A Metropolitan Police Commissioner for London
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 […]
A Bus for London.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Give my regards to 55, Broadway.
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 […]
The Great Circle Line Journey
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 […]
London’s Transport Museum
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 […]
St. Pancras Reborn.
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 […]
A Day in London.
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 […]