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 Monday, December 30, 2019

dg 2019 index

Destination London

Places to visit: Jewel Tower, The Garden at 120, Pitzhanger Manor, Hampstead houses, Crossness, Tower Bridge, Rainham Hall, Science Museum, Kew Gardens, Peers Dining Room, security checks
Art Pass: membership, Handel & Hendrix, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Charles Dickens Museum, Foundling Museum, Cartoon Museum, Jewish Museum, Leighton House Museum
Location: Beam Park, Yeading, Surrey Canal, Pollards Hill, Shrewsbury Tumulus, Ruxley, Clapham Common, Welbeck Street car park, Richmond Park, Royal Docks, North Cricklewood, Mortlake Crematorium, The Tide, Sydenham Wells Park, Page High, Bickley, Sutton, Wimbledon Common, Uxbridge Trail of Discovery, Postmans Park, Leinster Gardens
Locations: outer/inner London, semaphore telegraph, Sackler sponsorship, largest lakes, XZYJQ, royal statues, Green Belt, best parks, pubs, triple points, trig pillars, milestones, just above sea level, borough names, nursery rhymes, outlying embassies, Jack the Ripper
Events: Borough of Culture, People's Vote march, Extinction Rebellion, Victoria 200, Knollys Rose, National Park City, Doggett's Coat and Badge, Open House, Christmas lights, Year 3, East Village lights
Bow: spring tide flooding, local news, Three Mills History Walk, Liveable Streets, St Leonard's, Addington Road, The Bow Bells, blue plaques, street directory, Leaway
E20: fifth birthday, bridge H16, streetsigns, reopening the Greenway, seven years on, driverless pod, Westfield Wander
Postcodes: SW20/19, BR3
Streets: Major Road, White Hart Lane, boundary-crossers, ULEZ, Europe Road, 'tube map' of roads, Harrow Road
Unlost rivers: Shuttle, Mimmshall Brook, Bourne, Seven Kings Water, Loxford Water
Miles from central London: four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, epilogue



London transport

TfL: station chains, promotional leaflet, FoI, journey planner, scheduled tweets, mindfulness, Street Care
Tube stations: Bromley-by-Bow, announcements, Victoria line 50, Stratford, Jubilee extension development, without ticket barriers, Bakerloo extension, best connected, colours, Hidden London, pangram
Tube journeys: service status criteria, Four Lines Modernisation, Jubilee 40, OSIs, replacement buses, ridership
Tube map: jigsaw, continued maplessness, May 2019, Getting around Central London, December 2019
Tube fares: entry/exit threshold, season tickets, PAYG zones, capping increases
DLR: Beckton Park, Beckton extension
Overground: White Hart Lane, class 710
Crossrail: progress report, delayed again, didn't happen, delayed again again, reached Reading
Rail: class 717, Heathrow Express, Angel Road, Meridian Water, Norwich in 90
Bus: Low Emission Bus Zones, Central London changes, GoSutton, spider maps, rear boarding, ten buses
Bus routes: 389, 327, 507, 379, 15H, W7, R9, 209, 346, 129, 322, 183, 54, 533, 301, 378, 142, 410, 335, 224, X140, 278, 218, 306, 718
Bus stops: incorrect tiles, zebrafication, most average
Streets: pre-Worboys signs, A4380, Charville Lane, random walk, concrete flyovers, Wapping bus gate, Christmas streets
River: Woolwich Ferry, Nine Elms bridge, Doubletree Ferry, Hampton Ferry, Royal Wharf
Anorak corner: DLR, trams, bus, tube, rail (canals, Paris Metro)



Four foreign jaunts

Paris: Least used Metro stations, l'axe historique and the Pompidou Centre, on a gorgeous spring day [photos]
Copenhagen: This year's summer holiday was an eye-opening Danish whistlestop, blogged in 13 parts [photos]
Malmo: Four hours in Sweden, across the Øresund Bridge [photos]
Antwerp: This historic port and artsy hub is now my favourite Belgian city [photos]



Seventeen out-of-London day trips

Jan) Watercress Line: a New Year's Day excursion to steamy Hampshire [photos]
Feb) Cambridge South: in Grantchester I bumped into the actual Jeffrey Archer [photos]
Mar) Bracknell: from Weather Way to Harry Potter's home in Privet Drive [photos]
Mar) Ipswich: proof that you can live somewhere without visiting it [photos]
Mar) West Midlands: conclusion - Walsall's more interesting then Solihull [photos]
Mar) Chertsey: I'd never walked alongside Thorpe Park before [photos]
Apr) Norwich: this being Norfolk, I climbed several of the city's hills
May) Margate: specifically Quex Park and the Powell Cotton Museum
Jun) Great Malvern: I was particularly blown away by the hills [photos]
Jun) Cromford and Crich: peak Peak District mills and trams [photos]
Jun) Haslemere: for a spin round the Devil's Punchbowl (ex A3) [photos]
Jul) Severn Valley Railway: featuring Kidderminster, Bewdley and Bridgnorth
Aug) Seven Sisters: if it's an odd-numbered year then I have to walk this [photos]
Sep) Maldon: estuarine Essex packed a Heritage punch [photos]
Oct) Dunstable: the town has its moments, but the Downs win out [photos]
Oct) Ironbridge: industrial genesis, and then some, all in one day [photos]
Nov) Chatham: a late season trip to an empty Historic Dockyard
Dec) (nah)

...and ten more: Brighton, Eurotunnel Folkestone, St John's Jerusalem, UEA, Jane Austen's House, Henry Moore Studios, Berkhamsted, Epping Forest, Concorde Experience

Quizzes: add to twelve, Scottish towns, station letters, shipping forecast, tube lines
Time and space: super blood wolf moon, early/late Easter, new year in March, changing Summer Time, Easter weather, total solar eclipses, autumn equinox
Brexit: outcomes, ticky boxes, didn't happen, fake news, next PM, populist policies, update, cry wolf
Election: safe seats, Protect Our Democracy, lessons learned, Election 2019
Unblogged: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Ten other favourite posts from 2019: works of literature, badges from the 1970s, syllogisms, AGM, counting flights, blogstats, The Adventures of Squeezy Pig, ExSites, ethno-graphics, I remember

Half of my ten favourite photos of the year:
(or all ten here)


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