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Giles Gilbert Scott

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4 1936 K6 boxes back-to-back on the traffic island near the outside of Lancaster Gate underground station on Bayswater Road.

31,000 out of 95,000 are already gone - turned into scrap. Another 9,000 are for the chop.

But ...
"Local authorities are being asked, between now and October 1, to decide whether they would care to adopt phone boxes in their area. The cost is £1 for the box alone to be maintained and £500 for box and phone together."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/29/design.alanduncan

So contact your local council and Adopt-A-Box.

Christ - Old News

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Fascinated to read this:

from The Times September 5, 2008 by Hannah Fletcher

A hotel that refused a wounded soldier a room, forcing him to spend the night in his car, was backed into a “grovelling” apology yesterday after receiving a barrage of abusive phone calls.

Metro Hotel, in Woking, Surrey, had to call in the police as their lines were flooded with angry, abusive and threatening calls from members of the public.

The attack on the switchboards came after it emerged that Corporal Tomos Stringer, 24, had been told by hotel staff that it was company policy not to accept members of the Armed Forces as guests.

A soldier since the age of 16 and veteran of multiple tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, Cpl Stringer had travelled to Surrey to help with funeral preparations for a friend killed in action.

Cpl Stringer, who was not in uniform, presented his army warrant card when asked by the hotel for proof of identity. After the receptionist refused him a room, he was left with no choice but to bed down in his tiny, two-door car, his wrist, broken during a convoy ambush, cased in plaster.


What did he expect? Even Christ had to sleep in a stable...

Sculpture Jacob Epstein - 'Madonna and Child' in Cavendish Square London.

Conkers Bonkers

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Just found my first conker of the season in the middle of the road without a tree in sight ...

Too late to enter the World Conker Championships this year
http://www.worldconkerchampionships.com/

I see they are sponsored this year by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) with monies raised going to charities for the blind and the visually impaired ... knowing irony surely? :-)

Better go and dig out my safety goggles ...
14th Sep 2008, 16:12   | tags:,,comments (0)

Testudo

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In Ancient Roman warfare, the testudo or tortoise formation was a formation used commonly by the Roman Legions during battles, particularly sieges. (Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise".)

http://moblog.net/view/849871/the-mild-mild-west

14th Sep 2008, 00:53   | tags:,,,comments (2)

I WAS BORN IN LONDON.

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I WENT TO SCHOOL IN TRINIDAD.
I GREW UP IN IRAQ.

Ilford. One of the few places in London to still have an Army Recruitment Office.

At least they don't use the silly
"BE FRANK" advert any more. With guys ski-ing down mountains, parachuting out of helicopters, and shagging on the beach of some tropical island ...
14th Sep 2008, 00:39   | tags:,,comments (0)

The Freedom Fighter's Manual

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From 'The Freedom Fighter's Manual'
Originally in Spanish (as handed out by the CIA in Nicaragua)

INCENDIARY BOMB.
("MOLOTOV COCKTAIL")

1. FILL A NARROW-KNECKED BOTTLE WITH GASOLINE, KEROSENE, OR BURNABLE DIESEL: BETTER STILL, IF SHREDDED SOAP OR SAWDUST ADDED.

2. INSERT A RAG IN THE BOTTLE UNTIL ONE END TOUCHES THE LIQUID AND THE OTHER EXTENDS NO MORE THAN 20CM FROM THE RIM OF THE BOTTLE. SEAL THE BOTTLE TIGHTLY WITH A STRING OR TAPE.

3. TO ACTIVE THE DEVICE:
A) HOLD THE BOTTLE IN ONE HAND WITH YOUR ARM EXTENDED.
B) LIGHT THE RAG WITH YOUR OTHER HAND.
C) IMMEDIATELY THROW THE LIGHTED BOTTLE AT YOUR OBJECTIVE WITH SUFFICIENT FORCE THAT IT BREAKS ON IMPACT.

http://moblog.net/view/849871/the-mild-mild-west
13th Sep 2008, 23:54   | tags:comments (10)

What's in the box

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Find of the week.

Salvation Army charity shop in Ilford. Bought this game way back in 1988 when was a mere tadpole. When Games Workshop made interesting games ie other than Warhammer/Warhammer 40,000. Still have it in a cupboard somewhere. Along with the extension set even.

A tough game - 10% chance of survival!

So far (4 hours), as board games are one of my first loves, (and I hate bent/broken/missing pieces/parts) haven't been brave enough to open.

But at £1.49!
(I remember the original cost me £10)
and have just seen 'very good' condition box for sale at £40!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/472

Meridian marker

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Been walking over this for years. In the middle of nowhere - just outside Stratford, East London. On a little incline over the main road HIGH STREET. For no apparent reason? (other than marking the Meridian's route)

I seem to recall noticing one years ago at the top end of Fulbourne Road in Walthamstow as well. V strange.
5th Sep 2008, 18:35   | tags:comments (0)
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