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  • New exhibition explore animals in books – IanVisits
    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 From well known and treasured stories including Aesop s Fables Black Beauty and The Tale of Peter Rabbit to writers such as Michel de Montaigne Anton Chekhov and T S Eliot storytellers have used animals not only to capture the imagination of readers but to deliver powerful and revealing messages about what it means to be human Animal Tales a new exhibition in the British Library asks why animals have come to play such an important role in literature for adults and children alike with a variety of charming editions and manuscripts from the Library s collections Set amongst silhouetted animals and a woodland scene the exhibition explores the central role animals have played in traditional tales around the world their importance to the development of children s literature and their use in allegories from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to the first appearance of Art Spiegelman s Maus in the underground comic Funny Aminals The title page from the 1950 London edition of CS Lewis The Lion the witch and the wardrobe Copyright c CS Lewis Pte Ltd In the centenary of Franz Kafka s The Metamorphosis it also looks at the literary transformations

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/06/new-exhibition-explore-animals-in-books/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Walk over one of London’s highest bridges – IanVisits
    exhibition centre to the southern side of the docks providing a useful route to the Custom House DLR station Today it is showing its age but is due to get a major makeover when the Millennium Mills redevelopment takes place as it is a key part of linking that development to the future Crossrail station at Custom House At the moment there is a lift to the upper deck but only the bravest of souls would risk that preferring to take the somewhat graffiti stained staircase instead However the view from the top is worth the effort At times alarmingly excitingly windy the wide flat wooden walkway has huge inserts for the inverted trusses that support it Wide open views towards the city airport or to Canary Wharf the other way On my later afternoon trip just two other people used the bridge although a romantic couple also loitered at the base Officially the bridge is unfinished as it was supposed to have a glass passenger cabin running back and forth on a rail fixed to the underside of the deck Unnecessary for such a short journey it would have certainly put the bridge on the map long before small glass cabins started flying over the Thames just down the road Sadly such are times we live in the bridge is private property more because that lets them close it to the public when controversial events take place at the exhibition centre Facebook 43 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 8 8 53 docklands Millennium Mills royal victoria docks 4 thoughts on Walk over one of London s highest bridges Peter says August 4 2015 at 11 31 am This bridge holds fond though rather bittersweet memories for my wife and myself Four years ago we stayed in a

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/03/walk-over-one-of-londons-highest-bridges/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London Underground’s capacity boost on sub-surface lines – IanVisits
    of the scale of the project based in part on discoveries made when the contract had been awarded before A KPMG report into the cancellation of the previous signalling upgrade contract said that the subsurface signalling upgrade is estimated to be the most complex metro project in the world so far The re tendering of the contract and the expansion of its works also means that the completion date has been pushed back from the original main completion in 2018 9 Fortunately 2018 is also when Crossrail will dump a 10 capacity increase onto the central part of the Underground network so the delay may not be as devastating as first seems Work is expected to begin later this year and the main benefits will be delivered by 2022 when the frequency of trains running during peak periods will increase to 32 trains per hour in central London a train every two minutes with frequency increases at other times as well In advance of that TfL will completes the introduction of the new air conditioned trains on the entire sub surface network by 2016 Further benefits will include a train control system which will increase capacity further starting with the Circle line in 2021 with additional frequent services at peak times During 2023 the final improvements will be delivered with a further boost to peak and off peak frequency on the Metropolitan line Some of the current signalling system belongs in a museum having been operating safely but in a very basic way since the early years of the last century Here is an image from a public display in 2010 which looks to be from Edgware Road signalling box The Programme Machine is an electromechanical device which contains a roll of plastic in which holes have been punched that

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/03/london-undergrounds-capacity-boost-on-sub-surface-lines/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: The Outer Loop Railway – IanVisits
    heading into central London and duplication of tracks His proposal was radical but far sighted for at the time the underground lines in London were operated by competing companies and he predicted that they would soon be a single company as indeed happened However mainline railways were not so blessed and belching out steam over the houses of the lines they passed by So he suggested the wholesale electrification of mainline railways and to avoid further expansion of railways in the centre of London a mighty loop around it Oh and he planned to scrap the large mainline terminus stations in the centre of London The intention was that commuters from the shires would arrive at the boundaries of Greater London and there connect to either the outer circle line around the city or onto a newly expanded London Underground No more St Pancras Euston Paddington Victoria etc All swept away and probably today clusters of offices and shops named after long forgotten railway men New terminus stations were planned for Ealing Willesden West Hampstead Finsbury Park Stratford Blackheath Clapham Junction Tulse Hill Brockley and Plaistow As it happens some of those are locations today for fairly significant junctions so he wasn t entirely wrong in some of his ideas However the plans called not just for the demolition of the railways running above ground into London but the construction of an entire set of new underground railways to replace them Not in the same locations but in effect swapping one set of rails for another One line would have run from Edgware Road via Victoria to Queens Road Another line would run from Queens s Road to Brockley and Greenwich A third line would have been built from Farringdon to Elephant and Castle and then down to Queen s

