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  • Ada Lovelace gets her own gallery at the Science Museum – IanVisits
    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 To mark the 200th anniversary of her birth the Science Museum has opened a small gallery devoted the mother of computing Ada Lovelace Born on 10th December 1815 Augusta Ada King Countess of Lovelace was the sole legitimate child of Lord Byron and her mother strongly promoted the young girl s interest in mathematics Ada Lovelace was a century ahead of her time in imagining a general purpose device the basis of all computers Called the Enchantress of number by Charles Babbage she saw the potential for his calculating machines to move beyond simple mathematics Brought together for the first time in this exhibition Lovelace s portraits letters and notes including the first published algorithm for the Analytical Engine have gone on display alongside the calculating machines she worked with Difference Engine No 1 a prototype built by Babbage and marveled at by Lovelace is displayed alongside the Analytical Engine which was the main focus of Lovelace s work and imagination In 1842 Lovelace translated Luigi Menabrea s account of the Analytical Engine She was the first to articulate the machine s significance publishing a translation and her own extensive notes The notes which can be seen in the exhibition contain the first published algorithm for the Analytical Engine and demonstrate her understanding of the Engine s potential This was a machine that could use numbers not just to represent quantities but also as abstract values and it marks

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  • Unbuilt London: The 1960s Fun Palace – IanVisits
    there was much talk about an impending arrival of a society with ever increasing amounts of leisure time In 1959 the Labour Party wrote that in a properly planned society it is possible to guarantee full employment and as automation spreads it will also become possible while maintaining full employment steadily to lessen the number of hours that most people have to work Meanwhile New Statesman agonised that Leisure is still confused with idleness and sin Providing facilities for people to be active in their leisure was seen as an important part of post war reconstruction So along came the Fun Arcade Originally an idea by the avant garde theatre producer Joan Littlewood who wanted to expand her theatrical work into a new form of architecture where the barriers between audience and actors was broken down Writing in New Scientist Littlewood said that the essence of the place will be informality nothing obligatory anything goes There will be no permanent structures Nothing is to last more than ten years some things not even ten days This was the genius of the building it was to be dynamic and ever changing A basic shell to provide a scaffold within which rooms and spaces could be created and destroyed as needed However she was not an architect but was fortunate to meet the young architect Cedric Price who grasped the concept and ran with it He came up with the notion of an improvisational architecture which would be in a constant state of construction dismantling and reassembly He thought of the building as a skeletal framework within which enclosures such as theatres cinemas restaurants workshops rally areas can be assembled moved re arranged and scrapped continuously Structural engineer Frank Newby assisted on the design which ended up with fourteen towers forming two 60 feet wide aisles which flanked a 120 feet wide central bay The towers were for services leaving the central voids empty to be filled with the temporary walls and floors they envisioned A couple of massive gantry cranes would run along the roof line to assist in the constant redesign of the interior space so that shifting walls would be easier and there would be fewer barriers to change The concept gained political support from the likes of Tony Benn and cultural support from cybernetician Gordon Pask and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge Pask s involvement was to see the concept evolve somewhat though with the introduction of computer control over how the spaces were to be used with then fanciful notions of monitoring usage and adapting the spaces based on how individuals behave Today that vision exists as a standard function of the internet which is often customised to the user but at the time the notion was seen as otherworldly and slightly attempting to reduce people to cogs in a giant machine Less cogs in labour than laboured leisure However well meaning words and drawings do not make for a final product and despite many attempts to find a

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Night Tube delayed until next year Evening Standard Owls arrive on the London Underground Diamond Geezer Caledonian Road Tube station to close until summer Press Release London Underground Sub Surface Re Signalling Rail Engineer Crossrail The new Crossrail 2 train link could be diverted through Balham instead of Tooting Broadway according to a Wandsworth councillor Local Guardian Video Crossrail Inside Europe s most ambitious engineering project CNN Construction of Crossrail station at Abbey Wood underway IanVisits Railway lineside residents between West Drayton and Langley warned over extra night time Crossrail work noise this weekend Slough Observer Mainline Overground TfL wants to introduce two more London Overground trains per hour between Dalston Junction and Crystal Palace from 2018 and an extra two trains per hour to Clapham Junction from 2019 South London Press Eurostar cycling rules passengers will be made to dismantle their bicycles Evening Standard Hertsmere MP has called for drastic improvements to the Thameslink service Watford Observer Rail company c2c under fire for new timetable with fewer fast trains Echo Miscellaneous Tube fare dodgers are costing Londoners over 61m a year new figures have revealed LLB Scottish homecoming for Eduardo Paolozzi s famous London Underground artwork as experts put it back together The Herald Isle of Wight Council has enlisted the help of a rail expert to help it secure the future

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  • Photos of Victorian London from a hot air balloon – IanVisits
    lecture series he gave The photos include the earliest known surviving aerial photograph of Great Britain being that of Stamford Hill taken on 29 May 1882 Stamford Hill 29 May 1882 The same location today The lantern slide reproducing handwriting gives Shadbolt s account of this historic occasion 1st Ascent 29th May 1882 Whit Monday Balloon Reliance from Alexandra Palace Started at 4pm Descended at 5 30 Duration of voyage 1hr 30 mins Distance travelled 14 miles Miles per hour 9 1 3 Highest altitude 5 000 ft Place of descent Ilford 5min walk from station Remarks Weather fine and bright but clouds were high so did not get above them At 5000 ft noticed that although we were in shadow the sun was shining on the earth below Obtained very successful photograph of Stamford Hill district at altitude of 2000 ft and several others not so good Came down in a field of green corn and experienced very rough treatment at the hands of the crowds who tore the balloon and Barker s coat in addition The details and dates of some other sixty ascents by Shadbolt are not documented but it is thought that the majority or all of these aerial photographs were taken in the 1880s and certainly no later than 1892 when Shadbolt died in a ballooning accident at the Crystal Palace along with the balloon s pilot Captain Dale Leaving the Crystal Palace in the Monarch balloon 1100ft 1884 Another clearly identifiable photograph is that of Crystal Palace Sydenham which is captioned as photographed at 2 000 feet This photograph is a little blurry compared to the others and may well be because it was taken from a tethered balloon rather than from a free floating balloon and thus liable to more shake and vibration In spite of the regular tethered balloon flights at Crystal Palace this is believed to be the earliest known surviving aerial photograph of the building of Crystal Palace itself Rotherhithe Canada Water Possibly the Royal Albert Docks Grounded balloon and crowd with Shadbolt visible in bowler hat third from right More the photos are here The seller Dominic Winter Auctions expects the images to be sold for up to 10 000 when they go on sale tomorrow Timeline 1784 Vincent Lunardi makes first successful balloon flight over British soil 1787 Robert Barker patents the Panorama depicting views seen from a lofty viewpoint 1858 Nadar captures the first aerial photograph over Paris from a tethered balloon The tolerable result has not survived 1860 Oldest known successful surviving balloon photograph a view of Boston USA by Professor Samuel A King and J W Black 1863 Henry Negretti takes first successful aerial photographs over England in a free flight above the River Medway Once again the results have been lost 1879 Jean Nicolas Truchelut credited with taking first dry plate aerial photographs of Paris in a balloon 1882 Earliest known surviving aerial photograph of Great Britain Cecil V Shadbolt vertical view of Stamford

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  • Construction of Crossrail station at Abbey Wood underway – IanVisits
    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 Network Rail has begun work to build the new station at Abbey Wood as part of the Crossrail programme Abbey Wood will be the furthest stop for Crossrail trains heading East before returning to London The first of more than 100 piled foundations which will support the new station have been installed The piling will continue until the end of the year when the building will start to become visible above ground The station which will be built over two new dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services will open at the end of 2017 Work has been underway in Abbey Wood since 2013 and has included the construction of an interim station the demolition of the old station and the installation of a new one mile section of track The station when complete will also have a bit of a manta ray look about it from above Photos by Crossrail and Network Rail Facebook 20 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 21 abbey wood crossrail 2 thoughts on Construction of Crossrail station at Abbey Wood underway Sykobee says October 14 2015

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  • Mind Bending Fogs Fill the Wellcome Collection – IanVisits
    Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life 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 States of Mind is the first of a year of art installations that seek to explore the notion of human consciousness It comes at a time when science is doing more to understand the how of what causes memories and the like to be formed in the brain but still struggle to explain the why of what causes a computer to be sentient in the way that most of us think we are The art installation by Brussels based Ann Veronica Janssen is a simple empty room lit from above But then filled with a fine dry mist It s a clever mist dense enough to blur the vision but sufficiently diffuse as to not swirl around The end result is a room where the vision is impaired but in a way that is itself almost invisible Entry into this diaphanous space is through an air lock which leads you into a coloured void It is easy maybe too easy to gravitate to the edges where the floor and walls become visible and we can feel safe and secure more challenging to walk into the centre and stand alone in an empty space It s not entirely empty as other people loom into view then fade away Fading away slower than they arrive as human consciousness adds in a mental echo where the eyes no longer see people The fog is also sharply demarked into coloured zones and progressing into the blue at the far end as if slowly falling asleep results in

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  • 75th Anniversary of the Balham Tube Disaster – IanVisits
    in the ground and fracturing a water mains below ground The subsequent flood of water and soil into the tunnel was to kill nearly 70 people The exact number of dead is unclear with reports ranging from 64 to 68 people although the Commonwealth War Graves Commission now officially records 66 deaths In addition more than 70 people were injured What is certain though is when the bomb struck as the clock on the underground platform stopped at exactly 8 02pm In addition to the deaths and injuries below ground one of the more famous images of the disaster is from above ground as a bus plunged into the freshly formed crater causing more injuries although of a generally minor nature A pathe news clip of the scene the following day is here Down below ground though the crater had struck right above a cross passage between the two platforms Had that been the end of the matter then the death toll would have been far lower The debris filled the short corridor but would have come to a swift end under its own weight However a water mains pipe also broke and there are few forces in nature as powerful as water for shifting vast quantities of soil The water main was burst and the flood rolled down the tunnels right up and down the line and the thousands of refugees were plunged into darkness water They stood trapped struggling panicking in the rising black invisible waters Colin Perry Colin was recounting how the disaster was told to him later and there was certainly some embellishment going on For a start there s no way that thousands of people could have been in the station Other references to gas seem disputed although a gas mains was broken But such

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  • TfL shows off plans for Camden Town tube station upgrade – IanVisits
    local council refused to permit the redevelopment While the scale of the works at the surface was considerable it would have seen a massive increase in capacity below ground as well which is increasingly necessary as people switch between the two sides of the Northern Line Over the past decade the overcrowding at the station has only got worse with the station being one way traffic at weekends now to cope with the crowds TfL is back with a much smaller proposal Originally suggested back in 2013 with an estimated cost of around 200 million TfL has now fleshed out the details Below ground the two small cross passages between the two arms of the Northern Line will be joined by two more much larger tunnels These will be needed not just to help people get out of the station but as an interchange for the long anticipated splitting of the Northern Line into two separate services In addition a new second entrance will be built at the rear of the station no longer taking over Camden Market but on a site on the other side of the road The site for the new entrance is currently occupied by Hawley School but it already has plans to move to a new site in the Hawley Wharf redevelopment leaving the plot of land ripe for TfL to turn into a tube station entrance It happens to be almost opposite an entrance to the old WW2 era deep level shelters whose location may prove useful as storage for the construction works as at Old Street in the 1990s or a massive hindrance The deep level tunnels also run some distance to the north and south of the new station entrance and access to them possibly via the shaft behind M S may

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