Monthly Archives: February 2013

New production boost for London black cabs

From London Independent. I didn’t realize that the maker of London’s black cabs is now owned by a Chinese company. Now comes word that they’ll be ramping up production, with a view towards building hybrid vehicles and, eventually, hydrogen-powered cabs. … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 2-3 March 2013

Here are the scheduled Tube system repairs for this weekend. With the exception of a bit of the Circle Line at Edgware Rd and another bit between Liverpool St and Aldgate East, all the disruptions are beyond the Circle Line … Continue reading

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British Library crime fiction exhibit

I’m a murder mystery junkie. Most particularly, I’m hooked on stories with a European setting – gee, there’s a surprise. This from the London Independent. The British Library has an exhibition of crime fiction thru mid-May. Another reason to ignore … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 23-24 February 2013

Tube system repairs continue this weekend. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday, per usual. Once again, Circle Line is closed – possibly the entire line, though the map shows only the section between Aldgate and High St Ken. The … Continue reading

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Fifty best European ski breaks

From London Independent. Lots of ski destinations in France, Italy and Switzerland and a few in places that may not leap first to mind.

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A new bridge in Oxford

From Oxford Mail. A new bridge will be built across the Cherwell in Oxford with limited use except for Christ Church students and staff. Still could be a great new spot for taking fotos.

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Multiple Mona Lisas

From France 24. Swiss analysis, including carbon dating, has confirmed that, although the Louvre’s Mona Lisa is an authentic work by Leonardo da Vinci, it’s a copy he made of an earlier version.

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London Tube closures for weekend of 16-17 February 2013

Tube system repairs continue this weekend. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday, per usual. The list of lines that are fully functional is shorter than the list of lines affected by disruption. Still – partial line closures on District, … Continue reading

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The bars of Dusseldorf

From London Independent. A review of some of the most fun bars in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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Where to bury Richard?

From London Independent. Dueling factions are fighting over where the recently found remains of Richard III should be interred. Gives a new definition for “remains to be seen”. (Sorry).

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The newest and youngest Macbeth

From London Independent. James McAvoy, age 33, has started a run as Macbeth in London, the youngest Macbeth if only by a couple of years. Through 27 April.

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NY’s Grand Central Terminal celebrates centennial

From France 24. Celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s centenary. Much as I love London, Grand Central is probably my favorite train station anywhere. It’s where I land on my day trips to NYC. One of these days, I’ll make time … Continue reading

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The best food trucks in London

I’m sitting and listening to a TV program about London food. They mentioned food stalls at the South Bank – something I’ve never experienced; I guess I’ve not gone to the South Bank at the right time. Along the same lines … Continue reading

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London Tube closures for weekend of 9-10 February 2013

Tube system repairs continue this weekend. Cannon Street station will be closed Saturday, per usual. Partial line closures on District, Circle, Bakerloo, Northern, Piccadilly, Metropolitan and Hammersmith/City lines. Also some closures on DLR and London Overground. Bus alternates are listed … Continue reading

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Carnevale in Prague

From Prague Post. Two weeks of pre-Lenten festivities in Prague, started on 31 Jan runs through 13 Feb. Jugglers and acrobats and masks, oh my! The part that intrigues me is the reference to bringing your own bottles. Hmmm.

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First impressions of Dubrovnik

The first city I visited last year on my Croatia/Slovenia sojourn was Dubrovnik. I was able to a day there on my own getting acquainted with the city before the package tour started. The bus from the airport stops at Pile … Continue reading

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New bells for Notre Dame’s birthday; she’s 850!

From France 24. A set of new bells arrived this week at Notre Dame in Paris. The medieval church celebrates 850 years and the bells should be in place to ring out for the first time during Easter week. Happy … Continue reading

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Top ten Scotch whiskies

From London Independent. There was a similar list published in September of 2011. New year, new list and this time, all single malts.  Top ten single malts. One entry appears on both lists – the Old Pulteney 12 year old. … Continue reading

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