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  • Golfing umbrellas – IanVisits
    that is the easiest way to get past my wide ego burnishing protection from the rain I will accept your supplication of permission to pass within my aura My umbrella reminds you I am important I ve even been to a sales conference once A whole day out of the office in Bracknell no less while you little people with your little brollies slaved away in the office They recognise my importance to them for I am a decision maker and they chose to cultivate a relationship with tokens of appreciation A golfing umbrella a ruler a pocket USB stick and some Blackpool rock with their brandname written through it I am obviously going places just look how many goodies I was plied with Oh poor you who have to pay for your umbrellas probably bought out of your own money because you are not important enough for a company to give you a wonderful golfing umbrella So stand aside you ordinary people for I am passing through your miserable ranks distaining your frantic attempts to protect yourself from my magnificant golfing umbrella with your puny little black things Oh not even a proper umbrella but one of the little folding ones probably bought at some awful place like Boots when you were caught out by the rain I of course would not be caught like that for I always carry my corporate gift with me I burnish it proudly for I am important I have a corporate golf umbrella What oh no I don t play golf But one day I will as my rise to the executive bathroom is assured for I already have the trappings of power I have a golf umbrella View image gettyimages com Facebook 30 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 30 umbrella 5 thoughts on Golfing umbrellas slabman says November 19 2015 at 3 07 pm Don t forget the tube etiquette for golfing umbrellas Walk as far into the station as you can with the umbrella open When closing it be sure to shake the rainwater over other passengers if possible or at least onto the tiled floors so that they become slippery When it s furled tuck your umbrella under your arm point facing backwards so that you can take out the eye of the passenger behind you on the escalator And on no account look surprised when I talk your umbrella and holster it in the nearest convenient part of your anatomy Reply slabman says November 19 2015 at 3 09 pm talk your umbrella I meant take of course Typing while angry Reply Andrew says November 19 2015 at 4 29 pm Well quite But burnish Do you mean brandish Reply LadyBracknell says November 20 2015 at 3 12 pm Ha ha I used to work for an international law firm who branded everything barring the lavatory paper It used to keep these ridiculous things behind the reception desk for courtesy use I hated that place

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/19/golfing-umbrellas/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Alice in Wonderland exhibition opens at the British Library – IanVisits
    s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life One hundred and fifty years ago a book was published which was to become part of the cultural consciousness A book that few of us can recall the details but all know the overall story When the first book was published it was illustrated with drawings by Punch magazine artist John Tenniel and while the story hasn t changed much over the years the illustrations have It s the illustrations that a new exhibition at the British Library focuses on As it happens what is commonly thought of as the first edition isn t It s a reprint of the original which was recalled and almost every copy pulped as both the author and artist were unhappy with the print quality Both copies are on display side by side although my eyesight must be failing as I could barely see a difference between them They are also alongside the original printing blocks created by Tenniel However it s also a vote of confidence in the expected popularity of the book that the publisher was willing to pulp the entire first print run simply because the author was being fussy The other main change is that the original manuscript called the book Alice s Adventures Under Ground although it also nearly became Alice s Hour in Elfland The popularity of the book spawned two things copycat stories which Lewis Carroll in real life Charles Dodgson kept copies of and reprints with different artists Probably the two most recognisable illustrations would be Tenniel s original and Disney s animated version but plenty of variants fill the gaps Some artists simply illustrated books in their own personal style others used

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/19/alice-in-wonderland-exhibition-opens-at-the-british-library/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Science is beautiful on the Euston Road – 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 As retail stores fill their windows with Christmas themed displays six large office windows on the Euston Road have been filled with glowing light displays each made from a mass of scientific instruments Sitting next to Euston Square tube station is the Wellcome Trust whose public venue the Collection is one block further down While the Collection is used to putting on displays the Trust does as well in this case six light installations created from a selection of plastic and glass laboratory equipment commonly used in scientific research and experiments The items in this display Tools of the Trade by Stuart Haygarth were chosen for their aesthetic quality the form taking prominence over their purpose Elevating the commonplace or discarded object is a central tenet of Haygarth s work It is about banal and overlooked objects gaining new significance says Haygarth It s a display that works best on both sides of the pavement up close to see the individual objects and far away to see the wider collective display The exhibition is viewed from the street and by the look of the official photo below probably best at night The objects used to make the displays are Vial Pipette Erlenmeyer Flask Buchner Funnel Round Bottom Flask Fractionating Flask Volumetric Flask Measuring Cylinder

