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 Sunday, December 30, 2018

dg 2018 index

Five memorable London jaunts in 2018
1) 51½°N: A 31 mile journey along the 51½th line of latitude featuring Thamesmead, North Greenwich, the Palace of Westminster, Harrods and Bull's Bridge. How better to see a cross section of London? [photos]
2) Palace of Westminster: With the right invite, an after-hours tour can take you behind the Speaker's chair, round the government's back passageways and onto the river terrace for a beer. Thanks.
3) Open House: It's always a cracking weekend. After the obligatory tour of Bloomberg HQ I whipped round the delights of Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon and Harrow. [photos]
4) National Physical Laboratory: I have seen the National Standard Kilogram, and a childhood dream is complete.
5) My local cashpoint: It wasn't the plan to start my birthday by having my card stolen, and then reused several times round the corner (but all was paid back happily in the end).

Other London destinations
Places to visit: Photographers' Gallery, King's Cross Walking Trail, London Mithraeum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, London borough museums, Japan House, Royal Air Force Museum, Ruislip Castle, Walthamstow Pump House Museum, Dorich House, Brixton mural map, Eel Pie Island Museum, Cutty Sark, Danson House, Random Tourist Inspiration Generator
English Heritage: Apsley House, Wellington Arch, Eltham Palace, Down House, Ranger's House, Chiswick House, Marble Hill House
Places: Guardian Print Centre, three parks, London antipodes, Mayorswater, London Wall pedways, Television Centre, Camden Highline, US embassy, Wanstead Flats, National Park City, Regents Park, Flash Lane Viaduct
Events: New Year's Day Parade, Lumiere/Winter Lights, Ideal Home Show, London Marathon, Boring Conference, London Festival of Architecture, Lambeth Country Show, Mitcham Heritage Day, Tate Modern, Christmas lights
Bow: phone kiosks, food bank, unloading groceries, Bromley-by-Bow station, walking south, Mayfair, parklife, burst pipe, fish and chips, City Stay Hotel, 60 things, Annual Crafts and Produce Show, round the block, WW1 memorials, Bus Stop M
E20: Hackney Wick, Sweetwater, two consultations, City Mill Lock Island, Shrouds of the Somme, winter update
Streets: A-Z, Valentines, Eastern Avenue, numerical, Alphabet Streets, Turkey Street, A2018
Shopping: Bodgers, Westfield extension, Icon, Coal Drops Yard, Westfield London, high streets, former Woolworths, administration
Walking: Green Chain 9, five boroughs, Go Jauntly
Unlost rivers: The Ravensbourne, Kyd Brook
Miles from central London: one, two, three

London transport
TfL: status updates, assets, TfL polygon, Twitter
Tube stations: Tubegym, Never Fail To Use The Handrail, hold the handrail, District line kiosks, Euston Square makeover, junk food ban, Gareth Southgate, I-SPY, Victoria line 50th anniversary, furthest from a Z1 station, Metropolitan line extension
Tube journeys: the busiest carriages, walking the Circle line, alphabetical stations, Anorak corner, Ongar zero point, Anorak corner (1951), all the boroughs
Tube map: January 2018 map, Pay As You Go, unalphabetical index, interchanges, heritage vinyls
Tube fares: simple tube fares, Heathrow, short distance cross boundary journeys, maximum journey time, travel off-peak, Visitor Pass
DLR: strike, Next Train Indicators
Overground: Next Train Indicators, Hackney Wick, hobbled Goblin
Crossrail: Design Idiom, commercial partners, Heathrow on the tube map, journey savings, Farringdon open day, when will it open?, mind the gap, it won't be as good as you think, ticket to Woolwich, St Crossrail's Eve, not opening today
Rail: London Bridge, Thameslink 2000, Camberwell
Random station: intro, Fairlop, Headstone Lane, South Greenford, Tooting, Wood Street, All Saints, West Harrow, Woodmansterne
Bus routes: 23, 35, 53, 76, 77, 279, 280, 293, 384, 507, 521, 603, H13, all the buses, all the nightbuses, sinuous/straight, the lowest..., megasightseeing.com
Bus journeys: Please hold on, the bus is about to move, Anorak corner, Bow to Box Hill, consecutive buses
Bus cuts: frequency cuts, Oxford Street changes, reshaping the network, RV1, cutting route 25, cutting back route 25, frequency cuts
Streets: 2-stage crossings, Stratford ungyratory, guerilla pedestrians
Other: Emirates Water Line, champagne flights, Quietway 14

