DSC 0494fi 690x495 - Filthy tube roundels

Does TfL ever clean its roundels? I ask that because I discovered some of the most filthiest roundels on the tube system! These are at Kings Cross St Pancras, and the first, a contender for a possible disgusting roundel of the year award, is one of the two main accessRead More →

DSC 6415fi 690x495 - City Spires & Towers #8

A couple of revisits in this year’s first posting of City Spires & Towers. The biggest change is perhaps 22 and 100 Bishopsgate which more than a year ago were still mostly concrete skeletons with far less height than now. The enormous changes on Bishopsgate has invariably changed the areaRead More →

DSC 0308fi 690x495 - Lymington Pier & Nig Banda

This isn’t a write up on some rap character called Nig Banda who hails from Lymington! Its more about a scale map I have of the railway branch from Brockenhurst to Lymington and a practically forgotten reprographic company known as Nig Banda. The entire Lymington Town/Pier railway plan laid out.Read More →

DSC 6256fi 690x495 - The Thameslink tunnels' 150th anniversary

Another Thameslink anniversary that has come around in 2018! This is an important one as it also denotes the very first day in question when the Midland Railway began serving all the new stations from Bedford right down into Central London, long before St. Pancras station itself opened. The currentRead More →

IMG 5410fi 690x495 - Another Europe

This is a new photography exhibition based about the west side of King’s Cross station. The subjects depicted are generally traditions and cultures specific to each of the 28 countries in Europe that are being lost. The photographs shown here are my own selection of those on exhibition. There areRead More →

DSC 0087fi 690x495 - London's Bug Hotels

This isn’t some dodgy London hotels that have a bug or two in their rafters! Its the art of conservation in fact. These are genuine attempts to provide homes for bugs. They’re the kind of insects that everyone loves, like bees, butterflies and ladybirds, Its quite hard for these livingRead More →

IMG 5203fi 690x495 - Woolwich ferry's last trip to town?

Saturday the 8th came and went – it was also the last ever day the Woolwich ferry’s MV James Newman came and went from the city too. This time next year there will be two new ferries, Dame Vera Lynn and Ben Wollacott. One of these (the latter I wouldRead More →

IMG 4668fi 690x495 - St Augustine's Tower EC4

St Augustine’s church, on the east side of St Paul’s Cathedral, is one of several city churches whose tower is the sole remnant. Its proximity shows just how close the Luftwaffe came to destroying the cathedral in the 1940s. An excellent book I found dumped in a bin about fifteenRead More →

SAM 6766 690x495 - London's 'Roman baths'

London’s Roman baths are quite well documented and said to date from the 2nd Century, however they are not really such historic remains often touted. They are more of a folly though they are indeed historic being built during the 17th Century. London does have some real Roman baths suchRead More →

DSC 7157fi 690x495 - The new Trafalgar Square's 15th anniversary

The 21st Century look for London’s 19th Century iconic location was unveiled 15 years ago on this day. As some of you will remember, it previously had traffic on all sides. This work reduced traffic to just three sides and introduced a new piazza and stairs leading down from theRead More →