on the outskirts of London and a cemetery Over the past few decades a large almost contiguous row of buildings have been torn down and rebuilt leading to opportunities for MOLA to investigate the sites The Monograph they have produced goes into some detail about the various layers of history explaining each find in turn and building up a picture of a rather curious cemetery The almost unique example of a human skeleton with iron shackles around the legs at a time when such objects would have too expensive to casually discard like this But it was the construction of the Roman Wall that was to change the cemetery from a low lying land into a marshy landscape possibly due to the gap in the wall for the Walbrook being too small and the river overflowing the cemetery It s thought that such overflowing resulted in the bodies often being disturbed following their burial Rather than abandoning the site though the archaeologists found evidence of continued use Possibly they speculate it might have been for poorer people or maybe local religious reasons Whatever the cause the sight of half uncovered skeletons did not seem to unduly concern them The report notes that while this new Moor near a gate was fed by the Walbrook it seemed to be intermittent and may have dried out at times There is also evidence of a road through the middle and a degree of management of the site going on But why is this relevant to the large number of skulls in the city itself What the archaeologists conclude is that seems likely that the Walbrook simply washed the lighter bones down the river passing through the city and into the Thames But analysis of the skulls show that they were also not placed in situ but had signs of erosion as would be usual for

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/09/solving-the-mystery-of-roman-londons-headless-bodies/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 100th Anniversary of London Underground’s Johnston Font – IanVisits
    was a sans serif typeface at a time when everyone absolutely everyone used fonts with little finishes at the end of every letter To have the London Underground switch from the authoritative font that surrounded people everywhere to something a bit odd was a brave move and one which cemented the railway s reputation for modernity as well as giving it a brand identity which stood out far more then than it does today Described by the editor of London Reconnections as the Comic Sans of its time it is difficult now to appreciate just how revolutionary a change the font was when it first appeared on the streets of London Imagine if today London Underground were today to switch to Comic Sans and you start to appreciate not only how London Underground would stand out on the streets in design terms but how shocking such a design would be to Londoners To mark the 100th anniversary of the font that revolutionised London the Transport Museum is holding a series of talks about the man the font and the inspiration All talks cost 10 8 concessions or 15 for two talks They all start at 7pm at the Transport Museum in Covent Garden Tickets go on sale shortly here The Man Who Branded London Edward Johnston s Underground Typeface Date Tuesday 23 February 2016 Journalist and author Simon Garfield explores the importance of the Johnston typeface and talks about the life and work of the creator Edward Johnston Go West Young Man the untold story of Edward Johnston Date Wednesday 23 March 2016 Johnston s grandson television director Andrew Johnston tells how a trip to the Wild West of North America in 1898 helped his grandfather make the journey from failed medical student to founder of the 20th Century revival

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2016/01/09/100th-anniversary-of-london-undergrounds-johnston-font/ (2016-02-16)
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