One holiday and 16 day trips
Jan) Coventry/Nuneaton: I started the year by visiting the birthplace of 2-Tone Records and the last resting place of Larry Grayson.
Jan) Calderdale: I was amazed by Halifax's Piece Hall, enjoyed toddling round Todmorden and loved the gritty independence of Hebden Bridge. [photos]
Feb) Bristol: Using Bristol as a base, I explored Weston's pier, Avonmouth's docks, the new Severn Crossing and the very lightly used Pilning station.
Feb) Warwickshire: On this day trip I crammed in Kenilworth Castle, genteel Leamington Spa and historic Warwick.
Mar) West Yorkshire: I picked a snowy day to visit the National Coal Mining Museum, Castleford Bridge and the Hepworth in Wakefield.
Mar) CORNWALL: I finally took it upon myself to go on a proper holiday, to the farthest tip of the country, which enabled me to harangue you with endless holiday snaps from Penzance, St Ives, St Michael's Mount, Mousehole, Porthcurno and Lands End. It was fabulous, despite the unexpected snow (and if you're very unlucky I may go somewhere else for longer next year and write even more).
Apr) Chester: As well as discovering that Chester FC play in Wales, I walked the historic city walls and toured the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.
Apr) Wigan/Bolton/Bury: In a single day I crammed in Wigan Pier, Hall i' th' Wood, Fred Dibnah's workshop and the East Lancashire Railway. Proper value.
May) Birmingham: After a spin round The Coffin Works I tracked JRR Tolkien through the suburbs and followed the smell of chocolate to Bournville.
May) Leicester: I came for Richard III, but found time to explore the rest of the city centre (and diverted to Melton Mowbray for a pork pie).
May) Isle of Wight: Possibly the perfect day trip, involving a hovercraft, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House and the Cowes ferry. [photos]
Jun) Milton Keynes: At midsummer I walked Midsummer Boulevard, then tracked down the original village at the heart of the new city. [photos]
Jul) Paris: Just one day to tick off Maison La Roche, la Petite Ceinture, la Promenade Plantée and le Musée Rodin. [photos]
Sep) East Sussex: Specifically Bishopstone, Seaford Head and Newhaven Marine, or thereabouts.
Sep) Hereford & Worcester: Both cathedral towns, both cathedrals, two museums, two rivers and a medieval map.
Oct) Sheffield: I touched down around the time Doctor Who landed, exploring Park Hill, Sky Edge and three museums. [photos]
Nov) West Sussex: A glorious walk round Chichester Harbour on the Manhood Peninsula, destination West Wittering.

Beyond London: Hitchin, Shaw's Corner, Ivinghoe Beacon, Sutton Coldfield, Depeche Mode, Basildon Heritage Trail, Frogmore House, Frogmore Paper Mill, Bedford River Festival, Hastings Pier, Chenies Manor, castles, Amersham/Chesham, Saffron Walden, Leith Hill, St Albans Museum, Day Out Stimulus Matrix
English Heritage: Kenilworth Castle, Dover Castle, Wrest Park, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Battle Abbey, Pevensey Castle, Stonehenge, Richborough Roman Fort, Audley End, Tilbury Fort
National Rail: least served stations, three rail journeys, Pilning, numerical stations, fares review, Thames Branches Day Ranger, rail fares, Anorak corner

Quizzes: hats, prime wordsearch, decapitated tube stations, languages, SI units, pasta shapes, castles, postcodes, NSEW tube stations, biscuits
Brexit: ballot paper, unknown outcome, 100 Brexits, unscientific poll, perfect problem
The Sun: azimuth, sunset times, insolation
Unblogged: September, October, November, December

Ten other favourite posts from 2018: London's best secret daffodils, Arsene must go, London's best afternoon teas, conversational hierarchy, it's coming home, taking offence, Ladybird book of London, London Hat Museum, Graves End, UK Senate

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