A selection of colour photos from the London Blitz by the Daily Mail.
The animals, created using the tube lines, stations and junctions of the London Underground map were first spotted by Paul Middlewick in 1988. The original animal, the elephant was discovered while Paul was staring at the tube map during his daily journey home from work. Since then, the elephant has been joined by many others from bats to bottlenose whales.
There are more than thirty animals so far, maybe you can find another one?
Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London’s Leicester Square. A team of “flushers” equipped with full breathing apparatus has been drafted in with shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat.
Update: Just in-case you wanted to see some video footage of the fat removal.
An interesting set of advertising posters from the 1950s recently uncovered at the Notting Hill Gate tube station in London. The passageway had been sealed off when the lifts were replaced with escalators.
A Typeface for the Underground takes an in-depth look at the history of the Johnston typeface used by Transport for London. You might also be interested in Ken Garland’s book, Mr Beck’s Underground map, detailing the history of a design icon.
Photos of London shop fronts. There’s just a unique vibe to store fronts in UK, there’s always something to look at.
Ken Garland’s lectures at Reading were some of my favourites during the time I spent there, particularly his passion for Harry Beck and the London Underground. I don’t really remember him mentioning Beck’s connection to the Paris Metro, probably because there was only limited class time.
Abandoned London features Christmas day photographs of England’s largest city. Having walked around most of these places, I have to admit that it’s a little eerie seeing them with so few people.