Spaceship design


Just a quick one; noticed this in The Register today, an article about how sci-fi spaceships should look. This reminded me that the Beeb did something along these lines that I mentioned in this piece here. Anyway, really just an excuse to say (again) that the real answer is look at the work of Chris Foss (here).

Merry Christmas!

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Ryka’s Café – Boxhill A24 near Dorking


Tucked away in a car park / picnic area between the M25 and Dorking on the A24 Ryka’s café is a decent place to break a journey and grab something to eat. It reminded me a bit of Ockham Bites (see here) but I prefer this to that, though obviously it all depends on where you are travelling. It is also very popular with bikers and has lots of posters to that effect.

A more detailed review follows…

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Castle Sandwich Bar, 54 Paul St EC2A 4LN


Summary

A highly un-reconstructed breakfast / lunch stop dating from 1970 somewhere off the beaten track between Old Street and Barbican. This is another in a random series of reviews of cafés which the regular reader will be aware are something of a favourite of mine, for example in this posting in praise of the greasy spoon.

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Ockham Bites


Summary

A decent and somewhat surprising place to stop off on the A3 Southbound from the M25. This is the first in a random series of reviews of cafés which the regular reader will be aware are something of a favourite of mine, for example in this posting in praise of the greasy spoon.

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In praise of the Greasy Spoon


Breakfast anyone?

There are those amongst us that love the greasy spoon, and if that is you then you will have a favourite or two of your own. Be it the Maylands Café in Hemel Hempstead, the Regency Café in Westminster, the Market Diner in Brighton or the place in Bembridge Isle Of Wight on New year’s Day, these are the havens of peace in an otherwise frenetic schedule to which we gravitate time and time again. I particularly like a café inside St James’s Park station for example.

Here are my thoughts as to why…

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Playing the Oak Trombone


What is this about?

Sad old seasoned commuters collect little tricks as they get used to moving around London; they know where you can change tube lines easily, where key bus routes go and where to stand on the platform so as to be near the exit when they get off the tube. This is about a game that you can play if you have to get the Hammersmith & City / Circle line from Paddington Eastbound (i.e. towards Kings Cross) in the morning. This game involves the use of Royal Oak station, hence the ‘Oak’ in the title (the Trombone comes later!).

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