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What is Parkrun?

What is Parkrun?

Just occasionally new technology blends in perfectly with community spirit to create a great new concept.  That’s how Parkrun was ...
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Time to ban toilet paper

Time to ban toilet paper

What is the most disgusting thing you did today? The most likely answer is that you wiped your bum with ...
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Review: Early Victorian Excursions

Review: Early Victorian Excursions

Early Victorian Excursions, the million go forth, by Susan Major Pen & I love books that debunk myths. Just as ...
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Book review: The English Railway Station

Book review: The English Railway Station

The English Railway Station Steve Parissien English Heritage £25 Railway books tend to fall into two categories: those that provide ...
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What is a hybrid bill?

What is a hybrid bill?

A hybrid bill is a Parliamentary procedure to pass legislation that affects both private and public matters. In other words, ...
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How to take the longest journey in the world

How to take the longest journey in the world

There are lots of choices to make before taking the Transsiberian, the world’s longest railway which stretches 5750 miles between ...
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Standing for mayor

Standing for mayor

It all started with a text message, as many things do these days. During the last London mayoral election in ...
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Beeching book reviews

Beeching book reviews

Charles Loft, Last Trains, Dr Beeching and the Death of Rural England, Biteback Publishing, £20; Richard Faulkner and Chris Austin, ...
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Indian Hill Railways DVD review

Indian Hill Railways DVD review

BBC DVD 180 mins, three 60 minute films  £19 99 (£7 from bbc shop online) It’s not leaves on the ...
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What are Zil lanes?

What are Zil lanes?

If you live in London, a little bit of Soviet Russia will be coming down your way during next year’s ...
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Book review: Sown with corn

Book review: Sown with corn

Frank Binder, Sown with Corn, Farthings Publishing, £12 99, 412 pages Christian Wolmar We all know the story of Hitler’s ...
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The longest little railway

The longest little railway

Porthmadog on the North Wales Coast is about to achieve a world first, having no fewer than three narrow gauge ...
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Review: On the slow train

Review: On the slow train

Michael Williams, On the Slow Train, twelve Great British railway journeys, Preface Publishing, £14 99. Britain’s love affair with the ...
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Book review: Eleven minutes late

Book review: Eleven minutes late

Matthew Engel, Eleven minutes late, Macmillan, £14 99, 324pp Matthew Engel is in despair. But it's his fault. The former ...
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DVD Review: They used to build Tube lines

DVD Review: They used to build Tube lines

Underground, a two set DVD, Yesterday’s Britain’s No 41, Beulah, £24 95. They used to build new Tube lines. Now ...
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Book review: how slow food is growing fast

Book review: how slow food is growing fast

Geoff Andrews, The Slow Food Story, Pluto Press, £14 99.   It all started with a bad meal in an ...
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Book review: The mystery of Ken Livingstone

Book review: The mystery of Ken Livingstone

Andrew Hosken, Ken, the Ups and Downs of Ken Livingstone, Arcadia Books, £15 99, 435 pp. In losing the recent ...
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The limits of testing

The limits of testing

Many people already recognise that schools are too obsessed with testing and exams rather than education. But it is not ...
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Turning up the heat

Turning up the heat

I used to think that climate change would only affect my yet to be born grandchildren, so I didn’t bother ...
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Chuffing great

Chuffing great

Dow’s dictionary of railway quotations, compiled and edited by Andrew Dow, John Hopkins. ‘A common sheet of paper is enough ...
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