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  • Unbuilt London: The Millennium Tower – IanVisits
    heart of the City of London Penned by Sir Norman Foster the Millennium Tower would have stood more than 380 metres high and looked down on The Shard across the river It wasn t just the height that would have made the building notable though but also the bulk as it didn t taper towards the top but maintained the full ground floor width for most of its height With such a massive bulk on a skyline lacking many tall buildings it s probably not entirely surprising that it amassed a vast army of opposition that today would probably be more muted Announced in September 1996 the tower was to stand in the site of the former Baltic Exchange which had been vacated thanks to the actions of the IRA The site of the terrorist bombing being too badly damaged for repair it was decided to put something new on there instead What was proposed was a 1 265 foot tall skyscraper with 92 floors the London Millennium Tower A public viewing platform was planned for 1 000 ft above ground level and to prevent the building swaying in the wind inside would have been a 600 ton pendulum to balance the building much as is used in other buildings in earthquake zones Movement dampers are also used in one of Norman Foster s other creations the Millennium aka wobbly Bridge However bulk aside what marked the building out as radical was the design of the physical structure which was as much as possible almost see through There wouldn t be any need for the usual bulky central core with the double deck lift shafts being more widely spread across the floor plates English Heritage said that the building would dominate not only the city but the whole of London

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/27/unbuilt-london-the-millennium-tower/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    up as well London Underground Support for petition calling for lifts at four Tube stations in Kensington area Get West London Bank station upgrades point to London s bigger busier future The Guardian London Underground staff use fake names on ID badges for security The Guardian Someone has decided to put mistletoe on the London Underground Telegraph All Tube staff will get iPad minis in the new year Metro The last of a 191 order of S Stock trains for the London Underground has rolled off the production line at Bombardier s Litchchurch Lane site in Derby IMECHE The Mayor of London has been accused of playing games over underground lift closures after a series of problems at an Enfield station Enfield Independent The terminus of the Northern Line renamed as Battersea Power Station station Diamond Geezer Crossrail Crossrail Celebrities protest against impact on their beloved King s Road Telegraph Cookham Parish Council writes open letter to Theresa May outlining Crossrail concerns Maidenhead Advertiser Teddington could miss out on regular Crossrail 2 services if extra sidings are constructed at Hampton Wick Local Guardian Mainline Overground Sutton MP Tom Brake blasts shocking train services and says it should be easier to claim compensation Local Guardian Report into unsafe events at Heathrow Tunnel Junction 27 and 28 December 2014 RAIB Taking a look at Hitachi s new depot at the edge of Wormwood Scrubs Rail Engineer Brockley could become one of three new South London interchange hubs benefiting from an improved station and more frequent train services Brockley Central Newham MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown have made a renewed case to make sure Stratford International lives up to its name Newham Recorder DLR RMT secures pay victory with 75p rise for DLR staff Morning Star Miscellaneous Transport for London is spending

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/26/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-129/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Traditional bale of straw added to a Whitehall Statue – IanVisits
    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 As is traditional the statue of Prince George Duke of Cambridge which stands in Whitehall central London gains a bale of straw over the Christmas holidays The statue of the Prince on his horse is decorated with a bale of straw for the horse and some wood chippings around the base In a note on their Facebook page the Household Cavalry stated that like most british regiments the soldiers have their own little traditions that bond them as a team It happens either on Xmas day or New years day It s felt that that horse stands there for 365 days of the year and deserves a little comfort especially at xmas And why not Commercial rights photos here Facebook 309 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 40 Twitter 0 0 349 whitehall 4 thoughts on Traditional bale of straw added to a Whitehall Statue adrianok75 says December 26 2015 at 6 04 pm It s hay Horses eat hay not straw Reply Claire Boyles ClaireBoyles says December 27 2015 at 12 22 pm It s a also a hay net not a bale this hay net contains approximately 1 8 of a bale of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/25/traditional-bale-of-straw-added-to-a-whitehall-statue/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Deserted London on Christmas Day – IanVisits
    in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do 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 Another Christmas morning spent cycling around central London devoid of workers and for an hour or so mostly devoid of tourists It s as much the empty streets appeal for the eerie sense of sudden abandonment it s the silence that really captivates Yes there are some cars and rather a few shop alarms beeping but a city that is normally so noisy is for a few hours as quiet as the countryside That is apart from Debenhams and curiously Bank tube station was still playing warning messages to the non existent passengers And good luck to the two chaps I met at 7am in the city asking about the cycle hire as they were trying to get to Barking More photos from 2008 2010 2011 and 2013 Commercial rights here Facebook 462 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 52 Twitter 0 0 514 28 days later abandoned london 2 thoughts on Deserted London on Christmas Day jansos says December 29 2015 at 11 47 pm Amazing photos What time of day was that Reply Ed says

