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Tottenham Court Road Station Reopens

Today they reopened the Northern line platforms at Tottenham Court Road station.

The pictures show some of the unique mosaics in the station by Eduardo Paolozzi.  One picture shows the naked Northern line platform. Will it get the proper treatment or something very anonymous?

It would appear from this page on TfL’s website, that the murals will be complimented by more artwork from Daniel Buren. This is an extract.

Buren’s is the second piece of permanent artwork to be installed at Tottenham Court Road station, complementing the now iconic 1984 mosaic designs by the late Eduardo Paolozzi. The majority of the Paolozzi mosaics are being preserved in the upgraded station, whilst some smaller sections will be carefully removed and displayed elsewhere.

Let’s hope it all works out!  I suspect it will!

November 28, 2011 Posted by | Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Is Now At Full Height

I took this picture of the ArcelorMittal Orbit on Saturday from the train to Ipswich.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit at Full Height

I think it’s now at its full height.

November 28, 2011 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Where Is This Spammer?

This was the start of a spam e-mail, I received.

We wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying the consignment box valued the sum of $2.5 Million United States Dollars misplaced your address and he is currently stranded at JFK QUEEN AIRPORT NEW YORK USA now. We required you reconfirm the following information below so that he can deliver your consignment box to you today Because his flight ticket is about to expire.

If you fall for this one, you deserve to be fleeced. Especially as it finishes with.

NOTE : The Diplomatic agent does not know that the content of the consignment box is $2.5 Millions United States Dollars and on no circumstances should you let him know the content. The consignments was moved from here as family treasures, so never allow him to open the box.and the package was registered here by Collins Emma since three moths ago and travel out of this country.

Obviously, as it mentions moths, it is a rather old message. His punctuation isn’t that good either.


November 28, 2011 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

A Proper Map at Ipswich Station

I’ve never really checked out Ipswich as to how easy it is to get around by walking or public transport, so I checked on Saturday.

A Proper Match at Ipswich Station

There is no excuse for maps of this quality and size to not be displayed at the railway station. And probably several other places in the town or city as well.

Note that the map has a five minute walking ring and an index to all the streets.  The tourism information office is also properly shown.

About the only thing not on the map is the hospital, which is some way on the other side of the town from the station. To be fair to the hospital, they have a page, which describes how to get there by train.

One thing that is different at Ipswich station to many I’ve visited in the last few weeks, is that you walk out of the station and you can see the town in front of you.

Ipswich Town Centre from the Station

The picture, shows the bridge over the River Gipping, the council offices and the football group. You are naturally drawn the right way towards the town centre.

I know, I know Ipswich well, but few towns I’ve visited draw you in in a purposeful way from the station. Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Wolverhampton do to a certain extent. One of the best was Huddersfield, which also had a free town centre bus. But others such as Bristol, Manchester and most of the new towns haven’t got their acts together. Burnley was one of many places where a simple map, some fingerposts and a bit of thought could really improve things.


November 28, 2011 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

The Sir Bobby Robson Bridge At Ipswich

The bridge spans the River Gipping at Ipswich.

It effectively connects the new housing on the west bank to the offices, waterfront and football ground on the other.

Note that the River Gipping becomes the Orwell at Ipswich. The name might come from the same source as Gippeswyk, the old name for Ipswich.

November 28, 2011 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment