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September 15th 2010

Spitfire at the MOD
Spitfire outside the MOD
Spitfire at the MOD
Buildings opposite the MOD
 
Spitfire at the MOD
This year is the seventieth anniversary of the Battle Of Britain, and there's various events going on to mark it.

I heard on the radio that there was a big event in town today, including a flypast of Spitfires, so I headed into town to the Ministry Of Defence, as I knew they had a Spitfire on display there.

I saw the Spitfire but there was no sign of any event going on. I later heard on the radio that they had unveiled a statue nearby, I think in Waterloo Place, off Pall Mall. Wherever it was, I missed it!

In the picture opposite, the Spitfire looks quite small because it is next to a "larger than life" statue of Monty!

Also took a picture of some buildings opposite the main door of the MOD because they looked pretty stunning and I thought the tree made a nice contrast to them. I don't know what the buildings are. Judging by their location I would say they were Government buildings. If so, it's nice to know I have a share in such prime properties.

It was quite a nice sunny day but very windy and a tad on the cold side in the shade. I think the summer is about done.


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September 12th 2010

The London Long Copy Challenge
 
The London Long Copy Challenge
Got an email from the folks at CBS Outdoor, advertising agency. They are running a competition to demonstrate that long copy is not dead in tube ads!

All you need to do is provide long copy for a tube ad. I suppose when you think about it, long copy is good for a poster on a tube platform because you often find yourself staring at posters when waiting on a train because you have nothing else to look at, and you have time to read it.

More info below.


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The London Long Copy Challenge

CBS Outdoor


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September 8th 2010

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Blair Protest Cancelled
Blair has cancelled his book party at the Tate Modern, the protest is therefore cancelled.

Teflon Tony slithers away yet again.


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September 6th 2010

Blair Protest - Change of venue
 
Blair Protest - Change of venue
Tony Blair today announced that he will not be appearing at Waterstones on September 8th to sign copies of his book. He said he cancelled the signing because he didn't want to cause any hassle for the Met Police or the public.

Interesting, the prospect of hassling the good folks of Iraq didn't seem to bother him much as he bombed the living daylights out of them.

The protest will now take place on the same day at the Tate Modern art gallery at 5.30pm where Blair is hosting a launch party for his book.

More info from Stop The War, below.


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August 25th 2010

Chelsea Autolegends - Car Show
 
Chelsea Autolegends - Car Show
The inaugural Chelsea Autolegends car show is taking place at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, on Sunday September 5th 2010.

It is mainly focusing on the Le Mans 24 hour sportscar race. Sir Stirling Moss will be opening the show. Five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell MBE will also be there.

There will also be a display of classic cars. I quite fancy attending this but you only have to walk around London Town to see snazzy or classic cars!

Admission is 12 by advance ticket sale only.


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Chelsea Autolegends


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August 25th 2010

Protest against Blair Book Signing
 
Protest against Blair Book Signing
War criminal Tony Blair will be at Waterstones, Piccadilly, to sign copies of his book on Wednesday September 8th 2010.

A demonstration has been organised by Stop The War to coincide with the signing.

More information below.


Related Links

Stop The War - Blair Book Signing Protest


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August 9th 2010

House for skinny people?
Skinny house in Thurloe Square
House for skinny people?
Rear view
 
House for skinny people?
Saw this house in Thurloe Square (across from the Victoria and Albert Museum). Quite interesting. It backs onto the railway line going into South Kensington tube station (overground section). Presumably that's why it's shaped the way it is.

You can't quite tell from the pictures, but it's not the same depth all the way along, it does get wider as it goes back, and becomes the same width as other houses in the terrace. If you saw it from above, it would be triangular shape.

Still, bit of a hoot!


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August 6th 2010

Koenigsegg CCXR - London's most popular car!
Koenigsegg CCXR
Koenigsegg CCXR - London's most popular car!
Koenigsegg CCXR - London's most popular car!
 
Koenigsegg CCXR - London's most popular car!
Spotted this Koenigsegg CCXR outside the Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner. I've seen quite a number of snazzy cars in London Town, but I've never seen so many people stop to look at a car, and take pictures of it, as was happening with this one today...quite the star!

That said, it is in a busy part of town. Saw a Ferrari Enzo parked there before.

There's an inscription on the side of the car "Special One". If it refers to the car, fair enough, if it refers to the owner, I hope it comes with sick bags!!

Koenigsegg is a Swedish manufacturer. This particular car produces 806 BHP on petrol, and 1,018 BHP on E85 Biofuel!!!

Check out the official website, below.


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Official Koenigsegg site

The Lanesborough


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August 4th 2010

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New Design
Completely re-designed this website. The old Wordpress site was a pain, mainly because I didn't write it, so it was more difficult to edit the pages etc.


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July 30th 2010

New Cycle Hire Scheme
New Cycle Hire Scheme
Security cover over wheel nuts
New Cycle Hire Scheme
New Cycle Hire Scheme
 
New Cycle Hire Scheme
Transport For London have launched a new cycle hire scheme. They have got cycle bays all over town, where you can collect and drop off the bikes.

I was interested to see how vandal-proof they were. They are very strongly constructed, and there's covers over bolts and various bits that could be tampered with. I spoke to a TFL employee who was advising the public, with it being launch day. She said the bikes had a special paint on them that prevents people writing on them, and that pretty-much the only vandalism they could suffer was people putting stickers on them. The only negative feedback that she had had so far, was that they are a bit on the heavy side.

The bikes (pictured in Hyde Park) she advised me, had indeed been vandalised the night before, with people putting stickers on them! I wondered if they would have special dust caps on the tyre valves, or even solid tyres. I imagine it would be a lot of fun for kids to go around letting the air out the tyres! They appear to have normal valves on them. The girl told me there was a maintenance guy who visited the bays and would inflate the tyres if need be.

I thought this scheme might have been aimed at tourists, but far from it. You need to register to use them, and just now they are only allowing registrations from UK addresses. The new bays are receiving a lot of attention, it's not just tourists who have been looking curiously at them.

To use a bike, registration aside, you need to have a special key, or get a code from the payment terminal.


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TFL Cycle Hire


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