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/18/science-is-beautiful-on-the-euston-road/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Wellcome to Buddhists, Boning, and Bones – IanVisits
    Lhasa Tibet Built in the shadow of the Potala Palace it was a private refuge for the Dalai Lamas to meditate Commissioned by the 5th Dalai Lama as compensation to a dragon upset by the construction of the Palace it was mostly used by the 6th Dalai Lama for matters more corporeal and carnal than spiritual While the temple is unremarkable at the summit is a private room that only the very highest of the Buddhist order were allowed in as it contained instructions for enlightenment which if misread by a novice were thought to be dangerous to their health The current Dalai Lama has never seen the inside of the room as he fled into exile before he was allowed inside but about 15 years ago it was photographed for the first time for a book and three of the four walls have now been put on display as full size reproductions also for the first time But between the display about the temple and the recreated room at its top is a very different display about Buddhism itself Don t expect saffron robes and bald heads this is the other aspect of the belief the animalistic heritage and the use of icons to represent aspects of humanity and their struggle for peace Demonic face masks may look as if they are supposed to frighten or represent the bad side of a battle between light and darkness but in Buddhism they are benign representations of the struggle to find inner peace For example on one mask the skull represents freedom from fear the flames are wisdom and the bared fangs show the ferocity sometimes needed to enact creative change within ourselves Buddhism also has a somewhat relaxed attitude to death being but a transition from one life to the next and mementos which might seem macabre are seen as commonplace Human bones used as ornaments are apply displayed here as is a small child s drum made from a human skull cut in half That transition from one death to the next life requires life to be created and we might be perturbed by the images of copulating couples being attended by the dismembered body of a dead person waiting to enter the womb The lights in your bedroom might be off but there s a dead person hanging around just in case And talking of cases a remarkable decoration on one shows the pre Buddhist belief in the five senses and four of the five meats dog elephant yak and human being served in upturned human skulls Coming soon to a hipster cafe near you To wash that feast down a nice ale and take a lesson from Mahasiddha Virupa who is commonly shown pointing to the sky to halt the sunset so that he can continue drinking at the tavern His prodigious alcoholic consumption with no apparent ill effects was taken as a sign of his transcendence of ordinary reality although I think most of us have

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/18/wellcome-to-buddhists-boning-and-bones/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Bomb damage map on display – 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 The newish and smallish Heritage Gallery inside London s Guildhall has put out a display of WW1 and WW2 maps and photos One cabinet contains photos from a WW1 zeppelin bombing of the City in 1915 The other contains one of the LCC bomb damage maps from WW2 The colour coding shows where bombs destroyed offices in the city and to what degree a landscape that was to take a couple of decades in places to repair It s a small diversion but any excuse for a wander around the Guildhall Art Gallery is

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/15/bomb-damage-map-on-display/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ticket Alert — Lord Adonis and Norman Foster debate – IanVisits
    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 Potentially interesting talk and debate at the LSE later this month with three significant figures Lord Adonis Norman Foster and Deyan Sudjic Most LSE events are simple turn up and go in but this is ticketed with 500 tickets being released at noon on Monday The three speakers Lord Adonis is the former Transport Secretary and is now heading the National Infrastructure Commission an independent agency to assess Britain s future infrastructure requirements Norman Foster pretty much needs no introduction Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London During the event Norman Foster will focus on the role that design can play in tackling social economic and environmental futures providing the context for the examination of the broader challenges of using infrastructure to help improve quality of life and the environment in cities in the UK and abroad There will then be a panel debate including the two other speakers This event is one of the series of five public Global Debates celebrating ten years of the Urban Age programme The debates discuss five core themes that

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/15/ticket-alert-lord-adonis-and-norman-foster-debate/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: A cable car across the Thames – IanVisits
    take the vast crowds expected to visit the Millennium Dome across the river from Canary Wharf This was at the peak of Cool Britannia and the Dome was expected to be the key event of the decade But with the Jubilee Line extension running late there were concerns about how people would get to the exhibition Along comes the cable car and what was known as the Meridian Skyway would have seen a cable car running from East India DLR Station just to the north of Canary Wharf over to the Dome Granted planning permission by both Greenwich Council and the LDDC the Meridian Skyway was expected to open in October 1999 in time for the excited visitors to the Dome The cable car would have carried 5 000 people per hour at a cost of 2 per single trip lasting just 3 minutes There would have been 23 gondolas carrying 15 people and the design was based on an alpine ski lift from Charmonix Planning permission was initially for a 5 year installation but the backers of the scheme were certain that it would become a popular tourist attraction and secure a long term future An idea which was also ahead of its time was the expectation that a major sponsor would be found for the cable car and that East India DLR station might be renamed to include the sponsor Unsurprisingly considering the topic of this article it was never built In October 1998 the firm announced that the cable car plan had been scrapped The backers of the cable car blamed the government owned organiser of the exhibition the New Millennium Experience Co for deterring investors by claiming that just 2 percent of Dome visitors would use the cable car This was contrary to the cable car

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/15/unbuilt-london-a-cable-car-across-the-thames/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London at Night from the roof of the London Underground HQ – 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 For a few evenings early next year there will be a chance to go up onto the roof of TfL s art deco headquarters and photograph the city at night The visit is the culmination of a an evening photography tour being arranged by the London Transport Museum Head off around London from their Covent Garden location with London photography guide Simon Gregor taking in and shooting the sights of the capital as you go before arriving at London Underground s HQ at 55 Broadway for the rare opportunity to photograph the cityscape from

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/14/london-at-night-from-the-roof-of-the-london-underground-hq/ (2016-02-16)
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