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/02/unbuilt-london-the-outer-loop-railway/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Free Penguins on the London Underground – IanVisits
    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 During the month of August Penguin the book firm is giving away free book extracts and author interviews as part of a campaign to celebrate its 80th birthday Although you need to download them on a mobile device with wi fi connection Which in my case is going to be difficult as I am now on my 10th call to Vodafone after my wifi account was blocked a month ago Anyway for everyone else Every morning you ll have the choice of two bite size reading morsels to distract you from the Metro

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/02/free-penguins-on-the-london-underground/ (2016-02-16)
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  • More vintage videos of London released – IanVisits
    London and a remarkable tourist guide but my favourites are below Rebuilding London silent Tower blocks Building near St Paul s Cathedral good footage Models of buildings for City of London near St Paul s London Bridge The official opening of the new London Bridge by Her Majesty the Queen The opening was followed by a Royal walkabout London air views in colour part of the last Movietone newsreel issue The Changing Face of London silent Good shots of construction work new buildings regeneration of London in early 1950s GV French Church Soho Square Carver stonemason various shots of working on arch of church Group gathered in front of church speech is made mute Women and religious leaders sing a song Lord Mayor goes inside church Westminster Hospital being demolished Various shots workmen London s Last Tram Astonishing scenes accompanied the final journey of the very last tram It was driven by Mr Cliff Deputy Chairman of the LTE and the official valediction was pronounced by the LTE Chairman Lord Latham Modern London not so modern now Waterloo Station London Trains at platform 1 train moves off Network South East Train coming in Train out of station Train past camera Train coming in as 1 is going out Several trains in Traffic along Regent Street London Lilleywhites seen Bus towards camera driver pulls a funny face Traffic past Lilleywhites People going into underground station Underground trains coming into station and out again Various interior shots of Spitalalfields Market Shots of activities within the market Fruit and vegetables being moved etc Exterior shots of fruit and veg being moved on forklift trucks Shots of boxes MCU Spitalfields Market sign Van being loaded General activity Lorry s vans etc outside Tracking shot past market past vans etc London Buses Home from America

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/02/more-vintage-videos-of-london-released/ (2016-02-16)
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  • New book about Crossrail released – IanVisits
    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 Now that Crossrail has completed all its tunnels yes really its time for a book to applaud the effort It s a Crossrail publicity production so don t expect deep analysis this is a gloriously triumphal book about a triumphant achievement And it is a massive achievement to have run eight runnel boring machines under London with barely anyone above ground noticing and to dig by mechanized hand some of Europe s largest chambers in clay One underneath Stepney is vast and tall enough to stack three double decker buses on top of each other Such soundbite friendly statistics abound in this book which is packed full of glossy photos of the construction sites A brief timeline of tunelling lead to a leap of excitement about a tunnel I didn t know about running from Victoria to Waterloo until I realised its the one in Liverpool Rats A section on what they do with all the soil dug out mostly used for landscaping and building nature reserves The book ends with a scattering of people who have worked on Crossrail some in suspiciously clean overalls but most showing the muck of their work and their pride in what they have done This is a coffee table book that wont sate the facts as spreadsheets attitude of the hardened trainspotter but is a magnificent hymn to the successes of a mighty project

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/01/new-book-about-crossrail-released/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 The current Tube strike dispute over 24 hour working staffing and pay and conditions has taken a turn for the worse BBC News French defence and electronics group Thales is set to announce a contract worth about 710 million to modernise four London Underground lines French news website La Tribune reported Reuters Commuters lose 1 9 million hours waiting for delayed Tubes every month Evening Standard The Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaics commissioned for Tottenham Court Rd tube station which were controversially removed to make way for the new Crossrail friendly station are to find a new home ArtLyst Croxley Rail Link will not be completed until 2020 documents reveal Watford Observer Crossrail Crossrail cleared Parliament a year before Sadiq Khan was transport minister so how did he push it through MayorWatch Tunnelling under the radar How Crossrail quietly dug up London The Engineer Mainline Overground Static testing of the first of the Class 387 2 Electrostar electric multiple unit cars ordered for Gatwick Express services has begun at Bombardier Transportation s Derby plant Railway Gazette 70 workers face losing jobs as Southern rail ends on board trolley service News Shopper Passengers were stranded for 90 minutes on a London bound train after it crashed into a tree Evening Standard New platforms planned at Waterloo train station South London Press Major retail and dining hub to open at London s Paddington railway station Moodie Report Miscellaneous

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/30/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-108/ (2016-02-16)
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