Posts tagged with ‘London’

Elizabeth Tower; next stop Platinum Jubilee

Sunday, 3 June 2012

It has been reported that most MPs are in favour of renaming the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster as the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Her Majesty the Queen, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. The large square tower at the other end of the building was renamed the Victoria Tower to […]

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Estuary airport good if Heathrow goes

Friday, 20 January 2012

Imagine you are on an airliner and due to land shortly, and you have the window seat for the view. But there is no being held in a stack, no seemingly endless circling while below you see houses of all the people whose lives are blighted by aircraft noise, no seeing all sorts of famous […]

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Royal Wedding observations

Friday, 29 April 2011

I hadn’t intended to watch it, but then I thought, it is history in the making, and there might not be another one for 30 years, so why not? Then I discovered the live stream on Youtube, and it was fantastic simply because it had the live video from the BBC, but no commentary. That […]

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G20: minority of troublemakers on both sides

Sunday, 12 April 2009

One of the protesters taking part in the G20 protests in London claimed yesterday, “The only violence I witnessed that day was police violence.” Clearly he didn’t see the pictures on TV of people smashing the windows of a bank, while crowds of other rioters looked on and cheered. I don’t think the people breaking […]

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Digital TV to delay the New Year

Thursday, 1 January 2009

It has been widely reported that a leap second was added to clocks at midnight to prevent the time from drifting with respect to the Earth’s rotation. Big Ben, or more precisely the Great Clock at the Palace of Westminster, had to be adjusted in advance of the night, to ensure Big Ben chimed at […]

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There are bigger heroes than athletes

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Following the Olympics, it was hard to escape the return home of the “Olympic Heroes”, which was the main headline in the media, which seemingly found this far more important than a major air disaster or a war in the Caucasus. While not wishing to disregard the undeniable achievements of the Olympic athletes, and recognising […]

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Beijing is not French!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

With the 2008 Olympics under way, it is becoming increasingly irritating to hear presenters on TV and radio pronouncing the name of the Chinese capital with a French-sounding “j”. It is as if they think, “Beijing is a foreign word, so it must be pronounced in a foreign way”, and as French is the most […]

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Booking fees should make an exit

Friday, 9 November 2007

When booking tickets for a concert or the theatre, there is often a “booking fee” to pay on top of the advertised ticket price. This can add 10% or more to the cost of the ticket. Now, I’m not referring to the fees charged by ticket agents here, but to tickets bought direct from the […]

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Deregulated buses in Oxfordshire

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Letter in today’s Daily Telegraph: Sir- I agree with Ken Livingstone (Letters, September 11). In Boris Johnson’s native Oxfordshire, where bus services are operated by a number of different companies, I often find myself waiting for a late-running bus. In the meantime, I have to let another bus, which is going to my desired destination, […]

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Eurostar beats Ryanair even without check-in

Thursday, 23 August 2007

I was quite pleased to see Ryanair get into trouble with the ASA over a misleading advert. The airline claimed it is quicker and cheaper to fly from London to Brussels than to take a Eurostar train. Of course, this is very misleading as Eurostar takes passengers right from one city centre to the other, […]

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