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/25/deserted-london-on-christmas-day/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos: Smithfield’s Xmas Eve Auction – IanVisits
    Things to do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do 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 Continuing the long tradition of selling off the surplus meats Harts of Smithfield held their annual auction this morning Of course the need to sell surplus meats that wouldn t last over xmas long since vanished into the refrigerator but they keep up the tradition and buy in lots of fresh produce to sell to a crowd that grows by the year all after a bargain and a damn enjoyable morning out This year was slightly marred by an elderly lady needing medical help after feeling faint in the crowd and the heavens erupted later in the morning utterly drenching the crowd your correspondent and the ten pound notes being waved by the bargain hunters However it ended with good cheer and lots of people staggering back to the tube trains smiling as they were laden down with vast cuts of meat of considerably better quality than can be bought at a supermarket and bought for a fraction of the price A few photos And a vine clip Sadly your correspondent didn t

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/24/photos-smithfields-xmas-eve-auction/ (2016-02-16)
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  • When the trains ran on Christmas Day – IanVisits
    7am from London to Brighton The Great Northern Railway not only ran a Sunday service but return tickets sold from the 20th Dec could be used on any day for the return trip up to the 27th Dec The London and North Western ran a Sunday service with extra trains in the morning from Euston Likewise the South Western Railway had additional trains departing from Waterloo in the morning By 1901 the newspapers were reporting that railway companies would keep ticket halls open late on Christmas Eve so people could buy advance tickets which may suggest that the rot had started as trains were running Sunday services but maybe the ticket offices were closed Exactly 80 years ago travel on Christmas Day was such a staple of the railway services that they sold special gift tickets that could be given to relatives who might want to visit you London Underground was no exception and an example can be found in 1941 when it was announced that there would be early workmen s trains on Christmas Day with a normal Sunday service for the rest of the day London s buses were also out although services would run down at around 4pm Trams and trolley cars would work throughout the night as normal When did it all change Curbs to Christmas Day services started in the mid 1950s but in 1961 in an effort to cut losses at British Rail wide scale cancellations of services on Christmas Day were planned Mostly on local services as the stations would be shut Some long distance services between larger towns were retained but running less often as usual A British Rail spokesman told The Times that it would be no real hardship as extra services would run on the 24th and 26th instead The other people to lose out though were also the railway staff who had pocketed a handsome bonus for Christmas Day working But not any more Over the next few years Christmas Day services dwindled and by 1965 the now regular routine of the railway shut down on Christmas Day was nearly complete In fact in 1965 not only were there hardly any trains on Christmas Day but the now traditional reduced service was also in effect on Boxing Day However the London Underground was bucking the trend and still running tube trains and buses on Christmas Day although understandably with a less intensive service than usual Scotland was also a slight exception holding on to Christmas Day trains for about a decade longer By 1979 the only trains running on Christmas Day was a local service in Glasgow The rest of the country was shut for the day And that was the last time that trains ran on Christmas Day in 1981 trains also closed on Boxing Day as well although that was a short lived aberration and we usually have a Sunday style service on the day people rush to go bargain hunting in the shops But of course

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  • WW2 Bunker Under Clapham to Open for Regular Tours – 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 Transport for London has secured planning permission to open up one of the WW2 bunkers dug deep under London for regular tours The bunker at Clapham South is one of eight that were dug during WW2 to offer shelter to civilians during the Blitz on London There is a large surface building near the tube station known locally as the rotunda which provides access down into the bunker Following an application from TfL Lambeth Council has approved plans to turn a park side rotunda building into a new restaurant or café with exhibition space The plans then also provide shared facilities that the London Transport Museum will use as part of their pre booked Hidden London tours of the deep level shelters An exhibition space telling the history of the tunnels will be displayed when the tours are not running Under the Rotunda 180 steps below ground and under the Northern line tunnels lies eight deep level air raid shelters that were built between 1940 and 1942 The vast tunnels are one of seven deep level networks constructed along the Northern line It was not until 1944 when the bombing of London intensified with the use of V 1 and V 2 bombs that the shelter was used for its intended purpose of housing up to 8 000 Londoners during air raids It closed after less than a year in May 1945 and was then subsequently used as a military and civilian hostel In 1948 492 migrants from Jamaica arrived on the HMT Empire Windrush and some were temporarily housed in the shelter The

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/21/ww2-bunker-under-clapham-to-open-for-regular-tours/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 3D video of the Clapham North deep level shelter – IanVisits
    do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do 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 A company that scans buildings for use by planners and architects amongst others has released a fly through video of the Clapham North deep level shelter Anyone who went on the recent tours of Clapham South will see familiar tunnels in a new light as the 3D graphics allow you to fly around the outside of the shelter through what would otherwise be solid earth Even if you haven t been inside the shelters the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/20/3d-video-of-the-clapham-north-deep-level-shelter/ (2016-02-16)
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