The Anonymous Widower

Could Maiden Lane Station On The North London Line Be Reopened?

According to an entry in Wikipedia, Camden Council  have proposed that Maiden Lane station on the North London Line be reopened, as it is just to the north of the extensive developments at Kings Cross Central.

This Google Earth view shows the area.

Kings Cross Central

Kings Cross Central

The North London Line runs across the picture and the former station was just to the left of centre in this view, to the west of where the road crosses the railway line.

Some months ago, I walked to that area from Kings Cross station. I commented that it was not a short walk, so to build a station there to serve Kings Cross and St. Pancras stations may not be very worthwhile.

But take a look at this more detailed view of the area.

Railway Lines North Of Kings Cross

Railway Lines North Of Kings Cross

Note the distinctive acoustic cover over the Channel Tunnel Rail Link at the right, with the line sweeping across to turn towards St. Pancras.

But there does seem to be quite a bit of land in the area and it could fit that well-used cliché of development potential.

I’d also be intrigued to know if the Piccadilly Line could be reached from a station on the North London Line near here, by the use of modern construction techniques.

It probably won’t happen in the next few years, but I can’t help feeling that at some time, some very comprehensive property development in this area will incorporate a new station.


January 6, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Another Famous Belgian

Read this article on the BBC web site, entitled Adrian Carton de Wiart: The unkillable soldier. His Wikipedia article says this.

He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in World War I, he wrote, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

He eventually died peacefully at 83.



January 6, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mansion Tax To Pay For 1,000 Nurses In Scotland

This is the front page headline in The Times. It is subtitled.

Labour targets southern England to woo north.

These headlines are based on a policy statement by Jim Murphy, the Scottish Labour Leader. The Times also says he didn’t clear it with Ed Miliband.

My house would probably not be worth enough to pay a mansion tax, although knowing politicians, they’d probably change the rules to make most houses in London and the South East pay the tax.

But I thought that the NHS in Scotland was devolved.

One thing I find, is that if I talk about the NHS to people in England and Scotland, those in places like London, Liverpool and East Anglia, are much more satisfied with prerformance than those north of the border.

January 6, 2015 Posted by | Health | , , , | 1 Comment

Where Is Silicon Way?

I saw this road sign from a bus.


Where Is Silicon Way?

Where Is Silicon Way?

As you might suspect, it’s tucked behind Silicon Roundabout.

January 6, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

The Latest Doggie Accessory

Thry’ve just shown see the latest doggie accessory on BBC Breakfast; the iCollar with a GPS locator and other sensors? We had a setter who needed that, who roamed all over the stud, but never left it, so was often difficult to find.

My youngest also needed one, as he used to go everywhere following the horses on his own about seven.

Some of C’s divorce clients probably wished they could have locked such a device on their partners, so they could track their movements. I suspect someone is working on it.

January 6, 2015 Posted by | Computing, World | | Leave a comment