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  • London’s 2015 Bonfire Night Firework Displays – IanVisits
    30pm bonfire lit at 7pm Barnet 8th Nov Noon 7 30pm 8 6 Battersea 7th Nov 6pm 8pm 10 6 50 Tickets in advance only Beckenham 7th Nov 6pm 8pm tba Bexley Welling 7th Nov 6pm 8pm 10 6 Funfair Blackheath 7th Nov Noon 8pm Free Funfair from 4pm Brockham 7th Nov 6 15pm 8 15pm Free Huge event with parade and bonfire Brockwell Park Cancelled Brent 5th Nov 6pm 8pm Free Children s show at 7pm Carshalton 7th Nov 5pm 7pm 7 50 5 Bonfire lit at 7 30pm Caterham 7th Nov 6pm 8pm 5 Torch procession through the town Central London 14th Nov na 5 15pm Free Riverside display for the Lord Mayor s Show Cheshunt 6th Nov 6 15pm 7 15pm 4 Chislehurst 7th Nov 6pm 7 30pm 6 Crystal Palace 5th Nov 6pm 8 30pm 10 6 Children s show at 7pm Dulwich 7th Nov 5pm 7pm 5 Bonfire lit at 6 30pm Ealing 7th Nov 6pm 7 30pm 6 BBQ and bars Enfield Cancelled Epsom 7th Nov 5 30pm 7 30pm 7 50 5 Fulham 6th Nov 6pm 8 10pm 8 6 Children s display at 7 15pm Hackney 7th Nov 6pm 7 30pm 7 50 Hammersmith 7th Nov 6pm 8 10pm 8 6 Children s display at 7 15pm Hampton 7th Nov tba tba tba Harrow 7th Nov 3pm 7 45pm 6 80 Havering 7th Nov 7pm 9pm 3 50 Heathrow 5th Nov 5 30pm 7 30pm 8 Hillingdon 7th Nov noon 7pm 6 80 Kempton Park 7th Nov 6pm 8pm 8 75 Funfair Kingston 6th Nov 6 30pm 8pm 5 4 Children s funfair rides Morden Park 7th Nov 5 15pm 8 15pm 8 Children s display at 6 45pm Paddington 5th Nov 6pm 7 30pm 10 Tickets in advance only Petersham 7th Nov tba tba tba Loughton 8th Nov 4 30pm 6 30pm 10 Tickets in advance only Richmond 8th Nov 6 30pm 8 30pm 8 50 Romford 6th Nov 5pm 9pm 5 Southgate 7th Nov 5pm 8pm 8 6 Southwark 5th Nov 5 30pm 7pm Free SOLD OUT Staines 7th Nov 6pm 8pm Free Teddington 4th Nov 5pm 6 30pm 10 8 Teddington 7th Nov 5pm 6 30pm 10 8 Totteridge 6th Nov 5pm 7 40pm 7 Tower Hamlets Victoria Park 7th Nov tba 7pm Free Upminster 8th Nov tba tba 6 80 Uxbridge 7th Nov noon 7pm 4 Bonfire lit at 6pm Vauxhall 31st Oct tba n a Free Not fireworks but a fire festival Waltham Abbey 7th Nov 2pm 7pm 8 77 Waltham Abbey 8th Nov 2pm 7pm 8 77 Waltham Forest 5th Nov 6 30pm 8pm Free Wanstead Flats 1st Nov 5 30pm 6 30pm Free Watford 7th Nov 6pm 7 30pm Free Bonfire lit at 7pm West Wickham 7th Nov 6pm 7pm 6 50 Willesden 5th Nov tba 8pm Free Children s display at 7pm Wimbledon Park 5th Nov 5 15pm 8 15pm 8 Children s display at 6 45pm New Year s Eve And finally tickets

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/02/londons-2015-bonfire-night-firework-displays/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    transport news London Underground Art On The Underground announces new commission by Benedict Drew ArtLyst Braking news Tube energy to fuel stations Press Release Tube Strike Drivers set to vote on possible Piccadilly Line industrial action Get West London Crossrail The 32bn cost of Crossrail 2 could generate up to 102bn worth of benefits to the UK economy according to research commissioned by the project sponsors Construction Index The upgrade of Bond Street station reached a milestone this week with tunnelling linking the tube station to the new Crossrail station now complete Press Release Surrey County Council backs Crossrail 2 BDaily Increased Tube capacity proof Crossrail 2 not needed Get West London Mainline Overground The Association of Train Operating Companies has invited tenders for a contract to develop a mobile phone app which can store Railcards RailwayGazette Residents in South Kilburn fighting plans to have a HS2 shaft built near a primary school are invited to an event to discuss the plans Kilburn Times London Overground train evacuated after human poo found in carriage London24 Murphy 57m bid bags north London electrification Construction Enquirer With just a month to go until the opening of the Oxford Parkway to London line the first trains have now been tested on the new track Oxford Mail Gravy trains Why Labour s plans to renationalise the railways are so popular The Economist DLR Canary Wharf s 1990s model of the DLR IanVisits Miscellaneous A carpenter has avoided jail after stealing 5 000 worth of copper cable from the railway depot he worked at Local Guardian Female Tube manager victimised by RMT rep wins 41k payout Evening Standard Train accident organ donor honoured for saving lives The Voice A black engineer on the London Underground had to endure monkey noises and gestures from racist workmates

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  • Torchlit tours of the Post Office Railway – IanVisits
    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 Later this month there will be an exceptionally rare chance to walk through the mothballed Post Office Railway tunnels Under plans for The Postal Museum due to open at the end of 2016 visitors will be able to take a train ride through a section of the tunnels for the first time in its history and as part of the Bloomsbury Festival you have the opportunity to explore this hidden treasure on foot before it opens to the public Don your hard hat and join us for a torch lit walk through part of this subterranean network From the old maintenance depot where trains were brought for in house repairs down 70 feet below the surface to the abandoned station at Mount Pleasant this bespoke curator led tour will reveal how the railway kept the country s mail moving for more than three quarters of a century and the plans for its future There are three walks on Friday 23rd October at 4pm 6pm 8pm Tickets cost 15 plus 2 50 booking fee Book tickets here Facebook 384 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 24 24 408 mail rail post office railway 6 thoughts on Torchlit tours of the Post Office Railway Lorraine Grey says October 1 2015 at 2 15 pm This will be an exceptional opportunity for photographers Reply John Mac says October 1 2015 at 8 05 pm Sold out Reply Jeremy de Souza says October 2 2015 at 8

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/01/torchlit-tours-of-the-post-office-railway/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Inside St Pancras Chambers – IanVisits
    which included a very special room Although we didn t know it at the time the chap who started our guide around the building was also the owner of the special room although he darted off when our expected tour guide eventually arrived The building is St Pancras Chambers the gothic revival hotel that fronts St Pancras station Originally the Midland Grand Hotel it gained its current name as that s what British Rail called it when they took over the building for offices The building has a history as rich as the decoration that was so famously preserved by that tirelessly campaigning poet John Betjemann whose statue now adorns the station behind the hotel This was not really a chance to see the hotel though just a quick glimpse in the main foyer and to stand at the bottom of the grand staircase which is so famous for photo shoots and today off limits to those with modest wallets What this tour was to see was the bit the public even those visiting the hotel rarely see the private apartments For the upper floors of the building are a series of private rooms with their own discrete entrance on the front of the building There was apparently some dispute about the restored staircase as was officially a servants staircase but is now a posh person s entrance so should it have carpets No was the eventual decision so the rich who avoid the lift use the servants stairs to get to their multi million pound flats What the residents do get is a train geeks delight in the view from the staircase overlooking St Pancras Station and a rather rarer view of the main Dent clockface that dominates the space And long posh corridors although with odd municipal plastic

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/28/inside-st-pancras-chambers/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Soviet space race arrives in London – IanVisits
    get to the UK and even then some of them were almost too big to fit into the museum The exhibition though starts with smaller objects and greater imagination as humans dreamed of reaching the stars and how that might be possible The display reaches the space age though with the famous beeps of Sputnik 1 which heralded the moment that mankind reached beyond the atmosphere for the first time Sparking in mankind a mix of awesome excitement and terror as the red enemy demonstrated a superiority over Western democracies for the first time In the fevered period of the cold war this was also a spark that launched the space race and while the politicians put men in space and on the moon humanity gained far more in the form of satellite television and telephony In our modern age of instant communications it is difficult to remember the sheer excitement as the space race lifted an industrial society into the technology age where almost anything seemed possible As the exhibition shows though they were still in the embryonic stage of that development It might have been the white heat of technology but the computers were still rudimentary and often very physical in nature The charred balls that carried humans male and female into space being oversized walnuts that seemed diminutive to the message they carried Barely big enough to carry their heavy equipment with a human as mere passenger for the propaganda The star of the space race and this exhibition though was the moon race and it wasn t until 1989 that the world learnt how close the Soviets came to beating the USA to the moon Only a series of rocket failures delayed their mission long enough to let America claim the prize and the glory The Russian lunar lander is the largest object on display here alongside a lunar rover two of which did make it to the moon Slightly hidden around one side is the folded up steps that would have carried a human onto the moon s surface How different would public imagination be today if those first words were uttered not in English but in Russian That is however also the bit that s missing from this exhibition imagination It s a great display of objects and small signs explaining the objects But the imagination is missing The excitement of the space race that had people avidly glued to TV sets to watch grainy footage of mankind s tentative steps into the unknown There was a genuine unknown going on As Donald Rumsfeld said a known unknown and plenty of unknown unknowns In fact the quote comes from NASA he was only repeating it The exhibition is clinical in how it displays the objects as museum pieces are wont to be in a museum And I usually like that However this time it needed a bit of the magic the excitement the 1960s The past is a strange land but here we don

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/27/the-soviet-space-race-arrives-in-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: Britannia Triumphant upon Greenwich Hill – IanVisits
    which was calling for a Naval Pillar to be erected It was drawn up by John Flaxman a noted draughtsman although the drawing which appeared on the front of a booklet promoting the statue appears to have been by his pupil William Blake If it is greatly conceived and executed in a manner worthy of the grandeur and power of the country it will ensure the praise and admiration of succeeding ages he wrote in his submission Flaxman s submission was made in 1799 sumarised in the St James s Chronicle in January 1800 and he also showed of a model in 1801 which is now in Sir John Soane s museum He added that as Greenwich Hill is the place from whence the longitude is taken the Monument would like the first Mile Stone in the city of Rome be the point from which the world would be measured The choice of Greenwich for the world s meridian point was opposed by the French in the later International Meridian Conference and how much stronger would their objection have been had the point been also marked by a statue to their defeat The statue was also opposed by those who feared it s bulk would overwhelm the existing buildings at the foot of the hill Another critic accused him of wishing to hew Greenwich Hill into a woman large enough to graze a couple of goats in her lap while another said there is to be a show at Greenwich of little Flaxman and big Britannia The satirist James Gillray published a scathing cartoon decrying the entire concept of a monument showing a Naval Pillar with Britannia atop the dead bodies of the defeated French The statue was also criticized by the Critical Review who noted its lack of naval

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  • Canary Wharf’s 1990s model of the DLR – IanVisits
    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 Sitting up high on the 30th floor of the main Canary Wharf tower is a model of the DLR that hasn t changed since the mid 1990s It s actually part of the marketing suite that promotes the space to potential clients and they will initially be shown a huge scale model of London not dissimilar to the one in the London Building Centre This is very up to date and even includes Crossrail lines In another room though filled with a massive scale model of Canary Wharf estate is a rather curious bit of heritage While the DLR is shown passing next to the new Crossrail and moderately new Jubilee line the DLR is stuck in a timewarp Older single carriage units still ride across the tracks The DLR signs still say Docklands and the whole thing is just ever so slightly nostalgic A model of the Canary Wharf station has a few maps and careful zooming in shows that it dates to some time between 1994 1999 in that short lived period when the London Arena existed The existence of the unmodified DLR in a room full

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/25/canary-wharfs-1990s-model-of-the-dlr/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 The RMT union has confirmed a two day strike by Waterloo and City line workers will take place early next week even though only 3 workers voted for it LBC Study suggests London Underground may be too fast BBC News A busy road in Rickmansworth is to close for four weeks while London Underground repair a 127 year old bridge Watford Observer TfL to decide on extension of Alstom s Northern Line contract RTM Crossrail Celebrities join fight to save Soho s Curzon cinema from Crossrail 2 The Guardian Anything but boring Women in Health and Safety at Crossrail SHP Mainline Overground Southern services from Croydon cancelled after smoldering cable at Battersea depot Local Guardian HS2 planners warn trains may terminate in the suburbs as Euston redevelopment is pushed back Telegraph Hertfordshire County Council s transport chief has written to Thameslink after complaints that the services from London Kings Cross were disrupted on Sunday September 20 Watford Observer Southeastern trains disrupted after downpours flood railway lines near Lower Sydenham NewsShopper Charity workers transform station platform into thriving vegetable patch and garden Evening Standard The rebirth of the Great Western Railway Great Western Railway Miscellaneous TfL website in the cloud why and how TfL Blog Fetishist Banned From Tube Over Foot Fondling LBC Camilla Barnard creates a life size wooden London Underground station CreativeReview Inside Shoreditch s Disused Tube Trains IanVisits TfL has rubbished claims that the Night Tube would benefit only the richest of Londoners insisting it will support thousands of jobs across the capital CityAM Sir

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