Crossrail Preview – Whitechapel

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Crossrail, who are building the Elizabeth line railway across London that is due to open this December, held “sneak preview” open days recently at two of their stations – Whitechapel in east London, and Tottenham Court Road in the centre of the city. The previews were self-guided tours of part of the new sections of… Continue reading Crossrail Preview – Whitechapel

London Borough Challenge

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Is it possible to visit all 32 London boroughs (& the City of London) in a day? How quickly can you do it? The “London Borough Challenge” has been on my to-do list for a while, and I finally got around to tackling the challenge on Saturday. For my first attempt, and so possibly the… Continue reading London Borough Challenge

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Huawei P Smart Review

Through The Insiders I recently received a Huawei P Smart smartphone at a special rate. Here’s a review of it and some notes, a couple of weeks in: The Huawei P Smart is a new “budget” phone launched by Huawei in the UK in early 2018, around the same time as its premium featured/priced P20… Continue reading Huawei P Smart Review

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OpenOrienteeringMap Version 3

OpenOrienteeringMap, the easy online tool for creating street orienteering maps from OpenStreetMap data, has been updated to version 3. Development for this version was kindly funded with a grant from the Orienteering Foundation. New features for version 3 include: Better trees! We now use SVG graphics for lone trees (and monuments). This means they are… Continue reading OpenOrienteeringMap Version 3

You Take The High Road…

Just a quick update on High Lines and other lines: The Camden Highline has smashed its crowdfunding round, which aimed to fund a formal feasibility study and architectural plans for the project, along with creating a community organisation to govern the project. The target was substantially beating due to a late, large donation from Camden… Continue reading You Take The High Road…

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Camden Highline

A couple of years ago, I wrote about a number of possible London “High Lines”, London’s own raised “rail trail” to New York City’s High Line and Paris’s Promenade Plantée. Now it looks like the best one could be happening. Camden Town Unlimited, the business improvement consortium for the area, are proposing a Camden Highline,… Continue reading Camden Highline

Crossrail Opening Sequence

Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line will launch in the following stages: Phase 0 – May 2015 – TfL takes control of the Liverpool St (high level) to Shenfield line, a single section with no forks. Phase 1 – May 2017 (above) – The new Crossrail trains start to appear on the Liverpool St (high level) to Shenfield… Continue reading Crossrail Opening Sequence

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OpenOrienteeringMap – Postcode Search Fixed

A minor update to the GB edition of OpenOrienteeringMap – the postcode search has been fixed. Typing in a valid GB postcode should now jump to the map to the centre of that postcode. Note that postcode search for Northern Ireland is not available.