A Metropolitan Police Commissioner for London

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 in London | no responses

Sir Ian Blair – Bring it on! Britain’s most senior policeman was forced out of office by a Conservative mayor of London yesterday, provoking a political crisis over control of the country’s largest police force. Boris Johnson was accused of carrying out a putsch against Sir Ian Blair, who was forced to resign after being […]

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A Bus for London.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 in London | no responses

Foster & Partners New Routemaster The best view of the top of Nelson’s Column could soon be from the upper deck of a sleek open-platform bus being proposed to replace the much loved Routemaster. The design, by Foster & Partners, features a glass ceiling and an uninterrupted view from windows curving around the top deck. […]

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Paralympic Games

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 in London | no responses

Sir Ludwig Guttmann As the Olympics finished in Beijing the focus turned to what is probably the more remarkable part of the Olympics, the Paralympic Games. The world thrilled at the sportsmanship, sacrifice and frequently the agony of the athletes taking part in the Olympics. Imagine then what it must be like to be a […]

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Walktalk

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 in London | one comment

Everybody has a certain degree of human courage that they can draw on in a difficult situation but human courage only goes so far. In our quieter moments we all must consider how we would cope with catastrophe and tragedy and whether the experience would crush or strengthen us. This is probably the reason most […]

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Free London!

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 in London | no responses

Bendy the Free Bus The Bendy Buses in London have sparked heated debates. These are the 18 meter (60 feet) long articulated buses which have replaced the older double deckers on many routes. There are two arguments in their favour; a greater passenger capacity as they can carry 149 as opposed to 79 on traditional […]

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Give my regards to 55, Broadway.

Posted on Apr 6, 2008 in Architecture | no responses

Art Deco flourished through the 20s and 30s, popularised by the Paris Exhibition of 1925 and was applied to all forms including architecture. Influences included Cubism (with zigzags and geometricals), Ancient Egypt (following the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and Lord Carnaervon in 1922) and Aztec & Mayan art (from South […]

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The Great Circle Line Journey

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 in latest | 4 comments

Off we go! Saturday 10th June 1863 – actually a test run with VIP’s in August 1862 and the working railway never operated with open cars Baker Street Circle Line Platforms – The vents were to dissipate steam from the locomotives Circle Line Steam Locomotive One of the world’s Great Rail Journeys begins on Platform 16 at […]

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London’s Transport Museum

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 in London | one comment

It is always good when you meet an old friend again and after a two year closure for refurbishment my favourite museum, London’s Transport Museum housed in the listed Floral Hall in London’s lively Covent Garden, has reawakened from its long slumber looking even more attractive than ever. The first section of the London Underground […]

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St. Pancras Reborn.

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 in Architecture | no responses

St. Pancras Chambers Barlow’s Train Shed When St. Pancras train station opened in 1868 there was no finer railway terminus anywhere in the world. The view down Pentonville Road towards the great gothic facade of the Midland Hotel at St. Pancras was one of the archetypal views of London. Outside it spoke of the confidence […]

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A Day in London.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 in London | one comment

London Eye “No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Since Dr Samuel Johnson uttered these words to James Boswell in 1777 opinions have differed on whether being tired of London is just that for obviously there is plenty […]

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The Eagle On London

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 5 comments

Millicent Fawcett

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in latest | no responses

Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | no responses

Jeremy’s Jewish Question

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in latest | 28 comments

The Eagle on Ireland

The Poppy stands for Peace

Posted on Nov 11, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Skibbereen’s Champions of the World

Posted on Sep 15, 2018 in Ireland | no responses

Arise ye Citizens of Ireland!

Posted on Sep 10, 2018 in Ireland | one comment

Wish you were here at Heuston Station

Posted on Sep 9, 2018 in Dublin | no responses