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A Cool Place For Lunch

It was hot yesterday and I met an old friend for lunch.

As I’m a Friend of the British Museum, for myself and a guest, we went to the Members Room at the British Museum.

My old friend had a wrap and I had a salmon salad.  We washed them down with cold lemonade.

The Members Room is air-conditioned and it was a very pleasant way to spend lunchtime on such a hot day.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | Food, World | | Leave a comment

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

I’ve just watched the latest episode of the BBC documentary on Crossrail call the Fifteen Billion Pound Railway.

Part of this episode told a history of tunneling through the last fifty years, through old film and the eyes of one of the tunnellers, who’s been digging for fifty years, starting with manual methods on the Victoria line.

It is fascinating to see how techniques have improved even over the last couple of decades.

Just as with North Sea Oil exploration, where projects got easier, as cranes got bigger, it looks like tunnelling will get easier, as tunnel boring machines get bigger, more powerful and better designed.

So when they build Crossrail 2 will it be a quick and more financially efficient project? Having spoken to some of the planners of the project on Friday at Dalston Library, I suspect it will be. Especially, as they are cutting out one of the Hackney stations to save a billion and moving one terminus from Alexandra Park to New Southgate stations.

The lessons learned on Crossrail will also effect HS2, where I suspect we’l see even more tunnels, in the final design.


July 24, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments

Which Idiot Obscured The Clock?

I was in St. Pancras recently and someone has put pointless stained glass in front of the clock.

Which Idiot Obscured The Clock?

Which Idiot Obscured The Clock?

I suppose it’s art, but for those of us who don’t wear watches it’s a big annoyance.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

The Back Passage At Kings Cross St. Pancras

A new passage has opened up on Kings Boulevard, which lets you by-pass the crowds going to and from Granary Square, by linking you directly to the subway that goes under Pancras Road

it is certainly magnitudes better than some subways on the Underground.

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The Glasgow KISS Games

The Scots are known for their thrift and they certainly seemed to have used the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) to produce an affordable opening ceremony last night.

The only extravagance would have been the amazing video screen, but that was probably hired through Sports Technology in Sussex, so we’ll see that and others like it, at events in the future.

The costumes and props for the show weren’t on the level of extravagance we’ve seen lately at some Games.

And it would appear that the only problem with the dogs was finding enough of them!

But the KISS principle has also been applied to the venues.

In a way holding the opening ceremony in Celtic Park by the athlete’s village was following what was done in London, where the athlete’s village was with all the main venues. This meant that athletes could enjoy the ceremony and then go to bed at a reasonable hour for competing today. We shouldn’t have games, where the athletes are some way from the venues. Both Glasgow and London have sufficient transport to cope for athletes and spectators.

But surely the masterstroke is building a combined sports hall and velodrome, with the facilities between the two arenas. You must get a hell of a lot more useable space for your money.

This one will be copied ad nauseum, all over the world.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

The Scotties Steal The Show

It is generally reported in the media, that the Scotties stole the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014. Look at what the Aussies said for example.

But it would appear, that finding enough dogs might have been a problem, as according to this article, they had to bring in Archie from Ringwood in England.

Perhaps they should have shared the duties around and perhaps got in a corgi for the Welsh team to add a touch of humour near the end.

Queen Elizabeth would have been amused!

It will be interesting to see if sales of Black and White whisky increase.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

A Scot Gives His Reason To Say No!

On BBC Television this morning, a proud Scot said that he enjoyed the ceremony last night. For him, one of the uplifting moments was the Red Arrows.

He stated that if the Scots vote Yes, then there could be no more displays north of the border. See where their displays for 2014 are here. Two and last night’s performance are in Scotland.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment